For his solo presentation at Untitled Art Fair in Miami, Davis developed a lexicon of negritude, crafting sculptural plexiglass collages to explore the events that decimated a community popularly known as “Black Wall Street.”
Plenty of work at Untitled addresses dystopia, the reclamation of history and identity, and the absurdity of an art market that tries to address these topics.
The club was concocted by Constance Hockaday and The Lab in conjunction with — and as a subtle resistance to — the first Untitled art fair in San Francisco.
For the politically concerned citizen, Untitled 2016 offers cold comfort, but three booths stand out for their focus on human narratives and how they can be processed through art.
There are more than 20 fairs in Miami this week, on top of the rich offerings at the city’s museums and private collections. Here’s a handy way to make sense of it all.
MIAMI BEACH — In a cavernous tent right on the sands of Miami Beach, Untitled Art Fair is opening this Wednesday with a sprawling group of international galleries.
You have limited time, but you need to know where to go. Don’t worry, we got you covered. Here’s our take on what to expect.
MIAMI BEACH — The Untitled art fair may take place in a stark white tent with a hot pink slice cut into it, but the work inside is every color of the rainbow. In fact, “rainbow” is the most common palette at the fair this year: every other booth seems to feature at least one work in which yellow shifts to red, purple, blue, green, and back.
MIAMI BEACH — In the cycles of art fairs, there are some that are going up and others that are on a slow decline to what seems like oblivion. In the former category is Untitled, which debuted last year and has since generated a lot of buzz because of its South Beach beachfront location (which was copied this year by Scope art fair) and the crop of galleries it appears to have lured away from the once “too cool for school” NADA art fair further uptown.
MIAMI BEACH — Amidst the overabundance, overproduction, and overstimulation of the spectacle that is the Miami art fairs, it becomes progressively harder by the day to recollect what I have seen or even what I have liked. And yet, the thing about authenticity is that it can persist, despite an environment designed to shout it down. And I saw it in Conrad Ventur’s installation Montezland, at Participant Inc’s booth at the Untitled art fair.
The Nada Art Fair has sent a letter to the galleries included in its 2012 Miami fair, threatening that those who have also signed up to participate in the new, competing Untitled Miami fair will not be asked to return to Nada next year, Christian Viveros-Faune, writing at The Art Newspaper, reports.
Does Miami Beach need another art fair? We’re not sure, but we have to admit, this one sounds good: The Untitled art fair is launching its inaugural edition down in Miami this winter (December 5–9), and it will be curated.