I went to Art Basel Miami Beach, the granddaddy of American
art fairs to connect with experts who'll be participating in future Klein
Artist Works courses. And I also went to Art Miami, Context, Miami
Project, Pulse, Scope, NADA, Untitled, Aqua and others.
Basel, Miami was magnificent; substantive, somber, less hyperbolic and filled with
solid and expensive art.
day I began to take in some of the satellite fairs, like Art Miami, which I
really liked last year. This year I
found it uneven as they sought to fill the booths after quite a few galleries
deflected to the new Project Miami, next door.
felt like it was part of Art Miami - no separate admission or entrance, but they told me it was a show if its own. I found it juvenile with few solid presentations.
was new, with good galleries, good art, and wide aisles. I was impressed.
For a respite from the art fairs I went to look at more art in some private collections. I particularly like Martin Margulies
and his collection, which is an extension of his personality; gracious, generous, adventuresome and accessible.
And I went to see the de la Cruz
collection. They have a propensity for young up and coming artists and like to buy several examples of each.
right. More good fairs. Pulse was fun. I
don't love the layout, with dead-end aisles, or much of the art on view, but
there's enough good stuff to make it worthwhile.
Two more excellent art fairs. I was dubious about returning to NADA
. I didn't like it last year, but a collector I like said it was worthwhile, and except for how poor the 8 foot wide booths looked and the annoying, heavily wrinkled carpet that I tripped over more than once, there was some thoroughly competent, basically
Situated in a tent, right on the beach, one of my favorite fairs was Untitled, which was
generated from a different premise. Curator, Omar Lopez-Chahoud, selected
50 galleries and up to 3 artists from each for inclusion in the fair. As
a result there was greater cohesion and focus. Spaciously presented the
show had a very strong 'feel good vibe' going for it and everyone there seemed genuinely
pleased to be participating.
surprised by how much good art I saw, how many wonderful people I spoke with,
the overall quality of the shows I reported on and the number of pictures I
posted. The economic impact on the city
of Miami is
significant. Some of the meals I enjoyed were outstanding and the generosity
and passion of the people who live there and the dealers and artists I met was beautiful. Yes, it was excessive - appropriately so, for
a city and an art market that are not prone to moderation.
Thank you very much,