Art Miami and Context Art Miami are in two adjacent tents located in Miami, FL. They are easy to get to from South Beach, but you have to take into account traffic. It took me an hour to get there, and 12 minutes to get back to my hotel. I went preview night and purposely went to Art Miami first, and to Context with an hour to spare. Art Miami was super, and being preview night the people watching was spectacular. In Miami people know how to dress to stand out. It was fun feeling like a bit of a regular, with familiar galleries, and gallery locations the same as years past.
The art and vibe at the two fairs are quite different from each other, even though you can walk from one tent to the next. I vastly prefer Art Miami, and didn’t take a single photo from Context.
Art Miami has 177 exhibitions and is in its 30th year. Context Art Miami has 94 exhibitions and is in its 8th year. Last year 84,000 people visited.
Get some coffee, or a cocktail, this is a long post.
I vividly remember seeing Dirk Staschke’s work in person for the first time in 2016. It was one of the framed paintings (everything is ceramic, including the frame). As a ceramic student myself I was in awe. Staschke says: “I’ve long taken inspiration from the Dutch/Flemish tradition of Vanitas still life painting in which the notion of futility is key. I look to translate that futility into an artistic gesture by rendering what is representational and static in the fluid medium of glaze, knowing that what is painstakingly depicted will change beyond my control once fired. My process captures a fleeting moment reminiscent of the temporal nature of life.”
I’m showing an image of this Marc Chagall piece, because who doesn’t like Chagall and I really liked this one. The large booth is situated in one of the prime entrances to the fair, and it was full of admirers. I have followed Jonathan’s gallery for years and years, not just in Miami, as my brother and sister-in-law buy a lot from him. “Gallery inventory includes paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints by established artists from significant Post-War movements including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, Minimalism, Pop Art and Photorealism.” Look at his website http://www.novakart.com and see for yourself.
Thought all of you new Viola Frey fans would be as excited to see her work at Art Miami as I was.
I’ve been following Kim Simonsson’s work for years. Born in Helsinki in 1974, he lives and works in Fiskars, Finland. These are life-sized sculptures of children that appear to be molded in moss.
Last year I saw several Korean galleries represent amazing 3 dimensional pieces of engraved glass. It’s hard to capture what they look like in a photo, but they are cool.
You are going to have to turn your head sideways to watch the video as this blogging is way harder than it looks! There is a lot of video art, at fairs, but this was one I had not seen before.
Wexler Gallery had a huge booth almost fully dedicated to the work of Roberto Lugo. He’s a hard working artist, teacher, family man and social activist. I’ve been following his work for years, and he’s worth reading up on as I don’t have enough room to write sufficiently about him. Check him and his work out at http://www.robertolugostudio.com
Pavel Acosta is a Cuban artist, and all of his paintings are shown with a QR code next to them so that the viewer can see the museum in which the real painting is housed. Each painting begins with “Stolen from…”. While I’m not a fan of copying art in any way, and this was a bit gimmicky for my taste, the process of painting only in white, with dry paint on sheet rock, was clever and caught my eye.
These enormous art shows are a great reminder of artists I really love, like Grayson Perry, and whose work I have not seen in a while.
This final piece, much smaller than the Richter work I‘m used to, reminded me of an excellent movie I once saw about his life and working process: Gerhard Richter Painting. I recommend it highly.