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Then put down that cocktail and visit the satellite fairs that surround sunny South Beach’s annual art party
The White Cube Party at Soho Beach House for Art Basel Miami (Jennifer Greylock/Getty)
The annual Bacchanalia that is Miami Art Basel is barely underway, and already reports from sunny South Beach describe a debaucherous scene where bedroom art weirdos pop bottles with rap stars, wealthy collectors and dealers anoint new darlings, and lecherous hanger-ons with big tans and bigger hair pose for pictures and drink on other people’s dime. Miami isn’t exactly a sleepy beach town by any means, but the pre-parties for the pre-parties for the pre-parties have been going on since Tuesday, and there’s still two days left, and so, so, much art to see.
That’s right: art, the very reason Miami becomes the centre of the universe this time of year. The week’s nucleus is the Miami convention centre, where Art Basel proper takes place. But with the onslaught of satellite fairs that have crept up around the city in recent years, for many (re: people who aren’t rich), Basel is an afterthought. Canadians who’ve made the trip south and are looking out for who’s repping them have especially little reason to visit the New York and London-dominated convention centre, whose lone Canadian exhibitor is Toronto’s Jessica Bradley. We suggest checking out the smaller fairs, where CanCon is a plenty. If you can pry yourself out of that luxe feather-topped mattress, please see below.
The NADA fair at the Deauville Beach Resort has been described as a must-see for collectors in search of “emerging or overlooked” talent. Jon Rafman is neither. On the strength of his universally obsessed-over collection of surreal Google street view images, the Montreal-based new-media whiz kid has become one of the more visible faces of Canada’s new school of contemporary image-makers. Though his major residency remains at U.K. top dog Saatchi Gallery, he’s in Miami with London’s far less glossy Seventeen Gallery, who’ll show his New Age Demanded project; a series of deformed 3D models of greek busts where, as Rafman puts it “Art history meets possible futures in a topological space where reality is molded, stretched, bent, but never broken.”
Though Art Basel is often viewed as the lantern-jawed football player in a high school full of hipsters, showing there can help pay a gallerist’s rent for a decade or 10. At least that’s what Toronto’s Jessica Bradley–who called her gallery’s successful attempt at gaining acceptance to Basel a “rigorous process”–is hoping for. With her, she brings artists Zin Taylor , Derek Sullivan, and Julia Dault, the Toronto ex-pat now based in Brooklyn, whose winding Formica sculptures and richly textured paintings have landed in New York’s harbinger of cool The New Museum, and Toronto’s less-cool but equally impressive Art Gallery of Ontario. Art Basel feels like a proper milieu between the two, so expect Dault and co. to fit right in.
Instead of showcasing their impressive portfolio of diverse artists, Toronto art world mainstays Narwhal Art Projects has decided to put all its eggs in one patchwork basket by the name of Jacob Whibley. This is their third time bringing the Toronto native’s dizzying mixed-media work to Miami, but their first at Pulse, which has earned the reputation of being less subversive, and more buyer-friendly than the other fairs. And if Whibley’s dramatic, labour-intensive pieces–one required over 4,500 strips of paper to assemble–sell well, then it’s Cubano sandwiches at Enriqueta’s, on him.
Cooper Cole gallery has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of Toronto’s West-end gallery scene, thanks in large part to star pupil Sara Cwynar, who along with a mini army of CC’s best and brightest, will be featured at Miami Project, the freshman of this year’s slew of satellite fairs. Born in Vancouver but based in Brooklyn, Cwyer, a graphic designer and illustrator who moonlights as both at New York Times magazine, has the impressive resume, the of-the-moment aesthetic, and just-the-right dose of attention from just-the-right tastemakers to make us all think one thing: girl’s about to blow.
Valerie Blass and Rick Leong
Montreal’s current it-gallery Parisian Laundry will help christen new-kid-on-the-beach Untitled, whose prime location steps away from the Miami convention center should encourage Basel castaways to visit booth C26, where Valerie Blass’s devilishly oneiric sculptures will be paired with B.C. painter Rick Leong’slyrical landscapes. Blass and Leong are both in the habit of putting iconic imagery in a blender and seeing what comes out, which should make for an engaging dialogue between two Canadian artists who seem primed to take centre stage.
The New Art Dealers Alliance returns to Miami Beach for the 10th edition of NADA Miami Beach The fair continues to vigorously pursue its goal of showcasing the best of emerging contemporary art. Photo: Joanne Kim O’Connor. MIAMI, FL.- The New Art Dealers Alliance announces the 2012 edition of NADA Miami Beach, which will mark the organization’s ten year anniversary. NADA Miami Beach 2012 will take place December 6th through December 9th, 2012, returning to the historic Deauville Beach Resort. The fair continues to vigorously pursue its goal of showcasing the best of emerging contemporary art, with exhibitors representing 25 cities from 14 different countries. This year’s fair includes over 60 international galleries with 22 first-time-exhibitors at NADA Miami Beach. “NADA is very proud to be celebrating its tenth anniversary in Miami Beach,” said Director Heather Hubbs. “Each year, the fair has continued to move forward in both quality and collector support and 2012 looks to be the strongest edition to date.” 2012 Exhibitor List: Belgium, Brussels: Elaine Levy Project; Estonia, Tallinn: Temnikova & Kasela Gallery; France, Paris: New Galerie; Germany, Berlin: Peres Projects; Cologne: Clages, DESAGA, Galerie Christian Lethert; Dusseldorf: LINN LÜHN; Frankfurt: Bischoff Projects, Parisa Kind, Jacky Strenz; Greece, Athens: Andreas Melas & Helena Papadopoulos; Italy: Rome: Federica Schiavo Gallery, Japan, Tokyo: Misako & Rosen, NANZUKA; Mexico, Guadalajara: Curro & Poncho; Norway, Oslo: LAUTOM; Puerto Rico, San Juan: Roberto Paradise; Scotland, Glasgow: Kendall Koppe; Sweden, Stockholm: CRYSTAL Contemporary Art; United Kingdom, London: BISCHOFF/WEISS, COLE, Josh Lilley, Seventeen, Jonathan Viner; USA, Brooklyn: The Journal Gallery; Chicago: Shane Campbell Gallery, Corbett vs. Dempsey; Los Angeles: AMBACH + RICE, Thomas Duncan Gallery, Francois Ghebaly Gallery, International Art Objects, MIHAI NICODIM, NIGHT GALLERY, Young Art; Miami: Michael Jon Gallery; Milwaukee: Green Gallery; New York: 47 Canal, American Contemporary, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, Brennan and Griffin, BUREAU, Callicoon Fine Arts, CANADA, Churner and Churner, Clifton Benevento, Lisa Cooley, Derek Eller Gallery, Thomas Erben Gallery, ESSEX STREET, Feature Inc, Zach Feuer Gallery, Foxy Production, James Fuentes, Laurel Gitlen, Jack Hanley, The Hole, Independent Curators International (ICI), Invisible Exports, JTT, Nicole Klagsbrun, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, Martos Gallery, Newman Popiashvili, On Stellar Rays, Renwick, ROOM EAST, Kerry Schuss, Simone Subal Gallery, Rachel Uffner Gallery, White Columns; Oakland: Creative Growth; San Francisco: Ratio 3, Silverman; Venice: VARIOUS SMALL FIRES Open to the Public: Thursday, December 6; 2pm to 8pm Friday, December 7; 11am to 8pm Saturday, December 8; 11am to 8pm Sunday, Dec 9; 11am to 5pm The New Art Dealers Alliance | NADA Miami Beach | Heather Hubbs |
Artist Mark Flood has a solo exhibition currently on view in Miami Beach — but you can only see it if you have a key. The notorious trickster has installed seven new lace paintings in Suite 845 of the Deauville Beach Resort, where the NADA Art Fair opened today on the ground floor. The mini-show has not been publicized and visitors can only see it if they are accompanied by a staffer from Zach Feuer Gallery, which is participating in the fair downstairs.
The space looks less like an exhibition and more like the hotel room of a compulsive art collector. Paintings are propped against walls and against the headboard of the bed, but little else in the room has been altered. Flood also placed cardboard placards blaring the word “LIKE” around the suite, which are free for the taking. (Some are signed, but those appear to be a hot commodity — they were all gone by the time ARTINFO arrived.)
Both the exhibition and the signs toy with the idea of “going viral,” according to the gallery. Flood hoped that people would leave the “LIKE” signs lying around various Miami Beach hot spots, and news of the exhibition would slowly leak out without advance press. (Sorry, Mark!)
All the paintings — colored with luscious crimsons, royal blues, and somewhat queasy-looking yellows — are for sale, though none have sold yet. Who says you have to go viral overnight?
UPDATE, 6:40 P.M.: Okay, so maybe that whole viral thing is happening sooner than we thought. ARTINFO has learned that three Flood paintings have sold from the hotel installation for prices ranging from $16,000 to $30,000.
— Julia Halperin
(Photos by Julia Halperin.)
I apologise in advance if this entry is somewhat sparse and not quite up to speed, as I am nursing a harsh hangover with added sleep deprivation. No sympathy please for self inflicted wounds.
So, yesterday I met up with the fair gang, Cyril and Richard, both of who are collectors and dealers. We arrange to meet at NADA, which is located all the way up Collins at the Deauville Beach Resort. Now, I have always been a big admirer of this fair, it is manageable in size and the quality of the galleries on show is always first rate. Once inside the fair, you look out directly onto a stunning view of the beach and the hotel swimming pool. The whole fair appears to be like some kind of retro holiday camp, with the booths being small cubicles of delight.
Many of galleries had something to commend about them, but here are the ones that stood out. While I was admiring the work being shown at James Fuentes, Richard brought a Basquiat poster at Alden (that name again), for $5,500, apparently there are only 35 in the world, so it is more like a limited edition print. Richard feels that he can sell it for a profit, which I’m sure he can.
I liked much of the work on show at New Galerie (Paris) and from the UK, Jonathan Viner and Seventeen had a good offering, with the latter having fine work by Oliver Laric and Saitlin Kaeley. Other galleries of note are Invisible Exports USA and Klaus von Nichtssagend, who were showing quality work by Pamela Jorden. Bureau (NY) and Canada had a good showing with works by Jessica Silverman and Leslie Fritz. The pieces by Aris Moore at Jack Hanley are worth mentioning. The Journal Gallery out of Brooklyn also had a strong booth, but the best of the bunch was Peres Project and I particularly liked Brent Wadden, David Ostrowski, Nicole Klagsbrun and Elaine Reichem showing there. Other galleries worth mentioning are Corbett vs Dempsey and Creative Growth, who were showing John Hiltunen and William Scott. Other interesting British offerings were Joshua Lilley, Bischoff / Weiss, Cole, and Christopher Crescent.
We left NADA and went onto Pulse and will report back on that fair shortly.