ART BASEL, MIAMI ART WEEK
Miami’s December Gift by Kristie L Smith Nikitin
When the gloom and grey of December settles across the globe, the art world shines a warm, bright spotlight on Miami, Florida, USA. Art Basel founded her sister show on the shores of the Atlantic, and for a week the city puts on an unmatched spectacle. In 2002, Switzerland’s premier event for modern and contemporary art began a satellite exhibition in Miami. Fifteen years later, satellites are orbiting the satellite and Miami boasts more than two dozen destinations to celebrate creativity. Beyond the 200 galleries at Art Basel, additional vendors and artists were represented at 2017’s Design Miami, Spectrum, and Red Dot. In South Beach, at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Art Basel was a dizzying array of lights, sounds, colour and people. Chatter wafted from booth to booth — French, Russian, Spanish, English, English with an accent, this was truly the epicentre of the universe. From the whimsical to the political
and everything in between, the galleries were showing Warhol, Chihuly and those we haven’t heard of … yet. The UK’s Lévy Gorvy and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Madrid’s Parra & Romero, Tokyo’s SCAI The Bathhouse, Beirut’s Sfeir-Semler, and Chicago, Illinois, USA’s Patron, among others, had wares on parade. According to Art Basel sponsor, UBS, seven-figure sales were up this year over 2016 and some, including Patron, sold their entire booth. An easy walk from the convention centre was an industrialsized tent that housed nearly everything needed to layout a well-appointed home. This is THE venue for contemporary, traditional and kitsch from the four corners of the earth. The latest in interior fashions from London, Paris, New York, Milan and Chicago were on display. Exhibits were showing furniture, over-head lighting, wall coverings and hangings, not to mention vases, lamps, dust collectors, and jewelry—watches, necklaces,
rings, bracelets — as much art as they are fashion. Design Miami showcased tomorrow’s antiques today — a must-visit for anyone with an eye for design or a penchant for decorating. Moving on from the gated communities and hurricane toppled palm trees of South Beach, two more international art shows were on the other side of the MacArthur Causeway. Past enormous cruise ships and angry waves in the bay, lay Miami’s Downtown district. Beyond the Italian food truck in yet another commercial tent, was Red Dot and Spectrum. One entrance and one ticket for both shows. Approaching the gate, dozens of roses and baby’s breath dangled upside down from the ceiling. The pungent aroma of drying flowers filled the air and patrons wandered back and forth between Red Dot and Spectrum. Much of Red Dot felt familiar, comfortable and traditional. Spectrum, on the other hand, had performance art, and pieces
Published on Jan 9, 2018
Published on Jan 9, 2018
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