Back in September, I was solicited over the Internet to exhibit at the Select Art Fair at Miami’s Catalina Hotel. I was, according to the e-vite, the kind of artist that should take advantage of a unique art fair opportunity during Art Basel’s annual Miami art orgy (December 5 – 9, 2012). The pitch: For only $4,800 I would be able to show my work in a hotel room – one of only about 60 – right around the corner from Art Basel Miami. The founders proposed the curious idea that I could sleep in my gallery space! I wrote ... More » »
Pssst…Can we talk about money? I keep on getting press releases from Phillips de Pury about all the wonderful things they’ve sold, the auction records they’ve broken – Richard Prince’s “Cowboys and Girlfriends” portfolio fetching $146,500; Andy Warhol’s “Grapes” topping $104,500 – and the next pot of gold waiting in the auction markets in New York and London. And if it’s not from an auction house, the emails chime in from the art fairs in Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Geneva or galleries in India, Hong Kong or some new white cube that just opened here in Paris.
One of Adam Wallacavage’s octopus chandelier; picture courtesy the artist Sun, sand, warm weather and art. It’s a marriage made in magic-land, aka Miami, coming up later this week. And Philadelphia galleries will be there, as well as some Philly-connected artists showing work at other galleries. Here’s what we know about: Two Philly artists to look for at GenArt’s Vanguard Exhibition and Official Party during Art Basel are Adam Wallacavage and AJ Fosik. Here’s a picture of one of Wallacavage’s fabulous octopus chandeliers that will there. FYI, Fosik shows at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. artblog fave Judith Schaechter will show work ... More » »
Post by Andrea Kirsh Our trusty correspondent Andrea Kirsh reports from Art Basel/Miami Beach, in four installments. Here’s the fourth and last.–r&l Miami, Dec. 9 Return to NADA I decided to return to NADA with my camera, to see the parts of the fair I was too exhausted to reach two days earlier. NADA hammocks and balmy weather go together. NADA (the New Art Dealers’ Alliance) fair has a lot going for it, beyond 82 galleries full of art: in keeping with the organization’s mission to make contemporary art more accessible to the public, it is free; also supporting a ... More » »
Post by Andrea Kirsh Our trusty correspondent Andrea Kirsh reports from Art Basel/Miami Beach, in four installments. Here’s the third.–r&l Dec. 8 Back to the Beach I began the day with a breakfast at the Delano Hotel on Miami Beach, hosted by AXA Art (the world’s largest art insurer) and NetJet, a sort of Philly_Car_Share for private jets, 300 of which they had flown into AB/MB. That tells you something about the socio-economics of the audience. It was a discussion about conservation, care of collections and dealing with art in a natural disaster. Heather Becker of the Chicago Conservation Center ... More » »
Post by Andrea Kirsh Our trusty correspondent Andrea Kirsh reports from Art Basel/Miami Beach, in four installments. Here’s the second.–r&l Miami, December 7 The Chittendens, 2005, by Catherine Sullivan, © The artist I was a bit too ambitious today (and, since ABMB forbade cameras, I made the mistake of leaving mine home today as well). In the morning I headed to the Rubell Family Collection, always an exciting place to visit. It’s 45,000 sq. ft. – that’s right, I didn’t add a zero – of contemporary art in a building just North of Miami’s downtown that was formerly a depository ... More » »
Post by Andrea Kirsh Our trusty correspondent Andrea Kirsh reports from Art Basel/Miami Beach, in four installments. Here’s the first.–r&l Miami, December 6 Jiffy hybrid tji wara and Cignal hybrid tji wara, by Willie Cole, at Alexander and Bonin I’m a Miami native, and worked in the art world here during the 1980s, but my annual visits aren’t enough to keep up with the changes in the built landscape or with Miami’s art scene. The only time I’ve seen this many cranes was in Berlin in 2002, when it was still reacting to re-unification. Each successive year Art Basel/Miami Beach ... More » »
Judith Schaechter’s “Flasher”stained glass lightbox, 38 x 27″ The cold snap arrived just in time to justify the trip to the Miami art fairs, starting Dec. 6. So all of you who are going, send warm thoughts our way. And enjoy all the great Philadelphia artists and galleries strutting their finest stuff–from artists Judith Schaechter to Rob Matthews, from Gallery Joe to Pentimenti and SchmidtDean. Here’s where to find who: Joseph Hu’s toothpick sculpture Philadelphia’s largest contingent will be at the Bridge Art Fair, including Pentimenti, Projects and Ashley galleries [12/6/06: see correction in comment below]. A number of Philadelphia ... More » »