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Art Fair flash: Philly ‘s Miami beachhead


judith schaechter
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
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 artists are included in the Pentimenti group, including Joseph Hu, Sarah Daub, and Kevin Finklea. Look for Frank Hyder and Florence Putterman at Projects Gallery’s space. And don’t forget to check out Diane Ashley’s booth. [addition 11:14 p.m.: Ashley’s group of nine artists includes two from Philly–Matt Kucynski and Lea Provenzano].

Judith Schaechter will be featured at Claire Oliver‘s booth at Flow, a new invitational fair, and Schmidt/Dean Gallery will be there featuring work by William Smith, among others.

Gabriel Martinez
Darren, 2006, silver gelatin print, 50 x 40″; sexy thing that it is, it got some buzz the minute I put this up on Flickr

At NADA, the New Art Dealers Alliance fair, Gabriel Martinez is one of the featured artists at Samson Projects. Also at NADA look for CEREALART, which will be introducing a number of new editions, including work by Kehinde Wiley and by Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz.

A long list of favorite Philadelphia art stars will be at Gallery Joe’s booth at Aqua Art Miami, including Matthews, Astrid Bowlby, and many more. You can download this PDF catalog for more info. Gallery Joe is on page 16.

Truckhouse installation/performance and video, by Ianthe Jackson

On the wilder side, at GRENDELmiami, the ultra-hip Brooklyn gallery Jack the Pelican will be showing an artblog fave, Ianthe Jackson, whose career we’ve been watching from afar since even before she had her 2005 Tyler MFA show. She will be showing Truckhouse, 2006, a performance/installation with video. Grendel calls itself an exhibition of ambitious works of art that would be impossible to display in the confines of an art fair!

So we’re sizzling with jealousy, wondering why we’re not down to Miami on this cold, cold December day. But good news. Our deputy Andrea Kirsh is going down and will report to us all on what’s cooking there. Fellow blogger, artist Joanne Mattera should also be posting some reports.