It is the first week of December, and Miami dresses up to welcome the art elite in what has become one of the most relevant gatherings of art and culture in the world. Art Miami, a counterpart and complement of the prestigious Art Basel fair, brings to the Magic City the best selection of modern and contemporary art from 125 international galleries.
NICHOLAS and SHEILA PYE. Loudly, Death Unties, 2007. Curator’s Office | Washington, DC.
From December 3rd to the 8th, collectors, dealers, curators and artists coexist in a city known as a beach paradise, which becomes, albeit for a short period of time, the epicenter of contemporary art. In the previous edition, Art Miami showed great success with a high influx of collectors, curators, artists, connoisseurs and designers: around 11,000 on opening night and 60,000 during the 6-day affair.
Art Miami maintains a preeminent position in America’s contemporary art market. Its rich history as the oldest fair of this kind in the city, and the variety of works displayed, make it a mandatory stop for collectors, curators, museum directors and interior designers, who have the opportunity to see up close the most important avant-garde works of the international art scene.
CONTEXT is one of Art Miami’s sister events and aims to stimulate emerging careers, which makes it the ultimate platform for more or less established galleries who come to display the works of new talents. Its open atmosphere generates an interesting dialogue between artists, gallery owners and collectors.
RAPHAËLLE DE GROOT. La réserve, 2012. z2o Galleria l Sara Zanin.
Its space, combined with that of Art Miami, welcomes 190 exhibitors in an area of 200,000 square feet. The section ART FROM BERLIN, organized by Berliner Landesverband Galerie (Gallery Association of Berlin), with the official support of the European Union, continues to represent the Berlin art scene through six galleries. Galerie Berlin will exhibit works by Christoph Bouet and Stefan Reichmann; Galerie Kornfeld will display pieces by Franziska Klotz, Susanne Roewer and Alexander Polzin; Kuhn & Partner Galerie will feature Birgit Borggrebe, Christoph Damm and Andrea Wallgren; Schmalfuss Berlin Contemporary Fine Arts brings us works by Anke Eilergerhard, Stefan Hoenerloh and Bodo Korsig; Swedish Photography shows pieces by Dawid and Malou Bergman; and Tammen & Partner will present exhibits by Dietmar Brixy, Volker März and Werner Schmidt.
ART VIDEO LOUNGE returns, this year, with a strong focus on video art and new artistic technologies. Their proposals are curated by LaRete Art Projects, an institution dedicated to research and support of new artistic strategies. Visitors will be able to enjoy audiovisual works from the Video-Forum Collection of the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, one of the most consistent German organizations devoted to the collection, display and dissemination of video art.
Among the works coming to Miami, Hartmut Bitomsky‘s B-52 reflects on the symptoms of our times with a social and political exploration through an elaborate, minimalist and poetic montage. Another interesting work by Anetta Mona Chisa and Lucia Tkáčová, who in their Manifesto of Futurist Woman (Let’s Conclude), addresses gender relations and their personal roles as female artists from Eastern Europe in an art world dominated by men and by the West. Other titles from ART VIDEO LOUNGE include: In Free Fall by Hito Steyerl, and Amir Yatziv’s DETROIT.
JAY YAN. Sleeping Giant, 2011. Galleri Urbane Marfa + Dallas.
Video is also the subject of a unique exhibition, ZOOM IN, an interactive platform by artists considered remarkable by the leadership of LaRete Art Projects. The viewing booths for these images will be displayed in a covered walkway, which connects the CONTEXT and Art Miami pavilions in Miami’s Wynwood Art District. The proposed titles are Sleeping Giant by Jay Yan, Trilogy by Nicholas and Sheila Pye, and La réserve of Raphaelle by Groot.
The CHECK OUT section of the fair should not be missed. It features provocative installations by artists such as Pablo Atchugarry, Milton Becerra, Beto De Volder and Sophia Vari. And if you want to think big, stop by BIG THINK, which pays homage to León Ferrari, the Argentine master who died this year at age 83, with a solo exhibition of his murals and sculptures.
BETO DE VOLDER. Untitled, 2010. Durban Segnini Gallery | Miami.
AQUA ART MIAMI in its ninth edition, and also linked to Art Miami, is committed to vibrant international programs and support for small galleries and emerging artists. Located in a classic South Beach boutique hotel with spacious showrooms overlooking an interior courtyard, it has become an ideal meeting place to enjoy the creative exchange. Thanks to its excellent location at the heart of South Beach, it promises to attract many visitors who come to participate in this exciting weeklong feast, which also includes Art Basel, Scope, Art Asia and a long list of events that converge in Miami during the first week of December. AQUA ART features 47 young galleries from America, Europe and Asia as well as an innovative program of performance art, new media and installations. ■
FOTOS: Cortesía de Art Miami, CONTEXT y las galerías participantes.