Our Curator's Report from the Miami Art Fairs, Part I

Posted by Drake, December 06, 2013

Our Curator, Mia Nielsen, was in Miami checking out Art Basel Miami Beach and the other fairs that pop up in the sunny, seaside city during the first week of December.

According to Mia, out of the Untitled, Scope and Aqua fairs, Untitled was the clear stand out, "a tight group of international galleries, the work was fresh and varied, presented beautifully in a tent right on the beach! It was great to see some of our favourite collaborators including to see Diaz Contemporary, Cooper Cole Gallery, Katharine Mulherin, Division Gallery and Parisian Laundry - all Canadian galleries with great shows."

Untitled Miami

Untitled, above.

Monique Meloche's tightly curated booth around the theme of youth culture included an installation by Ebony Patterson with these wild jacquard tapestries.

Monique Meloche

Balzer Art Projects from Switzerland introduced me to Colombian artist Sebastian Mejia. The installation is on a flat wall, the depth you see is forced perspective. They're drawn with sharpies on Mylar. Up close they are very loose, almost abstract copies of 19th century paintings.

Balzer Art Projects

The Samsøn, a Boston gallery, had a great installation of photo based work by Carlos Jiménez Cahua. They must have had a bustling opening night because all these works were sold.

Carlos Jimenez

The Pool NYC had great work by Eric Mistretta, including these, made of tights.

The Pool NYC

At Inman Gallery from Houston, I fell in love with the work of Marc Swanson, who often incorporates clothing and other fabrics to make minimal, elegant works.

Marc Swanson

Down the beach, Scope had more of a mixed bag of emerging and some established artists, including this piece at the entrance by Tom Fruin, reminiscent of his stunning installation in Brooklyn a year or so ago.

Scope Miami

Aqua always has a surprise or two in store, despite being a smaller hotel fair. This year, Gary Baseman had a great installation, turning the room into a kind of birch forest. Paintings all featured his signature cast of characters exploring similar wooded scenes.

Aqua Miami

Get this! Gallery had an incredible tapestry by San Francisco artist Ben Venom.

Get this gallery

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