GLOBETROTTING IN 2002
The first thing for New York art lovers to do in 2002 is... leave town! The smart money is already down in sunny Florida for Art Miami 2002, Jan. 4-8, where more than 200 galleries from 24 countries have set up shop in the Miami Beach Convention Center. Highlights include Shoichi Aoki (his photos of Tokyo street fashions were a hit last year) at Kevin Bruk Gallery; Maria Fernanda Cardoso (she did the traveling Flea Circus that had a stop at the New Museum) at Miami dealer Felipe Grimberg's Project Room; and Dario Escobar at Jacob Karpio from San Jose, Costa Rica.
If you have missed Art Miami, there's always ArtPalmBeach, the five-year-old "art fair for Florida's Gold Coast" put on Jan. 11-15 by David and Lee Ann Lester at the International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches. Among the 60 galleries from 10 countries are Artcore from Toronto, Berkeley Square from London, Forum, Heller and Nancy Hoffman from New York, Fay Gold from Atlanta and Marsha Mateyka from Washington, D.C. Proceeds from the collectors' preview on Jan. 10 go to the I Love NY Art Benefit.
Also on tap in the Sunshine State is the ninth annual Miami Modernism, a show of 65 galleries specializing in the applied and decorative arts from 1900-70, held at the Radisson Deauville hotel at Collins Avenue and 67th Street in Miami Beach during "Art Deco weekend," Jan. 19-20. The gala preview on Jan. 18 benefits the Wolfsonian-F.I.U.; tickets are &75.
Another fair coming up rather soon is across the pond in England. Art 2002 London Art Fair, opening Jan. 16-20 at the Business Design Centre. Now in its 14th year, most of the over 100 contemporary galleries hail from the U.K., ranging from Agnew's and Alan Cristea to Robert Sandelson and Vertigo. Plus, coming over from the U.S. are Leo Koenig, Team and DinabergArts, the New York curatorial firm that is spearheading Spencer Tunick's world tour.
Or, you could head West, out to the San Francisco International Art Exposition, which sets up Jan. 18-21 at the Fort Mason Center with its glorious views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Opening night is Jan. 17, with the gala benefiting the San Francisco Art Institute (tickets are $150). The SFIAE, which debuted in 1998, is a project of Thomas Blackman Associates. The show is largely a California affair, strong in local dealers and print people, but draws top dealers from all over, including Charles Cowles, Laurence Miller, P.P.O.W. and Salander-O'Reilly from New York.
For a taste of high-end decorative and fine arts, take in New York's 48th annual Winter Antiques Show, which opens Jan 20-27 in a new venue (usually it's at the Park Avenue armory) at the Hilton Exhibition Halls at 1335 Avenue of the Americas (between 53rd and 54th). The opening night party, Jan 19, is sponsored by Elle Décor magazine and benefits the East Side House Settlement (tickets begin at $250). The show also has a "young collectors'" night on Jan. 24 (tickets are at $125 and up). The show's 70 exhibitors include A La Vieille Russie, Donald Ellis, Les Enluminures, Barry Friedman, Richard Green, Hirschl & Adler, Leigh Keno, Mallet, Gerald Peters and Safani.
Il cerchio intelligente -- the smart set, in Italian -- is heading off to Arte Fiera 2002 in Bologna, Italy, Jan. 24-28. This is the place to take in the Italian art world -- more than 250 dealers spread out in three halls of contemporary art galleries and one of modern art. On Friday, Jan. 25, the fair hosts a conference, titled, "Art Collecting: A Successful Enterprise."
And last but not least, the Outsider Art Fair opens Jan. 25-27, 2002, at the Puck Building, with 34 galleries featuring self-taught and intuitive art. Among the participants are American Primitive, Margaret Bodell, Carl Hammer, K.S. Art, Phyllis Kind and Luise Ross. The gala preview is on Jan. 24, 2002, and benefits the American Folk Art Museum (tickets start at $500).
Coming up in February -- the ADAA Art Show and the Armory Show, both in New York during Feb. 21-25.