ART MECCA IN MIAMI BEACH
Where is everyone? On their way to Miami Beach, where the popular Art Basel Miami Beach art fair, Dec. 4-7, 2003, now in its second year, has prompted the scheduling of a wide array of complementary events.
This year, Art Basel Miami Beach features 175 top galleries from around the world (43 percent from the U.S. and Canada, 43 percent from Europe, 9 percent from Latin America, 4 percent from Asia and one gallery from South Africa). Twelve artists have been selected for the Art Statements spotlight (Haluk Akakce, Santiago Cucullu, Carlos Garaicoa, Mark Hosking, Ian Kiaer, Gabriel Kuri, Pedro Reyes, Ruth Root, Taro Shinoda, Monica Studer & Christoph van den Berg, and Laura Vinci), and another dozen younger galleries have been given budget-priced booths in a new "Art Nova" section.
The Art Positions section -- those air-conditioned shipping containers right on the beach -- features several newcomers this year, including Fusebox from Washington, D.C., Galerie Frank from Paris, Kevin Bruk Gallery from Miami, Koch and Kesslau from Berlin, Pierogi from Brooklyn, Gabriela Senn Galerie from Vienna, Sies + Hke Galerie from Dusseldorf, Sommer Contemporary from Tel Aviv, Spencer Brownstone from New York and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. For more info, and a complete list of galleries in attendance, see www.artbasel.com.
Among the offerings at local museums are shows of Janine Antoni and Paul Ramirez Jonas at the Miami Art Museum, Richard Artschwager and Inka Essenhigh at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, a selection of Spanish contemporary art from the Coca-Cola Espaa Foundation at the Bass Museum of Art, Red Grooms graphics at the Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables, selections from the Neuberger Berman art collection at the Norton Museum, and "The Propaganda of War" at the Wolfsonian-FIU (which is also throwing a party for Art Basel featuring a live performance by DJ Spooky).
A new institution, Miami Art Central (MAC), sponsored by the collector and philanthropist Ella Fontanals Cisneos and dedicated to contemporary artists of Latin American or Hispanic descent, is unveiling its facility with a show of 10 artists from South Florida. "Ten Floridians," as the exhibition is called, includes Jos Bedia, Robert Chambers, Dara Friedman, Jacin Giordano, Luis Gispert, Adler Guerrier, Mark Handforth, Gean Moreno, Glexis Novoa and Sergio Vega. MAC creative director is Manuel Gonzalez, the longtime art expert for Chase Manhattan (now J.P. Morgan Chase).
And of course the local galleries and design shops in the Miami Design District are rolling out their latest wares on Dec. 4 for a big neighborhood party.
Also on hand is the NADA Art Fair, Dec. 4-7, 2003, an independent show put on by about 40 members of the new dealer's cooperative [see "Artnet News," Oct. 14, 2003] at the Lincoln, a vacant office and retail building donated by Scott Robins Companies (and located at 1691 Michigan Avenue between 17th Street and Lincoln Road). Among the dealers on hand are Allston Skirt Gallery from Boston, Massimo Audiello from New York, Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery from Chicago, g-module from Paris, Mary Goldman Gallery from Los Angeles, Galerie Zink & Gegner from Munich, Inman Gallery from Houston, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art from Brooklyn and Taro Nasu Gallery from Tokyo.
Two fairs isn't enough -- add to the list Scope Miami, Dec. 4-7, 2003, at the Townhouse Hotel at 150 20th Street off Collins Avenue. Among the participants are 31Grand, Caren Golden Fine Art, Conner Contemporary Art, Ethan Cohen Fine Art, Heather Marx Gallery, Michael Steinberg Fine Art, Mixed Greens, Paul Rodgers/9W, The Proposition, Red Dot, Rocket Projects, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Taxter & Spengemann, and Y+O Projects. The press preview brunch features a special performance by The Paper Dolls -- we're there!