One of the first fairs to open during Miami Art Week was UNTITLED. Now in its fourth year, the fair showcases big and small scale works from over 130 galleries in its white beachfront tent- a place where you could find some of the most experimental and surprising uses of media this week. Among the booths we bee-lined for was Eric Firestone Gallery’s, which featured a large and psychedelic new piece from artist Jen Stark, now recognized by many for the wormhole and animated dripping entrance that she created for Miley Cyrus at the 2015 MTV VMAs. Take a look at more of our highlights from UNTITLED after the jump!
When Rumney Guggenheim debuted his namesake New York gallery back in October, covered here, he followed in his great-grandmother’s footsteps and chose a core group of young talents. Those artists included an internationally celebrated group of women: Olek (HF Vol. 29), Swoon (HF Vol. 36), Olivia Steele, AIKO, and Boxhead, whose personalities are as vivacious as their artwork. Rumney Guggenheim has brought them to Miami Art Week where they are exhibiting at the gallery’s SCOPE Miami Beach booth and in a special exhibition curated by Art Bastion gallery, which celebrated its opening with a lecture and private reception last night.
Miami Art Week is back in full force for another year, with 267 galleries and thousands of artists from all over the world descending upon the city’s shores. The fair that started it all is Art Basel Miami Beach, which opened its doors to the masses yesterday. In short, the fair is an explosion of Modern to Post-modern to a mixture of everything, from Brancusi and Warhol to contemporary painters like Mark Ryden and Kehinde Wiley.
When you’re faced with fairs measured in dozens, visiting every Miami Art Week offering isn’t feasible if you really want to enjoy it. Our suggestion: Check their social feeds or websites and pick a couple fairs that speak to you. Each one is going to offer some surprises. And even in repeat visits to events like Art Miami and Spectrum Miami, we saw gems that eluded us the first time around.
Since its debut 15 years ago, Art Basel Miami Beach has spawned and spread across Miami and Miami Beach, with dozens of new fairs and events in tow. This year, we’re visiting some of these efforts. It can be a bit daunting (and a bit cringey) to navigate at times, but in these diaries, we’re going to take a look at some of the work that, for better or worse, made us pause during walks down those long hallways.
Brooklyn based artist duo FAILE create work that is constructed from found visual imagery. Featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 18, their murals, installations and fine art blur the lines between high and low culture, but recent exhibitions demonstrate an critical eye on consumerism, and the incorporation of religious media and architecture. At last week’s Art on Paper Fair in Miami, covered here, FAILE debuted a new body of work at the Allouche Gallery booth, in which the duo draws on their roots of experimenting with printmaking.