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!
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.
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While the collectors were busy at the fairs during Miami Art Week, street artists descended upon the Wynwood neighborhood to add new murals to the urban landscape, with thousands of eager tourists with cameras at the ready following not far behind. While many murals from past years have been preserved, we spotted new additions by the likes of Interesni Kazki, Nychos (who painted five separate walls), Faith47, Alexis Diaz, Swoon, Cleon Peterson, and many others. Colorful new pieces spilled out of the designated Wynwood Walls area and into the neighborhood. Several artists, such as Pixel Pancho, So Youn Lee, Nychos, and Bikismo, painted at the Jose de Diego Middle School, where, as we learned, arts funding has recently been cut. Check out some of our street art highlights below.
One of the largest fairs of Miami Art Week, Art Miami featured aisle upon aisle of contemporary art from some of the world’s most sought-after and innovative artists. The fair was a veritable visual spectacle where 3D work stood out.
While Miami Art Week has more art fairs than one could possibly attend in five short days, the event that started it all is Art Basel Miami Beach, colloquially known as the main fair. A major market place for the world’s most high-profile artworks, it’s the kind of place where snippets of conversations like, “Did you tell him 33 million dollars?” can be overheard while walking through the aisles.
This year’s rendition of SCOPE Miami Beach, coinciding with Miami Art Week festivities, features many galleries that will be familiar to Hi-Fructose readers as well as dozens of artists who have appeared in our print issues. An enormous installation by Swoon featuring a cut-out portrait of a majestic woman charging triumphantly forward greets viewers as they enter the fair, ushering them into the many collections of figurative, Pop Art-inspired, and streetwise art that lies ahead.