Miami Art Week 2017 Diary: Part 1

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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.

Art Miami and Context
The advantage of the Miami fairs, gallerists tell me, is that buyers aren’t afraid to buy larger sculptures. (Unlike fairs in New York, they say, where sculptures from the likes of Seo Young Deok (below) would take up 75-percent of an apartment. That’s only a slight exaggeration.) Maybe that’s why Art Miami seemed packed with them this year. And sculptures were actually some of the most powerful works from this year’s show.

Seo Young Deok


Justin Bower

Willy Verginer

Takeshi Haguri

Mat Brown

Matthias Verginer

Scope Miami Beach
Scope’s focus on contemporary art brings in exhibitors like Paradigm Gallery, Jonathan Levine Projects, Antler Gallery, Thinkspace Gallery, and others. With them comes artists you may recognize from the magazine—as well as rising figures in contemporary art. This beachside affair, situated closely to other fairs like Untitled, is one of the week’s can’t-miss efforts.


Michael Reeder

Robert Proch

Lars Calmar

James Bullough

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