52 posts categorized "Art Fairs"

December 02, 2005

Art Miami - MAO Does Aqua and Scope

OK.. So Got Down to Miami.. Better Late the never... I just hate it when that "Day Job Thing" Gets in the way of my Art Collecting!!! 

So, this morning The Art News Paper- Art Basel Daily Edition had already reported that all the "Really Good Art" had been bought up at the Pre-opening of the main Basel Miami Fair.. So... We decided we'd get a jump on the "Important Collectors" and hit the other fairs first.

Well.. MAO was not alone in that train of thought!!

                First Stop.. Aqua Art Miami Fair. Well.. all I can say.. 1st off.. we were ahead of the crowds and secondly.. the Seattle art scene is not exactly what I had hoped.. but the fair had some true standouts INMAN Gallery - Houston, and Plus Ultra Gallery - Ed "I love your Blog" Winkleman! Now, I soo have to go back and introduce myself, I Loved that Jennifer Dalton work you had at the fair Ed!!! Seen at Aqua : very quietly walking alone was none other than NYC playwrite Edward Albee!

               Second Stop....   ~SCOPE Miami and all I can say.. WOW.. totally jammed.. and Boy Was the ART selling fast!!! Best Quote of the day...  "We've got to CALL HOME and Have them SEND MORE ART RIGHT AWAY... WE'VE SOLD OUT OF EVERYTHING!!!" - Yikes!! Now I don't exactly remember which very Happy Gallery owner on the 4th floor said this to me.. But It basically summed up the SCOPE fair!  People were buying with both hands.. and asking questions later! I'm not sure if that was before or after hitting the free drinks on the roof deck.. But I'd guess after!! Seen at ~Scope.. Nicole Kidman And Nicole sooo winked at me a few times.. Oh well... I guess she's got a thing for the Gay Boys!!

ok.. .. what can I say...I'm a name dropper.

Today... Basel Miami... and NADA!

November 29, 2005

AQUAtains, NADAfiles, and BASELites Oh My!!

Wow.. there is sooo much going on in Miami.. and I thought it was only starting on Wednesday! WRONG!! Sounds like the fun started last night! Fr example.. Tonight is a big opening for Artist William Kentridge Solo Exhibition, it sounds great,  I'm bummed that I'm going to miss that opening event. Ed "I love Your Blog" Winkleman did a great job of summarizing the expected hot events to see! But, take a look at this list !!

  1. Art BASEL Miami   ---------    195 Galleries
  2. NADA Art Fair Miami ------    80 Galleries
  3. Aqua Art Miami ------------     35 Galleries
  4. PULSE Miami  --------------     47 Galleries
  5. ~ScopeMiami ---------------     67 Galleries

That's 424 Galleries!! Who would have thought there were so many?

Plus all the museum shows, special exhibitions, Open House Collections, Dinners and.. OH the parties! Who has time to see the fairs?

You just have to wonder, in 5 locations if there's going to be enough visitors to go around to give these shows real buzz this year?    I read somewhere on-line, Samuel Keller proudly saying there are 55 galleries new this year to the Art Basel Miami Fair.  How does the art world feed that many more galleries ??   Or do some go hungry?Wolfpack1_1     Do collectors and institutions spend more money because there are more galleries and artists work to see in one place.. or are all these galleries just fighting over the attention of the same 90 museums and top 100 collectors?

Well.. sorry to be a Debbie Downer, I hope all the fairs are a big success for everyone! But, it just seems like it's getting pretty crowded down there in Miami's Fairy Land!!

Well.. let the games begin.!! I'm looking forward to some fun in the sun,, a cocktail or 10,  and lots, and lots of Gallery shows to see  !