Monday, December 10, 2007

Mini Miami Report

We are still in Miami taking care of some last minute business, and I feel so entirely out of the loop on current events (have them impeached Bush yet?)...but I wanted to share a few photos of the fair that has been our life for the last week and a few knee-jerk impressions about Miami this year (because those are always so valuable, eh?).

This is the view from the top of the Pulse Art Fair. I'm not big on pissing matches among the fairs, seeing each as serving a different segment of galleries and the art world in general, but I did very much enjoy Pulse this year and liked hearing from other folks that it was among their favorites.

Ahhh...who am I kidding, Pulse kicked ass this year. With record attendance, incredibly strong sales, museum quality art everywhere, and a growing sense of importance among the art world in general, it's become the fair after Basel to beat, in my opinion. Opinions may vary, but I trust mine the most. More on this idea later when I develop these thoughts some more.

We went with an inside/outside/color/b&w theme this year (we somehow scored primo placement and had two outside walls). For the first three days of the fair the interior of our booth was all black-and-white work with formal wall labels and overall appearance. We had color works on the outside. Then we inverted the booth, scrawled the wall labels in pencil on the wall, let down our hair (so to speak), and showed more of our casual side. It had the effect of feeling like we had done two booths or two fairs, and though it was a lot of work, we enjoyed the response. Here's a shot of the first layout:

Some of our artists were in town for the festivities, including Sarah Peters (and her husband the artist Christopher Spadazzi):

David Kinast (and his friend the artist Deborah Grant):

Jennifer Dalton was able to attend as well, and her hilarious bracelets were seen across Miami for the duration of the fair (more on that later).

And, of course, the man I could not survive any art fair without. The hardest working and hardest playing man I know, my Bambino (doing his Janet Jackson impersonation):

Thanks to all the folks who stopped by the booth, and a sincere and grateful thank you to the folks who shared kind words about the blog!

More later when we return to New York.

Labels: Miami


Anonymous Cedric Caspesyan said...

Lol, cool shirt, Bambino.

Those gloves should be affixed to it permanently.


12/10/2007 12:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Cedric Caspesyan said...

That Jennifer Dalton is an intriguing artist.

I cast my vote that she should be invited at the next Whitney Biennial.

Cedric Caspesyan

12/10/2007 02:09:00 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

there was great energy in Wynwood. we stuck around fairly late into the evening on Saturday, checking out the local galleries and parties-- heist, locust projects, zones- i know you guys put in long days, but i was a little disappointed that Pulse and Geisai closed so early!

12/10/2007 04:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best articles about Miami are in Artinfo. Forget Artnet, a tired rag indeed.


12/11/2007 05:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Cedric Caspesyan said...

Before Art Fag City was,
which I think is RM Vaughan (canadian dilettante, critic and author) under a guise.

I'm bringing this article under attention as it is saying interesting things, though quite cynical, in favor of art fairs.

Most of the post is about Jerry Saltz's visit at TIAF and it's very ouchy.

Thanks to Jenny at Simpleposie
for the link, which she refers to in her new question of the day:

Cedric Caspesyan

12/15/2007 02:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Walker said...

Brian Sherwin did an interview with Dalton on the blog. You should check it out. Why don't you have that blog listed to the side?

12/15/2007 06:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Cedric Caspesyan said...

Ooops...someone corrected me that Artfag (.ca) is actually NOT RM vaughan so, disregard the filiation.

Weird, I was so certain it was him
that I can't remember when the confusion came. would be the RM Vaughan blog and Artfag remains as anonymous as it wished to be.

Cedric Caspesyan

12/16/2007 12:57:00 AM  

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