December 04, 2016, 4:35pm
It's that time of year, again...Back to Miami to get our annual fix of great art and beautiful weather (we live in Boston, after all). Let's start things off right with scenes from Art Basel. It was noticeably quiet during the Vernissage, but there were reports of big crowds during public hours. Expect more highlights throughout the week from Scope, NADA, Pulse, and Untitled. Enjoy! - Andrew Katz, Associate Publisher
All photographs by Andrew Katz
December 06, 2015, 9:17am
The final fair to share, Miami Project. I am also throwing in some pictures from Art on Paper, which was a tiny extension to the fair. Enjoy, and see you next year, Miami! - Andrew Katz, Associate Publisher
December 05, 2015, 2:15pm
I made it over to Wynwood to see Art Miami...Hope you like these highlights! If you click on the image it should open a full size view, which I encourage. - Andrew Katz, Associate Publisher
December 05, 2015, 4:16pm
Overall, Pulse has consistently been one of my favorite fairs. There are always high quality galleries and artworks, and the space is pleasant and bright. I dig the ocean views too! - Andrew Katz, Associate Publisher
December 05, 2015, 10:24am
More photos from my trip to Miami! This time from NADA Miami Beach 2015 at the Fountainebleau Hotel. It's a new venue for NADA, and we think a good choice. As always, be sure to click on the images for full view! Andrew Katz, Associate Publisher
December 05, 2015, 11:02am
WoGreetings from Untitled Art Fair!!! Click on the images for full size...Andrew Katz, Associate Publisher
December 02, 2015, 5:45pm
Always good to be back in Miami! I'll be posting some of my highlights for each fair over the next few days. If you couldn't make it, hopefully this will help you get your fill..Enjoy! Andrew Katz, Associate Publisher
Be sure to click on the images for full view!
November 23, 2015, 11:10am
We put together a comprehensive list of the fairs during Art Basel, Miami Beach. See you there?
Photo by Andrew Katz, New American Paintings
December 3 - 6
Miami Convention Center
Thursday, December 3rd, 3pm - 8pm
Friday, December 4th, 12pm - 8pm
Saturday, December 5th, 12pm - 8pm
Sunday, December 6th, 12am - 6pm
December 03, 2014, 9:52am
The art market is really a miracle of evolution…it is a machine…and all this machine does is swim and eat and make little sharks. Like a shark, if it stops moving forward it will quickly die. To prevent this from happening, the art market has become exceedingly good at generating and packaging the next best thing. In the old days critics and curators thought long and hard about visual culture and classified periods of time and groups of artists accordingly. These days things are moving much too quickly. We used to think in terms of –isms, but now we become briefly aware of trends.
At any given time there are numerous trends flowing through the art world. Of all the stakeholders, it is perhaps not surprising that dealers value their emergence the most. After all, there is great marketing leverage when an artist can be attached to something greater than his or her own individual practice. Collectors love trends to. It makes things super easy. Just look for something that people are excited about and buy anything that kind of looks like it. I see plenty of this in my art dealer life...these "collectors" typically have much better ears than eyes.
NICOLAS DESHAYES |Vein Section (or a cave painting), 2014, vitreous enamel on steel, powder-coated aluminum frame, 33 1/10 × 23 3/5 × 1 3/5 in, Courtesy of Jonathan Viner.
Of all the trends that will be on display in Miami this week, one strikes me as particularly pervasive: process-based painting. And one fair has more of it then any other: the ultra hip Nada Miami Art Fair. Even a cursory look at what treasures the fair will hold quickly reveals that an overwhelming amount work that belongs to the same family. Moreover, this work is spread across the stables of a wide swath of galleries. When looking at it, descriptives that come to mind include: abstract, anti-compositional, vintage, distant, cool, decorative, seductive, all-over, photographic, entropic, pattern, digital, repetitive, patina and processed. Artists that come to mind: Polke, Oehlen, Wool and Guyton.
There is no doubt that abstract painting has been the most exhibited art form over the past decade, and it has come in a variety of brands. Lately, there seem to be more and more artists who are defining their practice not so much with a specific subject or style, but by the way in which their work is made. Bleach, printing technologies, fire extinguishers, photographic chemicals, the sun and more have been deployed in the service of aesthetic advancement. The results are varied. Artists such as Hugh Scott Douglas and Sam Moyer, both of whom are on view at Miami Basel, are making substantial work and truly pushing the discourse forward. Many others are finding their way.
For those of you in Miami this week i will be curious to hear what you think. Are we witnessing the birth of Process-ism, or simply being offered this season’s hottest trend? - Steven Zevitas, Publisher
November 30, 2014, 12:02pm
It is Miami time again. I spent the last few weeks prepping for my own gallery’s presentation (UNTITLED, Booth #A04), and finally had a chance to peruse what is happening at the various fairs that will be scattered throughout the city. At the top of the heap is, of course, the fair that started them all: Art Basel Miami Beach. Over the next few days, two hundred and fifty + galleries representing thousands of artists will be busy installing their booths in preparation for next Wednesday’s Private Viewing. With the contemporary art market continuing to race along a break-neck speeds, all indications are that it will be another successful year for all involved.
I spent a few hours visiting various sites on-line to get the lay of the land. With very few exceptions I focused on emerging/mid-career artists…I mean, we all know what an Anish Kapoor looks like at this point. The list below is made up of artists and work that I am particularly excited to see next week. Enjoy the list. - Steven Zevitas, Publisher