While Art Basel Miami Beach gets big billing, there is a lot more that happens in Miami when the art world converges during the first week of December. This is an important time for art consultants….we are face to face with galleries and artists from all over the world – we’re working with clients to identify works and artists that fit their collections – we lead tours – we’re doing research for future projects and engaging in the never ending process of educating ourselves. The PBS Newhour captured the experience well and we were pleased to be part of their excellent report. Follow along in this blog post to see highlights of our week.
We have a special relationship with the UNTITLED Art fair in Miami. As their official art advisor, we work directly with VIPs and conduct tailored tours for collectors. The tours are designed to provide deeper engagement with the exhibitors, and give collectors the opportunity to meet artists and dealers personally.
Working with Clients
While we do significant research on what galleries are bringing to the fairs, discovering new work for our clients is one of the more important things we do in Miami and for that matter all year long. In Miami, we spend time at the five highest quality fairs where we focus on client’s needs and interests. Below is a sampling of both new discoveries as well as works that we have strategically placed in client’s collections.
Beyond the Art Fairs
Beyond the art fairs, a broad range of vibrant art offerings such as private collections and museums display some of the most timely, relevant contemporary art in the world during Miami Art Week.
Mark Dion’s new site-specific, permanent installation “David Fairchild: Laboratory at The Kampong,” is at The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden in the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami. A re-creation of famed horticulturalist David Fairchild’s laboratory, this project exposes Fairchild’s profound impact on American food culture and explores the Kampong’s history through the artist’s particular visual and material vocabulary.
Miami Mountain consists of a five brightly painted boulders, stacked in the form of a contemporary cairn. Each boulder weighs between 15 an 30 tons. The piece finds its geological inspiration in the rock formations of the North American Badlands, the so-called ‘hoodoos’. The materials, at their core, are ancient and subjected to the sublime forces of time and nature, which is a recurring motif in Rondinone’s practice. His interest in what he calls ‘primitive materials’, such as boulders, stems from contemplation, stillness and inaction.
We always make a point of visiting CIFO, a non-profit foundation which houses Ella Fontanals-Cisnero’s collection. The recreation of this Liliana Porter piece is part of the current exhibit titled Toda Percepción es una Interpretación: You are part of it that showcases 39 artists and 49 works from the Ella Fontanals–Cisneros Collection.
The titled of this three ton sculpture translates to Language of the Birds, which according to the 20th Century French alchemist, Fulcanelli, teaches “the mystery of things and unveils the most hidden of truths.” As with all Kiefer’s work, allusions are never literal but reflect an ongoing interest in systems – mystical and material – which have evolved over centuries. This piece is one of several recent Anselm Kiefer acquisitions on view at the Margulies Collection.
As we continue to share with our clients our new discoveries in Miami we are also preparing for two very exciting fairs coming to San Francisco Jan 12 – 15. FOG Design+Art is a fair unique to San Francisco and brings important contemporary art galleries together with design galleries with the Vernissage benefitting SFMOMA. UNTITLED will open it’s inaugural San Francisco edition at Pier 70 and will feature 50 international galleries as well as special projects by Bay Area based arts organizations.
The Bay Area is teeming with rich art offerings in the form of galleries, artist run spaces and institutions. Support our local community by getting out and visiting.