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Is Anybody Happy?
I appreciate good 20th and 21st-Century collectible design as well as the next person, but when you see so much art at the other fairs, stepping into Design Miami you really see what makes art art and design design. It was another world, a pleasant interlude in a place where golden chairs, red sports cars and prefab homes--along with some really elegant furniture and objets-- were all on display. One interesting crossover: Sheila Hicks, long known as a “fiber artist” but recently seen more regularly in the galleries. In Design Miami, her work was the accessory to the furniture; at the art fairs, it stood alone.
This was my first time attending Design Miami. Though my tone is a bit snarky here, I'm glad I went.
The golden throne, below, at Galerie Kreo, Paris, was a pretty great attention getter
Jason Jacques Gallery had an ABMB-worthy installation of sculptural clay vessels
Below: Still from the video showing the prefab house constructed in a time-lapse sequence. The project is pretty great, actually. More info here
. . .and at Sikkema Jenkins, New York City, also at ABMB
You'll find more installation pics on the Design Miami website
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Social Animals at the Bass Museum of ArtFor several years Art Basel Miami Beach hosted Art Positions, an event in Collins Park (on the beach at 21st Street, across from the Bass Museum of Art), in which a handful of galleries showed their work in repurposed shipping containers. Open from early afternoon to about 10:00 at night, the Containers offered diehard fairgoers a chance to view yet more art after the other fairs had closed. Then, a few years ago, ABMB gave Positions its own corner in the Convention Cener.
Sam Falls, Untitled (Green, Pink, Peach, Yellow, Lavender, and Cobalt Blue 5), 2013, via Galerie Eva Presenhuber
Matias Faldbakken, Untitled (Fuel Truck), 2013, via Simon Lee Gallery and Paula Cooper Gallery
Huma Bhabha, God of Some Things, 2011, via Salon 94
(You get a better sense of the scale of this work, and the richness of the cedar it's made from, in the images above and below)
Above and below: This was one of the few interactive works on the grounds. Viewers entered one of four "rooms" when the fountain walls were down, then remained within while the "walls" went up
Next up: Painting at the Fairs
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