You know the old saw: Two's a coincidence, three's a trend. An amuse oeil for you while I plow through the painting pictures.
Ladies and Gentlemen, The StonesImmediately apparent on my first walk-through of the big fair, rocks became more visible the more I looked and then showed up at most of the other fairs. Well, you can't get more down to earth than stones. I'm sure the art handlers loved them. I am particularly fond of Katie Paterson's three existential rocks, below. The Glaswegian took three found meteorites, cast them, melted them, and recast them back into new versions of themselves.
Katie Paterson, recast meteorites, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh; Art Basel Miami Beach
Alicja Kwade, iron and stone, Kamel Mennour, Paris; at ABMB
Lee Ufan, natural stone and iron, at Kukje Gallery, Seoul; ABMB
Installation at Francesca Minn, Milano; ABMB
Ismael Ortiz at unidentified gallery; Untitled
At ABMB, artist and gallery unidentified
Mark Hagen, Neon in my Veins, volcanic glass on burlap, at John Wolf, Los Angeles; Aqua Art
At Galerie Leme, Sao Paolo; at ABMB
Sam Moyer, marble and fabric, at Galerie Rodolfe Janssen, Brussels; at ABMB
Ken Fandell, Rock, photograph, at Traywick Contemporary; at Miami Propject
Alan Magee, Aphorism, acrylic on canvas, at Forum Gallery; at Miami Project
Plus SizesThe Lumbersexual look was big in Miami. Non popular, necessarily, just big. An average-height person would come up to the elbow of of the shirt shown below. The ghostly gowns from Beverly Semmes loomed large (I'm a fan). There was a polo shirt for a polo team. And a giant glove? Don't cough.
Artist unidenfified at The Sunday Painter, Londin; NADA
Beverly Semmes at Shoshanna Wayne, Los Angeles; Pulse
Jose Lerma at Roberto Paradise, San Juan; NADA
Amanda Ross-Ho at The Approach, London; ABMB
Just as Wearable as Your ManolosAnd even more expensive.
Diego Bianchi, Stairs, at Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris; ABMB
Lia Chaia at Vermelho, Sao Paolo; ABMB
Juan Luis Moraza at Gakeria Espacio Minimo, Madrid; Untitled
Hair TodayIt's not just the preponderance of hair, but the back-of-the-head pose. Oddly compelling.
Jose Castrellon at Diablorosso, Panama; Miami Project
Individual photograph below
Nina Beier, human hair wig in painted frame at Metro Pictures; ABMB
Individual work below
Alex Katz, Tracy, at Graphicstudio; Ink
Rosemarie Trockel at Spruth Magers, Berlin and London; ABMB
It Had to HappenOnce selfie made it into the OED, the art was not far behind. Two's a coincidence here (both at Pulse), but there were hoards of people taking selfies of their own.
Tapp Francke at Gallery Nine 5, New York City
Lisa Levy at Schroeder Romero, New York City
(yes, that's moi in the mirror, above and left)