Art Basel Miami Beach drew over 40,000 visitors and 200 galleries from thirty countries. A recent NY Times article dubbed it "the art Costco for billionaires" Billionaires and movie stars made the trip to Miami to buy art. Beyonce and Jay Z came out to purchase a 40,000 dollar chair. (Art Basel Miami Beach view from above)
Almost every event was sponsored by a product ranging from puma to energy drinks. I really liked this piece at Scope Fair by Marlene Haring because it talks about consumption and questions the relationship between artists and collectors. "This fair is all about sucking," said the artist. She offers to give passersby a one of a kind suck mark for ten dollars. Scope Fair Miami.
Tessa Farmer makes spectacular swarms from insect parts, carcasses and tree roots. "The Captive Hedgehog" at Scope Fair Miami.
Saya Woolfalk makes performative objects that critique the visual medias influence over our perception. Heidi Cho Gallery Scope Fair.
Emerging galleries displayed work in storage containers on the beach at Art Positions. This turned out to be a disappointment as most of the galleries attempted to cram to many artists into these tiny spaces. The end result was cluttered and distracting. I liked this piece by Zhu Jia at Courtyard Gallery Beijing because it uses the space as installation.
rethinking Nam June Paik????? An Ipod sculpture by dNASAb @ Marc de Puechredon gallery, Scope Fair.
Amy Steel is an MFA candidate at Portland State University
dNASAb caught my eye at the affair at the Jupiter Hotel too.
thanks for mentioning my installation/action.
Only my name is Haring, not Herring :-).
if you want to see more pictures of sucking in action or other work of mine, have a look at www.marleneharing.com .
Best wishes, marlene
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