Extravaganzas of ART MIAMI 2018

Our favourite and the most dazzling see-and-be-seen extravaganzas of Miami Art Week

Miami, 10th December 2018 

James Austin Murray

Mike Dargas

Miami’s longest running contemporary art fair, Art Miami, officially kicked off its 29th edition alongside sister fair CONTEXT Art Miami. Renowned as one of the nation’s leading international contemporary and modern art fairs, collectors lined the block, eager to get the first look at work that included an unprecedented display of Antoni Clavé’s pieces from Landau Contemporary at Galerie Dominion (Montreal.)

Their show-stopping collection of Henry Moore’s work, including Mother and Child: Block Seat, proved to be a significant attraction. The high quality of the presentation ensured that extremely sought-after offerings at the fairs also included works by George Condo, Wifredo Lam, Jackson Pollock, Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Yayoi Kusama, Jeff Koons, Pablo Picasso, Willem de Kooning, Roy Lichtenstein, Marc Chagall, Ed Ruscha, Keith Haring, Frank Stella, Richard Serra, and more, with many things held on reserve. 

Martin C. Herbst

Henry Moore

Notable collectors and professionals including Beth Rudin DeWoody, Franklin Sirmans, Director, PAMM, Alice Louise Walton, Dennis and Debra Scholl, and Kim Heirston were among the 15,000 people who admired work from more than 800 established, emerging, and cutting-edge artists, represented by 160 international galleries from nearly 30 countries at Art Miami, and nearly 450 mid-career, emergent and cutting-edge artists from 96 galleries in 21 countries at CONTEXT Art Miami.

Mr Brainwash

 

At London-based gallery ARCHEUS / POST-MODERN, guests gathered around pieces by Andy Warhol, Lynn Chadwick and Jonas Wood, and the gallery reported sales of each of these artists, as well as David Hockney’s Colored Flowers Made of Paper and Ink from 1971, which sold during the fairs first hour for an undisclosed amount.

Arcature Fine Art saw interest in To Be Titled by KAWS, as well as people eager to admire Fernando Botero’s Flamenco Tablao from 1984 and Basquiat’s Spain from 1985. As they moved through, a large Damien Hirst caught visitor’s attention. On display with Galería Freites, they were also drawn to a series of sculptures from Manolo Valdés’ titled Maninas. 

Michael Moebius

Maddox Gallery has returned to Art Miami for the second year running, with talented British artists David Yarrow, The Connor Brothers and Michael Moebius in attendance. Visitors enjoyed works by a variety of World-renowned artists including Richard Hambleton, RETNA and Bradley Theodore among many others.

Maddox Gallery has rapidly expanded to include three Mayfair spaces, a gallery on Westbourne Grove, a European outpost in the luxury Alpine ski resort of Gstaad, and for the first time a physical space in the US market. In October 2018, we celebrated the opening of Maddox Gallery Los Angeles, our sixth location globally and the first in North America.

Bradley Theodore: ART & INCREDIBLE VIBES – Studio visit during Miami Art Basel

Bradley Theodore, one of the most recognized emergent artists and personalities. Well-known for his famous ‘Anne and Karl’ wall painting, Theodore has shaken the contemporary art World with his striking use of color, his passion for fashion and his personality

Miami, 10th December 2018 

Berkeley Bespoke had an incredible experience to visit a studio by an acclaimed artist Bradley Theodore, who continues to break boundaries as an artist by adding virtual reality creations to his repertoire.

Drawing his focus to history’s regal anarchists, his series alludes to a number of significant, culturally historic moments which Theodore has reinterpreted in his own, signature style. The works – all of which have symbolic importance – achieve the illusion of reworking history through a number of vivid scenes drawing attention to tribalism and the chaos and corruption of modern civilisation.

Bradley Theodore creates works that are inspired by the artist’s travels and the music world. He has created album cover art for Def Jam, Universal Records and Sony, and features music icons like Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols and Prince in his work.

Classical figures from history and contemporary icons provide inspiration for Theodore, such as Mona Lisa, Frida Kahlo, Marie Antoinette, Coco Chanel and Her Majesty The Queen.

Bradley Theodore, guest and Andrew Bezhenar

Theodore boasts a colourful personality which he seeks to share with the world through his artistic creations. He is renowned for making his art accessible to everyone and not confining his work exclusively to galleries having most recently collaborated with Puma to bring his soulful, introspective style to the brand’s Suede’s 50th anniversary.

Bradley Theodore and Andrew Bezhenar

The Himalaya Birkin: The “Most Important Handbag in the World” – SOLD (GBP 236,750)

Christie’s London Handbags & Accessories Auction Totals £2,936,500

London, 12th December 2018 

On 12 December 2018 Christie’s Winter Season Luxury sales in London concluded with the Handbags & Accessories auction, which totalled £2,936,500 / $ 3,670,625 / €3,236,023, and achieved sell-through rates of 93% by lot and 89% by value. The leading lot of the sale was a 2010 Hermès, Matte Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 35 with 18k White Gold & Diamond Hardware (estimate: £100,000–150,000), which sold for £236,750 / $295,938 / €260,899 and established a European record for a handbag sold at auction.

An additional sale highlight was an extremely rare aluminium Explorer Trunk by Louis Vuitton, which realised £162,500 / $203,125 / €179,075. Dating to 1892, this extraordinary trunk was created at a time when the production of aluminium was so complex it was more expensive than gold, and as a result only a very small quantity of aluminium trunks were crafted. These trunks were coveted by explorers and high society alike due to their durability, weight and rarity.

GRIS PERLE ALLIGATOR & TAUPE SWIFT LEATHER QUELLE IDOLE
HERMÈS (GBP 68,750)

Rachel Koffsky, Christie’s Head of Sale, Handbags & Accessories London: “We are delighted with theresults of today’s auction, including two record breaking lots; an Exceptional Diamond Himalaya Birkin in the 35 size and an Aluminium Louis Vuitton Explorer trunk. The overall sell-through rate, 93% by lot, demonstrates the appetite of collectors for these sought-after iterations. We are happy to conclude a year ofsuccessful sales in the Handbags & Accessories department at Christie’s with these phenomenal results.”

Further exceptional prices were achieved throughout the auction, including the 2017 Hermès Quelle Idole (estimate: £35,000-40,000), which sold for £68,750 / $85,938 / €75,763. Also known as the Kelly Doll, this Custom Quelle Idole in an exotic is an extremely rare iteration, crafted of matte alligator and accented with swift leather. Released in 2000 in celebration of the millennium, and designed in collaboration with then-Chairman Jean Louis Dumas, the Quelle Idole immediately took the handbag world by storm. Discontinued for a generation, the Quelle Idole has become one of the most sought-after limited edition pieces.

HERMÈS MATTE HIMALAYA NILOTICUS CROCODILE DIAMOND BIRKIN 35 WITH 18K WHITE GOLD & DIAMOND (GBP 236,750)

Highlights from this year’s edition of Art Basel Miami Beach

Several works went for more than $1 million at the 17th edition of Miami Art Week’s main fair. A 1963 Lee Krasner painting sold for $3.6 million at Kasmin, while a new painting by George Condo went for $1.1 million at Skarstedt

Miami, 10th December 2018 

Mel Bochner

The 17th edition of Art Basel Miami Beach has been marked by countless highlights. They include Abraham Cruzvillegas and Bárbara Foulkes’s incredible performative installation in the Grand Ballroom; exceptional works by feminist pioneers such as Ellen Cantor, Judy Chicago, or Faith Wilding; stimulating discussions in the frame of our Conversations program, curated by Mari Spirito; eye-opening Latin American positions by artists Feliciano Centurión or Artur Lescher, among others; and exciting contributions by a young generation of creative minds that include Marguerite Humeau, Eric N. Mack, Tschabalala Self, and Issy Wood.

Fergus McCaffrey

 Idris Khan

And Art Basel’s director for the Americas, Noah Horowitz, said on Tuesday that in a market affected by collectors’ passions and moods—which can be swayed by a season of auctions as much as by the macro-economy—the fair expects strong performance during its five-day run.
“There’s recently been some volatility in the markets; everyone is cognizant of that,” he said. “In the end, the fall auctions in New York were very solid, and that at least impacts psychology—people have sort of exhaled and are showing up onsite here full of enthusiasm.”
But uncertainty in aspects of their financial lives may lead collectors to seek out safer bets in Miami this week, retreating to more easily traded mediums like painting, for example, or to take more time when considering acquisitions. Both tendencies were observed by dealers during Art Basel in Miami Beach’s opening day.

Peter Freeman

Doug Aitken

Noah Horowitz, Director Americas, Art Basel, commented: ‘This year marks an exciting new chapter for our Miami Beach show. The now completely renovated and state of the art Miami Beach Convention Center enables us to deliver a fair of the highest caliber and sophistication, opening up unprecedented possibilities – as we have been able toillustrate with the staging of Abraham Cruzvillegas’ multidisciplinary installation that wepresented in partnership with The Kitchen.

The quality of work and presentations by our exhibitors have also never been higher and attendance by private collectors and institutions continues to be strong across all regions.’

Greene Naftali

Art Basel’s renowned talks series, which was attended by nearly 2,000 visitors, brought together leading artists, gallerists, collectors, art historians, curators, museum directors and critics from across the world. Programmed for the fourth and last year by Mari Spirito, Founding Director of Protocinema, Istanbul, the program featured 18 talks, offering perspectives on producing, collecting and exhibiting art and serving as a platform for dialogues and discussions on current topics from feminism in the artworld to blockchain technology.

This year’s Premiere Artist Talk was devoted to the Puerto Rican artist duo Allora & Calzadilla. Conversations was free and open to the public. Videos of all Conversations are available at artbasel.com/miamibeach/conversations shortly after the show. Next year’s Conversations program in Miami Beach will be programmed by writer, gallerist and art fair founder Edward Winkleman.

HUBLOT HOSTS ART TALK WITH INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED STREET ARTIST SHEPARD FAIREY

Hosted in a private mansion on the exclusive Palm Island off South Beach, the interactive art talk and private dinner brought to life Hublot’s prominent art partnerships celebrating with VIPs, media, influencers, and friends of the brand

Miami, 10th December 2018 

Berkeley Bespoke had the pleasure to attend Hublot Loves Art series during Art Basel Miami, together with the street artists and Hublot brand ambassador, Shepard Fairey and friend of the brand Tristan Eaton, alongside famed American photojournalist Martha Cooper and curator and street art authority Evan Pricco.

Hosted in a private mansion on the exclusive Palm Island off South Beach, the interactive art talk and private dinner brought to life Hublot’s prominent art partnerships celebrating with VIPs, media, influencers, and friends of the brand. Notable attendees included CEO of Best Buddies Anthony Shriver, Ferrari Squadra Corse driver Martin Fuentes, and artist CRIME BY DESIGN. Guests enjoyed a host of surprise double-billing of entertainment including a DJ set by Shepard Fairey himself!

Hublot welcomed Shepard Fairey, American contemporary street artist and graphic designer, as an official brand ambassador earlier this year and launched the Big Bang Meca-10 Shepard Fairey timepiece in celebration of the creative partnership. The model is part of the Big Bang Meca-10 family, a newer innovation on Hublot’s signature style with the brand’s in-house manual movement, a gear-driven mechanical aesthetic, and a 10-day power reserve. Accentuating this mechanical architecture, an opening at 3 o’clock sees Shepard Fairey’s “STAR GEAR” logo.

Tristan Eaton, Ricardo Guadalupe and Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey noted, “Hublot is approaching watch design and collaborations from unexpected angles, and tonight’s Art Talk here in Miami with my friends Tristan Eaton and Martha Cooper will invite everyone into a unique conversation inspired by our craft. I always thought I’d admire art and be a spectator in the culture but to be in the eye of the hurricane and fusing my art with Hublot is really special.

Ricardo Guadalupe, Hublot CEO, commented, “Hublot and Shepard share a unique vision, and their disruptive approach to their art is consistently first, different, and unique – a philosophy that explains the core of our brand. Hublot is excited to join forces with icons in the world of art as we bring our shared passion to life in the form of a panel discussion to close our week of exciting events.

Andrew Bezhenar

Hublot’s continued passion for the arts and dedication to its “Art of Fusion” philosophy allows for these partnerships and ambassadorships to be brought to life in Miami’s talented art and design community. The panel, moderated by Hublot of North America President Jean-François Sberro, offered a unique insight to understanding the relationship between art and horology, creating a dialogue among Shepard Fairey, Tristan Eaton, Martha Cooper, and Evan Pricco.