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.

Stepping into a polka-dotted Yayoi Kusama installation in Los Angeles

And here we meet again. Berkeley Bespoke is travelling around the World to experience Art on a different level

16th October 2018, Los Angeles

Pioneering multimedia artist Yayoi Kusama’s work has transcended some of the most important art movements of the second half of the 20th century, including pop art and minimalism. Born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan, Kusama studied painting briefly in Kyoto before moving to New York City in the late 1950s.

She began her large-scale Infinity Net paintings during this decade and went on to apply their obsessive, hallucinatory qualities to three-dimensional work. In a unique style that is both sensory and utopian, Kusama’s work—which spans paintings, performances, room-size presentations, sculptural installations, literary works, films, fashion, design, and interventions within existing architectural structures—possesses a highly personal character, yet one that has connected profoundly with large audiences around the globe. Throughout her career, the artist has been able to break down traditional barriers between work, artist, and spectator.

Kusama’s exuberant sculptural installation With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever (2011) exemplifies the dualism found throughout her work between the organic and the artificial. Shown here for the first time in Los Angeles, the oversized flower-potted tulips made from fiberglass- reinforced plastic are painted with the same red polka dots as the floor, ceiling, and walls, creating an immersive viewing experience while at the same time diminishing the appearance of depth.

This work exemplifies Kusama’s singular vision and her distinctive gift for drawing viewers into the work on a deeply visceral level. Kusama currently lives and works in Tokyo.

The Marciano Art Foundation

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