The Good, the Bad, and the Ridiculous: Art Miami

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Too Big Too Much: Art Basel

According to Art Miami, “it is the leading international contemporary and modern art fair that takes place each December during art week at the midtown Miami complex in the renowned Wynwood Arts District. It attracts more than 82,000 collectors, curators, museum professionals and art enthusiasts from around the globe annually. Entering its 26th edition, Art Miami remains committed to showcasing the most important artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries in collaboration with a selection of the world’s most respected galleries.”

Synopsis: I do not need an $85,000 photorealist painting of a chicken on aluminum. I do not want to see any more Alex Katz paintings. I would like an Ed Ruscha print. I am glad that Baltimore’s Goya Contemporary and C. Grimaldis Gallery had fantastic looking booths and I hope they make all the money. That is all.

Here are lots of photos of good art, bad art, and the in between.

Author Cara Ober is the Editor at BmoreArt

Photos by Cara Ober and Stewart Watson

IMG_5036This is my face before Art Miami. It was pretty much the same after. I just needed some food.IMG_5029 (1)The Welcoming Committee: I liked them.

IMG_4948Big Art = Art Fair. Setting the tone with a giant Damien Hirst with embedded butterflies.

IMG_4950Kehinde Wiley. I would take this home. From Jerome Zodo Gallery.

IMG_4952Super pretty Beatriz Milhazes, left
The Awwwww. I loved this tiny selection of Warhol polaroids from Scott White Contemporary.

IMG_5030Christopher Wool: Black Book. I will take these, please. From Archeus/Post-Modern.

IMG_5024 (1)I like it: Whitfield Lovell.
IMG_5039Andrew Schiavo: Winner for most pencils. Also very pretty.IMG_5023 (1)Images from Goya Contemporary: Joyce Scott, 1970’s Timothy App, Jo Smail collaboration with William Kentridge, and Sergio Sister below.IMG_5022IMG_5021Amy Raehse at Goya Contemporary

IMG_5019 (1)Timothy App detail from Transit, 1971

IMG_5015Soledad Salame at Goya Contemporary

IMG_5012Sculpture by Wilhelm Mundt at GoyaIMG_5010 (1)Works by Sonya Clark with Goya ContemporaryIMG_5007Masatake Kozaki

IMG_5005 (1)Jasper Krabbé

IMG_5002Food Court: Yay!


Who will buy me this delightful Ed Ruscha?


IMG_4995 (1)Giant doughnuts and ice cream? Where would this look good????IMG_4994Keith Haring pyramid: I like it.


IMG_4989Dante Dentoni: Leggos! They are the secret filler of the universe.

IMG_4978Step into the Void (or on it): Charlie Ahn. A doormat would have helped.
The C. Grimaldis Gallery with photos, neon, and paintings. Good stuff.


IMG_4983Jan Van Munster at GrimaldisIMG_4984

IMG_5037IMG_4981Joan Waltemath at Grimaldis GalleryIMG_4980Stewart Watson finds Costas Grimaldis ! It’s an exciting moment.
IMG_4985Sarah Amos woven fabric, felt, and threat at Cynthia-Reeves

IMG_4976Jackson Fine Art from Atlanta brought the big photos and the boom boxes!

IMG_4974Boom!IMG_4972Amber Cowan ceramic collage. I like it. From Heller Gallery.


At Peter Marcelle Projects, NY… someone is sleeping. Oh wait. That’s sculpture.

IMG_4965Blind Errol by Douglas Gordon at Bridgette Mayer Gallery.

IMG_4961David Drebin. I love you too. Contessa Gallery.

IMG_4959Winner for most paint on canvas: Kwangho Shin. This thing defies gravity and smelled yummy, but could have benefitted from less figuration.


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