Art Basel Miami Beach” by Pamela Beck

ArtDart by Pamela Beck: Everybody knows that you can’t see everything when you go to Art Basel Miami Beach. It’s not that you don’t want to, you do. You really do.

ARTdart: There are as many ways to think about art as there are to create it. Join Pamela Beck in her column, ARTdart, as she explores and considers the different perspectives that define the art world.

Everybody knows that you can’t see everything when you go to Art Basel Miami Beach. It’s not that you don’t want to, you do. You really do. But there are more than 20 fairs, more than 75,000 visitors, and your mind stops working after several hours of concentrated art viewing and the constant jostling of well-dressed strangers.

Even if you have the stamina to make it to all of the fairs, there’s the not insignificant problem of finding a taxi to actually get you to them. It’s enough to make you stand on a street corner swearing that you’ll never return to Art Basel again… until you remember that the fabulous Design District will be completed about this time, 2014.

I saw many things that delighted me this year. Like this:

“Seer Bonnet XXI [Eliza] and Seer Bonnett XX [Emily]” Bonnets encrusted with thousands of pearl-headed corsage pins Lisa Sette Gallery
“Seer Bonnet XXI [Eliza] and Seer Bonnett XX [Emily]”
Bonnets encrusted with thousands of pearl-headed corsage pins
Lisa Sette Gallery
This is Angela Ellsworth’s strong statement about traditional Mormonism, her own background. (The points of the pins face inward, while the beautiful pearls reflect another message. Sister wives takes on a whole new meaning…]

And this:

“Tiny Landscape Painting, Antigua: Hurricane Sky, Black Jagged Hill” Oil on Polaroid card 1O x 8 cm Ingleby Gallery
“Tiny Landscape Painting, Antigua:
Hurricane Sky, Black Jagged Hill”
Oil on Polaroid card
1O x 8 cm
Ingleby Gallery

Frank Walter lived in an isolated shack in Antigua for 25 years. He suffered from delusions of aristocratic grandeur but produced these simple, powerful works.

And this:

“Ceyx” Graphite and Ink on paper 5O x 38 inches Dillon Gallery
“Ceyx”
Graphite and Ink on paper
5O x 38 inches
Dillon Gallery

Leah Yerpe’s perfectly rendered figures are riveting as they evoke the beauty and mystery of both human and celestial bodies.

And no trip to Miami will ever again be without a stop at the inspiring Perez Art Museum [PAMM], dramatically set against Biscayne Bay.

Photo:  Perez Art Museum Miami Partial View of Ai Weiwei's "Forever" installation of Chinese bicycles
Photo:
Perez Art Museum Miami
Partial View of Ai Weiwei’s “Forever” installation of Chinese bicycles

Herzog & de Meuron designed this jawdroppingly, elegant structure, both contemporary and organic with its use of concrete, wood and pervasive garden and water features. In a distinct “today’s-museum” style, PAMM compellingly combines art, nature, entertainment, leisure and respect for local culture/climate.

Photo: Perez Art Museum Miami Outside view
Photo: Perez Art Museum Miami
Outside view

The beautiful, sprawling entrance immediately stops you in your tracks with its latticed roof, abundant terraces, and plant infused columns hanging from the roof like tropical stalactites.

Inside, the airy exhibition rooms currently display diverse shows including: “Ai Weiwei: According to What,” the powerful political and personal installations of this outspoken critic of the Chinese government. [Ai was prohibited from traveling to see this exhibition.]

And, in contrast, another exhibit, “A Human Document: Selections from the Sackner Collection of Concrete and Visual Poetry,” is private and quiet, where words and images fuse to create fantastic works that span centuries and styles.

A friend asked me if the museum overpowered the art on exhibit. It’s a fair question. Being inside such a beautifully designed and constructed building is undeniably exciting and uplifting, particularly with the pervasive window views of lush gardens and the bay; not to mention the inviting seating areas, both inside and out, that are already crowd-pleasers.

In the end, my friend’s question will be answered by the art on display. Either it will encourage a visitor’s full involvement or it will be overwhelmed by the particulars of this pleasurable museum experience. Interestingly, this built-in competition is a provocative test for the art itself.

The same challenge can be given to the art presented at the Miami art fairs. The works that engaged me in that supercharged, distracting atmosphere are the ones I’ll remember; and the search for them and what they evoked in me, are the reasons I’ll return.

Now all I need is a car and driver.

Pamela Beck
Pamela Beck

Pamela is Public relations director for Season of Sculpture and a private art consultant. She co-owned Pannonia Galleries in NYC. There she was also an art appraiser, private art dealer, art fair exhibitor and catalogued paintings at Sotheby’s. She was Communications Director of The Essential Element. Pamela has a keen intrest in the arts and supporting Sarasota’s future as a lively, diverse and forward thinking city for young and old. Pamela is a member of The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, Curatorial & Acquisitions Committee and Institute for the Ages Volunteer.

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Interviews from Art Basel Miami Beach by Pamela Beck (3/5)

There are as many ways to think about art as there are to create it. Join ARTdart columnist, Pamela Beck, in this 5 part feature interview series with 5 participants from Art Basel Miami, as she explores and considers the different perspectives that define the art world.

There are as many ways to think about art as there are to create it. Join ARTdart columnist, Pamela Beck, in this 5 part feature interview series with 5 participants from Art Basel Miami, as she explores and considers the different perspectives that define the art world.


18309_514610118563990_569603192_nWalter Matthews, a painter in the Fine Arts Program, is a senior at Ringling College of Art and Design.


PB: You traveled with other Ringling College students. How many went and how did the group get organized?

WM: There had to have been thirty to forty people. All juniors and seniors go every year for three to four days. Before the trip, we had previously broken into groups and then were provided a faculty chaperon for each group. We all took a bus provided by the school and all students stayed in a hostel on South Beach.

PB: Which fairs did you visit and which were your favorite?

WM: I visited Pulse, Aqua, Art Miami, Nada, Scope and Art Basel. My favorite was Pulse they had a well-organized layout that made it easier to look at work. I liked Art Miami as well though.

PB: Did the group stay together during the days and nights? What did you do?

WM: Yes, our group stayed together during the days and nights, but we were allowed to do as we liked after meeting for whatever fair we were told to meet at for that day. After fairs we went bar hopping around South Beach for the most part.

PB: How did this fair experience affect you? There was so much to see and do.

WM: The fair experience usually affects me in the same way each year. It’s like going to a buffet and then leaving sick because you’ve eaten too much. There was plenty to do. I probably averaged four hours of sleep each night. We would look at art all day then take advantage of the nightlife in the evening.

Jan De Vliegher Ganymede, 2012, Oil on canvas, 79 x 79 inches
Jan De Vliegher Ganymede, 2012, Oil on canvas, 79 x 79 inches

PB: Did you see any new work that you particularly liked? Please describe it.

WM: I came across a series of paintings at one of the convention centers I really enjoyed. I believe it was at Art Miami, in Mike Weiss gallery booth. There, Jan De Vliegher had a series of oil paintings of antique porcelain plates. They were very painterly and the brush handling was very impressive.


Read PART ONE: Interviews from Art Basel Miami Beach (1/5)
Read PART TWO: Interviews from Art Basel Miami Beach (2/5)

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Sarasota’s S/ART/Q exhibiting in SELECT Fair Art Basel Weekend

December 5 – 9, 2012
SELECT FAIR, Catalina Hotel, Miami, FL

Sarasota’s artist group S/ART/Q, will complete their 2012 exhibition season with its first out-of-town exhibition in the highly anticipated contemporary art fair, SELECT Fair, taking place in Miami Beach during Art Basel Weekend

December 5 – 9, 2012
SELECT FAIR, Catalina Hotel, Miami, FL

VIP Preview, Wednesday, December 5, 4-10 p.m.

Thursday, December 6-9th, Exhibition open to public 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Sarasota’s artist group S/ART/Q, will complete their 2012 exhibition season with its first out-of-town exhibition in the highly anticipated contemporary art fair, SELECT Fair, taking place in Miami Beach during Art Basel Weekend December 5th- 9th. Formed in late 2008, S/ART/Q is a group of ten professional contemporary artists whose name underscores their connection to the region (a takeoff on the area’s tree letter airport code “SRQ” in combination with the word ART) and the central role that art plays in all our lives, especially here on the cultural coast.

During four consecutive days in December, SELECT will be S/ART/Q’s first group exhibition since its well-attended AVANT GARDEN exhibition January 2012 with Selby Gardens in Sarasota, FL. “We feel very fortunate to be invited participate with the SELECT Fair and look forward to helping the visual arts of Sarasota to join the world art platform” says S/ART/Q co-founder Tim Jaeger.

Painting by Tom Stephens

To offset the expenses for S/ART/Q’s participation in the SELECT Fair, S/ART/Q held its annual popular Screen Printing Party with Sarasota’s Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center in September of 2012. Drawing close to 2,000 enthusiasts, S/ART/Q was able to reach its monetary goal while screening over 1,500 prints in 2 days.

SELECT Fair just steps away from the prestigious Art Basel convention center, will be held inside of the Catalina Hotel where 64 of the 190 guest rooms will be transformed into high-energy, collective gallery spaces taken over by the work from galleries, print dealers, collectives and artists. All of the public space inside of the Catalina will be taken over by installations and performances, making SELECT the most eventful and dynamic satellite fair on South Beach. “December marks the beginning of the season in Miami Beach and Art Basel is, without a doubt, one of our busiest weeks of the entire year,” said owner of The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club, Nathan Lieberman. “We consider the Catalina one of our most progressive hotel concepts and we are excited to welcome on of today’s most progressive art exhibits to our property.”

Painting by Joseph Arnegger

S/ART/Q includes artists Joseph Arnegger, Ariana Franco, Tim Jaeger, Amy W. Miller, Jen Nugent, Daniel Perales, Steve Strenk, Jeff Schwartz, Nathan Skiles, and Tom Stephens. S/ART/Q produces roaming/temporary exhibitions, creates educational opportunities in the community while exposing the public to how artists function in society and ultimately enhances the arts culture in Sarasota.

For questions, contact Tim Jaeger at 941.400.0598 or regeajstudio@gmail.com

Please visit sartq.com for more information about S/ART/Q or selectartfair.tumblr.com for information about S/ART/Q’s participation in the SELECT FAIR


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