Draw a big line across your calendar from Dec. 11 to Dec. 17, folks, because you’re probably going to want to be spending some time over at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for the fifth annual Migrating Forms Festival, if the quality of its Ed Atkins-helmed trailer is any indication of what to expect.
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Early this afternoon an artist and I sat in the lobby of the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach and marveled as one dealer after another hustled past, carrying paintings in and out of the neighboring banquet rooms, where the New Art Dealers Alliance had been in full swing since 10 a.m. All of the sudden, a Chelsea dealer popped up over over my shoulder. Read More
There are many great things about having your art fair at a hotel and resort in Miami Beach: a pool is just feet away, the beach is just a few more, and there is usually a pretty good buffet at the ready. And there’s another nice thing: dealers can use hotel rooms to store works and host private viewings away from the bustling fair. Read More
There were two extremely popular accessories at Art Basel Miami Beach yesterday, beyond the expected assemblage of handbags (a bounty of nice Céline and Hermès) and stilettos (the percentage of Louboutins in the room increasing throughout the day). One was a Little Sun, those cute little solar-powered lights that Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen have designed. The Fondation Beyeler was selling them at their booth, and people were buying them up and wearing them proudly. The other was a huge green coconut, sliced open for easy drinking with a straw, that people carried about, sipping as they strolled. Read More
It’s a tricky question for art dealers working Basel: how do you give collectors a feel for your gallery—your meticulously designed base of operations—when you’re operating out of a temporary little box that is more or less identical to those of your more than 200 competitors in the Miami Beach Convention Center? Read More
Christie’s says the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts would raise between $452 million and $866 million if sold. [NYT]
Dealer Subhash Kapor’s assistant pleads guilty to posession of looted items. [NYT]Turner Prize-winning artist Laure Prouvost will have her first solo show in New York. [The Art Newspaper]
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Kenny Schachter is a London-based art dealer, curator and writer. His writing has appeared in books on architect Zaha Hadid and artists Vito Acconci and Paul Thek, and he is a contributor to the British edition of GQ. The opinions expressed here are his own.
Some years ago, I was asked by an in-law with a Read More
And we’re off!
More than 250 exhibitors have spent the past few days setting up shop in the Miami Beach Convention Center, and this morning the doors swung open to let in the first tranche of VIPs. Many more have arrived in the intervening hours. It feels buoyant in there, dealers switching between their iPads and cell phones and collectors, getting business done. Is it a success? It’s too soon to tell. For now we can just look at the art, which is not a bad position to be in. In the accompanying slide show, a quick trip around the fair. Read More
Today the big fair opened to VIPs. Tomorrow, the general public is invited in, through Sunday, Dec. 8. In the slide show at left, the final part of our Basel preview, 25 works that are on offer at the fair. Note: Some may already be sold! Read More