ART WEEK IN MIAMI, GREAT ARTISTS AND ASTRONOMICAL PRICES
DECEMBER 1, 2015 2:51 PM
Andres Viglucci, Jordan Levin, Siobhan Morrissey and Jane Wooldridge
Size may not be as important in contemporary art, but in regard to the issue of the 2015 Art Week in Miami (Miami's Art Week), the giant exhibition every December envelops Beach, Midtown Wynwood and tumult in an amazing exhibition and buying art (not to mention parties and snooping), that it matters much.
Great art, great ideas, great prices and large crowds were visible everywhere on Tuesday, the traditional start of the piles of fairs and exhibitions satellite orbiting the main event, Art Basel Miami Beach, which opens to the public on Thursday.
Tuesday openings presented themselves exhausted visitors a comprehensive sample of what is hottest and coolest in the contemporary art market, a range of art that went from the sublime to perhaps ridiculous.
In the sculpture garden in front of the store of Art Miami, the foreman of the art fairs week, -11.000 swarm of VIP guests were invited, and apparently most asistió- were greeted by a brass spiral 16 US feet Gino Miles. Inside, they found a piece of British Damien Hirst, dead butterflies in a ring of six feet in circumference, for a price of $ 950,000, and works of ancient lineage than ever, including a huge kinetic sculpture of more than nine feet, Alexander Calder, for $ 12.8 million.
Not far away, on the border of Midtown Miami, a sculpture with flowers of dandelions 50 feet high, designed by Robert James Buchholz installed for the week rose only. A couple of blocks north four sinuous sculptures like "Candy Cane" 30-foot fiberglass and foam -75 times longer than a candy cane really, say the artists proudly occupy a much of the reborn Palm Plaza in the Design District during holidays.
Just west of there in Wynwood Walls, expanded with a new garden and new murals of graffiti style, some 200 guests, including street artists from Latin America and Spain, gathered for what Jessica Goldman, daughter of the founder of the project, the late Tony Goldman, he called "a big family dinner." Four new murals, including a huge floating Greek gods made by Spanish artists Pichi & Avo and a giant hands of German artist Case, hovered over them.
Not far away, in the downtown campus of Miami Dade College, actors swimming in a 4,500 gallon tank installed in a square, carrying out daily activities such as underwater a harbinger of what life will be like in the coming period Holocene, after climate change and sea level rise have conquered the world, courtesy of the director and media artist Lars Jan.
Some famous stars Sylvester Stallone attended was in the VIP opening of Design Miami, younger sister of the Basel fair, while the regular Leonardo DiCaprio Basel enjoyed a private premiere at Art Miami, his first time there. He also attended at least one major developer Jorge Perez. The Pinta visited the fair in Wynwood Miami, dedicated to Latin American art, including Carlos Martiel facility consisting of a naked man, live, lying motionless beneath a flagpole with the neck chained to the floor. The Mexican flag hoisted at the start on the pole was changed later to a flag of Costa Rica, and will be continuously changed throughout the exhibition.
An old woman nodded in approval at the naked man, but he did nothing but blink.
The naked man was not for sale, but many other works of art they were. Despite a certain economic decline in Latin America, one of the main sources of collectors of art fairs in Miami, and the problems of immigrants in Europe, Art Miami was virtually besieged; the director of the fair, Nick Kornilov, said the number of requests for VIP credentials this year exceeded those of 2014, and expects to surpass the total count of visitors last year, which was 82,500.
Some works were already sold big. In Miami Pinta, Bogota gallerist Luis Angel Parra said he had sold two sculptures by Colombian Hugo Zapata to $ 50,000 each. And judging by the sales price, the curators came to Miami with great expectations. In Art Miami, a painting by Andy Warhol Flowers was selling for $ 6.5 million, and a rare 1980s collaboration between Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, for $ 3.4 million. An unusual painting of the 1960 Alma Thomas was on the cover of the catalog for his 1972 solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum-the first African American artist to exhibit there- was selling for $ 950,000.
On Sunday, many visitors to the fair will be ready for the perfect gift, courtesy of Galerie Kreo, Paris, at Design Miami: the opportunity to take a relaxing bath in a boat. Studio Wieki Somers created the Bathboat (Bote bath) tub with a white interior and exterior corrugated honey that resembles one of those coveted handmade boats. Only 30 were made, plus a prototype, oak and red cedar.
their scale may not be as monumental, but the price of swim there it is. They sell for $ 50,000 each.
Miami Herald editors and Jeffrey Nicholas Nehamas Pierre contributed to this report.