When the doors opened for the VIP opening of Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, Collectors were ready. Primed with champagne, consultants in tow, they had their maps in hand and were ready for business.
Gallerists clutched their catalogs and stood in anticipation as the crowds flowed into the convention center. Mr. Gagosian looked relaxed in his blue chip booth, filled with young fresh faces, ready to recite names and prices for those who dared to ask, wall tags are out of the question at this gallery.
On this first day of viewing sales seemed brisk, art works were sold, wrapped up and carried out while empty wall space was quickly replenished.
Berlin based artistic couple Eva and Adele drifted through the halls, posing for those who asked.
Familiar works showed up like old friends, Jeff Koons, Anish Kapoor, Ai Weiwei and Damien Hirst, the big boys club, vying for attention with with Barbara Kruger’s declaratives and Cindy Sherman’s gaze.
Art Fairs can be exhausting, a sensory overload, but there are those moments when your eye catches something and you stop, look, and absorb the aura of a work of art.
Marian Goodman Gallery provided one of those moments with a small Gerhard Richter hanging discretely behind the desk.
White Cube also offers a rare find for Art Basel Miami Beach. Jake and Dinos Chapman, forever “les enfants terible”, show that even as they enter into middle age, they have no intentions of letting up. “In Our Dreams We Have Seen Another World” 2013, is a delicate, dark world of zombies, skulls, nazis and crucified Ronald McDonalds all very neatly encased in a glass box.
For those looking for a rest from the crowds, Berlin gallery neugerriemschneider offers a sumptuous lounge space custom designed by Jorge Pardo.
A marble chair by Ai Weiwei sits like a throne in a back room.
The inside wall space is covered with multi colored curtains. Small scale art works by gallery artists are on display on the booths outer walls in a series of small niches.
Another Place of peace……………
Video viewing pods.
Revolver Gallery @ NOVA
The beauty of ABMB is in it’s diversity. Works from young up and coming artists are exhibited alongside great works from the modern masters.
Positions and Nova Sectors offer Galleries the opportunity to highlight works by young and emerging artists. Positions spotlights a single artist while Nova shows works created in the past three years by one two or three of three artists.