Art Miami New York Mixes Blue Chip Masters With Street Art

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Art Miami New York at Pier 94.
Photo: by David Williams.
Art Miami New York director Katelijne de Backer (center) with fair founders Pamela and Nick Korniloff.
Image: Courtesy of
Robert Polidori, Galerie des Glaces, (113) CCE.02.034, Corps Central—1er etage, Chateau de Versailles, Versailles, France (1983). Image: © Robert Polidori. Courtesy of Rosenbaum Contemporary. Boca Raton.
Simon Procter, Stella McCartney Golden
Image: © Simon Procter. Courtesy of Rosenbaum Contemporary. Boca Raton.
The VIP Lounge at Art Miami New York.
Photo: by David Williams
Keszler Gallery's booth at Art Miami New York.
Photo: by David Williams.
The VIP preview of Art Miami New York.
Photo: by David Williams
Mr. Brainwash took over the booth of Cleveland gallery Contessa at Art Miami New York. Photo: Courtesy Contessa Gallery, Cleveland.
Mr. Brainwash took over the booth of Cleveland gallery Contessa at Art Miami New York. Photo: Courtesy Contessa Gallery, Cleveland.
Daniel Cherbuin's video painting Moronica. Photo: Courtes of Galerie von Braunbehrens, Stuttgart.
Engels, After The Ceremonie (2012). Photo: Courtesy of the artist and UNIX Gallery, New York.
Peter Anton, T-Bone Steak (2015).
Image: Courtesy of the artist and Unix Gallery, New York.

Art Miami in New York threw open its doors for the inaugural preview yesterday, as the latest art fair to join the already-packed lineup for Frieze Week. Situated on Pier 94—better known as the home of the annual Armory Show— the new fair brought some of its balmy Miami aesthetic along with it, including its signature bright white and blue banners and an outside box office (see Brian Boucher Survives Mazes, Sweaty Dudes, and Velcro at Frieze New York and A Hungry Art Lover’s Guide to the Best Food at Frieze).

“You walk straight into the booths and the art,” director Katelijne de Backer told artnet News. As the longtime director of the Armory Show, she knows the pier layout well, and wanted to give this fair its own unique look. The centrally located VIP lounge also gives visitors a bird’s eye view of the art offerings as they relax and sip custom cocktails (see Eight Great Booths to Check Out at NADA Fair and Try Doing These Four Really Cool Things at Select).

The VIP preview of Art Miami New York.  Photo: by David Williams

The VIP preview of Art Miami New York.
Photo: by David Williams

The 100 or so international exhibitors inside showed a wide range of modern and contemporary work from blue chip masters like Roy Lichtenstein and  Robert Rauschenberg to contemporary stars like Mark Tansey, Damien Hirst, and Fred Tomaselli, up to buzzy names like Oscar Murillo. We also saw our fair share of street art including works by Banksy and Mr. Brainwash; Contessa Gallery filled its booth with a street art theme, and Keszler Gallery from Southampton did the same. Among the rare historical works on view was one of Monet’s “Water Lilies” at Palm Beach’s Arcature Fine Art, juxtaposed with Lichtenstein Pop version of the same theme.

Rosenbaum Contemporary, of Boca Raton,  showed beautiful large scale photography by the likes of Robert Polidori and Simon Proctor, as well as Thomas Hartman’s arresting, large scale paintings of crowds.

Simon Procter, Stella McCartney Golden  Image: © Simon Procter. Courtesy of Rosenbaum Contemporaru. Boca Raton.

Simon Procter, Stella McCartney Golden
Image: © Simon Procter. Courtesy of Rosenbaum Contemporaru. Boca Raton.

We also made some fun discoveries, including Spanish artist Rafa Macarron’s solo show at Bogota’s Galeria Casa Cuadrado. His imagined fantastical settings and vibrant colors are rendered in a somewhat cartoonish style that evokes the kinetic drawings of Ralph Steadman. The Haitian-born, New York-based artist named Engels chatted with us about his methodology for his abstract works for Unix Gallery‘s booth, including using found objects and staples. Also on hand was artist Peter Anton, whose huge hyperreal wall-hung sculpture, titled, “Steak” continues his food-centric theme.

And at Gallery von Braunbehrens of Stuttgart, we got a huge kick out of Daniel Cherbuin’s mixed media video painting, titled, Moronica Katalog S., which juxtaposes an image of Janet Leigh from the film, Psycho, holding a wad of cash with a video montage of auctions. In the piece, Sotheby’s ex-star, Tobias Meyer, engages in theatrics on the auction podium, including a quick loop of him pounding the gavel on a sold lot over and over again. Director Jeanette Zimmerman explained that the title is taken from a Banksy work showing a cartoon drawing of an auction room and a framed work that reads “I Can’t Believe You Morons Actually Buy This Shit,” which, coincidentally, was also on view at Keszler nearby.


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