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Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Basel

Mon, 11/29/2021 - 16:54
Mark Borghi is showing Franz Kline's untitled oil painting from 1960 at Art Miami this year.

After more than a year of virtual booths and hybrid fair models, Miami Art Week seems much more like the familiar one we have come to know over the past two decades. East End galleries, artists, and other related art entities have headed south to join the revelry, with strict Covid-19 protocols in place.

The online viewing rooms continue for those who can't or won't make it, but the various fairs that have opened there this week appear committed to putting on an in-person show.

At the big fair, Art Basel Miami Beach, familiar gallery names like 303, Eric Firestone, Gagosian, Hauser & Wirth, Karma, Lisson, Edward Tyler Nahem, Pace, Skarstedt, Van de Weghe, and Venus Over Manhattan are on the docket. 

Harper's Gallery, which has expanded to multiple locations in Manhattan and a space in Los Angeles, is at two different fairs this week, Untitled and NADA, the New Art Dealers Alliance fair. Joining Harper's at NADA is Halsey McKay Gallery.

At Art Miami, the first fair to capitalize on Miami's potential as a visual art center, galleries such as Mark Borghi, Berry Campbell, Chase Contemporary, Keyes Art, and Louis K. Meisel are exhibiting a wide variety of artists, many who have lived and worked on the East End. 

Other fairs making a go of it this year after a few decided to cancel include Design Miami, Scope, INK, the Satellite Art Show, PINTA, Fridge Art, and Red Dot/Spectrum. The fairs will open on different days but all will be open by the date of this publication and will remain open through at least Saturday, with some closing on Sunday. Admission charges vary.

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