Edgier Fairs Fare Well in Miami Beach

Hilary Schaffner of Halsey Mckay gallery in East Hampton at the UNTITLED fair on Miami Beach with a Graham Collins sculpture and the beach as a backdrop. Jennifer Landes photos

    Fairs on the beach or across from the street made news this year. UNTITLED returned from its premiere last year with twice the size and space. East Hampton's Halsey Mckay gallery was there and Hilary Schaffner said the crowds were consistent as were sales. Many booths took their cue from the tropical sun and had a day-glo color palette. Others  had a funky vibe, often inspired by music.

    Scope, just down the street, had a colossal bust of Andy Warhol by Kazuhiro Tsuji that everyone was talking about and live music outside at night, presented in partnership with VH1, including the indie darlings Tegan and Sarah on Friday night.

    At this year's iteration of Aqua at the Aqua Hotel may have lost some of its edge since its acquistion by Art Miami, but still had some fresh booth/rooms to get lost in. Hyperallergic hosted a party there on Friday night. A work by the Southampton artist Jeff Muhs had a red dot on it at the Lyons Weir penthouse suite. Mr. Muhs was also on view at CONTEXT, a sister fair next to Art Miami.

"The Gift" by David Kennedy Cutler, a work brought by Halsey Mckay to UNTITLED was featured at the fair entrance.
The LOOC gallery in Bedford, N.Y. brought Holland Cunningham, a painter from Quogue who uses found photographs as subjects.
Books cut out to form sculptural images such as this work by Andreas Bauer at UNTITLED were a recurring theme at fairs this year.
A cast yellow head was apparent from the window of a gallery at Aqua.
Topical art also continued to take pointed looks at the establishment, such as this installation of sculpture made from iPhone boxes transformed into Chinese temples at Aqua.
There were plenty of places to sit down, relax, have a drink, or listen to music in the courtyard of Aqua 13.