Contemporary art is finally starting to move out of the confusion it has been experiencing the last decade. Young artists are beginning to find their voices alongside more experienced veterans. Finding raw beginning talent is what makes the satellite shows in Miami so exciting and an unspoken requirement of Basel attendees.
It also doesn’t hurt that they are more affordable than Art Basel Miami.
To keep your eye fresh, you have to continually assess the market. If you don't have much experience with art, start attending art shows. Before you know it, you'll feel more and more comfortable around it. You should be able to find openings in your area on Facebook, city papers and gallery websites.
One of my favorite satellite art fairs this year was Untitled. The fair sits in the sand between the hotels and the rushing waves of the ocean. The space was refreshingly organized in a non-traditional manner, inviting viewers to gently breeze through its corridors.
Usually at art fairs, galleries are stacked in rows after rows and on top of one anther.
You swim in a sea of artwork during these events and the galleries can lose their sense uniqueness. However, at Untitled. the spaces were flooded with light and wider. It was well suited for the beach-y vibe.
Beautifully curated galleries sat open to one another with bright edgy artwork bouncing off the walls.
My taste in contemporary art is quite particular. I’m drawn to installations, the more sculptural and visceral the experience the better.
I say this over and over again so, I apologize if you've heard this before, art is like wine everyone has a different palate. We each are going to like different pieces-- that's ok.
If you are planning on visiting Miami next year for all the Art Basel shenanigans please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!