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Is it art? Making art accessible during Miami Art Week.

"It's interesting ... but is it art?"


It's a question you hear during Miami Art Week, as the ratio of quirky, kitschy and downright eccentric art soars at the same rate as the influx of visitors--with more than 50,000 collectors, gallery owners, designers and artists all making their way to the country's most anticipated fine art extravaganza.

And while ultra contemporary art certainly has its place among the 20-plus shows that take place around Art Basel (Art Miami, SCOPE, PULSE and Artexpo Miami among them), is there still a market for buyers interested in more accessible offerings?


Sure, crowds and media tend to swarm around the more show-stopping pieces, just as they cluster around the super-charged Porches at a car show. But when it's time to buy, elegant and affordable beat over-the-top and expensive every time. In the end, there aren't all that many people who want--or can actually afford--such impractical luxuries.

If you're scouring Miami Art Week for wallet-friendly finds, let me offer some tips:


By all means, visit the big, iconic art fair that started it all, as Art Basel offers a never-ending supply of visual eye candy. But when it's time to whip out your checkbook, spend some time browsing the smaller art fairs like Artexpo Miami, Aqua Art Miami, NADA, PooL, Verge, Overture Miami and Design Miami/(see pg 42).


Rambling through the maze of Miami Art Week events can feel a bit overwhelming. If you're looking for smaller doses and more intimate settings in which to explore art, take a detour through the smattering of galleries that call the Wynwood Arts District home. Recently declared the world's sixth most "stylish neighborhood" by Complex, this trendy neighborhood boasts more than 70 galleries, museums and private collections. (Check out the warehouse of preeminent collector Martin Z. Margulies, whose massive collection includes works by Willem De Kooning, George Segal and Mary Ellen Mark.)


Remember that you're only seeing a sampling of an exhibitor's work at an art fair. If there's an artist whose work you really enjoy, approach him or her (or the gallery or publisher representing the artist) and find out whether the artist has any pieces within your price range. Ask if he or she offers any limited edition, archival quality reproductions (many artists do). If the work is very large, ask if he or she has any smaller pieces. It never hurts to ask! And it gives you the chance to forge a personal connection with the artist--to get to know more about his or her inspiration, technique and larger body of work.

Of course, these tips apply to any art exhibition. But if you're lucky enough to be attending Miami Art Week this year, the Art Business News team will be out and about--and we're an official sponsor of Artexpo Miami. We hope to see you there!

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Title Annotation:PERSPECTIVES
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Author:Smith, Eric
Publication:Art Business News
Geographic Code:1U5FL
Date:Dec 22, 2012
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