Thursday, December 8, 2011

Part II, Art Basel/Miami Beach 2011

"A Thousand Words." Mark Bradford, artist. $400,000. SOLD. Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.
Art en Masse: Part II, Art Basel/Miami Beach 2011
By Augustus Mayhew

They came. They saw. And in between texts and tweets, they bought. Thousands, tens of thousands, scaled the art world's Himalayas within the cavernous Miami Beach Convention Center where more than 260 galleries representing the entire planet showcased art works by more than 2,000 known artists. Who could tell whether some were chatting with their curators or well-tailored articulate private security. Most were armed with iPads, iPhones, and account transfer route numbers. On my last visit late Friday afternoon, the art crowd was still streaming, some in costumes, in a breathless rush to bump elbows.
On Friday afternoon at the Parc de Basel, if I go the right, total gridlock.
To the left, a few steps before gridlock.
At the art fair. The Art Collector's Lounge.
Art Basel 20/20: A Portrait Gallery of Art Dealers

Art dealers play a pivotal role in every artist's journey from a warehouse to the Whitney or from a studio easel to a page in an art history text. The art world's major domos thrive in the unregulated undetectable dimension betwixt collectors and artists, between black-tie auctioneers and bow-tie museum directors,. Without the stature of curators or art experts, they are the salesmen who often create an artist's context, cachet and, the bottom line, produce the cash. Here is a look at twenty of the brand names from among the hundreds convened for the week.
Leslie Feely. Leslie Feely Fine Art, New York.
Will Ameringer and Miles McEnery. Ameringer-McEnery-Yohe Gallery, New York. "Blue Reach." Helen Frankenthaler, artist. $1.5 million.
Stephane Custot and Leslie Waddington. Waddington Custot Galleries, London.
Tim Blum. Blum & Poe, Los Angeles. Michael Kohn. Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles.
Joan T. Washburn. Washburn Gallery, New York.
Howard Greenberg. Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York. Jeff Poe. Blum & Poe, Los Angeles.
Alexander Gray. Alexander Gray Associates, New York. "Hold." Joan Semmel, artist. $198,000.
David Nolan. David Nolan Gallery, New York. Jorge Mara. La Ruche Gallery, Buenos Aires.
Franklin Parrasch. Franklin Parrasch Gallery.
Sean Kelly. Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.
Richard Telles, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles.
William Acquavella. Acquavella Galleries, New York. Betsy Wittenborn Miller. Robert Miller Gallery, New York.
Larry Gagosian. Gagosian Gallery, New York-Beverly Hills-London-Rome-Paris-Geneva-Hong Kong-Athens. Casey Kaplan. Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York.
Amidst the Great Hall of Art
Tapestry. Pae White, artist. $95,000. Neugerriemschneider Gallery, Berlin. One of my favorite galleries.
"The Road Ahead is Gold, Silver, Bronze." Hernan Bas, artist. $350,000. Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami.
Architectural models by Frank Gehry at Leslie Feely Fine Art.
A spectacular work from her portrait series by Mickaline Thomas at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York. Landau Fine Art, Montreal.
Gagosian Gallery. The spirit of art baron Joseph Duveen was alive and well at the Marian Goodman Gallery when I asked the price of a William Kentridge piece: "We do not give prices out to the press. Are you going to take a photograph?"
Cheim & Read, New York.
Some galleries displayed an A to Z from their sample cases.
Others staged thematic displays. At Yvon Lambert Gallery, paintings representing the various months of the French Revolution made for an attractive exhibition. Each painting is $70,000.
Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris. Beautifully presented.
Acquavella Galleries, New York.
David Zwirner Gallery, New York.
"Pink C with Butterflies." Rose Wylie, artist. $98,000£. SOLD. Regina Gallery, London-Moscow.
"Quick change artist," one of a series. Ronnie Cutrone, artist.
South Beach Scenes
8:00 am, Thursday morning stroll in SoBe's Art Deco Historic District.
Armani Exchange, 760 Collins Avenue.
Scene parked on Collins Avenue.
Along Ocean Drive.
The News Café. There was a time when this was the only place on the map.
The Wolfsonian at 1001 Washington Avenue is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The Wolfsonian, south elevation.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
1600 Lenox Avenue.
My late Friday lunch was very good, grilled shrimps atop butter beans and succotash with the biscuits and honey. Here's the fun part. On my way out asked the front desk if possible to take a quick snap of the chef and/or owner. She returns a few minutes later, "Could you call our PR people in New York and set something up…" I thanked her and left.
The table next to me was enthralled with their lunch.
Mac and Cheese and Fried Chicken with Watermelon.
Photographs by Augustus Mayhew.
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