Art Basel Miami Hits Florida This Weekend

Posted by David Ozanich — 29 Nov 2010

Art Basel Miami, arguably the biggest (and most certainly the chicest) art fair in the United States gets underway this week in ... wait for it ... Miami! It's the sister event of Switzerland's four-decades-and-going-strong Art Basel. Wildly fun, the event is studded with big art star parties and wheeling-and-dealing amongst the art world elite.

The main event is in the Miami Convention Center where over 250 galleries from around the world display artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries from December 2nd -5th. All the information on visiting the fair is here. A selection of photography-related events and shows follows.

  • Richardo Zulueta is showing "Domesticated Homosapiens in Traditional Costume Circa 21st Century," his study of people in their underwear. "I'm kind of mocking consumerism and the whole luxury industry that's advertising these products as a way of achieving success," says Zulueta. He's showing at the University of Miami's Wynwood Project Space until December 15th. More from the Miami New Times.

  • Lara Stein Pardo will be manning a Mobile Portrait Studio where you can get your picture taken. Says Pardo on her website:

    Participants will receive a free print within minutes of sitting for the portrait. The photos will also be preserved digitally and become part of a larger series of photographs documenting Miami and the contemporary art world. This project considers the role of portraiture, photography, performance, and public spaces in relationship to art-making, memory, and historical narratives.
  • Duncan Quinn does a similar project at the Moore Building in the Design District during his "live photoshoot." Last year he claims to have taken over 600 portraits of guests and promises a "a little retreat from the craziness of SoBe" (that's South Beach). Info here.
  • Ninety photographs from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection make up "Inside Out: Photography After Form":

    Photography's experimental engagement with the formal possibilities of line, light and shadow in the real world are challenged and re-assessed through the work of post war conceptual and contemporary artists, who have engaged critically with modernism and its aftermath.

    Info is here.

  • "Africa: Photography and Video" is up at the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse.

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