Contributed by Elizabeth Leach Gallery.
For all the people out there who enjoy First Thursday and other gallery and art tours, you may consider attending an art fair as the next step toward immersing yourself in art. Art fairs are a great way to see a lot of diverse art in a short time. For several years there was even a Portland-based art fair called The Affair at the Jupiter Hotel which brought galleries from up and down the West Coast and collectors from as far away as Atlanta, Georgia, to Portland each September.
While there are a number of art fairs in the United States and an even greater number globally, the most prestigious and well attended art fair in the US is Art Basel Miami Beach, which takes place annual in early December. As many as 50 – 70,000 artists, collectors, curators, consultants, designers, museum directors and art dealers attend this annual event. With so many visitors who are passionate about art, design and culture descending upon Miami, a number of “satellite” art and design fairs have developed and take place at the same time. Some of the most well-respected satellite art fairs are PULSE Miami, NADA (New Art Dealers Association), Art Miami, SCOPE and Aqua Art Miami.
Earlier this month three PADA member galleries participated in the 2011 Miami art fairs: Elizabeth Leach Gallery and PDX Contemporary Art participated at PULSE Miami and Froelick Gallery participated at Aqua Art Miami. We presented excellent exhibitions bringing works by our gallery artists to new audiences from around the globe. Elizabeth Leach Gallery featured Isaac Layman, Anna Von Mertens, Zach Harris, Sean Healy and Joseph Park. PDX Contemporary Art featured Amjad Faur, D.E. May, Johannes Girardoni, Storm Tharp, and Adam Sorensen. Froelick Gallery featured Rick Bartow, Laurie Danial, Leiv Fagereng, Alfred Harris, Terrell James and Stephen O’Donnell.
Art highlights from Art Basel Miami Beach included an installation by international art star and political activist Ai Wei Wei and a grouping of “sound suits” by Nick Cave. At the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse (a private art museum in a converted warehouse) a hanging light and mirror installation by Olafur Eliasson stole the show!
Interested in attending an art fair? Mark you calendar now for the 2012 Miami Art Fairs, December 4th through 9th. We’ll see you there!