This week, international arts publication Blouin ArtInfo named its favorite galleries in a duo of lists focused on Europe and North America. Four Miami galleries -- 101/Exhibit, Emerson Dorsch, Fredric Snitzer Gallery, and Gallery Diet -- rank among the site's top names.
ArtInfo's list weighs in at a hefty 143 galleries in total, and includes galleries from Canada and Mexico as well as the U.S.
Four galleries out of 143 doesn't exactly seem like great representation for Miami, especially when you consider other local art spaces -- Spinello Projects, David Castillo, and Robert Fontaine, for example -- that could easily have qualified as well.
Still, on a list that predictably leans toward the Big Apple, the four local names that did manage to squeeze in alongside the 90 -- yes, 90 -- New York-based galleries have done plenty to make Miami proud.
101/Exhibit, formerly of the Design District and now relocating to an appointment-only space in Little Haiti, has championed local artists like JeanPaul Mallozzi as well as international names. The newly opened Emerson Dorsch, formerly Dorsch Gallery, helped to launch the current Wynwood renaissance, and won New Times' Best Art Gallery title in 2006. Fredric Snitzer Gallery, a multiple time Best Gallery winner, has had a presence at Art Basel for years. (Snitzer is on the Basel selection committee.) And Gallery Diet, 2009's Best Gallery, feeds Miami's cultural scene on a variety of levels; owner Nina Johnson-Milewski also helped bring The Miami Rail cultural publication to town.
Miami's influence on ArtInfo's list reaches beyond these four galleries, too. Los Angeles-based gallery O.H.W.O.W., which made the cut, was founded in Miami; its name originally stood for "Our Gallery West Of Wynwood." The gallery relocated to the West Coast just three years ago, and before leaving Miami, it was named among the best museums and art galleries in the world by Juxtapoz.
Meanwhile, St. Petersburg's Mindy Solomon Gallery also made the list -- but when its current show closes next month, it'll relocate to Wynwood.
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