Looks Good to Me
Strolling into the Wynwood district's Soho building on Tuesday night for the inaugural Photo Miami fair opening, I breathed a sigh of relief.
See, I love art. Never really sure what I'm supposed to seeing though. Sure, I'll coo and gasp in Art Basel-style awe, but just because they do.
But this event, which touts an impressive array of photo-based works -- produced by artfair inc, the same folks who run a series of impressive shows in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco -- is a whole different ball game.
And I got it.
10th Annual Memorial Weekend Comedy Festival
TicketsSun., May. 28, 8:00pm
Young Contemporary Dance Theatre
TicketsSat., Jun. 3, 6:00pm
The 8th Baila Flamenco Student Dance Festival
TicketsSun., Jun. 4, 1:00pm
Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami
TicketsSat., Jun. 10, 8:00pm
TicketsSun., Jun. 11, 6:00pm
Not one of the hundreds of images in the 30,000 square foot space needed an artsy fartsy type to snottily explain the work's complex inner meaning. Not once did I find myself staring at a piece wondering why on earth anyone would pay $25,000 for something that looked as though it was made by a three year old.
Works ran the gauntlet from scenic shots to bloodied skulls to retarded-looking albino kids, and each warranted a stop, a stare, and a meaningful ponder.
If you're an art lover like me, but don't know squat about it, this is the fair for you. Some notables to check out on your way around: South Africa's Pieter Hugo, Miami's Julian Navarro, Italy's Massimo Vitali, and Tseng Kwong Chi.
So engrossed was I in the breathtaking selection of photographs, I only made one trip to the bar!
That's how good it was. -Joanne Green
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