In Orbit

Pulse, NADA, Aqua — suckling art fairs gather around Art Basel like pilot fish around a great white.

Artwork exhibited at these piggyback fairs is often energetic and experimental, although content changes minimally from one show to the next. It's fun to visit a few, but don't fret about those you can't get to.

New to the lineup this year are Bridge Art Fair Miami in Miami Beach and Photo Miami in Wynwood.


Bridge Art Fair Miami

Opening reception December 7 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.; December 8 and 9 from noon to 8:00 p.m.; December 10 from noon to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. Catalina Hotel and Beach Club, 1732 Collins Ave, Miami Beach,

Through December 10, more than 40 galleries, including Miami-based Daniel Azoulay Gallery and Karpio + Facchini Gallery, will peddle their best in photography, video, and new media at Photo Miami.

The former codirector of Miami-based gallery Rocket Projects, Nina Arias, will present "Stillmoving Miami," one of three independently curated projects within the larger fair.

Working with video and digital media in an exhibit can lead to a technical nightmare, but, Arias says, the finished space is one that engages visitors by encouraging interaction. "People can put on headphones and spend a little more time in each booth," she notes. "I think that's a really nice experience."

The fair's "Preview" section will feature an assemblage of works by high-profile artists such as Piss Christ creator Andres Serrano as well as Tobias Bernstrup, generally credited as the first visual artist to use computer games in the context of art.

Bridge Art Fair Miami fair is hosted by Bridge magazine, a six-year-old nonprofit publishing and curating venture based in Chicago. The satellite fair takes over the Catalina Hotel through December 10.

Although Bridge's press release encourages, among other oddities, "the pursuit of interplanetary travel and stunningly beautiful women in tiny cocktail dresses," nothing so extraordinary has yet been confirmed for the Miami debut.

Brook Dorsch of Dorsch Gallery, one of four local galleries setting up in the Catalina, says Bridge is "a scrappy little art fair with great energy." Yet he concedes that its biggest advantage might be its location: "The Catalina is directly across the street from the Delano. So if [Basel visitors] staying at the hotel decide, by chance, to walk instead of taking their VIP BMWs, they would actually have to walk right past us."

Other Miami-based galleries at Bridge include ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries and Leonard Tachmes Gallery.


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