When Miami gallerist Anthony Spinello learned that his gallery had been accepted to Art Basel for the first time, in 2012, he was in New York City.
"In May of that year, I was invited to curate a special project for the Frieze Art Fair at White Box," he remembers. "I was walking in the East Village toward White Box to finish installing the group exhibition "Perfect Lovers" when I received notice that we had been accepted for the first time into the most important art fair in the United States. My gallery has been wait listed for the previous five years. I was alone, and didn't know whether to cry or scream. (I did both.)"
Spinello's acceptance into Art Basel marked a step forward for Miami's art scene, which is traditionally underrepresented at the main event at the Miami Beach Convention Center, partly in favor of galleries located in the very city where Spinello was exhibiting work back in May 2012. But for Spinello and artist Agustina Woodgate, whose work would appear at Art Basel 2012, the triumph was more personal.