Despite the hand-wringing by art brokers in a shaky economy, Art Basel has cranked into town as bullish as ever, boasting a makeover at the Miami Beach Convention Center that has added 20 percent more exhibition space. The eighth annual edition showcases more than 260 galleries and 2,000 artists from 33 countries worldwide.
In the Art Kabinett sector, thematic group exhibitions and art-historical solo shows will be among the main offerings at the largest art fair in the Western Hemisphere. Galerie Haas & Fuchs will present early works by George Grosz (1893-1959), a prominent member of the Berlin Dada and New Objectivity group during the Weimar Republic. Grosz reflects the energy and confusion of the times in his merciless and satirical drawings and antiwar paintings of the period, while Viennas Galerie Krinzinger will feature an exhibition entirely dedicated to Fluxus, with works by Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Carolee Schneemann, and others. Tickets to the main fair cost $35.
Now in its second year, Art Asia Miami has set up shop at Soho Studios in Wynwood (2136 NW First Ave., Miami) and will feature Truly Truthful, an exhibit by internationally recognized artists whose works contest categorical presentations of truth and reality. Tickets cost $20, and if you can, catch Fridays 4 to 6 p.m. cocktail reception sponsored by SAAGA Vodka. Call 212-268-6148 or visit artasiafair.com.
Named for Duchamps pissoir, Fountain (2505 N. Miami Ave., Miami), the indie snub at the art fair circuit, returns with expanded programming, including a curated musical lineup featuring G. Love and Chairlift. Brooklyns Grace and Exhibition Space will host an edgy selection of art performances during the span of the fair. Fountain will host a public reception Friday night from 7 to midnight. Tickets cost $5. Call 917-650-3760 or visit fountainexhibit.com.
Dec. 3-6, 2009