The phrase, ‘what moves at the margins’ has lingered in my mind for the last few days as I’ve thought about what makes NADA Miami different from other Miami Art Week fairs. What Moves at the Margins is the title of a collection of essays by Toni Morrison that gives readers insight into her thinking, and, for serious readers of her work, is essential. For aesthetes – and I mean that in the classical sense – New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) moves at the margins of contemporary art and its market and informs an understanding of both.
Morrison‘s non-fiction lives in the space between the ‘real’ world and her novels and connects the two by showing how her consideration of and approach to the former shapes the latter. Yet, the essays have meanings of their own. Similarly, NADA is a conduit between emerging artists and dealers and those who encounter and/or acquire contemporary art. At the Deauville Beach Resort since 2009, NADA Miami felt like an outpost where each exhibitors’ space seemed to be governed mainly by its own internal logic rather than just the pull of the cool elitist or brash commercial forces that shape the larger art market.
I expect that this will remain true next week, despite the change (back) of location to the Ice Palace in Wynwood. In the past, I’ve enjoyed strolling through NADA, walking into exhibition spaces, and up to different pieces without feeling out of place or watched – two hazards of many established art venues.
This year, I want to attend the Breaking Barriers Panel Discussion on Friday, December 8 from 3:30–5:00PM, see Loni Johnson‘s Homegoing, and I hope to spy Jiri Kovanda as he performs Passing Between. I can’t wait to see what local organizations like Locust Projects and Central Fine have on view.
Two of NADA‘s 2017 events are pointedly political with parties, Superchunk December 7 at 4:00PM and Take Back the House Party December 9 from 4:00PM-6:00PM, respectively in support of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Swing Left‘s initiative to return Democrats to power in the House of Representatives.
So, while I will definitely miss slipping behind the eastern most booths at the Deauville to stare at the sea, I am so ready for everything at NADA Miami 2017!