It was opening night at Art Miami; the closer we got the more traffic began to crawl and I could tell it was going to be packed. The various groups of lines into the tent were slightly misshapen and unorganized. Upon entering I could see the delay was attributed to an added security measure akin to TSA, replete with concrete Jersey barriers, a metal detector, and wands. The new bay front location appears to allow for larger tents, ample valet parking (with various nearby options), and for those lucky enough to utilize it effectively – the Metro Mover.
As we maneuvered from booth to booth I noticed how certain galleries or artists were selling like hot cakes, and that was only a couple of hours into opening night. A novice collector, I find the dynamic of art purchases this early in the art week festivities intriguing. It’s love at first sight and no price is too high for the VIP. Some of the pieces sold had no price tag, and you know what they say, if you have to ask you probably can’t afford it.
Art Miami was thoroughly enjoyable with plenty of new artwork to experience. I discovered new artists and recognized some old favorites. I also learned that my taste aligned fairly well with most of the art that was marked as sold. The scale of the tent is so massive that I could barely get through half of it, there was nowhere near enough time to peek at Context next door. I will have to make a second visit for certain. Get yourselves out to Art Miami/ Context and stay tuned for more coverage.
The images included in this feature are all newly sold pieces, all within the first 3 hours of opening night.