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12/10/2012 05:27 pm ET Updated Feb 09, 2013

Picture Perfect in Miami -- Art Fairs Reviewed

I went to Art Basel Miami Beach, the granddaddy of American art fairs to connect with experts who'll be participating in future Klein Artist Works courses. And I also went to Art Miami, Context, Miami Project, Pulse, Scope, NADA, Untitled, Aqua and others. (to see many more pictures, please click this link.)

Art Basel, Miami was magnificent; substantive, somber, less hyperbolic and filled with solid and expensive art.

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The next day I began to take in some of the satellite fairs, like Art Miami, which I really liked last year. This year I found it uneven as they sought to fill the booths after quite a few galleries deflected to the new Project Miami, next door.

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Context felt like it was part of Art Miami -- no separate admission or entrance, but they told me it was a show of its own. I found it juvenile with few solid presentations.

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Miami Project was new, with good galleries, good art, and wide aisles. I was impressed.

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For a respite from the art fairs I went to look at more art in some private collections. I particularly like Martin Margulies and his collection, which is an extension of his personality: gracious, generous, adventuresome and accessible.

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And I went to see the de la Cruz collection. They have a propensity for young up-and-coming artists and like to acquire by several examples of each.

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All right. More good fairs. Pulse was fun. I don't love the layout, with dead-end aisles, or much of the art on view, but there's enough good stuff to make it worthwhile.

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Two more excellent art fairs. I was dubious about returning to NADA. I didn't like it last year, but a collector I like said it was worthwhile, and except for how poor the eight foot wide booths looked and the annoying, heavily wrinkled carpet that I tripped over more than once, there was some thoroughly competent, basically young, art.

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Situated in a tent, right on the beach, one of my favorite fairs was Untitled, which was generated from a different premise. Curator, Omar Lopez-Chahoud, selected 50 galleries and up to three artists from each for inclusion in the fair. As a result there was greater cohesion and focus. Spaciously presented the show had a very strong 'feel good vibe' going for it and everyone there seemed genuinely pleased to be participating.

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I'm surprised by how much good art I saw, how many wonderful people I spoke with, the overall quality of the shows I reported on and the number of pictures I posted. The economic impact on the city of Miami is significant. Some of the meals I enjoyed were outstanding and the generosity and passion of the people who live there and the dealers and artists I met were beautiful. Yes, it was excessive -- appropriately so, for a city and an art market that are not prone to moderation.

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Thank you very much,
Paul Klein