Since I didn't make it down to Miami for Art Basel Miami Beach and the dozens of sattellite activities, I asked Atlanta artist Scott Ingram to post a report. Here it is:
A week in Miami for the Basel Fair was a pretty amazing
and overwhelming experience this year. I don’t care how famous or rich or fast
you are, no one could make it to everything. It was not physically possible
to see Basel, the Containers, Scope, NADA and Frisbee and still make the parties, lectures
and maintain any sleep schedule, but hey, who needs sleep.
The Basel Fair was impressive
even in its disappointments. Major galleries from all over the world brought
serious museum quality work to the fair, most of which was designed for display
in homes. Far fewer museum scale works
were on display than past years. I also felt the fair was a direct reflection
of the auction results from this fall with prices showing no sign of cooling
The Containers on the beach
were very cool as usual the best of which was the Sweat Shop installation
selling bundles of t-shirts to the masses for 1500.00 each. They were hot and
reminded me of Robert Gober’s newspaper bundles.
Saltworks was a favorite
again at the Scope fair this year and featured work by Mike Wsol. Wsol’s prints
(in a low edition of 3) in his handmade frames and two floor sculptures were a
hit. Saltworks owner Brian Holcombe brought back far less than he took down.
Michael Scoggins drawings were also still moving quickly. Brian did a great job
representing ATL in the booth all day and at the parties, brunches and openings
all night. He should really get some sleep! Kojo Griffin’s works were on
display at Mitchell Innes & Nash. The New York Times mentioned Kojo and indicated that he was in his late
20s. So much for fact checking. I hope that other ATL galleries get the
opportunity to participate in one of the many Miami fairs; they do wonders for ATL artists.
The Design District party was a bust, dry bars at 10:30 and sober people wandering the streets looking for something to do. The John Baldesari video installation was amazing however.