Report from the 2010 Miami Art Fairs

December 8, 2010

Early December saw the return of Art Basel Miami Beach and its satellite fairs to the Sunshine State, and SVA was well represented at various venues. At the Aqua Art Miami fair, where the College had a booth featuring work by nine alumni, many fairgoers stopped to comment on Robert Gill’s (MFA 2010 Photography, Video and Related Media) Before or After Yourself, an installation with photographs of the artist before and after several months of intense physical activity, seen on the accompanying video. Some called it inspirational, some said he should write a book about the experience, and others wondered aloud what shape he was in today. People were also talking about Matt Stone’s (MFA 2010 Fine Arts) Orchid, a large-scale mixed-media sculpture that was compared to a “sea monster” for its coral-reef palette.

As in previous years, Art Basel took over the Miami Beach Convention Center and several SVA alumni were in the mix. Visitors saw recent pieces by Ei Arakawa (BFA 2004 Fine Arts); Steven Bindernagel (MFA 2006 Fine Arts); Tim Rollins (BFA 1977 Fine Arts; faculty, BFA Fine Arts Department) and K.O.S. (Kids of Survival); and Banks Violette (BFA 1998 Fine Arts), just to name a few.

At Pulse, one of the week’s other main attractions, visitors saw work by alumni Steve DeFrank (MFA 1990 Fine Arts); Simen Johan (BFA 1996 Photography); and Shai Kremer (MFA 2006 Photography, Video and Related Media). Alumnus Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao (MFA 2005 Photography, Video and Related Media) had photographs at Julie Saul Gallery’s booth, which also showed work by MFA Design Department faculty member Maira Kalman.

This year also brought a healthy dose of performance art and new fairs to the scene. Alumnus Rebecca Goyette (MFA 2009 Fine Arts) showed a performance piece at Seven, a new fair organized by seven New York galleries that included work by alumni George Boorujy (MFA 2002 Illustration as Visual Essay), Steve Mumford (MFA 1994 Fine Arts) and Amy Wilson (BFA 1995 Fine Arts; and faculty, BFA Visual and Critical Studies Department). And Quinn Dukes (staff, Office of Admissions) performed at Fountain, where alumnus Max Greis (BFA 2005 Fine Arts) was also showing new work.

Images: (top) Matt Stone, Orchid, 2010; (bottom) Quinn Dukes in performance at Fountain.

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