Experiencing Miami Art Week

After a 2 year absence Art Basel Miami and some of the international satellite art fairs returned this last week. I always love attending these shows because they give me inspiration for new artwork to create. Snagging a VIP pass I attended two of the smaller but mighty fairs: Art Miami and Context. These sister fairs share a beautiful location alongside Biscayne Bay on the site of the former Miami Herald building. As much as I love to see the art I also love to people watch—and the people watching is  pretty amazing!

My friend Pat Z with gallerist Bernice Steinbaum-I love her slippers!

I think the art that intrigued me the most was mostly large size mixed media collages. Here are some of my favorites:
 

Meruska Dopasszo

Mixed media work by Lavett Ballard- She is one cool lady!

These figurative paintings were also very striking:
Malcom Liepke "Resting on Hand"
Beautiful small paintings by Tom Porta

This sculpture was made out of long wooden-cores glued together, then painted and glitter was added (and it’s big!)

Here are some other gems that caught my eye:

An amazing encaustic painting by Pezhman-all of the red pleats are melted wax!

Robert Indiana: Amor

We had a lunch break at the Verde Waterfront Resturant and Bar at the nearby Perez Art Museum. I love their outdoor dining on a terrace overlooking the Port of Miami.

Sadly our time at these shows was brief as my friend had another function she had to attend and we had to contend with traffic and a two hour drive back to Naples. I look forward to attending again next year!

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