Warm Up, Chill Down, Thaw Out at dm | contemporary

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 19th, 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition runs January 19 – February 25, 2017

A Group Exhibition With: Macyn Bolt, Richard Bottwin and Matthew Langley
I hope you can join me in “NoMad” (“NOrth of MADison Square Park”) at
dm | contemporary for an exciting exhibition with the sculpture of Richard Botwin, and the paintings of Macyn Bolt and Matthew Langley. On exhibit will be a special presentation of a large grid of 28 of my small paintings. I’m thrilled to be able to exhibit these since the overwhelming response I received at CONTEXT: Art Miami in December.

I’d be love to see you on Thursday the 19th, please RSVP to info@dmcontemporary.com

DM | Contemporary
39 East 29th Street 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016

My Work at CONTEXT: Art Miami

I’ll have work at CONTEXT: Art Miami in the Art in Public Spaces Program. I’ll be exhibiting 35 of my small artworks in a stand alone exhibition. You will be able to find my work at space SP10. This will be my largest presentation of these works ever (35 paintings) attached is one of the proposal images for the installation.

Thanks to F. Lennox Campello and the team at Alida Anderson Art Projects for sponsoring this exhibition.

For more information:
Midtown | Wynwood Arts District
118 NE 34th Street
Miami, FL 33127

Web site: CONTEXT: Art Miami

Interesting Info-Graphic and Data on Art Fairs

According to this article (and info-graphic) at ArtNews:

Recently The New York Times cited Skate’s Art Market Research in an article on the slowdown in the growth of art fairs worldwide. In an analysis of attendance figures, Skate’s found “that 1,032,792 people attended the world’s top 20 art fairs in 2014, a 7.4 percent decline from the previous year,” The Times reported. Despite the dip, art fair attendance is impressive, given that only a handful of these events have existed for more than a decade.

What I find interesting is that many people will go to more than one fair – especially the ABMB / Art Miami numbers are curious. I’m assuming there is a ton of overlap between those two. However, with fair attendance decreasing but sales increasing (or at least sales numbers increasing) I think we are a long way off from seeing the art market change it’s current stance on the necessity of fairs overall.

Walmart in Art Fairs Out in Wynnwood

The Miami Herald is reporting that a newly planned Walmart would force relocation of at least three art fairs. Scope, Red Dot and Art Asia are currently on land that Walmart is planning to build a new location in Wynnwood.

All is fine for the 2012 versions of the fairs, however after this upcoming season they will be looking for a new home.

I think this might also force a few other fairs to think or re-think current locations as well. I could see Art Miami try to find a location near the other three fairs or even try to find a place closer to the Ice Palace where Pulse is now (it previously housed the NADA fair). While Seven would not necessarily be affected by this, I could see them looking at a new location to be able to make things a bit easier for people visiting the fairs. Seven’s location has been well served by the shuttles that ran from Art Miami, Scope, Art Asia and Red Dot.

Gerhard Richter Painting at ABMB

While in Miami last week I was able to attend the US premier of the new documentary “Gerhard Richter Painting” by Corinna Belz. Ms. Belz has put together a taught and quiet movie that among many things captures the essence of working in the studio. It is this quality – a personal view about Richter and a universal vision of what the works is – that make this film so interesting to me.

The film starts in the studio without holding your hand and spending time telling back stories about who and what – instead it goes right to work. Eventually the story starts to allow the outside world in – but only when it is relevant to the matter at hand. I was constantly aware of how much, or should I say how little Ms. Belz allowed the outside world to inject itself into the film – and found myself enjoying it all the more.

Gerhard Richter Painting opens sometime this spring.

Art Basel: A few stupid things

I like the art fairs in Miami, but I have to be honest a few things are starting to irritate me. These tend to be small but they are becoming an issue. Here’s a quick run down of a few of my least favorite things.

  1. Courtesy of the Art Newspaper, a collector claims, “Your yacht becomes more interesting with a Hirst on it.” I have nothing more to say.
  2. Dear City of Miami schools – ABMB is really not where you should be taking your students for a field trip and it’s clear – a number of schools think this is a good idea. I’m waiting to hear the outcry about a sensitive minor going face to face with a really adult Mapplethorpe.
  3. Someone is always boycotting something – this time it’s the “Art Critic” Adam Lindenmann. His “crusade”? Fighting the fact that dealers send out jpegs to potential buyers before the show. He promised to boycott the show – of course he folded like a house of cards before the general opening at noon on Thursday.
  4. I think the big show really misses Deitch Projects.
  5. I’m seeing a trend of art schools taking booth space at the satellite fairs – I’m not sold on this strategy, and have a hard time in the long run if this is such a good idea. I think the schools see value and the students see exposure – speaking for myself, I’m glad no one has seen the work I did right after college.

Art Basel: A few good things

I felt the need after writing the “A few stupid things” piece, that a counter-point was needed.

  1. I never go to Aquavella when I’m home and I really enjoy the fact they are there along with a number of the remaining uptown galleries.
  2. Finding a new gallery and artist – in this case Thomas Solomon Gallery in LA and the artist Analia Saban.
  3. Honest to god affordable artworks – I don’t mean digital editions. It’s nice to see that a few of the print ateliers are still in the big show and really thriving.
  4. Because ABMB is basically one big shriners club meeting – it’s nice to catch up with some folks you haven’t seen in about a year.