Detail from The Walthamstow Tapestry by Grayson Perry
The Arrival by Louise Bourgeouis
While Chicago has dozens of phenomenal galleries scattered throughout the city, only a select few are chosen to participate in Art Basel Miami Beach, which takes place in early December just when many of us need a warm-weather escape. ABMB gives gallerists the opportunity to mingle with jet-setting art aficionados while showcasing their artists—both established and emerging. “
The pull of any art fair is to widen your collector base,” says Rhona Hoffman, owner of Rhona Hoffman Gallery. “If you show younger artists who aren’t as well known, the best way to get them known is to bring the art to a wider public.”
Art Basel allows a gallery to really focus its attention on a select number of artists and sometimes even dedicate space to a solo show. Rhona Hoffman has featured Jacob Hashimoto and Spencer Finch in the past and this year will have solo shows for both Vito Acconci and Robert Heinecken. This seems to be a common practice—the Valerie Carberry Gallery, a Gold Coast space that specializes in modern, postwar and contemporary art, turns its attention to American artists of the 1930s and ’40s for the event, and this year will also exhibit the work of John Storrs.
“Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important fair held in the states,” says Susan Beagley, associate director for the Valerie Carberry Gallery. “[It brings] together a select group of international galleries and top collectors.”
So for those of you seeking both old and new talent in the art scene (or if you simply need an escape from the snowstorms of the Windy City), fly south this December. Art Basel Miami Beach will take place December 2-5 in Miami Beach, Florida.