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Miami artworlders channeling

Post #1094 • December 3, 2007, 10:52 AM • 13 Comments

Brett Sokol has the details.




December 3, 2007, 12:14 PM

"Dealers and collectors now prowl the halls of the city’s two art magnet high schools like NBA scouts"

false statement - at least in one of them.



December 3, 2007, 1:08 PM

Oh, right, Basel's this week, isn't it? Am I the only one who can barely conceive of going to the main event for a couple of hours, let alone any of the other circus acts? Honestly, my level of enthusiasm is practically nonexistent. I think I've achieved a degree of detachment that's just short of nirvana.



December 3, 2007, 5:47 PM

And Franklin, they may be channeling, but you know, of course, that they don't mean a word of it. Talk is very cheap, and actions speak rather louder than words (however "iconoclastic"). Even Sokol has their number.



December 3, 2007, 8:18 PM

I'm missing it this year for the first time, and I find it strangely liberating.

Sokol has their number, all right.



December 4, 2007, 9:39 AM

Your words "Circus acts" are so right on mark and very funny considering the Scope Art Fair is in a giant tent.

I think it is a circus too but then again I don't take it too seriously, it is just a few days of good fun with friends, looking at art and watching all the creative snooty art people. I do always see a few works that impress me at the fairs.

AH HA! I am going to go out now and buy some dark rimmed glasses to wear at all of the fairs I want to look trendy, arty and intellectual.



December 4, 2007, 10:18 AM

RL, you've probably got the right attitude. It's all a game, so you might as well have fun and enjoy it, insofar as that's possible. The trouble (for me, anyway) is the pretense, the posturing, the rampant BS magnified to the nth degree by the huge amount of money involved. I just can't keep chasing after people and things I neither like nor respect, just because they are, or claim to be, the official representatives for Art. It's not only a waste of my time and energy, it's demeaning.



December 4, 2007, 10:54 AM

RL if I see you I will ask you haw you can see the art with dark glasses and you can give me a wiseass answer like "Art? What art?" or "I don't buy art. I make my own".



December 4, 2007, 11:09 AM


If you want to recognize me, I will be the one middle aged fat bald guy trying to look trendy with dark rimmed glasses.

OH WAIT I may not be the only one.



December 4, 2007, 4:23 PM

I've briefly toyed with the idea of making the rounds just to report back on here, but I wouldn't really be reporting anything you don't know already, and I'm afraid the usual suspects are pretty much incorrigible (at least as long as the money holds out and the party continues). Besides, my ennui is practically insurmountable.

I actually got invited to the official launch (at the very trendy Saratoga Hotel in Miami Beach) of a new book about Miami artists (which I think was today), but the idea of all that fabulosity gathered together in one place at one time put me off. If it had just been the artists I could have coped, I think, but of course the place would have been crawling with all manner of gallery and major collector types, as well as assorted proper scenesters. I suppose it would have had anthropological value, but I'm not in this to do scientific research.



December 4, 2007, 4:25 PM

I'm in that book, I'll have you know.



December 4, 2007, 5:32 PM

Well, Franklin, that's a surprise (no offense). The author must like you personally, because I'm sure you're hardly popular fare among the movers and shakers--and it's not like she included every artist in Miami, either.


Boba Fête

December 5, 2007, 6:24 AM

WTF? That was barely an article!



December 6, 2007, 11:58 AM

Artfairs seem to be a lot fun. I wonder what artists get out of them in the long run? I think the Miami thing would be like fishing. Art careers are built over a long period of time. Just an observation.



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