This is the week lucky artists and dealers fly or drive south to attend the fairs and events of what has become Miami's official art week. The centerpiece is the Art Basel Miami Beach fair in the cavernous convention center, which always features the top artists who live or work here, such as Barbara Kruger, Richard Prince, Eric Fischl, and Cindy Sherman.
Yet most of the action featuring South Fork galleries and artists happens elsewhere in the satellite fairs and associated events that also take over Miami, turning the city into a one-week, nonstop art factory. Here is a brief rundown of who was listed at press time:
Art Miami hosts the largest concentration of South Fork galleries, with booths by Birnam Wood of East Hampton and New York City, Mark Borghi of Bridgehampton, Keszler of Southampton, and Peter Marcelle of Bridgehampton. Beth McNeill, a private dealer in Southampton, is showing at Art Miami's recently acquired Aqua 13 art fair, which takes place in motel rooms at the Aqua Hotel in South Beach.
East Hampton's Eric Firestone Gallery is at the Miami Project, the southern rendition of ArtMRKT Hamptons and other sister shows developed by the same organizers in the United States. At UNTITLED, a fair in a tent on the beach established last year, the Halsey Mckay Gallery of East Hampton has a booth. Finally, Harper's Books of Newtown Lane will host a salon in the Sagamore Hotel, where rare and previously unexhibited books and artworks will be featured.
Two East End artists will also show at the Pulse fair. Laurie Lambrecht of Bridgehampton will have her photography shown at the Ice Palace by Rick Wester Fine Art and Lloyd Ziff of Orient will be on view at Danziger's booth.