S C O P E Among the constellation of fairs that occupies Miami during December art week, SCOPE returns to celebrate its 14th year on the glossy sands of South Beach. Often thought of as the more playful, free-spirited cousin of the Basel mainstay, SCOPE is comprised of more than 111 international exhibitors from 27 countries – as well as handful of participants from South Florida. Nota Bene: Get some one-on-one with Rhonda Long- Sharp of Long Sharp Gallery at SCOPE. A seasoned art dealer specializing in rare works by the modern masters, her repertoire is aptly self-described as Picasso to Pop and interweaves works by contemporary artists that share similar sensibilities including David Spiller, Chris Bracey and Russell Young, to name a few. Rhonda will tell you how the inspiration for her gallery’s exhibit at the fair, “Graphite to Gigabytes,” takes root with Andy Warhol, the iconic and seminal figure has irrevocably changed how people view celebrity and culture. P U L S E M I A M I B E A C H This year, PULSE art fair – one of the larger satellite fairs – is migrating from Downtown Miami to 46th and Collins Avenue under the umbrella of the new Faena District. With director Helen Toomer at the helm, anticipate more single-artist-focused booths on the floor than ever. And about the move across the causeway: “Since I became director, I have been listening to a lot of our exhibitors who felt the need for change at PULSE. The energy and redevelopment of Mid Miami Beach, which celebrates the mix of local culture, art, and architecture – especially the future Feana District – embodies the revitalized direction of the fair.” Argentinian magnate Alan Faena purchased the historic 1948 Saxony Hotel a couple years ago, and has since been building an empire designed by prominent Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas/the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), with Florida’s very own world-class landscape designers, Raymond Jungles, Inc. Existing in Costume, 2006 54 november/december 2014 southfloridaluxuryguide.com Bae Chanhyo Keumsan Gallery Helen Toomer, Director of PULSE photo credit: Nick Sebastian photo credit: Nick Sebastian Executive Excess Wayne Warren, Long-Sharp Gallery Marilyn Portrait Russell Young Long-Sharp Gallery Last year alone, Miami welcomed more than 75,000 international visitors during Art Basel Miami Beach at the Miami Beach Convention Center. But if this Swiss behemoth has been the catalyst for the influx of art tourism, then it also deserves some credit for shifting the dialogue about the Magic City in that it now shares the spotlight with countless contemporaneous fairs, exhibitions and events. As many seasoned fairgoers know, even the best-laid plans don’t stand a chance. But just the same, here’s a little help on how to navigate Basel beyond Basel.
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