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Year in Review 2015

Year in Review 2015


A review of last year’s highlights and trends with special thanks to all who made it possible with their art, interest, encouragement, and support.

Click here to view the YEAR IN REVIEW 2015.

The trend of international artists creating contemporary works embedded into centers of industrial porcelain production continues to grow. Our special exhibition of contemporary porcelain made in Jingdezhen, China was presented at the New York Ceramic & Glass Fair, New York, NY.

Julie Bartholomew, Caroline Cheng, Sam Chung, Future Retrieval (Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis), Sin-ying Ho, Garth Johnson, Paul Mathieu, Paul Scott, Robert Silverman, and Vipoo Srivilasa

Read more… Darryl Wee in Blouin Art Info


American museums are actively acquiring contemporary ceramics created from 1950 to the present through purchases of masterworks from private collections and the milestones by artists at mid-career.

Kurt Weiser, "Pair of Cubist Vases (2)" 2013, porcelain, cobalt pigment, glaze, 23.5 x 12 x 10".


Contextualizing 6,000 Years of Ceramics
Mount Holyoke College Museum
South Hadley, MA
A collection survey with contemporary artists
Sin-ying Ho
Steven Young Lee
Paul Scott
Kurt Weiser
image: Kurt Weiser, Pair of Cubist Vases, permanent collection of Mount Holyoke Art Museum

Read more… Holly Davis in Maine Antique Digest

Mount Holyoke College Art Museum:
(right) George Inness, American (1825-1894), "Saco Ford: Conway Meadows" 1876,
oil on canvas.
(center top) Homer Dodge Martin, American (1836-1897), "A Glimpse of Lake Placid," 1887, oil on canvas.
(center bottom) Paul Scott, "Scott's Cumbrian Blue(s), American Scenery, Hudson River, Indian Point No. 4, " 2015, ceramic transfer decal. 
(left) Albert Bierstadt, American (1830-1902), "Hetch Hetchy Canyon," 1875, oil on canvas

Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Mount Holyoke Art Museum, S. Hadley, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ
RISD Art Museum, Providence, RI
The Chipstone Foundation, Milwaukee, WI


walker 2015

On the River, Down the Road
solo exhibition
Bellevue Arts Museum
Bellevue, WA

Bridge 13
solo exhibition
Society for Contemporary Craft
Pittsburgh, PA

Read more… Anthony Stellacio in C-FILE


NCECA 2015

March 2015: All around Providence and environs led by Leslie Ferrin and Paul Sacaridiz in the annual, behind-the-scenes tour of private collections, museum exhibitions, and gallery shows in conjunction with the National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts.

“I’m goin’ to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come.”  Read more… NCECA March 2016

Sergei Isupov, "Beneath the Sky Giants" detail, 2015, porcelain, slip, glaze, 32 x 14 x 15".

This year’s NCECA conference exhibitions in New England took full advantage of the exploding trend of showing contemporary art in historic contexts by artists who use history to inform their contemporary art practice.

OF EARTH & SEA: Contemporary Artists Respond to the New Bedford Whaling Museum Collection
group show including Sergei Isupov
New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford, MA

PAUL SCOTT & ANDREW RAFTERY: Transferware Scenery — Gardens, Bridges, Trucks, Turbines, and Willows

Paul Scott
Andrew Raftery
Benson Hall Gallery
Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI


There is a lineage among artists working in clay. Our summer exhibition, GLAZED & DIFFUSED, is the first of a series curated by Leslie Ferrin to explore multigenerational trends in contemporary ceramics. The 2015 survey focused on color theory and abstract expressionism and presented works for sale from the secondary market side by side with important works by emerging and established mid-career artists.

Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA
group show
Ramon Elozua, Peter Christian Johnson, Jun Kaneko, Jae Yong Kim, Steven Young Lee, Lauren Mabry, Sara Moorhouse, Ron Nagle, George Ohr, Peter Pincus, Robert Silverman, Linda Sormin, Toshiko Takaezu, Beatrice Wood, Betty Woodman

Read more… Brook Mason in Wallpaper*


Sergei Isupov, Russian, born in Ukraine into a well-known family of artists, worked in his parents’ studios until he left home at age 11 for full-time art school.  He continues the tradition in the USA by working in the studio he shares with his wife and daughter.

Sergei Isupov, Kadri Pärnamets, Roosi Isupov

Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA


A never ending trend. The powerful visual result of applying cobalt to porcelain continues to inspire artists and curators, and influence design. In addition to ceramics, Laurent de Verneuil curated this important traveling exhibition that included painting, photography, styrofoam, and video.

Foundation Bernadaud, Limoges, France
Museum Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland
group show including
Sin-ying Ho
Caroline Slotte
Bouke de Vries

Read more…. Bill Rodgers in C-FILE


There is a lineage among artists working in clay. Our summer exhibition, GLAZED & DIFFUSED, is the first of a series curated by Leslie Ferrin to explore multigenerational trends in contemporary ceramics. The 2015 survey focused on color theory and abstract expressionism and presented works for sale from the secondary market side by side with important works by emerging and established mid-career artists.

Ferrin Contemporary
1315 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA
group show
Ramon Elozua, Peter Christian Johnson, Jun Kaneko, Jae Yong Kim, Steven Young Lee, Lauren Mabry, Sara Moorhouse, Ron Nagle, George Ohr, Peter Pincus, Robert Silverman, Linda Sormin, Toshiko Takaezu, Beatrice Wood, Betty Woodman

Read more… Brook Mason in Wallpaper*



Follow along as we travel to present lectures, attend art fairs, visit private and public collections and go behind the scenes in museum storage. In 2015, we thank our hosts in Vancouver, Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Atlanta, Asheville, Penland, Sparta, Charlotte, London, Cumbria, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Washington, New Haven, and of course, New York City.

Trending, now official, #clayiseverywhere


solo exhibition

Ferrin Contemporary introduced Cristina Córdova to the international art scene in Miami with new sculpture and painting.  One of the most recognized international figural sculptors working today and a recipient of the USA artist fellowship, her schedule in 2016 is set: studio time, new equipment, and a solo exhibition.

Read more… Bill Rodgers in C-FILE


Ralph Bacerra
Julie Bartholomew
Robin Best
Stephen Bowers
Caroline Cheng
Sam Chung
Cristina Córdova
Claire Cureen
Bouke de Vries
Richard Dillingham
Raymon Elozua
Viola Frey
Future Retrieval
Giselle Hicks
Sin-Ying Ho
Sergei Isupov
Garth Johnson
Jun Kaneko
Jae Yong Kim
Steven Young Lee
Lauren Mabry
Paul Mathieu
Sara Moorhouse
Ron Nagle
George Ohr
Frances Palmer
Kadri Pärnamets
Peter Pincus
Andrew Raftery
Paul Scott
Robert Silverman
Caroline Slotte
Linda Sormin
Vipoo Srivilasa
Mara Superior
Toshiko Takaezu
Jason Walker
Kurt Weiser
Beatrice Wood
Betty Woodman
Read more…

Abmeyer & Wood Fine Art, Seattle, WA
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Ariana Museum, Geneva, Switzerland
Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
Benson Hall Gallery at RISD, Providence, RI
Bernadaud, Limoges, France
Blue Coat Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Blue Line, Roseville, CA
Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA
Ceramic Research Center, ASU, Tempe, AZ
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Concord Art Association, Concord, MA
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Cross MacKenzie Fine Arts, Washington, DC
Cynthia-Reeves, North Adams, MA
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO
David Austin Art Projects Inc., Palm Desert, CA
David Nolan Gallery, New York, NY
Deedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA
Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR
George Adams Gallery, New York, NY
The Grocery Store Gallery, Mountaindale, NY
Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA
Hunterdon Art Museum, Hunterdon, NJ
Jack Shainman Gallery, Kinderhook, NY
Kasher | Potamkin Gallery, New York, NY
Lacoste Gallery, Concord, MA
MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Mesa, AZ
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, MA
New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA
New York Ceramic & Glass Fair, New York, NY
Newark Museum of Art, Newark, NJ
Rago Arts & Auction Center, Lambertville, NJ
RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI
Sienna Patti Contemporary, Lenox, MA
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA
Waterfall Mansion, New York, NY
William Shearborn Gallery, St. Louis, MO
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

Alturas Foundation, San Antonio, TX
AMACO Indianapolis, IN
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT
Artist Legacy Foundation, Oakland, CA
Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Asheville, NC
Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Craft Emergency Relief Fund, Montpelier, VT
International Academy of Ceramics
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, MCLA, North Adams, MA
National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Boulder, CO
Office for the Arts at Harvard, Ceramics Program, Allston, MA
Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
Placer Community Foundation, Auburn, CA
Sheffield Pottery, Sheffield, MA
Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, ME

American Craft
The Art of Inventive Repair
(Andrew Baseman)
Artsy Guide
Asian in NY
Blouin Art Info
Ceramic Art & Perception
Ceramic Review
Ceramics Monthly
The China Press
Crafts Magazine
DXV American Standard
(Lynn Bryne)
Hi Fructose
Maine Antique Digest

New York Observer (culture)
New York Times: Art & Design
Rogovoy Report
Rural Intelligence
The Studio Potter
Take Magazine
Read more…

Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada
Founders Circle, Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC
Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark
Oslo Academy of Fine Arts, KHIO, Oslo, Norway
Royal College of Art, London, UK
University of the Arts, Central St. Martins, London, UK

Candice Groot
Anne Wollman

Donald Clark
Jake Czaja
Dan Farrell
Alexandra Jelleberg
Bill Kelly
John Polak
Melissa Post
Rebecca Weinman
Lynn Zimmerman

June Ferrin
Chase Gamblin
Roosi Isupov
Sergei Isupov
Alexandra Jelleberg
Bradley Klem
Kadri Pärnamets
Paul Scott
Graeme Sloan
Lucy Sloan

Artsy Guide to Art in the Berkshires

Artsy Guide to Art in the Berkshires

Artsy Magazine Your Daytrip Guide to the Art of the Berkshires
The July 15, 2015 editorial in Artsy Magazine lists the “six stops not to miss” on your art tour of the Berkshires. Among them are FERRIN CONTRMPORARY and CYNTHIA-REEVES galleries.
Click here to read full article.

Posted by AxelJ in News, Press Coverage


Glazed & Diffused will be on view at Ferrin Contemporary’s gallery space at 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams from June 20 through August 16, 2015. This survey exhibition will focus on a select group of international artists chosen for their use of fired clay and glaze pigment to convey abstract content. Their sculpture, objects, vessels, tile, and site-specific installations reveal intended, abstract results using fluidity, abstraction, and color theory.

Exhibiting artists will be Raymon Elozua, Peter Christian Johnson, Jun Kaneko, Jae Yong Kim, Steven Young Lee, Lauren Mabry, Sara Moorhouse, Ron Nagle, George Ohr, Peter Pincus, Robert Silverman, Linda Sormin, Toshiko Takaezu, Beatrice Wood and Betty Woodman.

Click here to read more or download press release.

Click here to view artwork in the exhibit.

Posted by AxelJ in News, Press Releases
#Ferrincontemporaryontheroad  |  REFLECT-ED Miami 2014

#Ferrincontemporaryontheroad | REFLECT-ED Miami 2014

With this post, we launch a new section of the Ferrin Contemporary website with reportage from Miami. Follow along as director Leslie Ferrin documents the objects, people, and experiences relating to various ongoing projects under the purview of Ferrin Contemporary (#FerrinContemporaryOnTheRoad). A specialist in ceramics and a regular participant in the art fair (or art fare) scene, Leslie’s first-person coverage provides a subjective and filtered overview of the scene and seen along the path of her travels. When NOT On-the-Road, in a museum, private collection, partner gallery, or artist studio, Ferrin is based at Project Art in Cummington, Massachusetts where she also directs a live-work artist residency. Now, in an aggregated format, her Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook feeds are shared and linked as photographic and written posts in the Blog section of the NEWS on our website

REFLECT-ED Miami 2014

The first week in December begins with the annual trek to Miami to participate in, explore, and enjoy the social and art fair events that surround Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB), now in its 13th year. As a gallery, we have been showing  at various venues in Miami over the years, presenting ceramics and in the past also showing painting, photography, and works on paper. This year, Ferrin Contemporary presented selected works from MADE IN CHINA: The New Export Ware at Miami Project. This fair venue is the second stop in a series of curated exhibitions and talks that examine the contemporary, ceramic-centric exchange between eastern and western artists and markets through porcelain art works produced in Jingdezhen China. The project launched this fall when it was first presented at Independent Art Projects (IAP), our home base, located on the MASS MoCA campus in North Adams, Massachusetts. In addition to our own booth, we partnered with Kasher|Potamkin to show Sergei Isupov’s recent works from his Promenade series. Also showing at Miami Project, was one of our IAP partners Julie Saul Gallery.  Other IAP partners, Cynthia Reeves exhibited at Art Miami and Sienna Patti Contemporary showed at Pulse.

Now in its 3rd year, Miami Project is one of the premiere satellite fairs located in Miami’s midtown district. It is located close to the Margulies Collection, a noted private collection open to the public, as well as, the neighborhoods of the Wynwood Walls and the Design District. The 65000 square foot show was elegant, with lofty white walls and airy wide aisles, and conveniently located to amenities within the design district. The 80 dealers and their artists, primarily American from both coasts, are well established and the art shown was framed and well hung. It was our favorite venue to date. We heard over and over, “This is the best show and I like it here.” Translation: We like this type of presentation and we are comfortable in this environment where the art and dealers are familiar.

This year’s Miami Art Week scene was the usual combination of luxury marketing, blue chip art investing, and high contrast global economics. Words like frenzy, overwhelming, and vulgar were in regular use and many experienced in the trade shook their heads in a combination of amusement and disbelief. A Picasso plate was stolen at Art Miami and Jerry Salz , New York Magazine’s senior art critic, kept everyone rolling with laughter (LOL) with his relentless collages posted on Instagram and caption commentary that put him in the center of the action without ever leaving NYC. Many of his posts ended with “What happens at ABMB, stays at ABMB” in a parody of popular culture and the business of the art business.

The traffic and parking, while always a nightmare, made this year’s trekking feel more real when the national protests of the Garver and Brown verdicts intersected with the local unresolved case of the graffiti artist, Israel “Reefa” Hernandez who was tasered by police and died in 2013. The protest brought Interstate 195 to a halt, dozens of helicopters to the sky, and created a lock-down of the bridges and roads that surrounded the Wynwood fairs. In another tragic, real-life turn of events that could have been lifted directly out of one of Tom Wolfe’s fictional parody Back to Blood,  a 21 year old graffiti artist was hit by a police car on Saturday night in Wynwood and subsequently died of his injuries. The contrast between what was taking place globally and what was taking place on the ground in Miami was never more extreme than possibly during the inaugural year, when the show was delayed due to 9/11. The economic and racial divide was the topic of several strongly worded articles running in Hyperallergic, one of the many online publications providing live daily reports. The New York Times T Magazine covered the party and Kardashian -Miley celebrity scene in their followup.

#clayiseverywhere continues to be this year’s trending mantra at all the fairs. During the panel The Importance of Women Artists in Today’s Market, held at Miami Projects, a question was posed to the collector and founder of the Girls’ Club, Francie Bishop Gold, “Who are the women photographers who are trending?” She paused, smiled, and said, “Its not photography that’s trending…its ceramics.” The question provoked a short buzz and continued with a discussion of women as leading artists who use of clay and fiber materials and how that choice was gender driven. The panel was introduced with a reading of the usual dismal statistics that compared prices at auction achieved by women artists to those of male artists. The discussion centered primarily around collecting, exhibition practices, and gender ratios. Organized by Karen Jenkins Johnson, gallerist and exhibitor in Miami Project, the panel was followed by a curated tour of the fair, featuring selected works and conversations with women artists, including our own Sin-ying Ho.  After thirty years of so-called progress, it was a bit depressing to be discussing this topic or throughout the week, hear helicopters circling overhead during the #blacklivesmatter protests. But it was better that the issues were being aired than ignored, in the midst of all the glitz and glamour taking place around it.

An Aside about #Hashtags 

For those who have been puzzled by the constant use of the number sign in front of bundled word phrases appearing in photo captions, they are hashtags and function to convey and gather content in the various social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram. That said, we use a few of them regularly to create photo albums that connect one event or program to another. In a future post, I will go into this further; but during Miami, each fair location and the week in general were collected under appropriate tags #clayiseverywhere, #miamiproject, #miamiartweek, #ferrincontemporaryontheroad, and #socialclay.

12 reflections on Art Week in Miami


If you can only choose one fair, make it Miami ProjectWLRN Miami Herald News

Ferrin Contemporary presented selected works from Made in China: The New Export Ware featuring recent works produced in Jingdezhen, China by Caroline Cheng, Sin-ying Ho, Paul Scott, Robert Silverman, and Vipoo Srivilasa. Kasher | Potamkins booth showed selected major works from Sergei Isupov’s 2014 solo Promenade.” Kasher | Potamkin is a new Chelsea New York gallery located in the former Barry Friedman space. (Next fall, they will present a solo show of Isupov’s as an installation featuring sculptural works and and site specific wall paintings.)


friends and colleagues

We chose this show for several reasons. Although relatively new, it is well run and we were surrounded by colleagues, our gallery partners, and art that seem to make sense next to ours. Our friend George Adams showed a recently consigned, ceramic selfie with tongue sticking out by Robert Arneson. Kim Dickey (currently showing “Mille-fleur” in the American art survey “State of the Art” at Crystal Bridges) showed two bird sculptures at Robischon whose booth was curated around the theme of birds, flight and sky. Jeffry Mitchell’s “Foo Dogs” were at PDX. Kris Kuski ’sAscension of Eos” was at Joshua Liner. Kuski is one of the many Virginia Groot Foundation award winners who were showing at the fairs. Photographer Andy Freeberg surprised us with a gift of his book Art Fare that included photographs he shot in 2010 of dealers and staff behind-the-scenes. The book featured our booth at ArtMiami. That was the year our red painted booth presented works by Sergei Isupov, Chris Antemann, and the lovely Lauren Levato came to work the show and we were reminded about how much had changed in four short years. Freeberg’s current work continues to follow his interest in working in the art world through environmental portraits and was shown by Kopeikin and Andrea Meisel at Miami Project.

3. Design Miami

collaboration and the special projects

Ephemera, sponsored by Perrier-Jouet, commissioned Vienna based duo Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler to create Small Discoveries. The project included mechanized plants moving, growing, and dying. Thinning Ice by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang was sponsored by Swarovski. Both dealt with ecological issues and sustainability. To begin and end the show is the leather-clad Fendi booth celebrating Peter Marino, awarded “Design Visionary.” (Marino’s solo show is onview at the Bass Museum.)


no names, no labels, no price lists

While clay may be everywhere, at Design Miami, you have to guess who made the piece or find someone in the booth who isn’t tied up with another VIP to ask. Then you have find a way to remember who did what where. You either needed to record voice or written notes on your phone or revert to taking notes with a pen on paper. I borrowed a pen and drew pictures on paper and left a card to receive digital information sometime in the future #oldschool. Elisabeth Agro, curator Philadelphia Museum of Art, used a pencil-written, paper cheat-sheet of her bucket-list dealers to visit.


less is more and more is less

It is true that #clayiseverywhere throughout this fair, celebrating its 10th year with 35 dealers. Booth design is strong and in some cases overwhelms the work presented. Large low tables, mixed up and sometimes cacaphonic shelving, burnt wood shelf grid, colorful walls, clusters-as-still-lifes, and intensely lit individual works were a bit over the top. A quick overview of the ceramics reveals contemporary and mid-century works from the USA, France, Belgium, Holland, South Africa, and Korea. Of all the fairs, this one provided the most concentrated opportunity to view ceramic objects but this was primarily within the context of design, not fine art. (The highlighted links when clicked lead to web information that offers explanations of what was seen but not readily accessed at the fair. The list that follows refers to the series of images contained in the blog post with artist names and the dealers who presented their works.) Adam Silverman at Edward Cella Art + Architecture; Ron Nagle; Tony Marsh at Pierre Marie Giraud; Anders Ruhwald at Volume; Haas Brothers at R&Company; Maren Kloppman; Eva Hild at Hostler Burrows; Iris Eichenburg at Ornamentum; Studio Makkink & Bey’s Pyramid of Makkum (an edition of 7, that commemorates the original first produced at the Royal Tichelaar Makkum, the oldest dutch manufactory, est. 1572.) Presented within a wooden cabinet housing an assemblage based on everyday objects with detailed instructions to be assembled into a flower pyramid was exhibited by Priveekollektie. Selected ceramic sculpture from La Bourne, France produced from 1940–1960 was shown by Magen H Gallery. The Southern Guild from Capetown, South Africa, presented works by Ardmore Ceramic Art, a ceramic studio in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The presentation of South African design was made possible by the department of trade industry.  Seomi exhibited artist-designed ceramic furniture. Jean Jacques Inc. presented an array of American and European ceramicists.


too large for one day let alone three hours so you can’t possibly see the whole show

For those who come every year, the #clayiseverywhere saying is true; but actually, clay is not as everywhere as it was last year-but if you weren’t there last year, then it seems as if it is everywhere this year. Great singluar works were on view throughout the show by clay masters Ken Price ,Toshiko Takaezu, and Betty Woodman along with younger artists Theaster Gates and Francesca DiMateo. CFILE’s Justin Crowe spent time there and wrote the filtered report on clay works at this fair. I noticed that he missed a booth off to the side with a set of pickle jars fabricated partly from wood, ceramic, and found objects. Like much of the work we were showing and looking at recently, they used collage and time honored repair methods to join history to the present in an object driven message delivered through the power of the familiar utilitarian object. Sudarshan Shetty, shown by Gallery SKE from New Delhi, presented a series titled “every broken moment piece by piece.”


shiny, reflective and selfies

There were way too many opportunities to take reflective selfies at ABMB, but the most powerful example might have been the two part work by the ultimate, selfie-ist Ai Weiwei whose selfie taken of himself (with police behind him pre-arrest in 2009) was presented behind and reflected upon a something-ton forty-inch cube of clear crystal. ABMB, with over 73000 visitors included 160 museum groups and more than 267 galleries from 31 countries. That’s a lot of PEOPLE. People was the word embodied in one of the booth’s rotating neon signs. A personal favorite, was a neon sign by Jeppe Hein that asked “ARE YOU REALLY HAPPY”.


a kid could do this

“a kid could do this” was one of the special curated projects at the entrance to this fair. Installed as period room setting, each artwork was hung above a wainscot moulding with the artists’ signature on the wall in vinyl shown in dim lighting under a ceiling with a scrimmed covering presented by Gallery Gmurzynska. (Catalog available.) The idea is that modern art elicits the comment “any child could do this ____”. Appropos to our #clayiseverywhere theme, the title and intent of this exhibition could have been used as a starting point for an exhibition that explores the ongoing debate about intentional and unintentional abstraction by artists who come from the “Art World” to suddenly start working with clay and those who work with clay but climbed up the art ladder through training from the “Clay World.”


Glazed and confused

AQUA lost a bit of its charm and uniqueness without the eye of the original founders Jacque Chartier and Dirk Park at the helm. But it was still art fun to cruise through at the end of a long day. Our Berkshire neighbor William Baczek has been exhibiting consistently, and presented illustrator Travis Louie along with well-known artists from our area Susan Mikula and Scott Prior. Victori Contemporary presented Jae Yong Kim’s wall of ceramic donuts. This was our most-liked photo and elicited the best captions comments. His interview in twelvmag about how he came to “make the donuts” is priceless. (Kim’s donuts were also shown by Lyons Weir at ArtMiami)


Now located on the beach

This solid show started in Wynwood ten years ago and is now under the direction of Helen Toomer. Toomer moved it to the beach this year. Adjacent to the boardwalk and steps from the ocean, the show is beautifully installed with plenty of white space to show off the fresh, contemporary, material-driven artworks shown by well-known galleries that feature both established and emerging artists. Included in the varied materials and media was plenty of photography and conceptual installations. These provided a good setting for Sienna Patti Contemporary to show works by Susie Ganch and Lauren Fensterstock. (Fenderstock’s work was shown this summer at Independent Art Projects in North Adams, Massachusetts.) A major seated man by sculptor Viola Frey was presented by Rena Bransten. Tthe work of emerging artist Alwyn O’Brien was shown at James Harris Gallery in an organic grid-glaze-figurine collage sculpture. These assemblages are a new trend in ceramic sculpture as they push the limits of the clay’s fragility. A gorgeous series of works by Kathy Butterly at Shoshana Wayne greeted visitors at the entrance of the fair.


plan A, Skypad and more…

What’s Miami without a few parties? Special thanks goes out to Kasher|Potamkin and particularly Andi Potamkin for hosting the Miami Project exhibitor party on the boat. We felt honored and pampered; it was definitely a lovely benefit of being a dealer exhibiting at the fair. We were on a boat. Then there was the Saturday night let-it-all-down penthouse party held by our uber host and hostess Stuart and Julie Chase at Skypad-on-the-Bay. Twinkly lights, sunrise/sunsets, and birds eye view of the backed up traffic, police lights, and reflections of boats across the water. Gathered there were various #artberkshire regulars, museum professionals, visiting photographers, and, of course, the weary dealers. Stuart Chase, director of HistoryMiami, announced the Knight Foundation award of a matching grant to develop a new photography center dedicated to the photography of Miami. We were all there to congratulate and cheer on this initiative. I lacked any initiative at that hour and only took a shot of the view before sitting down to enjoy the company in real time. Monday we took a spin through the current exhibitions at HistoryMiami museum and discovered how the Beatles foresaw Miami Art Week as shown in the photograph of the group on their 1966 Butcher album cover.

12. And then there’s UBER

No one could have gotten anywhere without them and their friendly coupons.

And we’ll be back, same time next year.

Miami Artist Run Over by Cop Dies of His Injuries  by Benjamin Sutton
Hundreds Take to the Streets to Seek Justice for Artist Killed by Miami Police by Jillian Steinhauer
#BlackLivesMatter vs #artbasel by Jillian Steinaher
Blacked out in the Art World  anonymous
From Kim Kardashian to Miley Cyrus Looking Back on Art Basel Miami’s Week of Excess in the New York Times T Magazine
Provacative Art Basel Tweets Make Jerry Saltz the Jonathan Swift of Social Media WSJ
Jerry Saltz’s Fake Instagram Week at Art Basel’s Kamara Williams interviews Jae Yong Kim Ceramic Genius
Artnet with Picasso Stolen from art fair in Miami
CFILE’s Market Report | Art Basel Miami Beach

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