Save a few post-recession moments, each passing year of art-fueled events taking over Miami Beach and beyond during the first week in December seems bigger than the last. With more and more lavish parties, dinners and VIP previews surrounding the core established by Art Basel, it's easy to lose sight of the actual art within the fabulous, sun-splashed platform for marketing luxury that the experience has become. After visiting nearly all the fairs, we managed to find a few gems sourced from Nada, Basel, Pulse and Scope however—from OCD techniques to slightly goth themes, commentaries on visual culture and pop art statements—all pictured below.
Contributions from Evan Orensten and Jonah Samson
At right: "Confetti Death" (2010) by TYPOE, seen at Spinello Gallery
"The Universal Now: Trafalgar Square 1975/1971" (2010) by Abigail Reynolds, seen at Ambach and Rice Gallery (Also showing at Reynolds' first stateside solo show at Ambach and Rice, opening this Friday, 10 December 2010.)
L: "Home and the World" and R: "Untitled" (both 2010) by Adam Fuss, seen at Cheim & Read Gallery
"The Funeral Party #2" (2010) by Allison Schulnik, seen at Mark Moore Gallery
"Double Scramble" (1977) by Frank Stella, seen at Van de Weghe Fine Art