Monday, December 7, 2009

Day 3: Miami Art Basel 2009 Coverage, Saturday December 5th

There was a definite positive attitude felt at Miami Basel's main fair at the convention center. Throughout the space chatter was heard about the amount of sales this year, which is on a definite rise from last years slow slump. A small Andy Warhol Mao painting went for a reported 2.2 million, not too shabby (nearby was a David LaChapelle photograph with a colorful Amanda Lepore portraying Warhol's Marilyn). When I arrived I found Kipton Cronkite lingering around the Marlborough Gallery booth. He was ecstatic having just purchased a Juan Genoves piece for his own collection. Genoves is a famed contemporary Spanish artist whose works reflect social alienation, conformity and reformation, with images of lone beings in scattered groups. Recently, Latin American and Spanish influenced art has taken my interest. After visiting the Museo del Prado in Madrid, I began to research works by Velaquez, El Greco and Goya. Last month at the Christie's fall preview of Latin American artist I found my new favorite, Claudio Bravo. Bravo's photorealism technique may quite possibly be the best in the business and I spent a good deal of time scoping out his work in the booth. Other Latin artists seen throughout the fair are the blue chip tiered works by MiroPicasso and Botero. As we walked through the stalls, Kipton ran into Miami based artist Romero Britto who invited him to visit his studio the following morning. Britto's colorful sculptures are commonly seen throughout the city and around the world.

Kipton Cronkite Approved!
Image taken by Zev Eisenberg: Miró, Untitled

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