Thursday, December 4, 2014

PHOTOS: Art Basel Miami Beach 2014

Artist Urs Fisher's installation titled Small Rain at the Sadie Coles Gallery during opening day at the Art Basel at the Miami Beach Convention Center on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.
Stelle Rayne with daughter Belle Gonzalez, 2, and husband Beto Gonzalez view Daybreak by David Altmejd at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Sculpture by Juan Muñoz at the Marian Goodman Gallery during opening day at the Art Basel.
Di Mondo of New York admires paintings by artist Jack Early during opening day at the Art Basel fair at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

News flash from Art Basel Miami Beach, the big-top fair that opened Wednesday with a lineup of works that not a few of the connoisseurs on hand pronounced among the best, if not the best, of the 13 editions so far: Art can make people happy.
And there were lots of happy people on the floor of the Beach convention center among the throngs of well-shod VIP collectors, curators and gallery owners from around the world who bought and sold big-ticket, top-notch pieces of contemporary art at an unflagging pace from the moment the doors opened at 11a.m.
It wasn’t just the large prices the art was fetching for the galleries, the enthusiasm of the collectors or the breadth and depth of the selections on display in booth after booth that sent a collective wave of joy across the vast convention center floor.
There was, according to The Art Newspaper, in a piece headlined, “Accentuate the positive,” something upbeat about the art itself: Though contemporary art can often be dour, the newspaper said, “happy-looking art” seems to do especially well in Miami, and there was no shortage of it on view Wednesday.

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