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Art Basel Miami Beach #2: Talking with Omar Lopez-Chahoud of UNTITLED., Wynwood Street Art
by ArtSlant Team


A talk with Omar Lopez-Chahoud, by Joel Kuennen

Call him Omar. A bundle of kind energy dedicated to his curatorial craft, Omar Lopez-Chahoud guided UNTITLED. through its first iteration last year during Miami Art Week to a very successful conclusion. Much more than a white whale beached on the sands off Ocean Drive, the great white tent designed by Keenen/Riley Architects (K/R Architects), and redesigned this year by the same, promises to be as exhilarating as last year, a welcome respite amidst the floundering chaos of Miami Art Week.

The main element that sets UNTITLED. apart from the rest is not its beautiful location, nor its ability to attract galleries that show great awareness and guile when it comes to contemporary art. Its greatest characteristic is its ability to take in the multitude of disparate voices of the contemporary art world and produce a harmony. A visitor to UNTITLED. may well feel as if they are in a museum rather than a fair. A quality that any intrepid fair-goer can appreciate.

On the eve of its second year, I sat down with Omar, the Artistic Director and lead Curator of UNTITLED., to discuss what makes UNTITLED. different. Trying to pin down just what makes a curated art fair is difficult. Where it begins, however, might just be in the reorganization of what has come to be a fundamental component of an art fair: the selection committee. Generally comprised of dealers, application to a selection committee can be an intimidating experience for many gallerists. UNTITLED. skips this often shrouded group and places the selection process in the very capable hands of Omar and his curatorial assitant. Up-front from the get-go, Omar gets down to the specifics with galleries, going so far as to select artists and specific works that he believes will lend to the cohesive narrative of the exhibi...err...fair. “I meet the galleries but I also like to meet the artists and converse with them,” says Omar. While a fair must take into account sales, politics and the art world at large, Omar keeps focused on what he believes should be at the forefront of a great fair – the artworks....

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Shoot for the Moon: Group Show Brings International Muralists to Wynwood for Art Basel
by Monica Torres

Now that street art is "mainstream," graffiti artists from all over the world are being represented at shows in Miami during Art Basel week 2013. “Shoot for the Moon” is one of the most anticipated group shows. Hosted by the Wynwood Embassy, from December 4 to December 8, photography, installations and musical performances will be presented at the large warehouse space of Mana Wynwood and a long list of artists will create murals along the Wynwood Arts District. Various business are participating in the event, lending their walls for the creation of new art. Throughout Art Week, visitors can view the nearby murals with a map provided by the Wynwood Embassy...

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All Eyes on Miami: Ahol Sniffs Glue’s Prolific Eyeballs and Monsters at SCOPE and All Over Town
by Monica Torres

With Art Basel in town, all eyes are on Miami and focused on Wynwood, now that street art has gained credibility as real art. Ahol Sniffs Glue is one of Miami’s most prolific street artists. His characteristic, repetitive eyeballs grace the interior and exterior walls of the Magic City’s hippest businesses, like coffee shop and record store Sweat Records. Ahol’s optic images are also seen on murals in the Wynwood Arts District; his eyeballs bubble up from sidewalks, multiplying, spreading, and invading the streets like a disease, while the artist’s ubiquitous stickers are bombed over restaurants, businesses, sidewalks and streets...

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José Carlos Martinat, Isla, 2009; Courtesy the artist & Revolver Galería, Lima. At Art Basel | Miami Beach, Nova Sector.

Eric Fischl, Art Fair #2, 2013; Courtesy the artist and Mary Boone Gallery, New York. At Art Basel | Miami Beach, main sector.

Tacita Dean, JG (offset), 2013; Courtesy the artist and Niels Borch Jensen Galerie, Berlin. At Art Basel | Miami Beach, Editions Sector.

Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin, 2011; Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London. At Art Basel | Miami Beach, Main Sector.

Miami Art Week is a daunting prospect. With nearly two dozen art fairs, it's nearly impossible to keep track of, not to mention actually going to them all. We culled through the listings and put together a handy-dandy map, a brief synopsis of each fair with events and opening hours. A total of nineteen fairs between Miami Beach and Mainland Miami. Did we miss a couple? Maybe? But we don't think you'll be at a loss of things to do and fairs to visit...

Click below for our comprehensive fair guides:

Part 1- Miami Beach fairs

Part 2 - Mainland Miami fairs

Art Basel Miami Beach - NADA  UNTITLED - SCOPE - Aqua Art Miami - INK Miami Art Fair - SELECT FAIR - NEW MATERIAL ART FAIR - Art Miami / CONTEXT - Miami Project - SPECTRUM Miami - Red Dot Miami - Brazil Art Fair - Zones Art Fair - PULSE - Fridge - Miami River Art Fair



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Posted by ArtSlant Team on 12/9/13

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