Spiraling Upward

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Gallery collaborates with Art Miami for a world-class exhibit of Warhol, Haring, Basquiat,
and a must-see Calder work.

Queue Projects of Greenwich, Conn., is collaborating with Art Miami organizers for a world-class exhibit during Miami Art Week that will feature Alexander Calder’s The Spiral (No! to Frank Lloyd Wright), and other masters of modern art.
Queue Projects of Greenwich, Conn., is collaborating with Art Miami organizers for a world-class exhibit during Miami Art Week that will feature Alexander Calder’s The Spiral (No! to Frank Lloyd Wright), and other masters of modern art.

There’s no way we could cover everything that’s spectacular at Art Basel Miami Beach and Miami Art Week, but there’s definitely always something at Art Miami that piques your interest.

Art Miami kicks off Miami Art Week, and now, in its 26th year, is the original and longest-running art fair.

One of the galleries exhibiting at Art Miami — Queue Projects of Greenwich, Conn. — is collaborating with fair organizers to curate a world-class exhibit that features masters Alexander Calder, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Andy Warhol in the VIP area of the Art Miami venue, a 200,000-square-foot pavilion in Midtown Miami at 2901 N.E. 1st Avenue, in the Wynwood Arts District.

One of the most notable works on display from Queue will be Calder’s The Spiral (No! to Frank Lloyd Wright). From the late 1960s until the late 1990s, the sculpture was exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Regarding the title of the work, Calder stated: “This was a recent return to the earlier machine mobiles. The brass spiral at the top rotates and rocks slowly, powered by a motor inside the red base. This was in the last big sculpture show at the Guggenheim Museum (1967). Despite Mulas’ photographs mixing it up with Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture, the piece was not inspired by the Guggenheim. I made a small version of this earlier and gave it to Jean Davidson for his birthday. (I) later enlarged it.”

The distinctive, motorized, aluminum-and-steel sculpture, with a spiral top that actually rotates when turned on, was finished in 1966 and stands an impressive 120 x 172 x 118 ¾ inches — a stunning visual masterpiece. The structure was signed with initials and dated “CA66.” Spiral has been exhibited around the world, including at the Guggenheim International Exhibition 1967, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, October 20, 1967 to February 4, 1968, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, February to March, 1968. The work is valued at almost $13 million.

For those who won’t get enough Calder at Art Miami, London’s Tate Modern is featuring a retrospective of the artist’s work through November 2016.

Art Miami opens Dec. 1 with a VIP preview and continues through Dec. 6. See guide, page 83 for complete Art Miami schedule.

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Winning Formula

Art Wynwood keeps Miami’s art momentum going with a fair in February

When the dust settles from the 14th edition of Art Basel, that doesn’t mean that Miami as an art fair mecca shuts down. Founder Nick Korniloff, who is also director of Art Miami, believed that an international art fair on President’s Day weekend would keep the momentum going. In 2012, Art Wynwood was founded in the art-centric neighborhood of Wynwood.

The first fair in 2012 drew 23,500 people and had more than 50 exhibitors. Last year, the fourth edition greeted 35,000 people and presented more than 60 galleries. Korniloff says that each year, the now-annual President’s Day Weekend art fair “proves that Miami continues to develop as a serious cultural destination outside the month of December.”

The weekend was chosen because it is one of the busiest of the winter months in Miami. Art Wynwood 2016 coincides with the prestigious Yacht and Brokerage Show in Miami, less than five miles from the Art Wynwood pavilion.

New this year will be Focus Miami, which will introduce a special visitor engagement section including the most active and important institutions and alternative art spaces that lead by example how Miami is supporting, nurturing and expanding the art community. As of press time participants included: The Miami Rail (publication), Laundromat (artist run space/ exhibition space and workshop incubator for the disabled), YES (artist exchange program) and Cannonball (artist residency). Art Wynwood 2016 has planned a curated exhibition featuring seminal art from the 1960s. In conjunction with the exhibit, the fair will host a series of lectures, film screenings, and music from the era.

A unique feature, which continues to be part of the fair each year, is the highlight of street art, murals, pop surrealism and other genres from the contemporary underground movement. Art Wynwood is perfectly positioned to further the growing worldwide recognition of this movement.

“Art Wynwood is the leading fair of winter,” says Art Wynwood Director Grela Orihuela, who agrees that the fair is “the destination for art enthusiasts to come and experience exceptional pieces and extraordinary collections beyond Miami’s art season in December.”

This year’s fair is set for Friday, Feb. 12, to Monday, Feb. 15, at 3101 N.E. 1st Ave., Wynwood Arts District. VIP invitation preview is Thursday, Feb. 11. A one-day pass is $25; a multi-day pass costs $55; students 12-18 years and seniors admission,$15; children under 12 years accompanied by an adult are free; and groups of 10 or more cost $15 per person. Visit www.artwynwood.com, or call 305.517.7977

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