Daily Campello Art News: Art Basel Miami Beach week: VIP Preview

Today is the VIP preview for Art Miami and is co-joined sister fair, Context Art Miami.  The day starts around 9AM with last minute hanging, re-hanging and labeling… most of the work has been already hung by the crew who arrived here on Sunday, but there’s still a lot of work to do.

The booth before hanging the work

We’re staying on the 22nd floor of the Doubletree skyrise in Wynwood, two blocks from the fair, with an exceptional view of the water and the fair itself.

The hanging is skillfully choreographed, with Christina Helowicz, on her first art fair ever, showing the aptitude and skills of a seasoned pro!

J. Jordan Bruns hanging his work at Context Art Miami
J. Jordan Bruns hanging his work at Context Art Miami


I have a special projects wall on the focus of the Cuba series works that I did in Art School, and I hang that and Christina labels everything.

By noon or so the booth is done except for some touch up work and labeling here and there.

Alida Anderson Art Projects booth at Context Art Miami 2022
Alida Anderson Art Projects booth at Context Art Miami 2022


At 4:30, the VIP Platinum opening starts – by 6:30, when the other VIPs arrive, the crowds really begin to show up – Context Art Miami has started!

Crowds at Context Art Miami VIP opening

At one point, Nora Atkinson, the very fair Curator-in-Charge for the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum stops by to chat with Michael Janis and Tony Porto.

Nora Atkinson

And thus the fair begins…

Angelia S. Rico

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