There is an ongoing TV marketing campaign to remind people of the importance of paper, a response I assume to paper’s waxing obsolescence in the digital age. It is an embittered and sarcastic campaign, and I don’t expect it to turn back the tide. The fifth-annual Ink Miami Art Fair, on the other hand, makes a powerful case for the humble piece of paper. The fair features 11 fine-print dealers from around the country, each of which has a suite at the Dorchester Hotel in Miami Beach to showcase its collections of contemporary prints. This arrangement, in which every suite has an intimate and unique ambience, is a welcome foil to Art Basel’s cavern-cum-cubicles setup at the Convention Center, which is only two blocks away. (Going to one after the other sounds like a good idea.)
Here are some photos and internet images (my camera died) from Ink.
Neil MacCormick’s “A.B.Demolition House on Debrebeuf” is a drawing, not a photograph. MacCormick puts a log of the number of hours it takes him per work on the back of each piece. I think this one took more than 200. (Jim Kempner Fine Art, NYC)
In his “Color Grids”, Sol Lewitt combines a few colors (red, yellow, blue, and black) and a few kinds of lines (straight, not-straight, and broken) to create 78 absolutely unique squares. (Marlborough Graphics, NYC)
A piece from Mark Dion’s Herbarium series, which is inspired by Henry Perrine, “one of the first American naturalists to grasp the vast agricultural potential of Florida,” Dion says. Perrine was killed in a Seminole raid on Indian Key before establishing an experimental botanical station in Florida on a government grant. (Graphicstudio, University of South Florida)