Ping Pong at NADA Art Fair

By | December 3rd, 2011 | 2 Comments

A yearly contemporary art fair for emerging galleries located, since 2009, at the Deauville Beach Resort, NADA sits casually between Art Basel Miami Beach, with its crème de la crème exhibitors, and the relatively small Wynwood mavericks, Seven and Fountain. The mood in the Deauville’s elegant ballrooms is calm, but that doesn’t mean NADA is a lax affair. The dealers, many of them in their 20s or early 30s, are ready to deal and often wired in to their laptops (invariably Macs) with a look of utter absorption.

NADA was one of my favorite fairs last year, and, while I didn’t enjoy it as much this time around, it was certainly worth the visit. One booth in particular that struck my fancy was the Cumulus Studios space in the back of the Richelieu Ballroom, which featured a black ping pong table (materials: aluminum, rubber, paint) by Tom Burr of New Haven, Conn.

"Bouncing Balls" by Tom Burr
As you can see, the ping pong table is functional, which, at $150,000, it better be. (Also pictured: powdered-coated, stainless-steel bench by Miami artist Jim Drain.)

"Flip Flop Table" by JIM LAMBIE
This piece, the aptly titled “Flip Flop Table”, is by Scottish artist Jim Lambie, who recently covered the Bass Museum’s ramp in stripes of colorful electric tape as part of the Vanishing Points exhibition.

"Hare Swing" by ADAM MCEWEN
This trussed hare is the work of London artist Adam McEwen. Made of fiberglass and metal frame, it is a functional swing.

Reggie Watts at NADA
Reggie Watts is not part of any exhibition, but he is certainly a work of art. He and LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy were both at the Deauville for NADA on Friday afternoon.

NADA is free and open to the public until 5 p.m. on Sunday. To learn more about the fair, visit

all photos by Robby Campbell

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2 Comments on “Ping Pong at NADA Art Fair”

  1. 1 arielle said at 6:01 pm on December 3rd, 2011:

    I wish I’d known you were going to NADA! Dear friends and NYU art-school mates have a booth there: If you get a second visit, check it out. Particularly loving Rebecca Kolsrud’s pastels of women.

  2. 2 Jordan Melnick said at 6:03 pm on December 3rd, 2011:

    Actually, we met Jasmine and she was telling us about Kolsrud’s pastels. They’re based on photos in her father’s 1969 yearbook. Very cool.

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