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.
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.)
On Feb. 13, 1964, The Beatles (heard of ‘em?) touched down in Miami and three days later, on Feb. 16, played the second of their three epochal Ed Sullivan Show performances.* Nixon’s waxen bizarro twin (Sullivan) gave the “youngsters” from Liverpool top billing and $10,000 for the three appearances. In exchange, he got the highest ratings in the history of American television, with 40 percent of the U.S. population tuning in for The Beatles’ Miami performance in the Deauville’s Napoleon Room.
Here is the Fab Four’s first set: “She Loves You”, “That Boy”, and “All My Loving”.
The NADA Art Fair opened yesterday at the Deauville Beach Resort with emerging galleries from 28 cities exhibiting in the hotel’s Napoleon and Richelieu ballrooms. The fair is free and short on the kind of pretentious art that makes you want to punch the artist below the belt. Prepare to have your probable wealth and stature visually appraised by everyone you come across, but that’s par for the Art Basel course. Besides that, NADA is well worth a visit for the artworks and the nonpareil people-watching. Here are a few pics of our favorite artworks at the fair, human and otherwise.
Chiharu Shiota’s beautifully gothic staircase entangled in wool thread.