Ink Art Fair at the Suites of Dorchester

By | December 3rd, 2010 | 1 Comment

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.

Daniel Kelly "Strawberries"
Daniel Kelly’s beautiful “Strawberries,” part of Michael Verne’s collection of contemporary American artists living in Japan. (Verne Collection Inc., Cleveland)

Neil MacCormick's "A.B.Demolition House on Debrebeuf"
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)

Hideo Takeda's Colors
Erotic artist Hideo Takeda was commissioned to make prints of individual colors for children. They were later censored. (Verne Collection Inc., Cleveland)

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