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.)

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Photos from NADA Art Fair at the Deauville

By | December 3rd, 2010 | 5 Comments

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.

The Art

Chiharu Shiota Staircase
Chiharu Shiota’s beautifully gothic staircase entangled in wool thread.

Twenty Twenty
Miami-based Twenty Twenty Projects spoofed its own name (perhaps) with these eye-blurring superimpositions.

Joel Kyack at NADA
The LA-based Francois Ghebaly Gallery won best booth prize for its Joel Kyack solo show.

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