Self-described as “the premier fair in the U.S. dedicated to unrepresented artists,” PooL Art Fair was supposed to open to the public on Friday afternoon for a three-day run at the Sadigo Court Hotel, which is in South Beach not far from Art Basel Miami Beach. Instead, according to Heidi Miller, studio director for Sheila Elias, a Miami-based artist slated to show her work in the fair, Miami Beach Police showed up at about 4:45 p.m. and, after taking photos, shut the fair down, saying the hotel had to be evacuated.
“It was disappointing because it was right when we were supposed to have our opening and party,” Miller said. “We had handed out hundreds of invitations. “
There were approximately 100 visitors at the fair at the time, according to Miller, who says the fair’s organizer, Theirry Alet, told her it was being shut down due to a lack of a permit. Organized by Frère Independent, a not-for-profit organization whose stated mission is “to provide widespread visibility to artists”, PooL has been operating in Miami Beach for seven years.
This post was produced in partnership with Open Media Miami.