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.
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)