Context Art Fair: Sculptural and Bright First Year in Miami

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L to R: Gallery manager Heather Oakley, artist Speedy Graphito, and owner Fabien Castanier in front of Speedy’s work at the Fabien Castanier Gallery space at Context Art Fair Miami.

Context was new the Miami art fair selection for 2012. was connected to yet another fair (Art Miami) by an outdoor courtyard lined with pop-up walls by Speedy Graphito and Bansky, as well as a gelato cart and a white tent where people sipped perrier out of the bottle. Context was held Dec. 6-9, 2012 featuring galleries from a wide international range. One of our favorites was from Rome, Italy.

About Context:

Context Art Miami, Miami’s newest international emerging and cutting-edge art fair… will feature a curated group of 65 international galleries representing exceptional emerging and mid-career cutting-edge artists, including solo artist installations, immersive environments, curated projects and multimedia exhibits in a state-of-the-art, 45,000 square-foot pavilion directly adjacent to Art Miami.

Artists Isabel Samaras and Jennybird Alcantara at the Varnish Fine Art booth with works by Samaras (L) and Chris Mars (R).

L to R: Merry Karnowsky, Varnish Fine Art co-owners Jen Rogers and Kerri Stephens, Cindy Schwarzstein, Layla Lyne-Winkler; Sitting: artists Isabel Samaras and Jennybird Alcantara. Artwork L to R: Ransom & Mitchell, Mike Davis, Jennybird, Isabel Samaras.

Ransom & Mitchell with Varnish Fine Art.

Jennybird Alcantara with Varnish Fine Art.

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Band-Aid House-At Play by Camille Iemmolo with Chicago’s Packer Schopf Gallery.

Some things you have to see to believe: smoke inside empty glass bottles by Jim Dingilian with Packer Schopf Gallery.

Packer Schopf Gallery had it going on. Embroidered X-Rays by Matthew Cox.

Angelina Jolie: Collage of objects and painting on plexiglass by Renaud Delorme with The McLoughlin Gallery.

Joan McLoughlin and Timothy Yarger with work by Cristobal Valecillos at The McLoughlin Gallery space at Context.

This piece by Ryan McGinness was the first sight visitors to Context saw upon entering the fair from the front door. Gering & Lopez Gallery, New York, NY.

Also at Gering & Lopez Gallery, these by Michael Bevilacqua.

Work by Armando Romero with Kavachnina Contemporary, a Miami gallery.

Artist Jiha Moon exhibited with Curator’s Office Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Sculpture by Speedy Graphito at Fabien Castanier Gallery.

Art by Rero, with gallery manager Heather Oakley at Fabien Castanier Gallery.

Z20 Galleria from Rome, Italy had several intriguing artists on display, including Mauro Di Silvestre.

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These are re-structured shoes by artist Kaarina Kaikkonen with Z20 Galleria from Rome, Italy.

Safe Haven by Greg “Craola” Simkins with Merry Karnowsky Gallery.

History of Art, oil on canvas, by Ignacio Iturria with Praxis International Art.

Similar to the above item, yet completely different: Untitled, oil on fiberglass, by Ignacio Iturria with Praxis International Art.

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1 Comment

  1. Danny C
    February 9, 2013

    Great Review. Thanks for sharing your highlights of the Context Art Fair. Ransom & Mitchell’s combination of traditional portraiture with a contemporary twist interests me most along with Ryan McGuinness large piece. I will keep my eyes on these artists. Keep posting..


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