This weekend, I made a road trip East to scout out some inspiration. Destination: Miami, FL
I wished I had a whole week at my disposal, because there was so much to see in just 2 days!
Each year, Miami hosts one of the largest platforms for worldwide Galleries and Artists to exhibit and represent their work. (Around 25+ venues in 1 week) Among the many venues, I visited Art Miami, CONTEXT Art Miami, Spectrum, Red Dot, SCOPE, and Untitled. If you're an art enthusiast, I recommend seeing as many as you can, and taking plenty of photos!
The picture above was taken at SCOPE (left) and Red Dot (right).
Each time I visited a Gallery's booth, I made sure to ask if it was okay to take a photo without the flash. Every one of them said 'yes' and some requested that the photos taken only be used for personal use. What I found to be surprising though was that I spoke with several galleries who told me that I was the first person to ask permission to take photos. I was shocked. Some of these pieces were original Picasso's...ones that could be potentially damaged or altered from a single camera flash. It seemed that by placing the works in a public setting, viewers felt more comfortable approaching and interacting with them, which was very interesting. I found myself people watching...noticing more viewers standing next to pieces, taking selfies on their cell phones. Don't get me wrong, I'm guilty of taking plenty of selfies...just look at my photo :) But seeing it happen in a gallery/fair setting, where the price of one painting could cover (and probably exceed) the sum of my student loans, was strange for some reason.
If you have the opportunity to visit Miami for this event, GO! There will be a show in Spring 2016 in NY as well!
Make sure to book a hotel well in advance and close to the venues that you would like to go to. Public transit was available, but my mom and i decided to take my own car through town. Traffic was intense, but well worth it!
I had the opportunity to speak to some wonderfully talented artists and exhibitors. Surrounding ourselves with inspiring people truly helps us to learn more about ourselves, grow, and move toward a dream.