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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Atlanta arrives at Art Basel

Anthony Lister painting at Art Basel

The annual art exhibition, hobnob festival, and "convention of parties sponsored by vodka brands" known as Art Basel Miami Beach returned this past week with perhaps the strongest showing of Atlanta-based artists and galleries in recent memory. As noted last month by ArtsATL, the uptick in attendance might be sign of an improving economy. Saltworks, Get This!, and Lauri Stalling's GloATL performers exhibited for the first time.

On Friday, Atlanta-based poet and artist F. Gregory Johnson got thrown out of an interactive fake park installation for exhibiting a few small cardboard signs about homelessness.

According to an official statement, "Art Basel supports artistic expression and respects the right to protest, but does not allow demonstrations, or artists' performances that are not part of exhibiting galleries' programs within the halls." Ben Davis with Artinfo has the full story.

Other Atlanta artists and galleries fared better. Stallings, the creative force behind GloATL sent this hopeful note about their three nights of performances at Aqua Art Miami:

folks are running from one fair to the next, one party to the next.
the work i took down was a 3 hour exhibition, it asked for something different from the public- first to engage with us amidst the "formal" scene of aqua art fair, then leave the fair to haul down the street 4 big city blocks to arrive on the beach for a super dense 1 hour performance. crazy test of endurance, the attention span alone was innately different than the majority of the rest of art basel.

(next year we will run a sign through the streets leading up to art basel that says "see.")

miami and its rupturing once a year art basel galaxy was the perfect international arts scene debut for glo. our most dense eye to eye public negotiation yet! the aqua art curator was ecstatic, asked us to return!

Elsewhere, the Living Walls team exhibited a booth and curated the outdoor area of the Fountain Art Fair, Jackson Fine Art exhibited at Art Miami, and Whitespace, Get This!, Saltworks, and Ernest G. Welch School of Art + Design exhibited work at Aqua Art Miami. Check out a few photos from the galleries and the GloATL's beach performance below.

Living Walls booth

Works by Craig Drennen, Jiha Moon, and Michael Scoggins at the Saltworks exhibition
  • COURTESY SALTWORKS
  • Works by Craig Drennen, Jiha Moon, and Michael Scoggins at the Saltworks exhibition

Craig Drennen

Jackson Fine Arts photography installation

Jackson Fine Arts photography installation

GloAtl dancer with work by Seana Reilly, Sarah Emerson, Marcia Vaitsman at the Whitespace exhibition
  • COURTESY SUSAN BRIDGES
  • GloAtl dancer with work by Seana Reilly, Sarah Emerson, Marcia Vaitsman at the Whitespace exhibition

GloATL performing on Miami Beach
  • COURTESY LAURI STALLINGS
  • GloATL performing on Miami Beach

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