That’s a Wrap: Highlight of Spectrum Miami 2017

The sights, sounds, and spectacle of Miami Art Week were alive and well at the seventh edition of Spectrum Miami. We knew the five-day art experience—rife with exciting events, live performances, late-night parties, and more—was a success when we hit last year’s numbers by the end of the day Friday.

Spectrum Miami and its sister show Red Dot Miami reported combined multimillion-dollar exhibitor sales and record-breaking attendance with more than 50,000 attendees throughout the week and more than 6,500 guests for the Opening Night Preview Party. Thank you! We couldn’t do it without the amazing exhibitors, generous sponsors, and avid attendees.

Whether you were there and want to relive the highlights with us or you couldn’t make it this year and want to get excited about next year’s show, read on for a recap of Spectrum Miami 2017.

Show Highlights
Tens of thousands of art lovers made their way through sculptor James West’s monumental, contemporary outdoor sculpture; under a suspended natural flowers installation by Noor Blazekovic of Irreversible Projects; and into the Spectrum Miami Tent to enjoy an impressive collection of contemporary art from over 200 international galleries and studio artists.

James Paterson of James Paterson Fine Art gave expression to mystery through his metaphorical Prayer Machines. Dave Kardonick of Productions by Planet Fashion TV delighted the audience with his knowledge of Walt Disney and Hanna Barbera cel art and prints. Design Art Concept’s artist Rob Anderson invited curious onlookers to sit across from him while he created temporary artwork on their hands. “The result was a powerful experience of knocking down walls between people and forming connections that will last forever,” he wrote on Instagram. And Kris and Angela Gebhardt of Gebhardt Gallery & Studio surprised showgoers with the integration of strength and beauty in their large-format contemporary works.

Spectrum Miami 2017 really was a {FUSION] of artistic mediums, of exhibitors and collectors, and of the countless galleries and artists who came together to showcase their work.

Artistic Achievement
We’re proud to honor select Spectrum Miami exhibitors with special recognition for their talents and efforts. Congratulations to all of this year’s award winners!

  • Best Sculpture: Alfano Sculpture of Hopkinton, Massachusetts
  • Best New Exhibitor: Douglas Powell of Oviedo, Florida
  • Best New International Exhibitor: The Athens Gallery of Athens, Greece
  • Best Booth Design: Blink Group Projects of Miami
  • Directors’ Award: ADC Fine Art of Cincinnati and Artblend of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Best Rising Artist Award: Tyler Sean of Boca Raton, Florida
  • Best [FOTO SOLO] Award: Richard Conti of Miami
  • Spotlight Artists: Robert Peterson of Lawton, Oklahoma; Shannon DeFreitas of Boynton Beach, Florida; Thomas Wargin of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin; and Paul Chang of Sunrise, Florida

Top Sales
Many of Spectrum Miami exhibitors found great success, making sales, getting commissions, and establishing relationships with new clients. Here’s a taste of some of this year’s top sales:

  • Gallery Art placed over $200,000 in high-profile secondary market fine art.
  • Rising Artist JuanCarlos rLora of Planet 3arth Art placed Rise Above the Skyline for $50,000.
  • Puzzle art master Douglas Powell placed two works made from upcycled computer keys, Liberty and Lennon, for $25,000 each, along with several other pieces.
  • Gebhardt Gallery placed three pieces, including No Obligation by Kris Gebhardt for $19,500.
  • Blink Group Projects placed several pieces, including Lucky Ducky by Ignacio Gana for $14,500 and Love by Ivette Bassan for $5,500.
  • Spotlight Artist Robert Peterson placed Free Falling (Tom Petty) for $12,000.
  • First-time exhibitor Productions by Planet Fashion placed an original oil painting by Edward D. Grenados for $10,000.
  • Rising Artist Monica Campana Montanarella placed nine pieces, including Do What You Love (& Do It Now) for $10,000.
  • Alfano Sculpture placed three bronze sculptures for $4,000 each.
  • Gedion Galleries placed two stone sculptures for $5,900 each.
  • Dellorco Fine Art placed Surfacing, oil on canvas, for $8,000 among several others.
  • Claire Desjardins placed Comfortable in Chaos for $4,900.
  • BooBooSketch Fine Art placed Sleeping Buddha by Benjamin Heller for $8,600.
  • i+Connect placed five pieces, including Variety for $6,000 and Brain Stem for $3,800.
  • Jordan Matter Photography placed mulitple prints on aluminum for between $2,500 and $3,500 each.
  • Artblend placed multiple pieces, including two pieces by Barry Seidman for $3,500 each.
  • Souren Mousavi placed Running Red for $6,800 as well as several other prints.
  • Danny Glass placed Green Grass for $6,500
  • James Paterson Fine Art placed 15 Prayer Machine sculptures for between $250 and $4,000 each.

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors for their generosity and to everyone who attended the show. Our success was because of you! Until next year, make sure to follow Spectrum Miami on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the latest news, updates, and behind-the-scenes shots.

 

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