It was a whirlwind of amazing art and exciting events here at SPECTRUM Miami 2013 last weekend—from the packed preview party through to closing time. We’d like to extend heartfelt thanks to all of you who participated, attended, helped out and otherwise contributed to the tremendous success of the show. And for those of you who couldn’t make it this year, here are some highlights:
Preview Party: Jordan Matter’s Photo Shoot with the Miami City Ballet
SPECTRUM Miami literally spun into action during last Wednesday night’s preview party. Dancers from the Miami City Ballet performed leaps, jumps and gravity-defying stunts as special guest Jordan Matter—NY Times bestselling author of Dancers Among Us—snapped photos. Outside, larger-than-life sculptures by Kevin Box beckoned guests to enter the tent and join us, where the drinks, dancing and conversation were flowing.
A Spectrum of Exceptional Artwork
As always, there was a wide array of compelling contemporary art at this year’s show. From sculpture to photography, mixed media, abstract art and more, there was something intriguing to explore around every corner. Here are just a few photos from our SPECTRUM Miami 2013 Flickr Set.
This Year’s Top Sellers
Sales were hopping this year, and collectors walked away with some exceptional new pieces. The Selby Fleetwood Gallery brought some stunning works this year and displayed them both inside and outdoors. They sold five pieces, including Susan Stamm Evans’ “Threads” for $40,000 and a Kevin Box piece for $20,000. You can learn more about Kevin Box in our recent blog post about his work.
Gordon Huether had a stellar show as well. His “Stix & Stones” went for $28,000, his “Sweet Orange Lens” at $9,500,” items from his “Silver Lens” series at $8,500 each, and—get this—in the last three minutes of the show collectors claimed $18,500 worth of exceptional works.
Cuban artist Humberto Benitez sold a whopping total of seven works; his highest-selling piece was “Los Invitados,” which went for $23,000.
Ben Joyce, whom we covered earlier on our blog (see Ben Joyce article) moved three pieces and lined up ten commissions for his signature “Abstract Topophilia” works (inspired by Google Earth images). His highest-seller was “San Francisco,” which sold for $11,000.
Sculptor Thomas Wargin sold out 3/4 of his booth! His top-selling piece was “A Ride with the Angel of Death,” which sold for for $7,000.
There were lots of other great works on the move as well. Nicole Furman sold three pieces (“Kissin’ Minnie” was the highest at $5,000), Art Company Misoolsidae sold five (highest seller was $5,700), Current Art Group sold a $9,000 piece by artist Magaly Barrola Otola… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Chagall, Picasso and Other Classics
In addition to the vast array of contemporary works at the show, SPECTRUM saw some classics from Chagall, Picasso, and other masters shown by Old Towne Gallery.
Entertainment & Surprises
Aside from the art, dancing, mingling and networking, there were other surprises, like Deborah Paswaters’ live model painting. See the dancer-turned-abstract-artwork below?
Attendees from Around the World
We were delighted to host thousands of guests from across the country and around the world at this year’s show. Everyone seemed to be having a great time!
A Shout Out to Our Sponsors
Of course, this post would not be complete without a word of gratitude to our wonderful show sponsors, whose generous support brought a wealth of diversity to SPECTRUM Miami for exhibitors and attendees alike. So please join us in thanking GE Capital, Tanduay Asian Rum, Belaya Rus Premium Vodka, Repeat Wines, ArtSpot, Around Town, Life Is Art, ArtBlend, REFINEDr, ArtSlant, KIND, VitaCoco, ParkJockey, PIBL, La Rosa Del Monte, Art Business News. We’re thrilled to announce that because 50% of ticket sales went to Life Is Art, our guests raised $5,000 for the local nonprofit. So congrats! Through attending SPECTRUM Miami, you helped to support the arts in South Florida.
Stay Tuned! We’re Coming Back Next Year
Dec. 4-7, Midtown Miami
And will we be back next year? You’d better believe it. Mark your calendars: SPECTRUM Miami returns to Art Week Miami next year from December 4-7 (Preview Party slated for Dec. 3). We’ve secured an amazing new location as well: Midtown Miami, adjacent to Art Miami and Context. See you then.
… And if you can’t wait, be sure to join us this spring at Artexpo New York 2014, happening April 4-6 at Pier 94—the city’s famed art and design pier. Artexpo’s co-locating with [SOLO] for independent artists and DECOR Expo for framing professionals, so it’s going to be an exceptional weekend of art and design. Check out the site at www.artexponewyork.com