South Fork Galleries and Artists Take Miami

A handful of dealers have headed south for the week

While the summer of 2018 saw the dwindling of Hamptons art fairs from three to one, Miami and Miami Beach are experiencing no such contraction, with some 18 fairs running from today through Sunday. Miami Art Week draws an international audience of some 50,000 visitors, and at least five South Fork galleries have set up shop this week in the Sunshine State.

With more than 200 participating galleries and artworks by over 4,000 artists, Art Basel Miami Beach is generally considered the most important art show in the United States. The Survey section of this year’s fair, which is devoted to art historical projects, will include a solo installation by the Eric Firestone Gallery of East Hampton of work by Joe Overstreet.

A major innovator in terms of taking the canvas off the wall, Mr. Overstreet moved from shaped canvas constructions of the 1960s to ambitious installations of the 1970s of unstretched canvases tethered with ropes to the ceiling, walls, and floor. The Miami installation, on view in Booth S6, will include work that highlights the artist’s definition of art as “a coming together of expression, cultures crossing.”

Mark Borghi Fine Art of Bridgehampton and New York City will present work by modern and contemporary artists at Art Miami in Booth AM413. One installation will highlight “The Women of 9th Street,” including Elaine de Kooning, Perle Fine, Mercedes Matter, Joan Mitchell, and Hedda Sterne. “Abstract Expressionism” will feature work by Willem de Kooning, Sam Francis, Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, and Jackson Pollock.

Other artists showing at Borghi with East End connections include Ellsworth Kelly, Ralph Humphrey, John Chamberlain, George Condo, Alex Katz, Richard Prince, and Frank Stella.

NADA Miami, one of the few major American art fairs produced by a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to showcasing new or underexposed art from around the world. Halsey Mckay Gallery of East Hampton will present work by Colby Bird, Elise Ferguson, Ted Gahl, Joseph Hart, and Hilary Pecis in Booth 6.05.

Todd Merrill Studio of Southampton will participate in Design Miami, which is devoted to collectible design. The gallery will introduce new collections of sculptural furniture, lighting, and vessels from Brecht Wright Gander, Marc Fish, Jean-Luc Le Mounier, and Markus Haase, as well as recent works from its stable of artists and designers.

Harper’s Books of East Hampton and Half Gallery are presenting a series of new paintings by Fab 5 Freddy at Nautilus Hotel in South Beach through Thursday. The installation includes paintings of fighters and musicians that synthesize the hip-hop pioneer’s lifelong pursuits.