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Miami Tip Sheet: Canadian Galleries & Artists at the Fairs

Miami Beach plays host to a number of international art fairs this week. Our comprehensive tip sheet provides a breakdown of the Canadian artists and galleries in attendance.

Art Basel

Art Metropole, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year, returns to its shared booth with New York’s Printed Matter at this year’s edition of Art Basel Miami Beach. Along with a large selection of books, editions and multiples from their shop, the Toronto-based artist-run centre will launch a new silkscreen-print edition by Andro Wekua, a vinyl record by Duane Linklater, a ceramic-plate edition by Jonathan Monk and a print by Kay Rosen. Montreal’s Landau Fine Art will also be returning to the fair with an impressive selection of international masterworks by the likes of Chagall, Picasso, Matisse and Kandinsky. There will be a strong showing of Canadian artists this year among the fair’s 267 booths: Hugh Scott-Douglas in the NOVA section at Jessica Silverman Gallery (San Francisco), Scott McFarland at Regen Projects (Los Angeles), Erin Shirreff at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. (New York), David Altmejd at Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York), Geoffrey Farmer at Casey Kaplan (New York), Peter Doig at Michael Werner Gallery (New York), Rodney Graham and Tim Gardner at 303 Gallery (New York), Scott Lyall at Miguel Abreu Gallery (New York), Zin Taylor at Supportico Lopez (Berlin) and Steven Shearer at Galerie Eva Presenhuber (Zurich). Rirkrit Tiravanija, alumnus of Carleton University, the Ontario College of Art and the Banff Centre, will be participating in the fair’s public, free-to-attend morning Conversations series in a talk moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Jessica Stockholder, alumnus of the University of Victoria and Emily Carr College of Art, is part of the Public sector, which is produced in collaboration with Miami’s Bass Museum of Art and features outdoor sculptures, interventions and performances at Collins Park. A Game of Chess (2011) by Marcel Dzama, presented by David Zwirner (New York) and Sies + Höke (Düsseldorf), will be screened as part of the short-film program “Rites of Spring” at SoundScape Park, on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the Frank Gehry–designed New World Center.


UNTITLED., which takes place in a tent directly on the beach, is a curated fair that focuses on emerging and mid-career contemporary artists. It’s the fair’s third edition this year, and it welcomes back Montreal’s Parisian Laundry, which will exhibit works by Jamie Angelopoulos, BGL, Valérie Blass, Celia Perrin Sidarous and Janet Werner. Also from Montreal, galerie antoine ertaskiran will present Andrea Sala in its booth. Toronto’s MKG 127 will bring work by Sky Glabush and Michael Dumontier, and Mulherin NY, the New York outpost of Toronto’s Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, will exhibit works by Alika Cooper, Janieta Eyre and Claire Greenshaw, and will also have works available by Sojourner Truth Parsons, Heather Goodchild, Caroline Larsen and Balint Zsako.


At the Deauville Beach Resort located in North Miami Beach, NADA, now in its 11th consecutive year, will host a number of Canadian representatives. Tomorrow Gallery, founded in Toronto but now based in New York, will show works by Brad Troemel, Carlos Reyes and Mike Goldby. Toronto’s Cooper Cole Gallery will present work by young Canadian talents Sara Cwynar, Jesse Harris and Vanessa Maltese. The Apartment, based in Vancouver, will show work by Hans Wendt, Mungo Thomson, Janice Guy, Knauf and Brown, and Matthew Higgs. Night Gallery, based in Los Angeles and run by Canadian Davida Nemeroff, will show work by Paul Heyer, Mira Dancy, Rose Marcus, Kandis Williams, Zachary Armstrong and Augustus Thompson. Other Canadians participating at NADA include Jon Rafman at Zach Feuer (New York), Sara Cwynar at Foxy Production (New York), Shawn Kuruneru at David Petersen Gallery (Minneapolis), Brian Kokoska at East Hampton Shed (East Hampton), Rodney Graham at Rob Tufnell (London) and Adrianne Rubenstein and Luke Murphy at Canada (New York).

Pérez Art Museum Miami

The Pérez Art Museum Miami, previously the Miami Art Museum, overlooks Biscayne Bay from the mainland, and is a worthwhile destination for those curious to venture away from Miami Beach. The museum, which collects and exhibits 20th- and 21st-century art, is enjoying a surge in attendance numbers since its 2013 redesign by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron, famous for creating emblematic museum designs such as London’s Tate Modern. Geoffrey Farmer‘s ongoing show at PAMM, “Let’s Make the Water Turn Black,” features a new, specially commissioned large-scale installation, and is one of the shows closing the museum’s inaugural year of exhibition programming.

Spinello Projects

Miami-based gallery Spinello Projects is hosting a solo exhibition by Kris Knight, titled “Smell the Magic,” at their pop-up space in Miami’s Design District. Italian fashion house Gucci has provided generous support for the exhibition, as creative director Frida Giannini is apparently a big fan—she referenced the artist’s signature powdery-pastel colour palette for Gucci’s Fall 2014 men’s collection and commissioned him to design a floral pattern for their Resort 2015 collection.


At its 14th edition, Scope will host two Canadian booths: Blunt Collective, which will show works by Matthew Schofield, Gillian Iles, Ted Zourntos, Phil Taylor and Erin-Loree, and Gallery on Wade, which will exhibit works by Apollonia Vanova and Curtis Wehrfritz.

Art Miami and Context

Miami’s oldest art fair celebrates 25 years with two returning Canadian exhibitors: Nikola Rukaj Gallery, which will show new acquisitions by Richard Serra, among others, and Nicholas Metivier Gallery, which will show work by Stephen Appleby-Barr, Michael Awad, Joanne Tod, Xiaoze Xie and others. Bobby Mathieson will show paintings at Lyons Weir (New York), and Eldon Garnet will exhibit work at TORCH Gallery (Amsterdam) and in “Perceived Values,” an exhibition located in the passageways linking Art Miami’s three main pavilions. Art Miami’s sister fair, Context, will host Olga Korper Gallery, which will present works by Lynne Cohen, Robert Fones, Ken Matsubara, Barbara Steinman and others.

PULSE Miami Beach

The PULSE fair is moving to Indian Beach Park for their 10th year in Miami. Montreal’s Galerie Simon Blais will present works by Jean-Sebastien Denis, Alexis Lavoie and Yann Pocreau. Art Mûr, also from Montreal, will show work by Jinny Yu, who incorporates three-dimensional installations into her paintings. Art Mûr will also present a large-scale installation by Ontario-based artist Shayne Dark called Tangle Wood (2010). The painted-wood sculpture is a reference to log driving on North American rivers in the early part of the century. Tony Romano will show new sculptures that incorporate ironwork and carpentry traditions at Beers Contemporary (London), and Edward Burtynsky will have his photography exhibited by Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery (New York).

Aqua Art Miami

Aqua Art Miami celebrates its 10th edition this year, and features 46 exhibitors from around the world in its charming South Beach hotel venue. It’s known for its relaxed vibe and has a strong reputation for supporting emerging and mid-career artists. AWOL Gallery, which operates in Toronto as a collectively run space for both exhibitions and affordable artist studios, will be participating again this year, bringing work by David Brown, Carrie Chisholm, Janice Colbert, Stewart Jones, edmund law, Pamela Rosales, Dale Thompson, Paul Robert Turner and Erin Vincent.

This post was updated on December 4, 2014, with more information about the Apartment’s offerings at NADA.

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