Temperatures may have plummeted in Portland, but down in âPortland Southâ (that would be Miami, Florida) itâs 83 degrees. Thereâs a big Portland presence in Miami this week for the annual mega-art-festival known as Art Basel Miami Beach.
On South Beach, Collins Avenue and Lincoln Road are crawling with Stumptowners. Artist Eugenia Pardue was spotted en route to the Context art fair; Jane Kate Wood, former director of Victory Gallery and current development manager for the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, made the rounds at the fairs and parties, as did Upfor Gallery director Theo Downes-LeGuin. PICAâs executive director Victoria Frey chatted with Elizabeth Leach at Leachâs gallery booth at Pulse, one of dozens of satellite fairs complementing Art Basel. Another Portland gallery, PDX Contemporary Art, is showing at The Miami Project.
Meantime, one of PDX Contemporaryâs best-known painters, Adam Sorensen, had work at Pulse in the booth of Seattleâs James Harris Gallery. Portland gallery-goers will also recognize the work of two artists showing at Toomey-Tourell Gallery (San Francisco) at Aqua Art Miami: Matthew Picton, who has shown in Portland at Mark Woolley Gallery and Pulliam Gallery; and Monica Lundy, whose drawings and sculptural installations were a fixture at Ogle Gallery.
Itâs a sexy, see-and-be-seen atmosphere as artists, gallerists, and curators dish, drink, nosh, and network, all with the aim of raising profiles and selling work.
For more, see my recap in this coming Wednesdayâs WW.