UNTITLED, Art. Miami Beach (ASC / PAC Fall 2018)

On December 8th, 2018, FIU Honors students visited the UNTITLED, Art. fair in Miami Beach. The students heard from Omar López-Chahoud, the Artistic Director of UNTITLED. They were also welcomed by AMLgMATD, The Cindy Rucker GalleryGirls’ Club, Harlan Levey ProjectsThe LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University, and Sapar Contemporary.

Professor John William Bailly and Florida International University would like to recognize UNTITLED, Art.’s commitment to community and education in opening the fair to our students. The students of Art Society Conflict 2018-2019 and Poetry Art Community 2018-2019 would also like to thank Clara Andrade Pereira and Amanda Schmitt of UNTITLED, Art. for their generosity in welcoming them to the fair.

Following their experience at UNTITLED, Art. Miami Beach 2018, students shared their voices and opinions through photographs and personal reflections.

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Laz Ojalde & Natalie Zlamalova of AMLgMATD speak to the students of ASC & PAC Fall 2018 © Liliana Fonte

Art is a Process
by Tabitha Gato @tabii_cat of @fiuinstagram at @untitledartfair

Prior to experiencing the Untitled Art Fair, I had never been to an art show or fair in my life. I do love art and visiting museums, but nothing compares to art shows. I have been to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain and the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. However, the historical, renowned artworks in such museums are completely different to the works in art fairs. I learned to appreciate the process it takes to create, market, and sell art, as well as the process artists go through in order to one day become an artist featured in well-known museums. I did not know the pressure artists have attending such fairs in order to make a living and make it in the “art world.” According to both local and global artists, it doesn’t matter where you come from, creating the artwork and going through the three-month process is hectic and stressful. Also, I really enjoyed meeting Omar, the art director for Untitled, because he gave me an interesting insight into the thought process of creating such a large art fair. It was intriguing to see how those who created the floorplan wanted to be different than other crowded art fairs and create an open space where visitors can enjoy their experience and relax. This experience is one I want to relive sometime in the near future.

The People
by Rachael Gilbert @rachaelgilbert of @fiuinstagram at @untitledartfair

As I walked through the Untitled Fair the most striking factor was not the art itself, but the people involved in the presentations of the Art. The workers of the Untitled Fair were some of the most interesting individuals I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. The world of art evaluated in terms of business is one of the most intriguing markets I have ever seen. The raw value of negotiation and presentation of a product is so vital in the successes of the art itself. Whether the art inside the booth was exceptional or not the most visited booths at Untitled and the other art fairs I visited were ones that set up their space in a unique way. The marketing that takes place in art fairs does not only have to do with the work of art itself, it is the presentation of the surrounding space that first grabs the buyer’s attention. Throughout my time at the art fairs I noticed the flow of people and how each person reacted to certain setups of booths. Usually if a space is crowded the public will walk around that space, but in regards to the booths at Untitled and Art Miami the more crowded the booth the more people were willing to wait in line to see what was inside. Attracting people from all corners of a room is a difficult feat and the booths that were able to do this were the ones I saw had the most red stickers.

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Michelle Weinberg of Girls’ Club speaks to the students of ASC & PAC Fall 2018 © Liliana Fonte

Breaking Barriers with Art
By Michele Khadir @blk9rl of @fiuinstagram at @untitledartfair

600 plus artists, 133 galleries and 29 countries were represented at the Untitled Art Fair held in Miami on South Beach, December 5-9, 2018. A theme that permeated the fair was that diversity and creativity together act as a bedrock for social inclusion. Art is a platform for awareness, education and imagination; contemporary art, specifically, encourages the radical exchange of ideas and creates outstanding opportunities for conversation.

A particular artist that uses his creative expression to illustrate the transfusion of cultures is Faig Ahmed, an Azerbaijani contemporary artist who creates surrealist rugs with distorted oriental weavings. His eccentric twist on traditional rug work was presented by SAPAR contemporary art gallery of New York, New York housed in Booth B27. His unconventional approach of creating unique, mutated versions of textiles take the mind and spirit on a magical journey.

Nina Levent, SAPAR’s gallery curator and trained psychologist, discussed how art is consumable and figurative. It is also literal and cumulative. This dichotomy demonstrates why communication is important in garnering understanding. Faig Ahmed engages with art by challenging norms to ascend social narratives that oppress free, critical thinking and promote superiority masked as uniformity. His work pushes boundaries and asks questions such as who is entitled to discern what is “normal” and how do we face critical areas of universal conflict such as the integration of the East and West in our ever-increasing global society?

Do we continue to incite fragmentation and compartmentalization of regional thought, or do we allow our creativity and diversity to reshape and reframe the meaning of our collective journey through time and space?

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Jacob Nguyen of The LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies at Columbia University explains their experience at UNTITLED, Art. to students of ASC & PAC Fall 2018 © Liliana Fonte

Captured
By Naullila Soares of @fiuinstagram at @untitledartfair

In the heart of Miami Beach
an ocean away from home,
colors blend on walls
made of twisted bones

Behind backs of artists
too blind to see the
eyes behind our masks
a wall between us and reality.

We stumble across booths
flown over seas and stare
at patterns and prints,
colors shape the space

Breathing in the smell
of desperation and excitement
we try to name these pieces,
put them in a box and

Taint their acrylic frames,
five different people,
languages no longer
a Silent handshake.

Art speaks in strokes,
in matter and time,
where space is a concept
and minds defeat stereotypes.

Appreciation meets us
in the middle of a tent
in between thoughts
where we become clay

of tenderness and touch
soft centered yet
rough around the edges
made of no expectations.

Walls that often keep us
stuck between realms
lead us into breezes
drifting from the sea,

And we find the names
of pieces that fit together
not in fragments
in beauty.

No name to this place,
so low and behold
where artists yield swords
and mighty walls capture our hearts,

This place right here is a mystery,
how art lives in us
when we live to capture moments,
it’s called Untitled Art.

ASC / PAC Fall 2018 Student Gallery from UNTITLED, Art. Miami Beach

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AUTHOR
Isabella Marie Garcia

EDITORS AND LAST UPDATE
Stephanie Sepúlveda  & John William Bailly 15 December 2018
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10 thoughts on “UNTITLED, Art. Miami Beach (ASC / PAC Fall 2018)”

  1. “Holes”
    by Katerina Cutie
    @katecutie1 of @fiuinstagram at @untitledartfair
    This year, I had the privilege of visiting the Untitled Art Fair for the second time in a row. Having had the experience of creating a wall of garbage last year, I thought there was no way my experience this year could outdo my previous. Wrong. This year, I felt way more connected to the art, even though I was not actively participating in it. I took more pleasure in walking around the fair on my own and taking time to admire the effort put into all the pieces than I had a year ago. And although there were many works of art that I did not understand at all, I felt some of the struggle it must have taken for the artist to procure such a piece. All because I had gone through it myself. Being a part of an art show is not a walk in the park. There are so many holes present, so many things that can go wrong, so many people ready to judge. But when all is said and done, there is nothing better than the feeling of knowing that you did it yourself.

  2. “The work of art”, by Julia Abreu @julia_cavati of @fiuinstagram, at @untitledartfair

    Saturday morning, the day to go to untitled art fair arrived. As the clock went around and I sat in my car motionless in the at Miami Beach traffic, I thought about how exciting it would be to see art. That was my concept of the art week until this Saturday. There, I learned about the “art world.” The effort it takes for the fair to be there is incredible, and completely out of what I expected. First, the art itself. From speaking to artists and vendors I learned that each piece can take up to months to be made. Then, the artwork must be shipped to Miami, the gallery must rent a booth, and they have to sell the work. The entire process is much more expensive than I, outside of the art world, could imagine. Art is expensive, and now I understand why. But this also made me consider the underlying value, instead of the price, of things. A 250000 dollars rug may seem exorbitant, but when one considers that the artists took 6 months to make it, that the gallery had it shipped to Miami, that workers were necessary to install the piece, and then to sell it, the price becomes acceptable. And more, when one considers its meaning, its creativity, the artist’s view, then one can truly see its value. I went to the fair to see artworks, and left knowing the work of art.

  3. “The People” by Rachael Gilbert @rachaelgilbert of @fiuinstagram at @untitledartfair
    As I walked through the Untitled Fair the most striking factor was not the art itself, but the people involved in the presentations of the Art. The workers of the Untitled Fair were some of the most interesting individuals I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. The world of art evaluated in terms of business is one of the most intriguing markets I have ever seen. The raw value of negotiation and presentation of a product is so vital in the successes of the art itself. Whether the art inside the booth was exceptional or not the most visited booths at Untitled and the other art fairs I visited were ones that set up their space in a unique way. The marketing that takes place in art fairs does not only have to do with the work of art itself, it is the presentation of the surrounding space that first grabs the buyer’s attention. Throughout my time at the art fairs I noticed the flow of people and how each person reacted to certain setups of booths. Usually if a space is crowded the public will walk around that space, but in regards to the booths at Untitled and Art Miami the more crowded the booth the more people were willing to wait in line to see what was inside. Attracting people from all corners of a room is a difficult feat and the booths that were able to do this were the ones I saw had the most red stickers.

  4. One of the most iconic events held in Miami every year is Art Basel. I was unable to attend, due to the fact I had to fly home before the class was supposed to go. I was very disappointed to hear this as this event is highly recommended and I personally know many people who travel far just to attend.
    With this said, I took it upon myself to follow the fair electronically through social media. My classmates were very active and were forthcoming of their thoughts and experiences as well as providing photos of their favorites aspects of the fair. This showed me that the fair isn’t just for those who are art majors or artists, but for anyone who has an appreciation for creativity and imagination. The pictures sent of the pieces displayed were amazing and incredibly unique, each showing artist attention to detail and love for their line of work. I am also sure that the experience was enhanced by Professor Bailly guiding the group as he knows all the ins and outs of the fair.

    1. “Untitled to Opinions” By Nicolette Roe @nikkiroe7879 of @fiuinstagram at @untitledartfair

  5. Art Inspires Art, and Untitled Art was an experience to be remembered. Absolutely capturing!
    “Captured”
    By Naullila Soares

    In the heart of Miami Beach
    an ocean away from home,
    colors blend on walls
    made of twisted bones

    Behind backs of artists
    too blind to see the
    eyes behind our masks
    a wall between us and reality.

    We stumble across booths
    flown over seas and stare
    at patterns and prints,
    colors shape the space

    Breathing in the smell
    of desperation and excitement
    we try to name these pieces,
    put them in a box and

    Taint their acrylic frames,
    five different people,
    languages no longer
    a Silent handshake.

    Art speaks in strokes,
    in matter and time,
    where space is a concept
    and minds defeat stereotypes.

    Appreciation meets us
    in the middle of a tent
    in between thoughts
    where we become clay

    of tenderness and touch
    soft centered yet
    rough around the edges
    made of no expectations.

    Walls that often keep us
    stuck between realms
    lead us into breezes
    drifting from the sea,

    And we find the names
    of pieces that fit together
    not in fragments
    in beauty.

    No name to this place,
    so low and behold
    where artists yield swords
    and mighty walls capture our hearts,

    This place right here is a mystery,
    how art lives in us
    when we live to capture moments,
    it’s called Untitled Art.

  6. “Never, ever enough art”
    By Shalenah Ivey @ivy__angel of @fiuinstagram at @untitledartfair

    I read this in Samuel L. Jackson’s voice. It made it all the more real, all the more crucial, all the more potent. Dreams are free, motherfucker. Unfortunately, I did not think to take a picture of the didactic. Yet, those words will stay with me. The Untitled Art fair was sincerely worth the last four years I failed to make it to Art Basel. I refuse to lament on the past, however, and I firmly believe everything happens in the time in which it is supposed to happen. Thus, I am only grateful I experienced what I did today. Not only what but when. When and also with who. The first steps into the Untitled fair were nothing short of captivating. My remaining steps proved to be increasingly special. The art curated was as cutting edge as it was promised to be. It is both inspiring and comforting to be surrounded by such talent and to know that people are in this world creating endlessly. Dreams are free, motherfucker! But for how long? What do I dream? I dream of Spain and of love and blue skies and of eternity and true happiness and of empty sun-glinted beaches. The color blue has permeated the day. My favorite color. Today, I asked, “How long does it take for the the sun to set on Jupiter?” I was told that I took the sun when I left.

  7. “Basel’s Busy Bees” by Emily Baragar @embaragar of @fiuinstagram at @untitledartfair

    Art Week is such an amazing event to witness the commercial art business and artistic talent that the world has to offer. It shows the raw art and lifestyle that artists around the world are creating to earn their living. It costs excessive amounts of money a day to participate in Art Week, only to gamble if their profits will be tripled, doubled or lost. The participants in Art Week have to bring their art work, pay for housing, buy food, and on top of it, pay $30,000-$50,000 a day to have a booth at the event. Untitled is a satellite fair which offers first hand artwork from selectively chosen contemporary artists. This means that the artists participating in the Untitled Art Fair, or other Art Basel locations, prepare years and months in advance. They are “never not working.” Beforehand, the artists must apply to the event to be featured and prepare for how the shipment and booth will be installed. After talking to a few different participants from New York, Miami, and other locations, their time and money is valuable. They are working from 9am until 7pm, and then using their free time to network since they cannot leave booth. Afterwards, some companies even put in limited edition orders where they will continue to work past the event. All of this is done in order to make a profit and further the career of the artist, while bringing in excitement and value to the global art community.

  8. “Infinity”
    by Nicole Patrick @nicoleep___ of @fiuinstagram at @untitledartfair

    Infinity, as stated in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the “unlimited extent of time, space, or quantity: BOUNDLESSNESS.” Infinity is used as a mathematical function, a goal, a length of time, a length of distance. The number of artistic pieces is boundless. The amount of money spent during Miami Art Week is infinite. However, the week is not. There is a limited amount of time. Artists, collectors, exhibitors, curators all migrate to Miami for one week to meet, visit, see, sell an infinite amount of people, galleries, fairs, parties, artistic works. Millions of dollars are being exchanged within this one week of madness. Sleep is not infinite. Workers tirelessly tend to their goals of the week.

    In the piece Infinite #2, Andres Galeano brings together photographs of unknown photographers all including the sky. It shows that many different experiences can occur, but they all can have one aspect in common.
    Some exhibitors at the UNTITLED Fair on Miami Beach drove two days to show their work to an infinite number of people. There are unlimited possibilities. There are a limited number of days, nights, VIPs, and faces that all blend to one infinite and everlasting memory, which is Miami Art Week 2018.

  9. “Art is a Process” by Tabitha Gato @tabii_cat of @fiuinstagram at @untitledartfair

    Prior to experiencing the Untitled Art Fair, I had never been to an art show or fair in my life. I do love art and visiting museums, but nothing compares to art shows. I have been to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain and the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. However, the historical, renowned artworks in such museums are completely different to the works in art fairs. I learned to appreciate the process it takes to create, market, and sell art, as well as the process artists go through in order to one day become an artist featured in well-known museums. I did not know the pressure artists have attending such fairs in order to make a living and make it in the “art world.” According to both local and global artists, it doesn’t matter where you come from, creating the artwork and going through the three-month process is hectic and stressful. Also, I really enjoyed meeting Omar, the art director for Untitled, because he gave me an interesting insight into the thought process of creating such a large art fair. It was intriguing to see how those who created the floorplan wanted to be different than other crowded art fairs and create an open space where visitors can enjoy their experience and relax. This experience is one I want to relive sometime in the near future.

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