Art Miami’s Nick Korniloff on Running Miami’s Pioneering Art Fair

MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 14: Nick Korniloff attends Art Wynwood Fair VIP Reception on February 14, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)

Nick Korniloff. (Photo: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)


This year, Art Miami is going big in its own home.

A $12.8 million Alexander Calder will be front and center at the fair, shown by Greenwich, Conn., gallery Queue Projects. Calder’s 1966 sculpture Spiral (No! to Frank Lloyd Wright) was shown at the Guggenheim between 1967 and 1968.

“In the early days Art Miami was just a regional show,” Art Miami director Nick Korniloff told the Observer. Not anymore. Mr. Korniloff is about to shepherd the much beloved “local” fair through its 26th edition, which not even fair giant Art Basel Miami Beach can boast (they’ll be opening the 14th edition this December). Begun in 1989 and originally held annually in January, it moved to December and the Wynwood Art District in 2007 to align itself with the burgeoning Miami Arts Week.

The team also has two other fairs that run concurrently to Art Miami: Context, which focuses on emerging and mid-career artists, and Aqua (the smallest of the three) held on Collins Avenue. On the difference, Mr. Korniloff explained Context featured “living artists only.”

At the main fair, “We have about 15 new galleries showing with us for the first time.” Many of the newcomers, he told us, are previous exhibitors at fairs such as TEFAF, Masterpiece London and Design Miami Basel.

“Without a doubt [this year is] the strongest mix of primary and secondary market galleries we’ve had under one roof,” he said.

A symposium slated for December 4 to December 6 at Context includes talks on topics like Picasso sculpture, street art, what “next-gen” art collectors are buying, and demystifying the art world.

Art Miami
3101 NE 1st Avenue

Context Art Miami
2901 NE 1st Avenue

December 1, VIP preview (invitation only), 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
December 2-5, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
December 6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Aqua Art Miami
1530 Collins Avenue

December 3, 12 p.m.-9 p.m.
December 4-5, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
December 6, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Art Miami/Context Art Miami $40, Aqua $15

Art Miami’s Nick Korniloff on Running Miami’s Pioneering Art Fair