Scope Miami Still Local Friendly As Ever

Categories: Art Basel
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Photo by Ian Witlen
Work by Miami's Jen Stark. Click here to view more photos from this slideshow.
One complaint about Art Basel: Local artists and galleries are given few opportunities to showcase their work. The only fair that has proven it values Miami's artistic community is Scope.

In this year's catalog, [former] Miami Mayor Manny Diaz welcomes the fair right up front. In addition, local galleries Arune 5 Art, Hardcore Art Contemporary Space, Gallery Diet and Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art were invited to exhibit. Add to that the return Karelle Levy's Krel 2 Go and locally driven performance space, Sweatshoppe, and market, Covet Garden, and it becomes clear the city is represented.

But enough about Miami. We were there for the art. Highlights include Miami's Jen Stark, whose work is so intricate that we spent a long time staring and trying to figure out how she layers construction paper to create 3-D works that provide such energy and color.

Morten Viskum "The New Hand" at the Son Espace booth made us feel a bit queasy. His work looks like something a 5-year-old did during fingerpainting class; but it's really more about the process. The artist takes an actual dead human hand preserved in formaldehyde to "fingerpaint" with. Gross? Definitely. Still, it piqued our interest. We asked Viskum how we procured the human hand but he refused to answer the question saying, "It's a secret. Maybe one day I will tell."

Over at the Christopher Henry Gallery, William Anthony reworked the already ludicrous "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch into an even more perverse yet highly enjoyable piece called "Earthly Delights."

If you have stopped by Scope, there is still plenty of time to check it out. The fair goes on until Sunday, December 6. Admission is $20, but students can enjoy it for $10. For more information, visit scope-art.com.

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