Saturday, December 29, 2007

Art Haus

Artistic Directors: Juan Puntes Ethan Cohen

Curators: Raul Zamudio, Renee Vara, Eric Shiner, Blanca de la Torre, Yulia Tikhonova, Louky Keijsers

ArtHaus, by naming itself The Unfair 07 and showcasing an exciting range of U.S. and world-renowned mid-career and emerging contemporary artists, offered collectors and curators a welcome respite amidst the frenzied and unwieldy amount of fairs, parties and events. By contrast ArtHaus provided a truly alternative and intimate setting for art aficionados wrangling with the ‘unfairness’ of this year’s 23 art fairs, all spinning their wheels in conjunction with ArtBasel the prime Miami Art Fair.

Within walking distance from ArtBasel, just off Lincoln Road at 1616 Drexel Avenue, Miami Beach, ArtHaus displayed 55 artists starting with the outdoors where an installation by the Bruce High Quality Foundation’s group effort presented a “combination coin toss and miniature golf operation in the mansion's very formal backyard pool. It's all a very funny and imaginative take on the history of a wilder body of water located somewhat further north, Arthur Kill.” See
From downstairs to upstairs, the sprawling spaces at ArtHaus contained works ranging from Dennis Oppenheim, Christoph Draeger, AES+F, Kallima, Cui Fei, Tokyoko, Tania Candiani, Riiko Sakkinen, Cleverson and others, offered art buyers a diverse and tempting collecting paradise.

Throughout all the rooms and gardens of ArtHaus including kitchen and bathrooms, a great many more discoveries awaited the adventuresome visitor. The selection was handpicked by a distinguished group of curators from various different cultural perspectives and backgrounds making for a fascinating mix of aesthetics and values.

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