A Visit to Untitled 2015 Reveals Subtle and Interesting Trends in the Art World by Cara Ober
I have no idea who this quote is attributed to but, to paraphrase, ‘Good design occurs when you don’t notice it.’ When something is well designed, it appears effortless, holistic, and purposeful. Usually these are not qualities that describe an art fair, but Untitled defies expectations and this is a good thing.
Untitled is one of Art Basel’s newer fairs, founded in 2012, and it includes a curated selection of commercial galleries, artist-run spaces, and non-profit organizations, which is why this fair feels more authentic and less overtly commercial than the others. In addition to the balance of profit with the non-profit, Untitled puts a lot of effort into the architecture and design of their venue, and it shows that their curators collaborate with architects, galleries, and artists; this provides a seamless and enticing visit free from the cacophony and stress of other fairs.
Despite the rain this year, this fair on the beach was still beautiful. They even provided umbrella services to patrons to encourage them to come! Located in South Beach in a giant tent, the ratio of art to space at Untitled was about 1 to 10. At Art Basel it was pretty much 1 to 1, with crowd levels like Trader Joes on a Sunday. At Untitled, all this luxurious space was good for the art and made me feel like a regular, not crazy human being and–no surprise– there were zero stabbings there.
Since 2014 the curatorial team has consisted of Artistic Director Omar López-Chahoud with curators Christophe Boutin and Melanie Scarciglia. Untitled took place on the beach in Miami Beach, FL December 2 – 6, 2015.
Photos by Cara Ober and Joan Cox
Who wants a free poster????? Designed by Marina Abramovic, John Baldessari, Vanessa Beecroft, Liam Gillick, Daniel Gordon, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Parker Ito, Sam Lewitt, Nathan Carter, and Taryn Simon — specially designed for Untitled, art, Miami Beach?
Allison Schulnik!!!!!! Centaurette in Flower Field, how I love your rich and stinky impastos. Really. I do. At Zieher Smith & Horton.
Elijah Burgher, I feel like I understand what it means to live in Brooklyn now. I thank you for this. Also from Zieher Smith & Horton.
No idea what this is, but I like it.
This booth killed. It’s so restrained yet fun and pretty. And I love all the gray. At Dittrich and Schlechtreim from Berlin. Marisa Newman Projects from NY. A fun booth, but definitely not a candidate for faux finishing in the future.Jonathan Monaghan, a Baltimorean familiar name! at bitforms gallery. And also this beautiful thing…
ADA Gallery from Richmond brought the smurfs, ceramics, and ironic fun art. I like irony and fuscia. I like ceramics with smurfs.
There’s so much spaaaaaace! It’s a luxury at an art fair. The person working at the Aperture Foundation booth is like — actually, please DON’T join us. It’s okay though. It was a long day. They had great prints and magazines. I can’t decide whether I love this or hate it. But it is very gray. From Rincón Projects in Colombia.
Theresa Lanceta at Galeria Espacio Minimo. It’s adorable.
Jose Ruiz is all, I dare you to take my picture! Good stuff at the Present Company booth, including photos by Ginevra Shay, pictured below.
Below: All better now! Baltimore makes it all better.
Untitled, I love you! I hope it’s sunny next year when I visit.