There may have been considerable buzz over at Art Basel Miami Beach’s VIP preview on Tuesday for the fair’s 20th Anniversary, but that didn’t detract from the energy at NADA Miami at its opening on Wednesday.
The aisles at Ice Palace Films Studios, where the fair was held this year, were packed with dealers and collectors who came to the fair to see offerings from 146 galleries. Returning this year was the Curated Spotlight section, dedicated to eight solo presentations by up-and-coming galleries. This year’s edition was curated by dealer Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, who spoke with ARTnews ahead of the fair.
“It’s important to have art fairs outside of the big main one,” Bellorado-Samuels said of NADA. “In terms of cost and access, it’s prohibitive for so many people. I also think collectors and curators are interested in looking beyond the circle that they’re familiar with. They are excited to go to NADA to find out not just who’s just coming up next, but more about what’s in the zeitgeist and what’s percolating.”
ARTnews combed through this year’s fair, which full of younger galleries than Basel, for the sharpest presentations on view. Here are the eight best ones.