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Atlanta galleries and artists to be well represented during Art Basel Miami Beach

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Art Basel Miami Beach is a multifarious bazaar.

Atlanta galleries will be among the hundreds to decamp to Miami for the mammoth Art Basel Miami Beach and its multiple satellite fairs December 6-9.

Aqua Art Miami, which with 47 exhibitors is among the smaller events, will feature four Atlanta galleries and the gloATL dance troupe. Held at the Aqua Hotel since 2005, the fair was begun by West Coast galleries that felt snubbed by the competitive Art Basel, but it has expanded to include young galleries from across the United States and Canada as well as a handful from overseas. Atlanta’s Saltworks and Get This! are making their first appearances at Aqua this year, joining the returning Whitespace and Georgia State University’s Ernest G. Welch School of Art + Design. A highlight of Aqua’s programming will be gloATL’s three three-hour performances, which will begin at the fair and move onto the beach and along Collins Avenue on the evenings of December 5, 6 and 7.

Atlantans gathered in the Whitespace display at Aqua Art Miami last year.

Susan Bridges of Whitespace is taking works by Atlanta-based artists Sarah Emerson, Tommy Taylor, Marcia Vaitsman, Suellen Parker, Jonathan Bouknight and Matt Gilbert and by Adrienne Outlaw of Nashville. Lloyd Benjamin of Get This! is showing Atlanta artists Ben Roosevelt, Andy Moon and Tommy Nease, as well as Jill Storthz, Veronica De Jesus and Ben Venom of the San Francisco Bay Area and Dawn Black of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Saltworks’ exhibit will include Atlanta artists Alejandro Aguilera, Brian Dettmer, Craig Drennen and Jiha Moon as well as Glexis Novoa, William Cordova and Michael Scoggins.

Three other galleries will be the sole Atlanta representative at their respective fairs. Marcia Wood, showing Alan Loehle, Katherine Taylor, David Humphrey and Kim Anno, is participating in the inaugural CONTEXT fair, a spinoff of Art Miami, where Jackson Fine Art will show Andrew Moore, Matthew Pillsbury, Mona Kuhn, Tierney Gearon and Elton John AIDS Foundation Photography Portfolio II. Also at Art Miami: Rocio Rodriguez, at Zolla Lieberman Gallery of Chicago.

The Hagedorn Foundation Gallery will exhibit Ruth Dusseault, Nancy Floyd, Paul Hagedorn, Jonathan Lewis, Sarah Malakoff, John Oetgen, Susan Harbage Page, Martin Parr and Christina Price Washington at the Scope fair.

Living Walls returns to Miami this year, curating the outdoor portion of the Fountain Art Fair, where it will also have a booth. Atlanta artist Gregor Turk will have an installation in the upstairs lobby of the Catalina Hotel, site of the Select Fair

The increase in the number of Atlanta galleries heading south this year may indicate a lifting of the economic pall. As Bridges notes, participation has multiple benefits, both for dealers and the artists they represent.

“It opened doors to museums and curators I never would’ve met otherwise,” she says. “People from all over the world pass through, and they’re not conservative and didn’t think the work was ‘weird,’” she added, describing a challenge that many local galleries face.

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