Miami, like other major American cities in the 1970s (ahem, New York) watched helplessly as its glory days gave way to a drug-riddled war zone, one that left hollowed out landmarks and blocks of Art Deco hotels in rueful ruins. Hindered by corrupt law enforcement and a significant Latin American narcotics pipeline, it struggled along until the latter end of the '80s, when a music/fashion driven revitalization began to at last introduce new hope.
Frieze Los Angeles made its much buzzed about debut yesterday, fully living up to the spirited anticipation surrounding the international fair. Thousands of art-seeking Angelenos, celebrities, New York transplants and far flung jet-setters flocked to the Paramount Pictures studio lot to experience what many feel has been long overdue for the art-driven city.
Despite the brisk trade in his paintings and screen prints, at his core, Andy Warhol was probably more photographer than anything else he put his inimitable talent to. And during this year's Frieze Los Angeles, that will be thrillingly, revealingly on display.
The Winter Show is back, with its 65th Anniversary Sapphire Jubilee taking place from January 18th to 27th at New York's Park Avenue Armory.
While Basel, SCOPE and Frieze have have no shortage of great art, it does seem as though it's been eclipsed by the parties, the schmoozing and the desire to Instagram one's self in front of the latest Koons.