By Nick Remsen
Celebrated Living Nov/Dec 2017
Leading gallerist Sean Kelly offers tips for navigating the city during its high-profile Art Week.
United Kingdom-born Sean Kelly is revered in New York City art circles. His eponymous gallery, founded in 1991 and now housed in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards neighborhood, represents names including Marina Abramović, Antony Gormley, Candida Höfer and Kehinde Wiley—a balanced portfolio of subtle-meets-provocative. Here, Kelly weighs in on all things Miami, as Art Basel Miami Beach—the annual December fair that is arguably the United States’ most important—and its satellite events return to the city.
“The Faena, which opened in 2015, is an exciting addition to Miami. Alan Faena and Ximena Caminos are visionaries who have done a remarkable job of integrating a luxury hotel experience into an emerging new arts area with exhibition and performance spaces open to the public. Last year, they staged an incredible art parade featuring Los Carpinteros’s Conga Irreversible. Los Carpinteros worked with both Cuban and local Miami musicians and dancers to stage a radical reinterpretation of a traditional conga that originally debuted in Havana—by the end of the parade, everyone was dancing in the streets, literally!”
“I never come to Miami without checking in with my friend—and wine guru—Christian Margesson, who runs Cult Wine Exchange. I am passionate about red wine. It is the perfect accompaniment to art, design and architecture. Christian is a person who informs, illuminates and feeds that passion.”
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