ABOVE: PLANE TEXT BY RICHARD PRINCE.
A quick detour from the usual Wynwood and Beach fairs, I visited one of my favorite spots to relax and escape, Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens. Jorge Cardo’s exhibition of 103 chandeliers was spread out through the gardens, lighting up the night and all the flowers and plants. We arrived at the golden hour of sunset, which was beautiful and memorable.
After leaving the gables, we wandered around the Design District, where some of the top galleries are located. We passed through Gallery Diet, owned by the beautiful Nina Johnson-Milewski who also founded Miami Rail, the sister publication to New York’s Brooklyn Rail; The M Building, a beautiful space restored by Chad Oppenheim with a tropical garden in the center; and the Rubell Family Collection, where we saw French artist Bernar Venet’s “Grand Sport” exhibition, which creatively re-envisions Bugatti’s celebrated “Grand Sport” through sculptural work. Always nice to see my friend Nate Lowman’s work too.
The Morgans Hotel Group commissioned Ed Ruscha, Richard Prince, and John Baldessari, among others, to re-create ads pulled by planes on the beach—a classic Miami sight to watch them fly by while lying on the beach. Throughout the fair, they’ll have the same pieces re-done by other artists.