You can’t chew and talk at the same time, and there was a lot to chew on.

I have now been back in the beautiful Berkshires for two days and it is just now that I am beginning to digest my Miami experience.

By the time day four of my trip rolled around, I completely lost the space and time to process all that I was taking in. Since my last post, I returned to both Basel and Art Miami, and visited ink, Pulse, Scope, the Wynwood Arts District, the Rubell Family Collection and the enigmatic Bernice Steinbaum Gallery. I attempted both Fountain and NADA, but for NADA the parking and traffic were too horrendous, and I opted out of Fountain because the weather was too nice and the rest of Wynwood too enticing.

Wherever I went some sort of Berkshire connection jumped out at me, whether I was looking for it or not.

In a city of thousands, I was bumping into familiar faces, art works and galleries left and right. From a lithograph by Great Barrington native Walton Ford, being shown by Mary Ryan Gallery at ink, to five installations of works by artists which I had first encountered either at the Berkshire Museum or MASS MoCA (Gregory Euclid, Christopher Baker, Liu Bolin and Leonard Nimoy), encountering fellow art oriented locals like Ken De Loreto and designer Ritch Holben.

I took so many pictures, that I maxed out my iPhone memory card.

So what do I take away from all this?

I take away a better understanding of how I, as a maker, and the region where I live, fit into the greater landscape of the art world.

This past week was like having the bulk of the world wide art market condensed into one city, from blue chip to emerging, and although it was not all in one location, the Berkshire artists, galleries, curators and collectors are a strong presence in this market.


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