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Art Basel: NADA Art Fair in Miami Beach Opens at the Fontainebleau

By Ricardo Mor

NADA opened to VIPs Thursday morning and regular fair goers in the later afternoon at its new location at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach. The fair has become one of the must-see destinations for serious collectors looking to snap up emerging artists while their prices are within reach. Galleries reported blazing fast sales with several booths reporting that their booths sold out before noon. We spotted Don and Mira Rubell staking out the galleries for new works to add to their vast collection. 

Among the most eye-catching booths was from Detroit-based gallery What Pipeline featured a large inflatible globe that took up the entirety of the gallery by artist Puppies Puppies, with smaller works hidden behind the globe along the walls from Nolan Simon. Among the stronger of the smaller booths was from Situations, which presented a booth featuring exclusively queer artists who work in multiple disciplines. Among the artists included Tabboo!, a drag artist whose campy aesthetic are surprisingly earnest and jovial compared to the typical self-serious fare. 

Representing the local community, Locust Projects featured numerous works from local and national artists, including some small drawings of butts, ice cubes and brawny arms cast in bar top resin by Kelly Breez all priced under $1,000. Guccivuitton noted they had a few sales from their showcase of paintings from Aramis Gutierrez, one of the gallery's co-founders. 

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