Contemporary art Fairs USA

Ink Miami: like night and day

This print fair offers a cosy alternative to the convention centre chaos

Ink Miami has just 16 exhibitors, each set up in their own vintage suite at the Dorchester hotel

A Cole Porter soundtrack plays at the stand of Chicago’s Aaron Galleries at Ink Miami (4-8 December), the International Fine Print Dealers Association fair that’s held each year at the Suites of Dorchester hotel. With just 16 exhibitors, each set up in their own vintage suite, the fair offers a cosy alternative to the convention centre chaos of Art Basel in Miami Beach down the street.

And with the fair’s focus on prints and other works on paper, the art on offer is also much more affordable, with prices ranging from around $200 to upwards of $550,000. The similarities between exhibitors tends to end there, however. Contemporary works by artists such as Barnaby Furnas and Marilyn Minter are on hand at New York’s Dranoff Fine Art, while Japanese prints are for sale at Verne Collection, and there’s even a painting by Thomas Hart Benton at Aaron Galleries.

“A lot of people consider this the antidote to the circus of Art Basel,” says the dealer Glenn Dranoff. “Because we’re in this little room, I talk to everyone who comes through the door.”

As the online market for multiples grows, the fair has also become a good way for galleries to put names with faces. “When someone bought something from our website ten years ago, I thought ‘Are you kidding? You don't even know me’,” says the Cleveland dealer Michael Verne. “Now we do the art fairs to boost business on the internet.”


Japanese prints are for sale at Cleveland's Verne Collection
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