MIAMI—With Art Basel Miami Beach officially underway, the Miami Convention Center is brimming with some of the finest examples of 20th and 21st century art from around the world. Ironically, one of the most striking new works at the show—a life-sized deer clad in crystal balls—was originally purchased on eBay.
Under the convention center lights the sculpture by Kohei Nawa glistens like an enormous animal-shaped bauble.
On view at the SCAI The Bathhouse booth, “PixCell-Red Deer” draws passersby eager for a closer look and when they peer into the crystal balls they see deer fir. The work is composed of a taxidermy deer Nawa bought online and methodically covered in glass orbs.
According to Fumiko Nagayoshi of The Bathhouse, the artist purchases all of his source material on the Internet, including the stuffed New Zealand deer and two smaller pieces also on view at the fair that are composed of toy vegetables.
Art Basel Miami Beach is open to the public from Dec. 6 to Dec. 9, 2012. More than 200 galleries from the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Asia and South Africa are showing the work of more than 2,000 artists. The premier show has also spawned a countless array of other art fairs and events around the city that are capitalizing on the presence of artists, art dealers and collectors from around the world.
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“A Survey Exhibition,” a solo show of Simmons’s work over the past 25 years is on view at Metro Pictures from Nov. 29, 2012 to Jan. 19, 2013. The artist will also participate in Art Public at Art Basel Miami, contributing two large-scale billboards that spell out “I wish it could be morning all day long,” to the outdoor exhibition.