The all-new Red Dot Miami, celebrating its 10th year as a satellite show at Miami Art Week but in its premiere year under Redwood Media Group’s skillful management, went off without a hitch in December, garnering over 38,000 attendees from all over the world (including an impressive 9,000 on opening night alone). Co-locating with Spectrum Miami, Red Dot boasted an upgraded look and feel, and it didn’t go unnoticed by exhibitors and showgoers, who remarked on the wider aisles, new flooring, gallery styling, and exciting show programming. Read all the testimonials from Red Dot here!
This year, Red Dot Miami featured several of RMG’s signature curated programs, incorporating the 2016 show theme, [EVOLVE]: At every turn, the art world is shifting. Galleries, artists, and collectors alike are continuously evolving, in turn imploring us to expand our perspectives.
The Art Labs, which included the South African Art Collective, a virtual reality art experience with Life Is Art, and a dynamic light sculpture designed by Adrian Sierra Garcia, were a hit, as were the Art Talks, especially Focus on Design Friday’s seminars led by Robin Hodes, editor of Florida Design Magazine. Three galleries were specially selected for the Spotlight Gallery Program for their incredible work: Masterworks Fine Art, island6, and the Gallery Steiner.
Every year, a select group of exhibitors will be honored with special awards to honor their work and presentation. Here are the winners for 2016:
Directors’ Award: Masterworks Fine Art and Westbrook Modern Gallery
Best Booth Design: The Lawley Art Group
Best Sculpture Award: Ira Reines Sculpture at Winn Slavin Fine Art
Best International Exhibitor Award: South African Art Collective and Renssen Art Gallery
Galleries from around the world made great sales at the show, fostered connections with potential buyers, and garnered commissions for the year ahead. Here are some sales highlights:
- Lawley Art Group sold Lea Fisher’s “Dragon’s Dream” for $14,500 and JD Miller’s “Dragon’s Daydream” for $19,500
- Masterworks Fine Art sold Frank Stella’s “Shards,” an offset lithograph and screenprint, for $17,000
- Novem Fine Art sold Carla Wright’s “Daisies” oil on canvas for $19,500
- Renssen Art Gallery sold 12 works, including 2 Picassos and 10 pieces by Erik Renssen
- Conde Contemporary sold Darian Rodriguez’s “Auto Retrato” oil on canvas for $15,000
- Charles Harold Gallery sold 10 pieces
- James Baird Gallery sold a Yury Darashkevich artwork for $6,000
- Stamp Art Society of BC sold 2 Jennifer Harwood paintings for $1,200 and $2,700 and a Paul Burgoyne piece for $5,500
- Evan Lurie Gallery saw several sales, including “Lulamati” from Francisco Valverde for $8,000, and three mixed-media works from Ashleigh Sumner: “Jimi” for $8,500, “Native” for $5,500, and “Menage a Trois” for $6,500
- Bruce Lurie sold 3 pieces, the highest being “2 a.m.” for $4,000
- Vehement Art sold more than $8,500, including 2 of his mixed-media skulls
- South African Art Collective sold 5 pieces, ranging from $200 to $2,900
- Gallery of Music & Art sold “Marilyn in Mesh” for $2,500
- Winn Slavin Fine Art sold several pieces, including “Gates of Creation” by Ira Reines, “Ubiquitous” and “Innocence” by Daniel Winn, and a collection of 6 mixed-media works by Cory Bennett
- Other exhibiting galleries who made sales: Fine Art Maya, Michèle Fontanière Pop-up Gallery, Island6, David Bardia Art Gallery, Artblend, and Gallery Edel
Can’t wait ’til next December to do it all over again? Make sure to keep up with us throughout the year on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And we’d like to send a huge thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors for making this year’s show possible. We couldn’t have done it without you!