The sky was blue all week, with nary a raindrop falling to mar the art world experience of Miami Art Week or keep visitors from the many outside installations on the beach. This Art Basel Miami Beach and Miami Art Week was different than those of years past. The crowds were thinner but determined to obtain work and bring it home. Most galleries sold out their work within the first two VIP days, as buyers did not know when the next opportunity to obtain artwork at a fair would be.
The art was generally upbeat, with the crowds ignoring the coming storm or Covid strain, with artists rivaling each other to produce the most beautiful scenes or portraits or abstract forms. The question posed by all was how do we create beauty that rivals the gorgeous colors and land and waterscape outside the doors of the Miami Beach Convention Center or the tents on the beach? The answer seemed to be admitting that there can never be man-made beauty to rival nature. With artists creating work that focused on transient natural beauty encountered outdoors, the transience of our lives on earth and of the earth itself during these trying pandemic times was the focus of the shows.
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