(Editor’s Note:Â FXFOWLE Architectâ€™s PR head, Karen Bookatz, offers a brief, Instagrammed account of architecture and design highlights at Art Basel Miami Beach 2012.)
Donâ€™t get me wrong: I love art and I love attending art fairs. They provide one a unique opportunity to see whatâ€™s fresh and new in the art and design industriesâ€”or whatever trade is being repâ€™dâ€”every few months. For me, however, a booth is a booth is a booth. Art fairs must continue to find new ways of further distinguishing themselves or otherwise run the risk of conventionality.
What Frieze did last May with SO-ILâ€™s tent design (and to a lesser extent, Bade Stageberg and Coxâ€™s environmental design effort for The Armory Show 2012) was a major step in the right direction. Likewise, custom installations and collaborative efforts, while public relations/marketing ventures more than anything else, have proven to be undeniably effective in creating buzz and increasing visibility for the respective firm, artist, or collaborative. (This is why I was personally so adamant about my own firmâ€™s presenceâ€”with an architectural installation/lounge project at the Miami Project art fairâ€”at this yearâ€™s Basel.)