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Making a Statement at Miami Art Week

Alumni and Faculty Exhibited in Miami

Art Basel in Miami Beach, and the adjoining fairs, parties, and shows that converge in Miami, offers an annual sampling of contemporary art and culture. Acting as a barometer of the art world, attendees were able to view well-established and emerging artists alike.

Prolific conceptual artist John Baldessari ('58 MFA Fine Arts) unveiled the 19th BMW Art Car, a 2016 BMW M6 GTLM, at the VIP Preview day at Art Basel in Miami Beach. "Considering the car as an icon of contemporary life, my concept turned out playfully satirical, but it also highlights some of the trademark ideas that I use," said Baldessari. Introduced in 1975, the BMW Art Car project has included such prominent figures as Jeff Koons, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol.

From one master to another, his current retrospective "Mastry" may be on view at The Met Breuer but an intimate piece, Untitled (Blanket Couple) by Kerry James Marshall ('78 Fine Arts) made it to Miami via David Zwirner. 

Recently named to Cultured Magazine's '30 Young Artists to Watch in 2017' both Kelly Akashi ('06 Fine Arts) and Alex Becerra ('11 Fine Arts) showed in Miami, at Art Basel and NADA respectively. 

Graduate Public Practice faculty member Andrea Bowers' piece Don't Touch Me (2016), a response to the now infamous Donald Trump comments about grabbing women, was featured at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles' space. "The amount of politically based work was on par with these current times of global disruption," said current Graduate Public Practice student Mark Farina.

Farina, who has attended the fair for many years, also traveled to Miami to develop a mapping project inspired by the 'Miami Circle', a Native American site and ceremonial grounds located in downtown Miami. "I am inspired by a sacred piece of land that was spared from overdevelopment and how the public currently interacts within it," says the artist.

On the entire Miami Art week experience, Farina encourages all students and practitioners of art to take part, "I think this is the most important collection of contemporary art on display in North America," though he warns, "you can’t possibly see it all- so be smart and selective."




If you are an Otis College alumnus who showed at Miami Art Week and were not included in this post, please reach out to us at and let us know how we can stay up to date on your projects.