2015 Event Schedule

VIP Preview

Tuesday, December 1 | 5:30 PM - 10 PM

Access for CONTEXT Art Miami, Art Miami + Aqua Art Miami VIP Cardholders and Members of the Press

Art Miami, CONTEXT Art Miami, Merrill Lynch, Christie’s International Real Estate, and participating galleries and curators invite VIP collectors and accredited members of the press to experience an exclusive first view of the highly anticipated Art Miami + CONTEXT Art Miami Fairs with a cocktail reception presented by Merrill Lynch and benefiting the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

These must-see events are the first opportunities to acquire the finest investment quality modern and contemporary works by emerging, cutting-edge and established artists prior to the fairs’ opening to the public the next day.


The McLoughlin Gallery is pleased to introduce Tiffany Trenda’s performance, Ubiquitous States, at Context Art Fair 2015 
Performance Times: 
VIP Preview Tuesday December 1st 7 – 7:30 p.m. and 8 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday December 5th and Sunday December 6th 1 – 1:30 p.m. and 2 – 2:30 p.m
at The McLoughlin Gallery Booth, CTX 37

Ubiquitous States is an interactive performance that combines live heartbeats into a data visualization by new media performance artist Tiffany Trenda, 3D Systems and designer Janne Kyttanen. Trenda will don a 3D printed dress that has an embedded computer screen. The image on the screen will show a data visualization of both the participant’s and Trenda’s heartbeat. In Ubiquitous States, the performance will question, if we can have authentic human connections using today’s vernacular technology? During the performance, the artist will approach a spectator and place a heart monitor (located at Trenda’s fingertip inside the glove) on the viewer’s wrist or neck. Once the sensor reads the pulse of the user, the imagery on the screen will change and show both pulses simultaneously. Trenda and the viewer will try and match their rhythms’ to create another change in the animation, making the performance interactive. “The amazing growth of our techniques, the adaptability and precision they have attained, the ideas and habits they are creating, make it a certainty that profound changes are impending in the ancient craft of the Beautiful.” - Paul Valéry The Conquest of Ubiquity 1928 In Veléry’s The Conquest of Ubiquity, he describes the current state of our techno-obsessed culture where our tools of precision have changed our behaviors. Today, these tools are primarily our screens (smart phones, tablets, computers, etc.). They give us the ability to download, text, talk, and interact anywhere with the surface of the skin and surface of the computer. Thus, we are living in both the physical and the simulated world simultaneously and we are unable to fully engage in the present. Instead, we are hiding behind our devices and masking our primitive desires of having real time physical interactions. This questions the authenticity of our behaviors using these vernacular technologies. In Ubiquitous States, the performance will unite the heartbeats of both artist and the participant and will measure our emotional connections through the virtual. 


VIP Preview | Aqua Art Miami

Wednesday, December 2 | 3 PM – 10 PM
The opening of Aqua Art Miami has become the traditional Wednesday destination of influential collectors, connoisseurs and art professionals who migrate en masse from Art Basel Miami Beach’s Vernissage a short walk away. The fun and festive atmosphere encourages many to linger late in the Aqua Hotel’s inviting open spaces and seize the opportunity to purchase captivating works before the fair opens to the public.


one art nation
1AN Symposium
Presented by CONTEXT and One Art Nation
December 4-6, 2015, starting at 2:00 PM daily in the Cafe

Whether you are a first time buyer, an established collector, in the industry, or simply have a passion for art, we have curated a program of reputable art experts to speak on the ins and outs of the art market. Subscribe to www.oneartnation.com to receive the most up-to-date program information. *Schedule subject to change.


2:00 – 2:30pm
Artist Spotlight: Picasso in Three Dimensions

The Museum of Modern Art is presenting a once-in-a-lifetime survey of Picasso's sculptures. Bruce Helander will discuss this extraordinary opportunity to explore a rarely seen, but vital aspect of Picasso’s long and prolific career.

3:00 – 3:45pm

Panel: The Art of Home Design Focusing on the Display of Collectible Art

Join Luis Silva of Saccaro USA and Luciana Fragali of Design Solutions Unlimited, as they bring together various perspectives on designing living spaces for the presentation of art. Hosted by: EWM Realty International

4:00 – 4:45pm
Panel: Demystifying The Art World 

Defining the beholder whose eye is in question - this panel will peel back layers of the art world from a marketplace perspective, as well as from an institutional and historical context. This dialogue will assist the audience in understanding their place in this diverse landscape. 
Hosted by: John Wolf Fine Art


2:00 – 2:30pm

Artist Spotlight: Bernie Taupin - Plain Brown Wrapper

Bernie Taupin landed in the US from England in 1970 with a dream and a musical partner named Elton John, launching one of the most successful and enduring song-writing partnerships of the 20th century. Since the early 1990s Bernie has pursued his passion for painting, as he continues to create daily, inspired by diverse design, and working in forms of abstract expressionism and text driven multi-medium pop art. 

Hosted by: Mark Borghi Fine Art

3:00 – 3:30pm

Trends Among Next Gen Collectors

There is a shift in what next gen collectors are buying and what their motivations are. This session will cover the collecting landscape and risk management for next gen collectors.  

Hosted by: Chubb Personal Insurance

4:00 – 4:45pm
Panel: Street Art, From Vandalism to Gentrification

The original street artists were chased by the police. Now, they are celebrated in museums and even used as a way to promote neighborhoods. What does that mean for collectors? This session is moderated by Gracie Mansion, Senior Specialist, Contemporary and Modern Art, artnet Auctions.

Hosted by: artnet


2:00 – 2:30pm
Artist Spotlight:
From Obscurity to the Coffee-Table

Internationally acclaimed art curator and consultant and noted author, Paco Barragán, discusses how books such as Art at the Turn of the Millennium, CREAM, Vitamine P and The Art to Come offered emerging and not so emerging artists the possibility of “emerging from obscurity”.

In Collaboration with: Matucana 100, Santiago de Chile

3:00 – 3:45pm

Panel: How an Artwork's Condition Can Affect its Value

Experts offer a look at what every art owner should know about damage, appraisal and restoration in the world of art collecting.
Hosted by: Appraisers Association of America

4:00 – 4:30pm
Miami as an Arts Destination Today

Miami, as most everyone knows, is about much more than just beaches, with the city's rise to prominence as a thriving art center. This session will explore the growth of the art market throughout the state, as well as the renewed interest in Miami-based artists.

Hosted by: University of Miami School of Business Administration


The Children’s Art Center will provide a safe playroom on-site at Art Miami for children ages 3-13, who are introduced to art while their parents visit the fairs. Children enrolled in the program will have exclusive access to participate in activities including art explorations, games, puzzles and storytelling.

Kids Center will be open Wednesday through Saturday, 11am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm.