Report from Art Basel/Miami Art Fairs: Washington Glass School Crushes It!

The Art Basel/Miami Art Fairs presents artworks from across the globe.

The Art Basel/Miami Art Fairs presents artworks from across the globe.

Each December, Miami and Miami Beach becomes the epicenter of the art world with approximately 1200 art galleries from around the world showing thousands of artists in the Art Basel/Miami Art Week extravaganza.
Around 50,000 people visit the area for this incredible week, and they come from all parts of the world. It’s also a week of fashion with gala openings and celebrity studded events that fill the warm nights.
Perhaps due its inherent glitz and glamor, or the vibrancy, lux and drama of the medium, glass is SO much part of the fair. Maybe because its has a strong relationship to sand – in any case, Washington Glass School artists were showing at Art Miami this year in force! And there was a lot of glass to look at in the Miami Fairs. Said WGS Co-Director Tim Tate, ” It never ceases to amaze me how many blue-chip artists use glass in their artwork”. Tim Tate and William Warmus will together present a lecture on glass medium at the Miami Art fairs at the 2019 Glass Art Society conference to be held in St. Petersburg, FL in March.

Artists of Washington Glass School install at Art Miami/Context fair with Alida Anderson Art Projects Gallery.

Artists of Washington Glass School install at Art Miami/Context fair with Alida Anderson Art Projects Gallery.

Tim Tate's infinity mirror sculptures dominated Habatat Galleries space on the beach at Scope Miami.

Tim Tate’s infinity mirror sculptures dominated Habatat Galleries space on the beach at Scope Miami.

When it comes to Contemporary Art, the Art Miami is all about More, More, More. And that is what the Washington Glass School artists brought to the champagne-fueled cultural extravaganza.

Michael Janis was part of the Washington artists featured at Aldia Anderson Art Projects CONTEXT show.

Michael Janis was part of the stable of Washington, DC artists featured at Alida Anderson Art Projects CONTEXT show.

WGS Alum and Kent Stat MFA student Audrey Wilson dazzled the fair again this year with neon, plasma and cast glass sculptures.

WGS Alum and Kent Stat MFA student Audrey Wilson dazzled the fair again this year with neon, plasma and cast glass sculptures.

Laura Beth Konopinski's sculptures were at the center of the CONTEXT Miami fair.

Laura Beth Konopinski’s sculptures were at the center of the CONTEXT Miami fair.

Tim Tate's new endless mirror sculptures also were the draw at CONTEXT's Momentum Gallery space.

Tim Tate’s new endless mirror sculptures also were the draw at CONTEXT’s Momentum Gallery space.

The glass art drew aficionados of the medium - like Kari Rinn, Executice Director at North Carolina Glass Center and NYC's ubercollecter Susan Sanders.

The glass art drew aficionados of the medium – like Kari Rinn, Executice Director at North Carolina Glass Center and NYC’s ubercollecter Susan Sanders.

William Warmus, art critic, author and former curator of & Fellow of Corning Museum of Glass wrote about Michael Janis’ work “…Michael Janis showed stunning new work at Alida Anderson at Art Miami/Context. The large four part panel “Stasis in the Darkness” made an impact on two levels: from across the aisle, and close up in the quality of the details. Do not overlook the small kiln formed panels and the expert way he introduces and plays with subtle variations of thicknesses of the stacked layers of glass. They are “The Truth of Dreams.”

Michael Janis' new large scale glass sgraffito artwork debuted at Art Miami Context Art Fair.

Michael Janis’ new large scale glass sgraffito artwork debuted at Art Miami Context Art Fair.