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November 30, 2011

Grey Is the New Black

By Rachel Wolff | Art

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Courtesy Grey Area

The Art Basel Miami Beach blitz has begun and the art world’s dealers, tastemakers, patrons and cheerleaders have abandoned their full-time posts for balmier pastures down south. Galleries worldwide are strutting the best of what they’ve got (Louise Bourgeois and Subodh Gupta at Hauser & Wirth; Willem de Kooning and Hiroshi Sugimoto at Pace; and Andy Warhol at L&M, just to name a few). But if walls are full or the art budget’s spent, consider shopping what’s sure to be one of the buzziest pop-ups at this weekend’s festivities.

Grey Area, co-founded earlier this year by designer and consultant Kyle deWoody and Artlog’s Manish Vora, will pop up, so to speak, through Sunday at Miami’s Bass Museum of Art. This is the third pop-up shop for the online retailer that explores the “grey area” between art and design, following successful outings in the Hamptons over the summer and at Art Platform–Los Angeles this fall.

The temporary boutique is well stocked with both functional and not-so-functional objects, furniture, jewelry and avant-garde wares, all designed by artists looking to expand the parameters of their work. Look for statement jewelry from Orly Genger, Abraxas Rex, Rob Wynne, Michele Lopez, Kate Cusack and Emily Miranda; gold-plated “brick” bookends by Christian Dietkus; dinnerware by Leah Piepgras and Rudolf Stingel; and, for those of you who packed light, limited-edition beach towels by Tracey Emin, Peter Doig and Ed Ruscha. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through December 4 at the Bass Museum of Art; 2100 Collins Avenue; shopgreyarea.com.

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