There were a lot of foreign accents during Miami art week, with the usual mix of art andfashion and celebrities and this year the addition of an international coterie of starchitects who’ve been vying to make their mark on the youthful skyline.
But the most symbolic accent has to be an é: the one in the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the first major U.S. museum to have one in its name, which opened triumphantly in its Herzog & de Meuron buildingwith a pan-American perspective and exhibitions devoted to artists born in Morocco, Cuba, Poland,China, Israel, the U.S., and Scotland, though most of them left their native countries to live elsewhere.
That spectrum, like the scene in the fairs, museums, and private collections, reflects Miami’s status as an increasingly Latin American art center in an increasingly globalized art world. It’s hard to say exactly what this means, because the terms are so slippery. The idea of defining “Latin American art” is only getting harder, and less relevant to artists who have joined a global conversation.