The Buzziest Artists of Miami Art Week 2023
By Casey Lesser
The overwhelming onslaught of art during Miami Art Week makes it difficult for any one artist to stand out, which is why it’s impressive when there are those who do. Across Miami’s fairs, galleries, institutions, and private collections, we sought out the rising artists who were showing at multiple venues, generating chatter, and making notable debuts across the city.
B. 1989, Portland, Maine. Lives and works in New York.
Deftly straddling the art and design worlds, Katie Stout is often a favorite of Miami Art Week—due in no small part to her Miami gallery Nina Johnson. Her latest solo show, “Olympia,” is her fourth with the gallery, yet the work feels more wondrous than ever. The star works are a series of glimmering vessels that range from pieces perched on pedestals to nearly lifesize forms that sit on the floor, adorned with blooming flowers and tiny ladies that leap from shiny glazed surfaces streaked with gold luster. Brilliant, too, are a series of bulbous glass and steel lamps: One, Bubble Gum Venus (2023) playfully riffs on the ancient fertility figure Venus of Willendorf, while nodding to the recent birth of the artist’s first child. A palette of pastel pinks, greens, and blues floods the show with warmth, as does the return of some of Stout’s signature forms, like tall, whimsical pieces made from female and animal figures stacked on top of each other. Stout’s work is also on view at Nina Johnson’s NADA booth.