While Tom Wolfe's "blood-crazed billionaires" will be cramming entrance d of the Miami Convention Center tomorrow at 11:00am, racing to buy blue-chip, more fun can be had at the younger fairs trying to spot the next big thing...
Last year it was Hugh Scott Douglas. The 24-year old Canadian artist showed a series of six cyanotypes printed on linen.
Cyanotypes are a photographic process typically associated with architect's blueprints. Scott Douglas's unusual use of the medium is what makes it interesting. He relinquished control - setting up the system to "expose" the canvases in direct sunlight - then simply let it run its course. His creation was the process, not the finished artwork.
At the fair last year the asking price was $3000 each, or $16,000 for the series. Immediately after, the gallery was quoting $6000 per work. Scott Douglas now has 2 new gallery representatives and a sold out show under his belt.