Friday, December 6, 9pm-1am – Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
Walter Otero, the respected gallerist who is considered the leading authority on contemporary art in Puerto Rico, hosted his 2nd annual Art Basel event at Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach. Founder of the prestigious Walter Otero Contemporary Art in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the San Juan-based Otero presents an impressive cadre of talent, including sculptor/performance artists Allora & Calzadilla, who represented the U.S. in the 54th Venice Biennale (2011); painter Arnaldo Roche; and Miami-based multi-disciplinary artist Carlos Betancourt.
Oteroâ€™s private event at the Bass Museum of Art was a celebration of contemporary art that stimulates all the senses, and incorporates experiences in sight, sound and taste. Signature elements included a cinematic homage to art film directors and a bountiful table of Puerto Rican specialties such as carne mechada and glazed batata. And, of course, bottomless glasses of premium spirits and a DJ that keeped guests on their feet till the wee hours.
In the course of his 15-year career, Walter Otero has established collaborations and partnerships with renowned galleries including Lehmann Maupin, James Cohan, Yvon Lambert, Paula Cooper, and Robert Miller, among many others.Â Oteroâ€™s numerous alliances and projects include Arte Americas, Miami, 2005; Leipzig International Art Walk, Germany, 2008; Pinta Art Fair, London, 2010; and all five editions of Circa Art Fair, 2006-2010, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.Â Walter Otero Contemporary Art, which debuted its new 5,000-square-foot gallery in February 2013, is located in Puerta de Tierra in the Old San Juan Historic District. Designed by architect Luis GutiÃ©rrez with engineer Pedro MuÃ±oz MarÃn, this temple of contemporary art is divided into three floors.