A Miami Gallery Joins the Top Ranks at Art Basel
By Michael Adno for The New York Times (Available online here)
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — To say that David Castillo, 44, reflects his roots as a son of South Florida is an understatement. Over the past 13 years, his gallery has staked a claim to Miami with a roster of 14 artists deeply committed to narratives that have become essential not only to the art world but to larger conversations that hover over America.
In this year’s edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, the David Castillo Gallery has a space for the first time in the Galleries sector, the fair’s top tier, making it only the second Miami-based gallery to be included in that part of the show in more than a decade, along with the Frederic Snitzer Gallery.
Mr. Castillo’s inclusion is a nod from the international community that his program is fit to hold court with the world’s top 250 galleries. “For a gallery, that’s a real coming-of-age,” said Noah Horowitz, Art Basel’s director of the Americas and the chief of the Miami Beach fair. And by proxy, it signals that the themes of migration, race and displacement that Mr. Castillo’s roster celebrates are also carving out space in the broader scope of Miami’s cultural landscape and beyond.