SCOPE Art Fair opened it’s doors to throngs of excited VIP’s during a special Tuesday night preview of the show. Miami’s Art Basel week is just starting to gear up, and the work at this year’s SCOPE is already very different from last year – featuring much more up-and-coming talent, and prices that seem to be lower overall.

One highlight of the fair was White Walls and Montana out of San Francisco which featured work from ABOVE, Casey Gray, ROA, Greg Gossel, Ben Eine, Peter Gronquist, Chor Boogie, NEON, Vouge, APEX, and Augustine Kofie. ROA’s installation of animals in crates was a show standout, and is being expected to sell out during the run of the fair – while Peter Gronquist’s taxidermy and gold horned spectacle seemed to stop every patron walking the halls.

Kate Macdowell again shared her amazing talents in porcelain with some amazing work being exhibited by Patrajdas Gallery out of Chicago.

For lovers of Edward Hopper and the American Realist movement look no further than Artist Trevor Young who is showing with Civilian Art Projects out of D.C. Mr. Young’s work was again strong in composition and skill, and there is no doubt that the artist continues to make strides to be one of America’s next museum names.

Jason Yarmosky’s elderly superhero works were much loved once again by fairgoers, being shown with Like The Spice Gallery out of Brooklyn.

Abstract Realist Brett Amory showed a particular strong “Waiting” (from his series) with The Arts Fund out of San Francisco, alongside photographer Robert Christian Malmberg, painter Mindy Linkous, and Miami’s own abstract cartoon expressionist LEBO. The Arts Fund is also highlighting two new books by Arts Publishing LTD featuring the work of Eric Zener and street art champion Blek le Rat.

The ever lovely Isabel Samaras brought her wonderfully refined popular culture oil works to the fair with Varnish out of San Francisco. Overall a wonderful collection of fun and interesting paintings from Samaras, who continues to blend the animal world with that of hip hop.

Corey Helford Gallery (Los Angeles) presented Pop Surrealist Ron English’s work, alongside the lovely women of Silvia Ji and Aaron Nagel. Street artist D Face also exhibited his ever famous skull clad characters with the gallery.

Photographer William John Kennedy exhibited never before seen photographs of early Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana, and was on hand to tell his personal experiences with the artists. The work provides interesting insight to the artists studios, and reveals new perspectives on two of America’s most famous contemporary names.

Jonathan Levine brought us the paintings of Aakash Nihalani’s playful geometric shapes and patterns, as well as the wonderful knit works of street artist Olek.

Scope Miami continues to lead the charge in bringing us some of the best contemporary work each year, and we’re already looking forward to what 2012 will bring.

– written and photographed by Michael Cuffe for Warholian