Art fairs, petite and tall, accompany Art Basel and Art Miami like a very long train of bridesmaids and ushers. Whether they’re at grand hotels or displayed in rooms emptied of beds in small ones, the galleries work their hearts out to showcase the works, and the profusion of art is pleasantly unpredictable and often thrilling. Here prices range from the possibly affordable to the not so, and the collectors seem hipper but just as knowledgeable as the posh crowd at Art Basel.

Here are a few of the unexpected pieces that stopped me in my tracks at Scope.

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