Miami’s Original Art Fair Unveils Its First Production of Aqua Art Miami at South Beach Hotel and Its Second Edition of CONTEXT
Art Miami, the city’s longest-running contemporary and modern art fair, will return for its 24thedition during Art Week, Dec. 3 through Dec. 8, 2013. The anchor fair for the City of Miami has expanded to include two additional contemporary art fairs: CONTEXT in a 45,000-square-foot pavilion adjacent to Art Miami in the Wynwood Arts District; and Aqua Art Miami at the Aqua Hotel on Collins Avenue in South Beach.
World-renowned for its refined ambience, consummate quality and accessible fdiversity, Art Miami now encompasses all levels of the international contemporary art market: from the modern masterpieces and blue-chip contemporary works at Art Miami, to the cutting-edge pieces by rising and mid-career talents at CONTEXT, as well as the latest output from emerging artists ripe for discovery at Aqua Art Miami. The purchase of eight-year-old Aqua during Art Week 2012 brought the perennially popular satellite into the fold of Art Miami LLC, which is retaining Aqua’s relaxed, youthful vibe while providing the amenities, infrastructure and collector base that have become signatures of its other fairs.
“Aqua embraces emerging talent, acting as an incubator for CONTEXT and Art Miami, and introducing collectors and curators to fresh faces whose exciting work complements the pieces by more established artists that they are already displaying,” says Nick Korniloff, Director of Art Miami LLC. “We can now provide our loyal international collector base with opportunities to acquire works of art at the highest level from all categories of the contemporary market.”
Aqua also gives Art Miami a foothold on the beach, conveniently serving art collectors, professionals and enthusiasts on both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway, connected by shuttle buses and multiple-day passes for entrance to all three fairs. On the mainland at the Midtown Miami complex, the juxtaposition of 125 galleries at Art Miami with 65 at CONTEXT – hailing from 15 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, as well as from all around the United States – forms a comprehensive art community spanning 250,000 square feet. The 2012 debut of this world-class pairing in the Wynwood Arts District attracted a record-breaking 60,000 visitors and generated sales of more than $50 million.
Art Miami and CONTEXT will present a series of special exhibitions curated by Julia Draganović, Elena Forin and Claudia Löffelholz of LaRete Art Projects. CHECK OUT will install captivating and provocative sculptures, displayed by selected exhibitors, in prime positions inside as well as outside, between and in front of, the neighboring pavilions. THINK BIG will give artists participating in Art Miami space to stretch out in the passageways linking the flagship fair’s three main pavilions, making solo statements bold not only in scale but also in vision and innovation.
ZOOM IN, the sixth annual Art Video | New Media Lounge, now located at CONTEXT, will focus on a single institution specializing in digital and moving images. Five galleries will also be invited to screen video works by artists that LaRete believes warrant a closer look. An independent jury of video art experts will view the pieces onsite and choose one artist to honor with the first annual Zoom In Award on Saturday, Dec. 7.
CONTEXT will once again offer insight into Berlin’s influential art scene with six contemporary galleries selected by a panel of expert curators and art critics. ART FROM BERLIN is presented by the Galleries Association of Berlin (LVBG) – with official support from the municipality of Berlin and the European Union (EU) – which will entertain and enlighten guests at the Berlin Lounge. This microcosm of the global art capital’s dynamic gallery community will include a cross-section of established and emerging exhibitors, each spotlighting two or three artists.
ART FROM BERLIN is a platform to introduce the Berlin art scene at international art markets throughout the world, organized by the Galleries Association of Berlin, landesverband berliner galerien (lvbg) The Galleries Association of Berlin, landesverband berliner galerien (lvbg), represents art galleries in Berlin culturally and economically, supporting the sustainable development of Berlin as an internationally recognized center for the arts. Members of the Gallery Association of Berlin (LVBG) show a comprehensive range of art from the 20th and 21st century, fostering and marketing the careers of living artists through exhibitions, publications and public relations. The association, which operates by the standard guidelines of the Federation of European Art Galleries Association (F.E.A.G.A.), is active in numerous committees of state-sponsored institutions for art and culture, and cultivates networking activities among many associates in the arts.
These participating galleries in 2013 will present the following artists:
Galerie Berlin: Christoph Bouet & Stefan Reichmann
Galerie Kornfeld: Franziska Klotz, Susanne Roewer and Alexander Polzin
Galerie Kuhn & Partner: Birgit Borggrebe, Christoph Damm and Andrea Wallgren
Schmalfuss Berlin contemporary fine arts: Anke Eilergerhard, Stefan Hoenerloh and Bodo Korsig
Swedish Photography: Dawid, Malou Bergman and Inka & Niclas
Tammen & Partner: Dietmar Brixy, Volker März and Werner Schmidt
The galleries were chosen from a pool of applicants by a jury comprised of:
Brigitte Werneburg – art critic for Die Tageszeitung (taz)
Dr. Matthias Harder – curator of the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin
Kit Schulte – gallerist & member of the lvbg managing board
The BERLIN LOUNGE will be the hub of ART FROM BERLIN at CONTEXT, where lvbg provides insight into this art metropolis, offering information on the city’s contemporary art galleries, institutions and museums. Berlin has become a global art capital, with 400 galleries and about 200 museums, institutions and showrooms for contemporary art, in addition to countless studios where artists from every origin imaginable create influential works that are exhibited at museums, galleries and art fairs around the world. Continue reading