AQUA ART MIAMI Announces 2013 Exhibitors for Its First Edition Presented BY ART MIAMI during Art Week

NINTH FAIR AT AQUA HOTEL TO HOST 46 INTERNATIONAL GALLERIES AND PROJECTS

Aqua Art Miami (www.aquaartmiami.com) is pleased to announce its roster of confirmed exhibitors and curated projects for Miami Art Week, when the popular contemporary art fair runs Dec. 4 through Dec. 8, 2013. Its inaugural edition as part of the Art Miami family will retain the fair’s dynamic programming and intimate atmosphere, while providing audiences and exhibitors with the expanded amenities and infrastructure that have become signatures of Art Miami and CONTEXT.

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Aqua Art Miami’s ninth consecutive installment continues this tradition, maintaining the fair’s signature relaxed vibe and spirited energy while attracting increasingly distinguished galleries. The 2013 edition will feature 46 international exhibitors showing a wide range of high-quality emerging art by artists working in all media from painting, photography and works on paper to sculpture, installation, video and multimedia art.

Since 2005, Aqua has established itself among the top fairs for emerging art during Miami Art Week, recognized for presenting vibrant and noteworthy international art programs with a particular interest in supporting young and established galleries with strong emerging and early-to-mid-career artists. This curatorial commitment is complemented by the unique art fair setting of a classic Art Deco hotel on South Beach with spacious exhibition rooms that open onto a breezy, charming courtyard. These surroundings have become a favorite gathering spot during the busy week to acquire work, exchange ideas, and discover new artists. Its close proximity to Art Basel Miami Beach has also helped make Aqua Art Miami one of the venues most attended by collectors, artists, curators, critics and the art-loving public. Continuous shuttle service will connect Aqua Art Miami and the nearby Art Basel Miami Beach to Art Miami and CONTEXT in the Wynwood Arts District.

Eric Mack, WGM-34340, Courtesy of whitespace

Eric Mack, WGM-34340, Courtesy of whitespace

 

2013 PARTICIPATING GALLERIES includes:

Antonio Colombo Gallery | Milan Artêria | Bromont, QC ArtSlant | Los Angeles AWOL Gallery | Toronto Being 3 Gallery | Beijing Cancio Contemporary | Miami Charlie James Gallery | Los Angeles Coagula Curatorial | Los Angeles Contemporary Art and Editions | Millburn, NJ Ellie S. Jo|Korea Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design | Atlanta Everything is art! | Moscow Galeria Casa Cuadrad | Bogota galerie bruno massa | Paris Galerie Michael | Beverly Hills galerie juliane hundertmark | Berlin Gallery 300 | Santa Rosa, CA Gallery at Gray’s | Cleveland Get This! | Atlanta Ghostprint Gallery | Richmond Hamiltonian | Washington DC Hoffman LaChance Contemporary | St. Louis Island Press | St. Louis j fergeson gallery | Farmville, VA Jack Geary Contemporary | New York JAG Modern | Philadelphia K. Imperial Fine Art | San Francisco Lonsdale Gallery | Toronto LOOC Art | Bedford Hills, NY Lyons Wier Music & Audiophile Plus | New York Mark Miller Gallery | New York Mayer Fine Art | Norfolk McCaig-Welles | Brooklyn Monkey Town | New York Morton Fine Art | Washington DC Pele Prints | St. Louis Perihelion Arts | Phoenix Portrait Society Gallery | Milwaukee Projects Gallery | Miami Prole Drift | Seattle Rice Polak Gallery | Provincetown Robert Fontaine Gallery | Miami Robert Henry Contemporary | Brooklyn Shulamit Gallery | Los Angeles Toomey Tourell Fine Art | San Francisco VICTORI CONTEMPORARY | New York Whitespace | Atlanta William Baczek Fine Arts | Northampton, MA

Aqua has consistently delivered a strong roster of galleries featuring artists of the highest caliber. Returning visitors and the collectors new to Aqua will enjoy a diverse mix of established galleries and young exhibitors new to Miami Art Week,” said Jennifer Jacobs, Director of Aqua Art Miami. “Our affiliation with Art Miami will take this new chapter of Aqua to the next level, underscoring our commitment to furthering the fair’s artistic vision while expanding our capacity to shine an even greater spotlight on our galleries and artists, strengthening Aqua Art Miami’s position as one of the must-see destinations during Art Week.”

More than 40 percent of galleries who have contributed to Aqua’s success over the years are returning for the 2013 edition, with a number of new participants traveling to the fair from North and South America, Asia and Europe. Selected exhibitors will transform the Aqua Hotel’s airy rooms and inviting open spaces with innovative solo installations, interdisciplinary programming, and other happenings that integrate varied art forms into an immersive experience for fairgoers.

 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Sound Vision at Aqua will illustrate the synergy between visual art and music through dynamic day-to-evening programming by Lyons Wier Music (LWM) & Audiophile Plus (AP). This experience will enliven the VIP Preview and evolve throughout the fair’s run. Emerging and established recording artists, producers and DJs will activate the art fair format with sonic compositions that complement the visual art displayed by LWM & AP.  Music programing and live DJ sets will stimulate Aqua’s distinct atmosphere, introducing patrons to new inspirational music genres that will emanate throughout the courtyard and wraparound terrace. This interdisciplinary mixology will energize the fairgoers, providing a spontaneous soundtrack to the works on display.

Visitors will also be invited to participate in a pop-up of New York City’s Monkey Town, a pop-up by New York City’s buzzed-about platform for filmmakers, video artists, musicians, performers and culinary artists; a site-specific variation of Kevin Berlin’s video project Uncensored, presented by Mark Miller Gallery of New York’s Lower East Side; a special installation by Gary Baseman, courtesy of Shulamit Gallery of Los Angeles; and a premiere US solo exhibition of Korean artist Mari Kim, presented by Ellie S. Jo.

As in years past, exhibitions featuring emerging artists and promising graduates will introduce art enthusiasts to fresh voices and inspire visitors with imaginative ideas. The online network and magazine ArtSlant will unveil the winners of a yearlong contest to select several artists from an open call juried by a panel of international art luminaries. In an ongoing series spotlighting a different institution of higher education each year, the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University will showcase its MFA graduates. Island Press at Washington University in St. Louis will share the results of intensive printmaking residencies by prominent visiting artists including James Siena, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Nina Katchadourian, Radcliffe Bailey and Ann Hamilton.

The multi-dimensional entertainment and experiential encounters will add to the invigorating atmosphere that has made Aqua’s opening the annual destination on Wednesday night of Art Week for influential collectors, connoisseurs and art professionals who migrate en masse from Art Basel Miami Beach’s VIP preview a short walk away. The Aqua Art Miami VIP Preview on December 4, 2013, gets underway at 4 p.m. before the Vernissage even begins, and when that opening wraps at 8 p.m., the Aqua Hotel is in full swing. This exclusive first view encourages visitors to explore the room displays until the festivities wind down at 11 p.m., gaining insight from exhibitors and artists while seizing the opportunity to acquire work before the fair opens to the public the following day.

Aqua Art Miami’s s generous 2013 sponsors and partners include: JW Marriott Marquis Miami and Hotel Beaux Arts Miami – Official Luxury Hotels of Art Miami, Universal Travel, Heineken, Société Perrier, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Miami Beach Tourism, Culture & Economic Development, Lyons Wier Music & Audiophile Plus, Monkey Town, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Boca Museum of Art, Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale at Nova Southeastern University, ArtSlant.com, Harvard Business School Club of Florida, Mutual Art, Artfacts.Net, artprice.com, International Sculpture Center and Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, Art + Auction, The Art Newspaper, BLOUIN ARTINFO, art ltd., Art & Antiques, Hyperallergic, Artlog, Art Nexus, Arte Al Día, Artillery Magazine, ANNUAL Magazine, IRREVERSIBLE magazine, ART OnCuba, Art Circuits Guide and Maps, Around Town Magazine, The Miami Herald, The New York Observer, Manhattan Magazine, Fisher Island Magazine, Social Life Magazine, South Florida Luxury Guide and VENÜ MAGAZINE.

For more information, visit  www.aquaartmiami.com.