Artlog Hosts Annual Pre-Art Miami Party at SoHo’s Grey Area
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by BWW News Desk
Artlog, the pre-eminent site devoted to sharing and discussing visual culture in its many forms, hosted its annual kickoff party for Art Miami, the première international modern and contemporary art fair and anchor fair for the City of Miami at Kyle DeWoody and Manish Vora's SoHo gallery, Grey Area on Thursday November 15. The evening also celebrated the launch of Art Miami's new sister art fair CONTEXT Art Miami, devoted to showcasing emerging and mid-career cutting edge artists.
Currently exhibiting "Americana" a provocative collection of new works ranging from Brian Kenny's Deconstructed Flag 3 to Jameson Ellis' Sniper Rifle, DeWoody and Vora's loft gallery was the ideal setting for the several hundred guests eager to learn more about Art Miami's expansion this year. Art Miami LLC Director – Partner Nicholas Korniloff and Pamela Cohen, Director of VIP Relations & Sponsorships were on hand to speak about the doubling in size of this year's fair with the addition of CONTEXT. Art Miami will show a staggering 125 of the world's most prominent modern and contemporary galleries and CONTEXT will present 65 of the most emerging and cutting edge galleries.
Sipping seaside style cocktails and listening to DJ Jess Hodin, guests buzzed about many of the two fair's highlights: Banksy Out Of Context, the rare showing of 5 major pieces by the mysterious and elusive British graffiti artist Banksy; The Art Video | New Media Lounge which will present a hand-picked selection of video art sourced from museums, private collections and art institutions around the globe curated by La Rete Project founders Julia Draganovic and Claudia Loffelholz and Nicholas Cohn's exhibition "Social Structures" which will explore the theme of architecture as a reflection of society, featuring photographs of sacred temples by Kenro Izu, mixed media images of war-torn cities by Susanne Slavick, and photo-realistic paintings of the rebuilt world financial center by Antonio Petracca; Peter Anton's "Sugar & Gomorrah" the world's first art installation where the viewer can ride from beginning to end of the exhibition in a carnival ride car while viewing a Sodom and Gomorrah-like world created entirely by the artist; a special showing of the works of acclaimed Chinese artist Ma Desheng and "Soul of Seoul"curated by Bernice Steinbaum an exhibition which explores the essence of Korean artistic sensibility - the commingling of daily life and nature and
Of course, the usual debate of where to stay pitted South Beach against the mainland hostelries closer to the action with the Kimpton Hotel's Epic Miami the Official Luxury Hotel of Art Miami being the hands down favorite for serious fair-goers, collectors and curators. Then again, quipped one guest, with Art Miami's Official Luxury Real Estate sponsor Christie's International Real Estate one could do a little high end real estate shopping for that perfect oceanside manse to hang those mammoth paintings.
Among the crowd were art consultant Jill Clark, curator Nick Cohn, Gene Bradley & Kelly Smith, Gary & Catherine Andreassen, Dawne Marie Grannum, Caroline Lieberman, Mia Baxter, Michael Vaughn, Harry Smail, Lauren Donnelly, Rebecca Brereton, Rubin Shafir & Katriona MacGiver, Stephanie Millar and scores more.
Art Miami kicks off the opening day of Art Week. The fair will commence on Dec. 4, 2012, with Art Miami's highly anticipated Opening Night VIP Preview, which benefits the Miami Art Museum. World-famous for its outstanding quality, extraordinary variety and stylish, gallery-like decor, Art Miami showcases the finest in modern and contemporary art from more than 125 of the most prestigious international art galleries. Art Miami maintains a preeminent position in America's modern and contemporary art fair market. With its rich history, it is the original and longest-running contemporary art fair in Miami, and continues to receive praise for the variety of unparalleled art that it offers.
Art Miami is the must-see event for all serious collectors, curators, museum directors, and interior designers, providing an intimate look at some of the most important work at the forefront of the international contemporary art movement. (www.art-miami.com).
Miami's newest international emerging and cutting-edge art fair will launch with a VIP Private Preview on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, coinciding with the 23rd edition of Art Miami. Trendsetting galleries from around the globe will exhibit in a state-of-the-art pavilion directly adjacent to Art Miami. CONTEXT Art Miami will feature a curated group of 65 galleries representing exceptional emerging and mid-career cutting edge artists, including solo artist installations, immersive environments, curated projects and multimedia exhibits. The CONTEXT Art Miami Pavilion will feature a VIP Lounge, Art Video New Media Lounge, performance stage, indoor and outdoor curated projects, and will be located just 50 feet north of the existing 125,000-square-foot Art Miami Pavilion.