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"ART MIAMI: For the 11th year, special exhibits and fresh new galleries revitalize Art Miami"
2001-01-18 until 2001-01-22
Art Miami, Advanstar Communications
Miami, FL, USA United States of America

Art Miami's upcoming exposition at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Thursday, January 18 - Monday, January 22, 2001 will break new ground with a show designed to reflect Miami's role in today's rapidly evolving global art scene. Embracing Miami's reputation as a growing international hotbed for cutting-edge design, fashion, architecture and art, Art Miami 2001 will feature a slate of 120 international galleries, many of whom have yet to develop an international profile; special exhibits showcasing the hottest young talents from Latin America and the Caribbean, and a New York Times-sponsored TimesTalk event moderated by design editor Pilar Viladas, that will explore the increasingly blurred boundaries between art, architecture and design.

Long regarded as South Florida's top annual exposition of modern and contemporary art, and considered a compelling forum for international exhibitors to present a broad range of artistic talent to collectors, curators and arts professionals, Art Miami 2001 is being restructured by director Ilana Vardy into a show that, according to the former director of Art Chicago, makes sense for Miami. Stated Vardy, The time is right to present a show that not only addresses international art trends, but more specifically, how they play out in South Florida. After spending some time here, I believe that translates to more young Latin galleries, more underexposed galleries and artists and programming that actively engages attendees. In implementing her vision for Art Miami 2001, Vardy is building upon initiatives she started in the short time she was on board prior to the show's opening last year. For the 2001 show, Vardy will increase Art Miami's cutting-edge component, while maintaining its stable of respected galleries. The revitalized exposition tracks Miami's emergence as a hip, young member of an international art community that is no longer based solely in New York and Paris, but increasingly taking root in postmodern cities like Sao Paulo and Madrid. Exhibitors Among the many galleries returning to Art Miami in 2001: James Goodman Gallery (New York), Christopher Grimes Gallery (Santa Monica), Nancy Hoffman Gallery (New York), Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts (Miami/Buenos Aires), Mary-Anne Martin Fine Art (New York), Galería Nina Menocal (Mexico City), Galerie Marion Meyer (Paris) and Theo Waddington Fine Art (London, Boca Raton). Galleries exhibiting at Art Miami for the first time include Galeria Camargo Vilaça (São Paulo, Brazil) - Brazil's most important gallery showing contemporary Brazilian artists on the international circuit, Espacio Mínimo (Madrid), De Chiara/Stewart (New York), and Galería Rubbers (Buenos Aires) which is presenting a solo exhibition of Argentine national treasure Xul Solar. Emerging galleries featuring edgier works will once again participate in Currents, a successful element in the 2000 show that provided great exposure for its up and coming participants. Among the 20 galleries in this section, Galería Baró Senna (São Paulo), Gallery Eighty-Six (Curaçao), Florence Lynch (New York), M.Y. Art Prospects (New York), NFA Space (Chicago), Nikolai Fine Art (New York), and Vedanta (Chicago). For the full slate of participating galleries please refer to the enclosed list. Special Exhibits Among programming choices, MEGA Fino, an up-to-the-minute survey of cutting-edge artists from Miami, Latin America and the Caribbean, organized by Peter Doroshenko, director of The Institute of Visual Arts (inova) at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, proves timely and relevant. Featuring site-specific works by José Gabriel Fernandez (Venezuela), Naomi Fisher (USA), Laura Hamilton (Jamaica), Quisqueya Henríquez (Dominican Republic), José Antonio Hernández-Diez (Venezuela), Priscilla Monge (Costa Rica), Aaron Salabarrias (Puerto Rico), Rosângela Rennó (Brazil) and Eugenia Vargas (USA), MEGA Fino, will also feature installations outside the environs of Art Miami, in public spaces throughout Miami Beach. Working with Doroshenko is Victor Zamudio-Taylor, independent curator, Mexico City & international exhibitions curator, inova and Pedro Alonzo, adjunct curator, inova. Alonzo will lead bilingual walking tours of MEGA Fino, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Maps will also be available for self-guided tours. On Saturday, January 20th from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Zamudio-Taylor will host VAIVEN, a panel featuring the artists of MEGA Fino, discussing the concepts behind their work. At a time when everything is information based and media overload is an everyday occurrence, there are artists, all from the Caribbean basin, who have begun to develop their own private intellectual islands. Instead of responding directly to the ever-recurring conflicts and tragedies of modern life, as other artists might do, they have been moving in the opposite direction: creating new situations or fantasies based on looking optimistically at the possibilities that exist in everyday life or in worlds of their own making. The nine artists in MEGA Fino, view art as a means of exploring alternative options of thinking, behaving, and playing, said Doroshenko. Project Rooms, a series of individually curated solo exhibitions, will also debut at Art Miami 2001. Eight curators from Europe, Latin America and the United States have been invited to select an artist to produce a solo exhibition; then the artist and their representative gallery together create the special exhibit -- each in a 200 square foot space. The list of curators follows: Silvia K. Cubiñá, independent curator, SAN JUAN; Jesus Fuenmayor, independent curator, CARACAS; Kathryn Kanjo, Executive Director, ArtPace, SAN ANTONIO; Adriano Pedrosa, Independent Curator & Senior Editor, TRANS> arts.cultures.media, SÃO PAULO/NEW YORK; James Rondeau, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, CHICAGO, Jérôme Sans, Director, Palais de Tokyo & Independent Curator, PARIS; Debra Singer, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum, NEW YORK; and Octavio Zaya, Curator & Critic, NEW YORK. On Saturday January 20 from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm, Art in Context, a panel featuring the curators will explore concepts behind their selections. Special Events and Panels Another Art Miami programming initiative this year is a New York Times sponsored TimesTalk event, The Art of Design. New York Times design editor Pilar Viladas will lead a lively discussion that explores the blurred boundaries between art, architecture and design. The panelists will include a dynamic cross section of prominent members of these communities. Advance tickets priced at $30, are available at 1-888-NYT-1870. Ticket to the event includes a permanent pass to Art Miami. The TimesTalk will take place on Saturday, January 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Hall B, Room B115. Working closely with the city's local museums and cultural institutions, Art Miami has designated Saturday, January 20th Museum Day, and will offer complimentary admission to all museum members. Project Rooms and MEGA Fino panel discussions, featuring participating artists and curators will take place Saturday. On Sunday, January 21, 1:00 p.m. Art Miami will present Horst P. Horst: Master of Shadow & Light - a discussion on the prolific career of this famed photographer, in conjunction with ROOM and the Horst P. Horst Estate. Art Miami 2001 Show Hours Art Miami 2001 kicks off Thursday, January 18th with a by-invitation gala opening reception from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Exposition hours are Noon - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and Noon-6:00 p.m. on the show's final day, Monday, January 22nd. Unless otherwise noted, panels and lectures will take place in Hall B in room B115. Art Miami is open to the public. More than 40,000 people are expected to attend over the course of the show's five-day run. Daily admission to Art Miami: $10 adults; $7 seniors, students, groups; $25 Permanent Pass; free for children under 12. For further information contact Art Miami's offices at 1-888-663-5001 or on the Internet www.art-miami.com Generous sponsors of Art Miami 2001 include artnexus.com, Bacardi, Caviarteria, and The New York Times.

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