The expansive growth in downtown Miami continues to make headlines

The expansive growth in downtown Miami continues to make headlines and with MIA in the heart of that buzz it easily sets it apart as the fair to attend. The Miami International Art (MIA) Fair will bring together emerging artists to downtown Miami January 17-20, 2014 with a preview on January 16th. On display will be over 28 international dealers showcasing Fair will bring together emerging artists to downtown Miami January 17-20, 2014. With the new opening of the Pérez Art Museum (PAMM) and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science located in Museum Park, and only steps away from the internationally acclaimed Wynwood Art District, downtown Miami is becoming the hub for arts and culture. Thom Collins, director of the Pérez Art Museum, mentioned in a Miami Herald article that, “this is a city where the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the New World Center, the New Science Museum and the PAMM are all going up within a period of about 10 years. That’s remarkable. That’s instant cultural infrastructure.’’

Additionally, the success of Art Basel is another great story of Miami’s growth. The cultural affairs department did undertake an economic impact study of the non-profit art world, Mr. Spring said “just in the non-profit art world it’s $1.1 billion a year that gets produced in Miami-Dade County,” he said. “I think you can conservatively double that number if you took into account all the commercial activity that goes in here as well. I would estimate more than $2 billion dollars of economic activity attributable to the arts and cultural events.” http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2013/12/11/county-investigates-big-art-basel/

MIA 2014 HIGHLIGHTS LORENZO QUINN

Contemporary Italian artist Lorenzo Quinn, considered one of the leading figurative sculptors; will be represented by Halcyon Gallery of London at the Miami International Art Fair in January.

Quinn’s work is inspired by the master’s such as Michelangelo, Bernini and Rodin and he is best recognized for recreations of human hands. Quinn explained, ‘I wanted to sculpt what is considered the hardest and most technically challenging part of the human body’.

 

During Love, White bronze and stainless steel on granite base.

Quinn’s work appears in many private collections throughout the world and he has been exhibited with galleries in Spain, Greece, Saudi Arabia, India and Singapore, over the past 20 years. In the summer of 2011, Quinn was selected as the exhibiting artist in the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale with his installation ‘This is not a game.’

Halcyon Gallery, founded in 1982, specializes in modern and contemporary art produced by emerging and established international painters and sculptors. With three galleries in London and one in Shanghai; Halcyon Gallery produces world-class exhibitions that appeal to a global audience.

For more information on the Miami International Art Fair, please visit: mia-artfair.com

MIA 2014 HIGHLIGHTS RAFAEL BARRIOS

Prominent Venezuelan sculptor, Rafael Barrios will be exhibiting at MIA 2014 represented by Galerie Rauchfeld.

Rafael Barrios is recognized as one of the most revolutionary Latin American sculptors. Barrios has based his long career on optics and perception; creating large-scale sculptures that alter the observers’ perception by manipulating form and creating a territory where the laws of gravity don’t exist.

His work is mainly sculptural, but he also creates sculptural furniture, monumental installations, and assemblages. Using slanted geometric shapes, volume, light, space and playing off the trompe l’eoil effect; his work alters the laws of gravity and triggers a visual and participative experience for the spectator.

Barrios created ‘Virtualism’, the movement which he describes as “the creation of visually participative pieces and in the creation of dislocating events in our perception. Volume is virtually modified in form, depending on distance, the shifting position of the observer and the changes in light throughout the day.”

You might recognize his work from his recent display on New York’s Park Avenue. Ten, 20-foot-tall ingenious, geometric stainless-steel sculptures spanned the streets and created an optical illusion to all who passed on bikes, cabs and by foot on the streets of New York. It’s hard to miss the brightly colored, grandiose sculptures that alter our perceptions about what can be possible.

Rafael Barrios’ “Insondable” is currently exhibiting at Galerie Rauchfeld in Paris from October 22nd- December 12th.  Galerie Rauchfeld will be bringing Rafael Barrios’s work to participate in MIA and ArtPalmBeach this winter.

For more information, please visit: www.mia-artfair.com

 

New Sculpture Floats into Miami Beach

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a…. floating reptile??

This may be the rhetoric you overhear around the Miami Yacht Club waters as Lloyd Goradesky’s enormous public artwork Gator in the Bay makes it debut during the height of Miami’s Art season. Hard to overlook, the alligator sculpture is approximately the length of a football field and as tall as a 3-story condo. The body, which is made up of 102- 4’x8’ mosaic tiles, each depicting a different digital image, will be “one of the largest photo mosaics ever created in the world” Goradesky said. Goradesky, a Miami native, created the project to increase awareness of preserving the Florida Everglades and draw on a continued cooperation between industry and the environment: “I discovered there was a lot of hypocrisy in the conservationist and animal activist world… the conflict surrounding the Everglades Restoration Plan has been ongoing since a hurricane nearly wiped out Lake Okeechobee back in 1928”.

Last year Goradesky displayed the alligator’s head during Art Basel. Now that the $700,000 project has reached completion, the “Lego-style” gator will float on Biscayne Bay for the public to enjoy.

The sculpture will be on display December 5th – 8th.

 

To read more please visit:

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2013-10-03/culture/gator-in-the-bay-art-lloyd-goradesky/

 

 

 

INNOVATIVE DESIGN CONTINUES TO SPREAD ALONG THE MIAMI COAST

Gil Dezer, President of Dezer Development LLC, is in the midst of creating one of the most innovative condominium buildings to hit the Miami scene, or anywhere in the world for that matter. Upon its opening in 2016, the $560 million Porsche Design Tower, designed by Sieger Suarez Architects in collaboration with Porsche Design Group, is sure to become one of the most coveted residences in Sunny Isles. The 60-story building, home to 132 very lucky residents, boasts a sky garage, panoramic ocean views, private pools on balconies, a four-car interconnected virtual race simulator, and personal car elevators so “you don’t have to leave your car until you are inside your apartment” explains Juergen Gessler, CEO of Porsche Design Group.

A crucial amenity considering all those freezing Miami winters.

This should come as no surprise to those familiar with Dezer’s projects, Dezer- along with his dad Michael, Founder of Dezer Development- are longtime car fanatics and are known to spend much of their time at the Dezer Collection Auto Museum.

“If the compelling success of the initial sales process is any indication, the Porsche Design Tower Miami has already delivered a new dimension to South Florida’s ultra-luxury, high-end real estate market. We have a lot of excited guests here and reason to celebrate”- said Dezer Jr.

And what a compelling success indeed… even with the building’s construction still in progress, three quarters of the units have already sold. Although names would not be released, it is reported that 22 of the suites have been contracted to multi-billionaires from around the globe. And if you happen to have a $9 million check lying around, you too could be their newest neighbor.

 

To Read More:

http://miami.curbed.com/places/porsche-design-tower

http://www.porsche-design.com/en/News/Porsche-Design-Tower/

http://www.core77.com/blog/transportation/sky_parking_courtesy_porsche_design_group_23435.asp

 

 

 

 

DOWNTOWN: THE NEW ARTS FRONTIER

PAMM Grand Opening

Now is the time to prepare  for this  historical upcoming season with the opening of the long awaited Herzog & de Meuron designed $250 million PAMM museum on Dec. 1st. World renown  Pritzker Award architects, their architectural works include the transformation of  London’s power plant into  Tate Modern and completing Beijing National Olympic stadium in record time.

 

 

Zaha Hadid One Thousand Museum Tower

International artist/designer/architect Zaha Hadid, first woman to win the Pritzker Award and prestigious Stirling Award for Architects of the UK Royal Institute of Architects, creates her first residential project: One Thousand Museum Tower, which overlooks PAMM and the Frost Museum. This iconic structure will become the new beacon for the city’s skyline and draw international reputation to the city’s new long list of world-renowned architectural landmarks. In addition to completely designing the interiors and furnishings, this hotter-than-hot designer will also take up residence in the tower- moving from her current beach home to become one of our new downtown celebrity neighbors. For a mere $5-11.5 million, you too can be one of these 83 prestigious residents.

 

 

Museum Park

2015 will mark the completion of the final addition to Museum Park- Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science and Industry designed by the leading UK Grimshaw Architects, another winner of the Royal Institutes of British Architects prize. The Frosts contributed $35 million to this project, in addition to creating the renowned the Yann Weymouth designed Frost Museum at FIU.

 

Miami Beach New Cultural District

Over the bridge, the Faena Arts & Culture Center will include hotels and condominiums by the Buenos Aries developer tycoon who transformed Puerta Madero from a decaying warehouse district into a thriving metropolitan metropolis and real estate gold. His vision will be aided by the talents of: Norman Foster’s Britain-based architectural firm, Rem Koolhass’ leading edge Office of Metropolitan Architecture, and film director Baz Luhrmann of Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby fame. “ I try to work with the best minds in the world” Alan Faena is quoted. Mission certainly accomplished.  http://www.forbes.com/sites/afontevecchia/2012/12/04/alan-faena-the-developer-behind-the-550m-revival-of-miamis-saxony-hotel/

 

Design District Update

Design District’s visionary creator Craig Robbins was in the news this week disclosing his plans for the newly expanded district’s five years of development. Redefining the luxury shopping experience, Robbins has partnered with French LVMH’s chairman, Bernard Arnault, to create a destination within a destination experience for international shoppers and residents. http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/23/3644911/miami-design-districtstransformation.html

 

 

This promises to be a memorable season!!


New Developments, Bal Harbour

Several members of the North Miami community are eagerly awaiting their newest addition. No, there has not been a small-scale babyboom or any news of a recent pregnancy pact, but real estate developments there are on the rise- a very high rise. Earlier this month, Argentine real estate developer, Eduardo Costantini, announced his second US project: Oceana a $600 million residential high rise in Bal Harbour. Residents of this building will be purchasing a lot more than just square footage; their dollars will also buy them part ownership of two larger-than-life sized sculptures by famous NY-based artist Jeff Koons. Recently purchased by Costantini for $14 million, the pieces “Pluto and Proserpina” and “Ballerina” will be placed in front of a reflecting pool and at the end of a breezeway, respectively. This “commonly owned art model” was also employed at Icon Brickell (the residential tower at the Viceroy Hotel), where residents share ownership of the Philippe Starck sculptures that line the buildings entrance. For a cool $3 million, you too can share a piece of this luxe-living pie.

Any takers?

To read more please visit: http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2013/09/25/newest-miami-condo-enticement-modern-art/

 

 

 

 

SeaFair Hosted Red Bull FluTag Celebrities & VIP Guests

Over 80,000 viewers in Miami’s BayFront Park joined Red Bull’s national FluTag competition. Summer clear skies created the dramatic backdrop to international “FluTag Flying Teams” take the 30′ high dive into Biscayne Bay. SEAFAIR hosted Red Bull celebrity and VIP guests. While enjoying the newly launched Red Bull flavors guests enjoyed SeaFair contemporary art exhibitions and previews of the upcoming MIA Miami International Art Fair and ArtPalmBeach Contemporary art fairs aboard  the luxurious $ 40 private yacht owned by collectors  and fair organizers Lee Ann and David Lester of Miami.

SeaFair Red Bull BayFront Park with 80,000 viewers

Red Bull Miami Flying Team

Taking the Big Dive into Biscayne Bay

Miami Downtown Art District attracts world renown architects

Now is the time to prepare for this historical upcoming season with the opening of the long awaited Herzog & de Meuron designed $250 million PAMM museum on Dec. 1st. World renown Pritzker Award architects, their architectural works include the transformation of London’s power plant into Tate Modern and completing Bejing National Olympic stadium in record time. Photo here of PAMM museum
International artist/designer/ arhditect, Zahad Hadid, first woman to win the Pritzker Award and prestigious Stirling Award for Architects of the UK Royal Institute of Architects, creates her first residential project, One Thousand Museum Tower overlooking PAMM and the Frost Museum. This iconic structure will become the new beacon for the city’s skyline and draw international reputation to the city’s new long list of world renown architectural landmarks,The interiors and furnishings will be completely designed by this hotter than hot designer as well as she will take up residence in the tower moving from her current beach home to become one of our new downtown celebrity neighbors .For $ 5-11.5 million you can be one of these 83 prestigious residents. http://www.archdaily.com/359185/edit-title-one-thousand-museum-tower-in-miami-zaha-hadid-architects/new-zaha_dayfull_pview_130705/
Insert Hadad image here.
2015 will mark the completion of the final addition to Museum Park – Frost Museum of Science and Industry designed by the leading UK Grimshaw Architects another winner of the Royal Institutes of British Architects. The Frosts contribution created the Frost Museum at FIU and recently added another $35 to build the Frost Museum of Science and Industry

Over the bridge the Fanea Arts & Culture Center will include hotels and condominiums by the Buenos Aries developer tycoon who transformed Puerta Madera into a thriving metropolitean metropolis from a decaying warehouse district. His vision will be aided by a unique talented team by the architectural firm of Britian’s Norman Foster ; Rem Koolhass leading edge Office of Metropolitan Architecture and film producer Baz Luhrmann of Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby fame. “ I try to work with the best minds in the world” Alan Faena is quoted. http://www.forbes.com/sites/afontevecchia/2012/12/04/alan-faena-the-developer-behind-the-550m-revival-of-miamis-saxony-hotel/
Design District’s visionary creator Craig Robbins was in the news this week disclosing his plans for the newly expanded district’s next five years of development. Redefining luxury shopping experience Robbins partner with French LVMH’s president to create a destination within a destination experience for international shoppers and residents. http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/23/3644911/miami-design-districts-transformation.html
Craig Robbins picture in DDistrict here

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. There was definitely no case of the Mondays at the IFAE office this morning as I came in to receive wonderful news: our First Friday e-blast was sent to over 8,895 collectors and was opened over 3,887 times this weekend alone! Gear up team, looks like we’ll have quite a crowd this weekend- and we couldn’t be happier about it.
I also had the pleasure of speaking with some of you today and I am so excited that you are also sharing the same enthusiasm as the rest of us at IFAE for this month’s Downtown First Friday Event. We are

Zaha Hadid One Thousand Museum Tower

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MIA – Miami’s International Art Fair 2012 at Bayfront Park proves a spectacular venue and success

MIA 2012“I’m on top of the world,” remarked exhibiting artist Phil Stapleton after the highly successful Preview of the third Miami International Art Fair – MIA 2012.  A sentiment shared by many of the exhibiting galleries that saw significant and early sales.

The third edition of the Fair was relocated aboard SeaFair, America’s Megayacht Venue.  The relocation to the 228 foot purpose built exhibition venue, docked at 100 Chopin Plaza at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami’s Downtown Arts & Entertainment District, was a strategic move by the Fair’s organizing firm International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE).

“MIA has moved to downtown Miami because it is now the cultural and entertainment center of the city. SeaFair’s spectacular $40M exhibition yacht in Bayfront’s Chopin Plaza offers a unique addition to the downtown cultural scene and is an extraordinary fair venue,” remarked Lee Ann Lester, Principal of IFAE.  “Offering a convenient and visible waterfront location at Bayfront Park’s Chopin Plaza and convenient self and valet parking, SeaFair will host a number of international cultural events and trade exhibitions throughout the winter season each year,” she continued.

MIA welcomed a total exceeding 10,200 attendees in the four day run, opening to lines every day.  Not only were the sheer numbers of the crowds impressive but the quality of attendees as well.  Collectors from northern locations such as Singer Island, Jupiter Island, Palm Beach, and Boca Raton as well as the most affluent areas of greater Miami such as Fisher Island, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and Key Biscayne were in attendance.   Dealers agreed that SeaFair’s elegance and luxury proved a magnet and new experience for collectors.

“I love it. I think it breaks all the boundaries, breaks all of the traditional formats of an art fair. It gives you a completely different feeling.  It’s very informal and at the same time people are very serious about the art,” commented Ramon Cernuda of Cernuda Fine Art.

“It’s a very interesting venue. I like it because it’s very intimate.  In a more traditional art fair setting the ceilings are so high, the walkways are so wide, people tend to walk through and miss a lot of things because there’s almost too much.  This is a nice venue because it’s intimate and you really can see everything.  I like also that they’ve been selective about the galleries.  All the galleries that you see here are galleries that are well established with artists that are all very recognizable, so you know what you’re coming to see.  You’re coming to see a very high level of work, a very interesting crowd that are all collectors, you don’t have a lot of the “looky-loos”, people that are coming here are all qualified collectors,” said Evan Lurie, Evan Lurie Gallery.

“SeaFair  is a beautiful location, the service is great, and it allows galleries to present their work in a very refined environment, so for me that’s very important, it shows off the art the way it should be,”   remarked Paco, Butter Gallery.

For more information on Miami International Art Fair – MIA 2013 visit www.mia-artfair.com.  For more information on the upcoming SeaFair schedule please visit www.expoships.com.