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Miami International Art Fair kicks-off the international January fair season
Miami International Art Fair (MIA)
“January will once again live up to the city’s motto: ‘Miami: Where Worlds Meet,’” Lee Ann Lester said. “We are delighted to be back in Miami during a time when international travel is at its peak and the city is filled with its seasonal and year round residents. North, south, east and west: MIA will bring the art world to Miami Beach in a totally new setting-- poised for the 21st century.” One of MIA’s goals is to create a place where the international art world can interface with the local community.
January 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. is “Loving Art, Giving Life” MIA’s preview evening. SaludArte is sponsoring the evening to promote the annual art auction that benefits the International Kids Fund at Jackson Memorial Hospital. A collector’s invitational will follow during the second half of the evening from 8:00-11:00 p.m.
MIA will take part in city wide arts & cultural events by being part of one of the largest gallery openings in the U.S. ART CRUSH 2010 (a weekend of Miami’s gallery district openings, wine tastings, art performances, open studios and museum exhibitions) will take place during MIA. This annual event covers 25 square miles, and is spread over several days. It will open on the eve of MIA, Wed. Jan. 6, move to Coral Gables on Friday Jan. 8, and end at the Wynwood Art District on Saturday and Sunday Jan.9-10. The fair organizers of MIA have underwritten a $1,500 prize to be awarded to the local artist selected to design the ART CRUSH 2010 ad campaign poster.
MIA’s new design is the result of an international team of urban architects working to create a completely new fair design concept—one that is modeled after European cities, such as Barcelona’s famous street Las Ramblas. Grand promenades filled with monumental sculpture lead to pavilions featuring art from global communities alongside Miami’s renowned art districts. Art lounge areas sponsored by local design outlets, providing each pavilion with intimate settings where dialogue between collectors, artists and dealers is fostered.
“As many international fairs become super-sized, visitors’ satisfaction diminishes,” David Lester said. “The new fair concept we have designed allows collectors to savor their experience in a less hectic environment, as well as create a space where our exhibitors can interact with new clients.”
The exhibitor line up for 2010 presents engaging and diverse exhibitions that will both compliment and heighten the existing art scene in Miami. Pavilions will be created for: Photography, Works on Paper, Young Gallerists, and Museums & Cultural Art Institutions.
Other features at Miami International Art Fair will include: art video installation and special project rooms, and lecture and collector panel discussions, and a special conference on “New Media, Social Networking and Twittering” for the art professional.
“It is a privilege to be part of such an exciting event that offers the opportunity to promote new talent alongside a global melting pot of leading international galleries,” said Freya Simms, of IFAE.
For more information, please contact:
Lee Ann Lester