Aqua Art Miami 12/1-4/11

Aqua Art Miami
December 1/2/3: 11am – 8pm
December 4: 11am – 4pm
1530 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33139

VIP Preview Opening
Wednesday, November 30: 8 – 11pm
Sponsored by Modern Painters

Museum Day
Thursday, December 1: 11am – 8pm
free entry to the fair for members of participating art museums

Public Hours
December 1/2/3: 11am – 8pm
December 4: 11am – 4pm

General: $10 good for re-entry for the duration of the fair
FREE with Aqua VIP Card or ePASS, Art Basel VIP Card & Art Basel Press Pass

Free Shuttle Service Available

Aqua 2011 Poised to Make Another Big Splash During Art Basel Week.

Aqua Art Miami is pleased to announce its 7th consecutive installment during Art Basel Week in Miami this December. After last year’s successful return to its original location in South Beach and this year’s surge of interest in art fairs around the country, the fair’s organizers are looking forward to an even stronger event in 2011. With expanded arts programming and the collective exchange of ideas by 45 exhibiting galleries, Aqua 2011 will surely live up to what many in the arts community refer to as “the best hotel art fair in the world.”

This year, visitors to Aqua 2011 will be able to view and/or participate in a uniquely comprehensive arts programming. Some of the special projects and installations will feature a partnership of New Mexico Arts and the Urban Paradise Guild (UPG) of South Florida. Through their TIME Exchange Program, artist Will Wilson from Navajo Nation will guide over 60 local art students to create an art installation at the Fairchild Botanical Gardens in South Florida and at Aqua Art Miami using Australian Pine, a plant “invading” native habitat all over South Florida, including the Everglades. In addition, Montreal gallery Pierre-François Ouellette will feature a special collaboration of artist Adad Hannah with Oscar-winning filmmaker Denys Arcand, originally initiated by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for the opening of their new Canadian Pavilion. The show will encompass photography and video in an installation inspired by the early XXth Century Viennese play by Arthur Schnitzler entitled La Ronde.

Aqua’s hotel lobby and popular courtyard areas will also feature unique sculptures and installations, including pieces by Saya Moriyasu, Folly (Vizcaya), 2011, exploring issues of colliding cultures and time, as well as work by Jessica Drenk, who will be discussing her two installations, Cerebellum and Bibliophylum, at an artist’s talk on Saturday, December 3rd, 11:30am – 12:00pm.

Throughout its tenure, Aqua Art Miami has been a great supporter of not-for-profit arts organizations. This year is no exception, with the fair initiating its first annual Museum Day on December 1st. In an effort to promote membership sign-ups and public support of local art museums, the fair will grant free entry to museum members for the day, from 11am – 8pm. Participating art institutions include the Lowe Museum of Art, Frost Art Museum, Miami Art Museum, MOCA North Miami and The Wolfsonian.

In addtion, the fair curates a number of not-for-profit educational institutions and art collectives as part of its roster of exhibitors. Aqua 2011 visitors will experience the return of Seattle’s SOIL Gallery and Toronto’s Blunt Collective, as well as the debut of Chicago’s What It Is Projects, all bringing some alternative points of view to the fair. This dynamic will be complemented by the exceptional work of graduating students at New York’s School of Visual Arts, and the introduction of the MFA program at Georgia State University’s Ernest G. Welch School of Art + Design.

Aqua Art Miami is also thrilled to welcome back many of its veteran art dealers, including Gallery 339, Gregory Lind, Eleanor Harwood, Eli Ridgway, Lawrimore Project, Narwhal, Pentimenti, Steve Turner, Traywick Contemporary, Triple Base, Valerie McKenzie and Walter Maciel; as well as first-time Aqua exhibitors RHV Fine Art from Brooklyn, Porter Contemporary and Like The Spice Gallery from New York, Prole Drift and SEASON from Seattle, Froelick Gallery from Portland and Whitespace from Atlanta, among others.

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