Arts For A Better World 11/28/11 – 12/4/11

Arts For A Better World
November 28 to December 4, 2011
Opening evening: November 29, 6 pm to 9 pm
Public hours: 11 am to 9 pm
Surfcomber Hotel
1717 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL

Entrance : $ 10, free for kids under 14

Program of conferences, debates and seminars
Program of special events
Collector’s private and guided tour

Private school tours : 10 AM/ 2 PM. Free entrance. Contact us:
Kids Art workshop: 10 AM-1PM for school (during the week)
1PM – 3PM and 5 PM (Saturday and Sunday)

Having established itself during its Art Week 2010 debut as the first international art show with a unifying message, Arts For A Better World (AFABW) will stage its second edition before the thousands of collectors, dealers, curators, artists, journalists and opinion leaders who flock to Miami annually during the first week of December.

AFABW will take place at the historic Surfcomber Hotel on Miami Beach, just two blocks east of Art Basel Miami Beach. Galleries will exhibit works in a 20,000-square-foot tented space, elegantly and innovatively designed around the hotel’s pool and cabanas.

The 2011 Edition will host more than 20 galleries showcasing works by international artists. Each gallery is hand-selected by a highly experienced team of curators and fine art advisors, Sebastien Laboureau and Martin Gerlier from Moonstar Fine Arts Advisors, to fulfill a clear curatorial statement based on the illustration of their desire to contribute to A Better World. AFABW exhibitors include Taglialatella Galleries of New York, Paris and Palm Beach; Art +, Shanghai; Christopher Paschall, Bogota; Mark Hachem, New York, Paris; and Ellen Sandor art(n), Chicago.

An art show with a clear vision, unifying statement and deep artistic soul, AFABW charges itself with bringing awareness to the need for responsibility of all to ensure the future of the world. Founded by Rod and Sandrine Kukurudz, AFABW is co-chaired by Dominique J. Taglialatella, Taglialatella Galleries CEO, and Jean-Michel Raingeard, Vice President and Executive Committee Member of World Federation of Friends of Museums.

“After 40 years of experience in the art world, I am extremely excited to be involved with Arts For A Better World,” says Taglialatella. “I am fully dedicated to the magnificent opportunity to benefit art and social awareness.”

In addition to the exciting roster of featured galleries, a special curated space, the Better World Museum, will showcase important works from famed artists including Robert Indiana, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Roy Lichtenstein, all on loan from private collectors interested in demonstrating how art contributes to A Better World. A percentage of proceeds from the sale of these works will benefit various charitable organizations.

AFABW will also present special artistic projects aimed at inspiring creative thinking and raising awareness:

• Van Gogh’s Dream, an installation dedicated to Vincent Van Gogh’s life, displays the structure of the 75-square foot room in which Van Gogh lived his last 70 days while painting 80 masterpieces. Van Gogh’s Dream will be presented for the first time in the United States by the “Institut Van Gogh,” a non-profit dedicated at fulfilling Van Gogh’s Dream.

• Tous Ensemble, best translated as All Together, is a 40-piece multi-support installation by French artist Marc Ash. Inspired by the book, “The Pianist,” Tous Ensemble is a tool to encourage an emotional, non-violent remembrance of the Holocaust. The extensive installation uses an abstract, emotional contemporary artistic language to give a voice to the condemnation of all types of violence and intolerance.

“We are part of a group that believes art is a mix of passion, emotion and history. We are immensely proud to bring together some of the world’s most important galleries, institutions, collectors and opinion leaders who rally around the belief that art can contribute to A Better World,” says AFABW co-founder Rod Kukurudz. “In today’s world, we want to inspire a return to the essence.”

AFABW will also be home to various live artistic happenings. Famed Los Angeles artist Speedy Graphito, a pioneer of the street art movement, will perform – painting temporary walls at the entrance to Surfcomber – at the VIP Opening and throughout the fair. Some of the walls will be auctioned to benefit not-for-profit organizations. Spectacular 3D-like projections by international VJ and artist Ruddy Candillon will illuminate and animate the front façade of the hotel. Graphito and Candillon will be joined by other local Miami street artists.

November, 28
7-9 pm: All Together – Holocaust Remembrance & Tolerance evening co-hosted by Greater Miami Jewish Federation

November, 29
6 pm-11 pm: VIP Opening (invitation only) benefitting the Taglialatella Foundation
7:00 pm: Ribbon cutting by Miami Beach Mayor Bauer
Street Art Live Happenings (Speedy Graphito)

November, 30
8-10 am: Breakfast Robert Lynch, Americans For The Arts
Noon-2 pm: Media Brunch
3-6 pm: Art Basel VIPs Afternoon Tea
8 pm-11 pm Vernissage After Party: Support New Orleans

December, 1
9-10 am : Greater Miami & Beaches Hotel Association : “How Art benefits the hotel industry”
7-8 pm: Van Gogh Conference, Wouter Van der Veen
7-10 pm: Van Gogh Private Dinner (Guest List only)

December, 2
9-10 am Art and Corporate Responsibility: Claire Breukel
2-4 pm: Museums & Community, Jean-Michel Raingeard
6-7 pm: An overview of the art market // Panel art and investment, Sebastien Laboureau, Dominic Tagliatella, William Goldberg
7-11 pm: Friday Night Party (Theme TBD)

December, 3
5-6 pm: Van Gogh Conference – Dominique Janssens, Wouter Van Der Veen, Sebastien Laboureau
6-7 pm: From Pop Art to Street Art – panel, scholars and curators
7 pm- 1 am: Better World Party

December, 4
10-11 am: Van Gogh Conference – Dominique Janssens, Sebastien Laboureau
11 am-3 pm Van Gogh Brunch and afternoon on the beach

The fair will commence with an invitation-only VIP Opening on Tuesday, November 29th, featuring a ceremonial ribbon cutting by newly reelected Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower. Last year’s VIP Opening drew more than 2,000 guests. Through Sunday, December 4th, AFABW will host receptions, public and private events, special tours, workshops, conferences and seminars for VIPs, collectors, media, students and insiders of various industries.

Arts For A Better World takes place at the Surfcomber Hotel in Miami Beach (1717 Collins Avenue). The fair is open to the public from Wednesday, November 30th through Sunday, December 4th from 11am to 8pm daily. Tickets are $10 per day; no cost for children under 15 years old and students with current student ID. Free for VIP cardholders of any fair during Art Week. To register for conferences, round tables and panel discussions, email To RSVP for events not specified “by invitation only” or “media,” email For more information, visit or follow AFABW on Facebook.

Arts For A Better World Participating Galleries (as of November 7th, 2011)
Art +, Shanghai; Ellen Sandor art(n), Chicago; Marc Ash, Paris; Fabien Castanier, Los Angeles; Richard Coplan, Miami; Mark Hachem, New York, Beirut, Paris; Harrari Studio, Miami; Hoyarte Hoy, Buenos Aires; Hélène Lamarque, Miami; Octavia Art Gallery, New Orleans; Christopher Paschall, Bogota; Star Track, Hong Kong; Klaus Steinmetz Contemporary, Bogota, Rio de Janeiro; Taglialatella Galleries of New York, Paris and Palm Beach; Taglialatella, Shanghai

Arts For A Better World Main Sponsors & Partners (as of November 7th, 2011)
Presenting Sponsor MGI Digital; Comcast; Arts & Business Council; Bergamasque; Citizen Events; CLALF; Eventstar; Greater Miami & Beaches Hotel Association; Moonstar Fine Art Advisors; PubliSigns; SEOBrand; Surfcomber Hotel; SupernovArt; WTDC

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