Photographs from Art Wynwood VIP Preview on 2/16/12

Art Wynwood VIP Preview on Thursday, February 16, 2012. Had a wonderful time, the art is amazing and saw so many wonderful people.  Can’t wait to go back and see even more.

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Art Wynwood, the Wynwood Arts District’s highly anticipated International Contemporary Art Fair, opened its doors to the public for its first full day yesterday. Building off of the momentum of the previous evening’s VIP Preview, which was attended by 5,100 collectors and art enthusiasts, galleries continued to report strong sales and promising leads from serious collectors on their diverse works by established and emerging international artists from more than 13 countries around the globe.

“We are thrilled to see that both local and international collectors have embraced Art Wynwood and the Midtown Wynwood Arts District,” said Art Wynwood Director and Partner Nick Korniloff. “Art Wynwood is quickly establishing itself as a world-class contemporary art fair and platform for collecting the highest level of contemporary art available during President’s Day Weekend in Miami.”

After only day one of its official opening, galleries have sold works of art by artists who have been showcased in major museums from around the globe including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Toledo Museum of Art, and Museo de Bellas Artes in Cuba, among others.

Highlights from Friday sales include:
New York-based ACA Galleries sold Jack Stuppin’s “Olana Forest” for $40,000
New York-based Black & White Gallery sold a piece by Shimon Okshteyn for $28,000
Amsterdam-based Leslie Smith Gallery sold an untitled mixed media piece by Zhuong Hong Yi for $17,500
London-based Cynthia Corbett Gallery sold “Horse Heads” for $15,000
Miami-Paris-based Waltman Ortega Fine Art sold Francois Bard’s “Portrait of a Woman” for $15,000
Miami-based Hardcore Contemporary Art Space sold Gaston Ugalde’s “Cabeza Chamanica” for $7,000
New York-based Barry Friedman Ltd. sold Michael Eastman’s “Yellow Room” and Arno Rafael Minkkinen’s “Laurence, Ta ‘Cenc” for an undisclosed amount
London-based Olyvia Fine Art sold Lee Dong Jae’s “Icon” for an undisclosed amount
Miami-based Now Contemporary Art sold Augusto Equivel’s “Gum Ball Dispenser” for am undisclosed amount
New York-based Hollis Taggart Gallery sold a work by Alexander Calder for an undisclosed amount
New York-based Nancy Hoffman Gallery sold two pieces by undisclosed artists for undisclosed amounts
Dublin-based BlueLeaf Gallery sold a work by Claudia Alvarez for an undisclosed amount
Amsterdam-based Witzenhausen Gallery sold a work by Jeff Robb for an undisclosed amount
“We have made excellent connections at Art Wynwood around commissioning larger scale sculptures, a core aspect of our program,” said Cynthia Reeves.

Art Wynwood has drawn international support and attention for its impressive program of performances, paintings, photography, sculpture, art video and new media, conceptual art and street art by 500 celebrated and emerging artists, as represented by more than 50 galleries from Argentina, Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, the Netherlands, Venezuela, United Kingdom and the United States. Art Wynwood will be open to the general public from Friday, Feb. 17 to Sunday, Feb. 19 from 11 am to 7 pm and on Monday, Feb. 20 from 11 am to 6 pm. For more information on Art Wynwood and for a full list of exhibiting galleries, please visit www.art-wynwood.com.

Art Wynwood is generously supported by its Official Luxury Partner Superyachts.com, as well as JW Marriot Marquis Miami; Hotel Beaux Arts Miami; Turon Travel; Museo Vault; Kushner Moving Group; Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau; Miami Art Dealers Association; Wynwood Art Dealers Association; Goldman Properties; Lombardi Properties; The Miami Herald; Wynwood Walls; db Bistro Moderne; Joey’s; Wynwood Kitchen and Bar; Bakehouse Art Center; Société Perrier; The Miami New Times; and Midtown Miami.

Art Miami, LLC, is a partnership consisting of art and media industry veterans Nick Korniloff, Mike Tansey and Brian Tyler. Art Miami, LLC, produces Art Miami (www.art-miami.com), Miami’s longest-running contemporary show.

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