Eighth Annual Masters’ Mystery Art Show 11/30/11

Eighth Annual Masters’ Mystery Art Show
Wednesday, November 30, 7 to 9 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
One Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL. 33139

One of Miami’s Top Social Parties At The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach Launches Art Basel Festivities

Features Original 6×9 Art for $50;
Top Designers Using T-shirts As Their Canvas
All to Benefit Florida International University Masters in Fine Arts Program

Celebrity designers, established and emerging artists from Miami and around the world and one of Miami’s “showman mixologists” converge November 30 at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach to launch Art Basel with the 8th installment of the Master’s Mystery Art Show (MMAS) to raise money for the Florida International University Master’s in Fine Arts Program.

The private, evening cocktail reception, sponsored by Don Q, attracts art aficionados, fashion designers and the curious who purchase original 6×9-inch works of art signed on the back to reveal the artist’s name only after their sale. The mystery creates an artistic “whodunit” as guests sip cocktails and buzz around the mini masterpieces to identify and collect works to add to their collections. This year, some of the world’s top fashion designers are using white t-shirts as their canvases to create wearable art that knows no bounds. Each piece will be an original expression of the designer and be auctioned off that evening. As the only party of its kind during Art Basel, it is a coveted invitation and one of the most entertaining opening night parties. The show opens to the public the day after for one day only: Thursday, December 1 from 12 to 7 p.m.

Each mini masterpiece is just $50 each, with all proceeds benefitting Florida International University Master’s in Fine Arts program. More than 1,500 original 6 x 9 works of art are created by more than 300 artists from 31 countries. This year’s event features the TM Sisters, Monica Lopez De Victoria and Tasha Lopez De Victoria. They work in the mediums of video, digital video performance, VJing, collage, social experiments, zines, clothing, installations, and interactive video created along with their brother Samuel and their art has been featured in publications like L’Officiel magazine, The Guardian, STEP Inside Design, the New York Times, Vogue Italia, and on the cover of ARTnews magazine for its 2007 “25 Trendsetters” article. Jillian Mayer is a visual and performance artist exhibiting her work across the US and internationally and is part of the permanent collection at the Frost Art Museum and the Girl’s Club Collection. Mayer’s latest video work has been screened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art and at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in NY, Bilbao, Venice and Berlin. David Castillo, holds degrees in History and Art History from Yale University and the Angelicum in Rome. Since 2000, he has dealt in important Latin American, European, and American secondary market works. He assists private clients in building their collections in addition to managing David Castillo Gallery and has lectured on various topics in art.

In addition, this year’s renowned Fashion Designer’s and Artists creating one of a kind T-shirts that will be auctioned the night of the opening, include: Romero Britto, Peruvian born Eduardo de las Casas who was recently at The White House, Mexico’s own Pineda Covalin, former head Designer for Bill Blass and Perry Ellis, Jacqueline Quinn, Uruguay’s most recognizable Fashion Designer Sergio Gau, Miami’s Top Designer’s Julian Chang and Viviana Gabeiras, to mention a few. The bidding for the t-shirts begins at $50.

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