Art Basel Day 2-Wynwood and Design District, art all around By Betty Alvarez

Day 2 of my Art Basel expedition has a lot to cover in Wynwood and Design District. Luckily I did a good number of events:

Red Dot Fair was pleased to announce its return to the Wynwood Art District. It is located adjacent to Art Miami and next to Scope and Art Asia. Approximately, 50 international modern and contemporary art galleries features painting, photography, sculpture and works on paper.The opening reception benefitted ARC Broward (Acheivement Rehabilitation Centers). It is a private, non for profit organization providing support and assistance primarily to children and adults who a mentally challenged. A great cause.

Art Asia located in the Wynwood Art District showcasing Asian art whether it be paintings, photography or other mediums. The colors on the majority of the artwork were bright and colorful which made them stand out. The Asian artist always amaze me in knowing how to capture that sense of their culture.

Miami Solo represents Solo Art exhibition in the same space at Scope, Art Asia, and Red Dot. Many artworks by painters and artists in this exhibition.

After almost half a century in storage, the astonishing discovery of an archive of historically significant film negatives of Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana, taken in 1963 and 1964 by fine art photographer William John Kennedy (b. 1930), have fully surfaced and begun to emerge in the art world. As the industry converges in Miami for one of the most important weeks of the year, they will find Kennedy’s work – published directly from the original negatives as silver gelatin fiber prints – now curated into an exhibition entitled ‘Before They Were Famous: Behind the Lens of William John Kennedy’ as part of the special programming at SCOPE Miami (November 29 – December 4, 2011).

Art Miami Miami’s longest running contemporary art fair and anchor fair to the City of Miami hosted its Opening Night VIP Preview to benefit The Lotus House Women’s Shelter. The Art Miami VIP Preview has become the most important kickoff event of Art Week for the City of Miami and one of the most sought after events for serious collectors to attend. This high-profile evening is the first view for collectors, curators, museum professionals and art enthusiasts to acquire some of the finest and most important works of art the contemporary market has to offer before the fair opens to the public the following day. With more than 110 prestigious international galleries participating, Art Miami is distinguished for its quality, depth, and diversity and maintains a preeminent position in America’s contemporary art fair market. Art Miami has grown to include more than 110 galleries from 18 countries, and will showcase 1,000 artists from 60 countries around the world. From the United States, 400 artists will be shown from nearly 100 cities.

MAD initaly announced its collaboration with Vhernier during this year’s prestigious Art Basel Miami Beach 2011. The two Italian brands are pairing up to showcase their latest collections at MAD initaly’s new showroom, located in the heart of Miami’s Art Deco Design District.

Now though Saturday, December 3rd MAD initaly’s Nadine Curmi Borgomanero and renowned Italian interior designer, Fabrizio Cocchi will host an on-going presentation of Vhernier’s sophisticated selection of beautiful, hand-made jewelry inspired from 15th century geometrics to modern avant-garde designs. Guests will be enamored by MAD initaly’s showroom – a curated collection of Italy’s finest furnishings, linens, tabletop decor, accent pieces and pop-themed art – adorned with delicate Italian jewelry by Vhernier.

As I was heading to an art exhibition on 4040 NE 2nd Street, I found a gold mine. Christian Dior, one of the famous brands of luxury accessories was having an exhibition displaying all the lovely colored purses.

On 41st and NE 2nd Avenue I ventured into an art gallery which were displaying more contemporary art. At that time I went it was the only gallery that was open in that building. Therefore it made it more worthwhile.

My experience in Design District and Wywood was like no other. Definitely would like to come back in one of their gallery walks.

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