Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Concept Announces Inaugural Fair Highlights


Pablo Picasso, "Guitare Accrochee au Mur," 1943, oil on canvas, 18x24 in. Courtesy of Gladwell & Patterson. 
 

Concept Announces Inaugural Fair Highlights

October 28, 2014 (Miami, FL) – The inaugural edition of Concept, a new art fair for downtown Miami during Art Basel Miami Week, will launch December 2nd through 7th aboard the SeaFair yacht docked at Bayfront Park as it awaits its permanent location to open in 2015 at Miami’s Museum Park. Modern and contemporary art, installations, performances, and cutting edge audience engagement technology will be presented in the intimate and luxurious SeaFair exhibition space and surrounding park, delivering a distinct and decidedly refined art fair experience for the public and veteran collectors alike.

Concept aims to position its exhibitors and attendees at the center of Miami’s expanding Arts & Entertainment District amidst one of the world’s fastest growing cities and luxury markets. With a roster of international blue-chip galleries primarily presenting newly available secondary market modern and contemporary masterpieces, Concept will appeal to seasoned art fair veterans and art market professionals interested in portfolio worthy investment pieces.

MODERN & CONTEMPORARY MASTERS EXHIBITED

Exhibitors include: Callegari Fine Arts, Brazil, with a solo exhibition of Brazilian artist Obras PitágorasGary Lichtenstein Editions, Jersey City, will present a several notable series of silkscreens by Richard MeierRobert Indiana and the first editions by Israeli artist Yigal OzeriGladwell & Patterson, London, will bring their program that focuses on the paintings and sculptures of modern masters including  early works by PicassoMiroSisley, RenoirPissarro, and Monet, among others; Latin Art Core, Miami, will present works by famed Latin masters including Wilfredo LamTomas Sanchez and Roberto MattaGaleria Medicci, Caracas, will exhibit modern master Cuban artist, Carbonell Manuel Mendive among other Latin masters Matta, Botero and Oswaldo VigasMiniaci Art Gallery, Milan, will present a historic exhibition of the famed Italian neo-Surrealist and neo-Dadaist, Lucio Del PezzoContemporary Art Projects USA, Miami, will present Cosmic Connections, curated by Roberta GonellaRichard Tooke and Silvia Medina; and Vertu Fine Arts, Miami, will round out the contemporary selection with works by Damien HirstChuck Close and Shepard Fairey.
SPECIAL PROJECTS

New Mexico Arts’ Art in Public Places Experimental Dome Program will make its public premiere at Concept, in a state-of-the-art mobile dome outfitted with 50 ft. video projection, Oculus Rift glasses and an interactive digital panel to offer viewers a truly immersive experience.

Visitors to the dome will have one of the first publicly accessible opportunities to view Ai Weiwei and Navajo artist Bert Benally’s collaborative time and land based installation Pull of the Moon. Exhibited in the remote Coyote Canyon last June for the TIME (Temporary Installations Made for the Environment) Land Art program, the temporal sand paintings that incorporated the mediums of fire, sound, and powdered porcelain were documented in the video and will premier at the vernissage event for Concept, with repeat viewings throughout the fair.

Tickets are available for $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Viewing hours are Wednesday, December, 3rd through Saturday, December 6th, 11:00am to 9: 00pm; and Sunday, December 7th, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Advance reservations are recommended.

In addition to the Pull of the Moon film, the dome will feature In the Round, a program of artists inspired by indigenous cultures selected to have their work translated into moving graphics formatted for the specialized dome projection, including; Seminole artist, designer and metalsmith, Kenneth Johnson; animated paintings by Navajo artist, Tony Abeyta; and a New Mexico Arts featured Art in Public Places project, Blue Flower, by Federico Muelas.

Additionally, open and free to the public, is an interactive video featuring graffiti artists Jaque Fragua, from Jemez Peulo, and Yattika Star Field, of the Seminole tribe, Oklahoma, Friday and Saturday at 9:00pm.

PERFORMANCES

Spencer Battiest and Zachary Battiest, Seminole artists and rappers, whose video art will also be featured in the Experimental Dome Project, will perform aboard the SeaFair on Friday and Saturday night at 8:00pm.

The performance is a fundraiser for iLSAF (the international Land Sensitive Art Foundation) a tax-exempt organization that supports programs like TIME, and the NM Arts Exchange Program. Tickets are $45.00 in advance online, or $50.00 at door. Advance reservations are recommended.

DATES
December 2, 2014 Events
VIP First View Preview: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Collector’s Invitational: 7:30pm - 10pm

DAILY HOURS
Wednesday, December 3, 2014: 1pm - 10pm
Thursday, December 4, 2014: 1pm - 7pm
Friday, December 5, 2014: 1pm - 10pm
Saturday, December 6, 2014: 1pm - 10pm
Sunday, December 7, 2014: 1pm - 6pm

LOCATION
Aboard the SeaFair mega yacht docked in the heart of downtown Miami at Bayfront Park. The address is 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL 33131.

There will be daily shuttle service between Art Basel Miami Beach and Concept.

For more information, visit: www.concept-fair.com

ABOUT CONCEPT
Concept Miami will focus on "fresh-to-market" and secondary market artwork, as well as works by blue-chip artists and modern contemporary masters. Limited to approximately 30 carefully selected dealers, the fair has been designed as a sophisticated, elegant waterfront oasis for collectors during the frenetic Art Basel Week. The fair is located within the downtown Arts & Entertainment District, adjacent to the Perez Art Museum Miami and the Frost Museum, two of Miami’s most prestigious visual arts institutions, and in proximity to all major downtown hotels and Brickell World Plaza, one of the largest banking centers in North America. Concept will be open until 10pm each night, giving visitors additional time to view the artwork after other December fairs close, and operating on a schedule more conducive to Miami’s relaxed atmosphere, later dining hours and vibrant nightlife.

For more information: www.concept-fair.com
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