Monday, November 21, 2011
Art Miami Contemporary Art Fair
ART MIAMI VIP PREVIEW LAUNCHES 2011 ART WEEK
VIP Preview Benefitting Lotus House Women’s Shelter Offers First View of Extraordinary Contemporary and Modern Works.
On Tuesday, November 29th from 5:30 to 10 p.m., Art Miami, Miami’s longest running contemporary art fair and anchor fair to the City of Miami, will host 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 theworld. From the United States, 400 artists will be shown from nearly 100 cities.
The First Viewbenefit for The Lotus House Women’s Shelter is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. and requires a $25 ticket paid online in advance or at the door.
“In an effort to meet the continued increasing demand to attend the benefit Art Miami created the ability for attendees to purchase their First View Tickets in advance online at www.lotushouseshelter.org/events.html,” said Nick Korniloff, Director of Art Miami. “We are also extremely proud that 100 percent of the proceeds generated from the VIP Preview benefit will once again benefit The Lotus House Women’s Shelter.”
The Lotus House and Art Miami partnership already has raised more than $70,000 and remains an integral part of Art Miami’s larger commitment to the City of Miami. Art Miami also will employ a number of women from The Lotus House to work at the fair.
“We are proud to be partnering again with Art Miami and truly appreciate the Fair’s continued support of The Lotus House,” said Constance Collins Margulies, President of The Lotus House Women’s Shelter. “The funds raised from the VIP Opening Night Preview over the years has helped our program expand and offer even more opportunities to provide the vital work we do for the women of Miami.”
Following the benefit at 7 p.m., Art Miami’s VIP Preview will begin for all Art Miami VIP Card Holders. This has become the “can’t miss” event for serious collectors, museum professionals, curators, art enthusiasts, gallerists and artists to attend. Last year, more than 7,500 guests attended the prestigious evening including Attendees will experience Art Miami’s gallery-like ambience in the state-of-the-art 125,000-square-foot Art Miami Pavilion in Midtown Miami’s burgeoning Wynwood Arts District, as presented by this year’s sponsors: Sotheby’s International Realty, Persol and Balthazar. Guests also will relax in the VIP Lounge designed by world renowned designer Juan Montoya and presented by the Mandarin Oriental, Miami.
“Art Miami’s VIP Preview is always an exciting evening as it’s the first showcase of works to be unveiled during Art Week,” Korniloff said. “On this incredible evening, the art and philanthropy worlds converge to support a shared mission to truly make a difference in the Miami community. We are proud to once again partner with the Lotus House Women’s Shelter and showcase this truly incredible collection of contemporary art from around the world.”
On Opening Night, Art Miami will once again treat its guests to an amazing exhibition of art projects in the fairs public space provided by its exhibitors and curated by Julia Draganovic. This year’s Art Video and New Media lounge will be sponsored by Persol, curated by Dragonovic and will feature works on loan from prominent institutions and private collections including “Chang’an Boulevard” by Ai WeiWei, the celebrated Chinese artist who was recently earned the number one spot on ArtReview’s 2011 Power 100 list.
What: Art Miami Opening Night VIP Preview
When: Tuesday, November 29th, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
First View Cocktail reception benefitting the Lotus House Women’s Shelter
$25 donation payable at the door or purchased in advanced online
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
VIP Preview opens to all Art Miami VIP cardholders and press
Where: The Art Miami Pavilion, Midtown Miami Wynwood
3101 NE 1st Avenue (between NE 31 ST and NE 32 ST), Miami, FL 33137