Thursday, January 5, 2012

A DAY OF DISCOVERY: Unravel the history behind the largest indoor antique collection.

The Original Miami Beach Antique Show returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center February 2 – 6. As the world’s largest indoor antique show this event is attended by antique enthusiasts, interior designers, history buffs and is popular with serious and casual collectors. Discover paintings, sculptures, fine silver, jewelry, timepieces, exquisite furniture, vintage handbags, rugs and textiles, porcelain, art glass, Art Deco & Modernism. There is truly something for everyone and this show is a great way to start your collection! They have several exciting events scheduled for this year’s show. Valid ticket holders who bring a prized possession to the show on Saturday, February 4th 12pm – 6pm receive a FREE appraisal courtesy of WorthPoint. Take the time to stop by the Humane Society booth in Hall D and enter to win a man or woman’s Rolex watch and other fabulous prizes. All proceeds benefit the Greater Miami Humane Society. 

Join them at 4:00pm on Saturday, February 4th when Pam Jaccarino, Editor-in-Chief, LUXE Interiors + Design, will offer her thoughts on the value antiques provide in the world of modern style. America’s leading designers will join Pam in a discussion of antiques, style and design in today’s modern world. This session entitled Antiques and Modern Style is free for valid ticket holders.

Show hours: 12pm – 8pm Thursday, February 2 through Sunday, February 5. 12pm – 6pm Monday, February 6.
Admission is $20 at the box office and only $17 when purchased online at . Each ticket is valid all five days of the show.
For additional information call 239.732.6642 or email


ArtPalmBeach is considered one of the most influential contemporary art fairs on Florida’s Gold Coast by both critics and art enthusiasts since its opening in 1997. In honor of the Anniversary celebration, the fair will debut the most extensive program in its history by encompassing premiere events, special exhibitions, topical
lectures, special museum tours, site specific art installations, art performances and exclusive VIP programs.

ArtPalmBeach 2012 welcomes back many returning exhibitors as well as introducing newcomers to the Palm Beach art scene. The fair is comprised of over seventy international galleries presenting works of all forms of contemporary art including painting, sculpture, photography, design, fine art glass, video and installations from modern art to new cutting-edge artists.

The fair will honor the lifetime accomplishments of Japanese sculptor Jun Kaneko and will feature a one-man exhibition of major works sponsored by Elaine Baker Gallery (Palm Beach, FL).

Originally a painting student, Kaneko discovered a passion for sculpture upon his arrival to California in the early 1960’s, a time now defined as the Contemporary Ceramics Movement in America. Kaneko has taught at
nation’s leading art schools including Scripps College and the Rhode Island School of Design. Kaneko’s bronze and glass sculpture and two-dimensional works appear in numerous international exhibitions and as well as over 50 museum collections around the world. He has been honored with national, state and organization fellowships and an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art in London. He has realized almost 30 public art commissions and recently designed the set and costumes for a new production of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.

The lecture and panel discussion series will include a full program of daily presentations; Michael Kimmelman, Chief Architecture Critic and Former Chief Art Critic for The New York Times, “The View from Over There, Over Here”; Jun Kaneko, “In Between”; William Warmus, Former Curator of Modern Glass at Corning Museum of Glass will moderate roundtable discussion, “The Studio Glass Experiment – The First 50 Years 1962-2012”; a thought provoking panel moderated by Bruce Helander, Editor-in-Chief of The Art Economist; Willis “Buzz” Hartshorn of International Center of Photography, “The ICP Legacy and New Directions in Photography”; Ullysees Dietz, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Newark Museum, “Ceramics as Art, Not a New Idea”; and Mark Leach, Executive Director of the SECCA, Southeastern Center of Contemporary Art will present “The New SECCA: Directions in Contemporary Art”.

Additional 2012 fair highlights: 
Beth Lipman Installation, presented by Heller Gallery (New York, NY) coinciding with her exhibition opening on January 18th at the Norton 

Exhibition and 35’ Installation and Light Performance by Stephen Knapp, presented by Elaine Baker Gallery

Nathalia Edenmont, one woman exhibition of photography exhibited by Wetterling Gallery (Stockholm) coinciding
with her exhibition at Whitespace

Lluis Barba one man photography exhibition featuring new monumental works and personal appearance, sponsored by Besharat Gallery (Atlanta,GA)

Michael Taylor, Pioneer in the American Studio Glass Art Movement, presents “A Geometry of Meaning” exhibition and personal appearance, sponsored by Ruth Lawrence
Gallery (Rochester, NY)

Tribute to the “50th Anniversary of the American Glass Art Movement, 1962-2012”, group exhibition & book launch for Harvey K. Littleton: A Life in Glass by Joan
Falconer Byrd, sponsored by Maurine Littleton Gallery, (Washington DC)

Hans Kotter, “Altered Vision”, light sculpture installation, sponsored by De Buck Gallery (New York, NY)

George Wardlaw, installation works entitled “American Master, Passages into Abstraction, 1958-1978,” book launch and exhibition sponsored by Courthouse Gallery
(Ellsworth, ME)

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This year relocating to Miami’s premiere downtown entertainment district, MIA will bring together international and emerging artists to the waterfront scene for a five day extravaganza of art and culture. In addition MIA will premiere Sculpture Miami, a waterside installation and sculpture exhibition in Bayfront Park. Over thirty large scale sculptures by
major international sculptors will be on public display beginning Dec. 5 through March 12. 

MIA 2012 will be held aboard the 228-foot megayacht exhibition venue – SeaFair. The
visionary vessel - which will remain dockside during the event - will be conveniently located
at the Intercontinental Hotel Dock at 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, Florida. The acclaimed venue recently completed a summer tour of New England after re-launching in March of 2011 with a highly successful Art Sarasota, welcoming 18,000 attendees in five days. Miami will be the inaugural port of SeaFair’s winter Florida schedule. 

The Fair will commence with a private preview, January 12th from 6:30-8:30pm, to honor the MOCA Shakers. The preview evening will continue with a Collectors’ Invitational from 8:30-10pm for additional distinguished collectors and VIP guests. 

The contemporary fair will gather a carefully selected array of 30 international dealers presenting both established contemporary and emerging artists. Works will be composed of contemporary, cutting edge art of all media including photography, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, installation and video. The mission of the fair is to showcase galleries representing the most talented and visionary artists of the 21st century.

MIA will continue last year’s unique format of unparalleled support it provides to the local Miami art community, integrating innovative and educational art projects linked to important local artists, museums and other art-related organizations. Partnerships have been established with the MOCA, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Art, Lowe Museum of Art and Boca Raton Museum of Art. 

In 2011, MIA drew over 19,000 collectors almost doubling attendance from its inaugural year in 2010- 4,000 alone attended the opening night. Fair attendees came from 13 counties and over 26 states with notable Miami, Palm Beach, New York, European, and Latin American collectors in attendance. Many acclaimed the strong local influence seen throughout the fair, commenting on their appreciation for the diversity of artists represented as well as the different mediums and influences seen.

IFAE has entered into a strategic alliance with Mark Edward Partners, insurance brokers, and the Chartis insurers, leading property-casualty and general insurance providers, to serve as the exclusive insurance brokers and underwriters, respectively, for IFAE’s upcoming 2012 fair schedule. Additionally, Mark Edward Partners and Chartis will be sponsoring special events and lectures for collectors and vendors at MIA.

Focusing on projects that reflect on universal subject matters, Hardcore Contemporary
Art Space (Miami) will present work of local and international artists who use innovative and provocative mediums to foster questions about our post-contemporary society. At MIA the gallery will bring works by the renowned Latin American artist, Gastón Ugalde who gained global attention with his controversial series of “coca paintings “. Gastón has been experimenting with coca in his art since the 1980s and will exhibit a selection of coca
works at the Fair. The gallery will also feature Venezuelan artist Milton Becerra. Becerra is known for addressing cultural and environmental concerns through his mixed media works and has a unique technique of weaving organic materials – a skill learned during time spent with Amazonian tribes in the early 80’s. He has been exhibited in prestigious museums worldwide including Museum of Modern Art, Paris; Ludwig Museum, Aachen; and the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro. 

Cernuda Arte (Coral Gables) specializes in the exhibition and sale of Colonial, Early Republic, Vanguardia, and Modern master Cuban paintings, as well as fine artworks by contemporary artists. At MIA 2012, the Gallery will exhibit a collection of established and emerging Cuban artist including Wifredo Lam, Agustin Cardenas, Mario Carreno and René Portocarrero among others. 

Black Square Gallery (Miami) has flourished in the Miami art scene since the Gallery was founded in 2010. They will exhibit works by Emilio Garcia, Pablo Lehmann, Victor Sydorenko, Taisha 3,14, Zhanna Kadyrova, Anibal Vallejo, Jorge Chirinos Sanchez and Taro Hattori. 

Kavachnina Contemporary (Miami) will exhibit emerging, mid-career artists both local and foreign in various media and will feature a large scale sculpture installation in MIA’s sculpture garden at Bayfront Park. Among the sculptors exhibited will be Dutch stainless steel sculptor Ronald Westerhuis, Colombian artist John Angee, American sculptors Gilbert Boro, Claudia Klein and local Miami artist Jorge Fernandez. 

Evan Lurie Gallery (Carmel) will feature works by renowned Italian sculptor Oriano Galloni, whose stunning figures in marble, wood, and aluminum range in height from 6 to 30 feet. A monumental 30-foot high marble sculpture entitled “White Moon” has been generously donated by the artist, and is expected to fetch an estimated $2.5 million at auction, with the proceeds from the sale benefitting the non-profit Arts for India. Galloni has also designed and donated 30 small-scale sculptures for the launch of Arts for India at the Guggenheim Museum New York on April 26, 2012. The Evan Lurie Gallery will also feature new works by sculptors Brad Howe, Carlo Borer, Kevin Barrett, and Gino Miles, as well as two-dimensional pieces by Jorge Santos, Victor Wang, Alexi Torres, and Jason Paul Bennett. 

Art Link International (Lake Worth) will present a collection of Modern Masters as well as emerging artists. The gallery will feature artwork and a live painting performance Friday evening by celebrated graffiti artist John Matos – better known as Crash. Crash will donate one of his works to benefit the Marli Foundation for Ovarian Cancer during a benefit for the Foundation on Saturday, January 14th aboard SeaFair. Among the additional works exhibited will include a 1979 original Joan Miro, as well as original paintings by Robert Rauschenberg and Frank Stella, two original Botero drawings from the 1980’s, a Venetian glass exhibit of Dale Chihuly circa the 1990’s and an important painting, Dame mit Tomate, by painter Paul Klee completed in 1930, as well as works by
Jimmy Ernst, Charles Green Shaw, Jim Ceravolo, A.R. Penck and Tom Wesselmann. 

From the far reaches of South Korea, Ejung Gallery (Seoul) will present works by artist Lee Kyu-Hak. Inspired by the work of Vincent Van Gogh the artist uses mixed media including styrofoam, magazines, newspaper and Korean traditional paper, hanji, to create his textured
works. In addition, the gallery will present work by sculptor Moo In-Soo. 

An exhibition of artists Frank Hyder and Florence Putterman will be presented by Projects Gallery (Philadelphia). Hyder has participated in more than 150 group shows and has had over 80 solo exhibitions
throughout North, South and Central America, including 8 individual exhibitions in New York City.

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In the Spotlight: Norman Braman

Q & A with Norman Braman, the auto giant who helped shape Miami’s colorful cultural scene.

Q: As you are deeply involved in the arts in South Florida; what positions do you currently hold in organizations supporting the arts?

A: “I currently serve as Chair of Art Basel Miami Beach. My wife Irma has been the Chair of MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) for the past 11 years.”

Q: There are many “causes” for any philanthropist to support and you personally support the arts…why do you choose the arts in particular as a ‘focal point’?

A: “Arts are not necessarily my focal point. We contribute heavily towards many causes. Examples include the Breast Cancer Institute at the University of Miami. Recently my wife
and I launched the Suzi and Scott Lustgarten Center for GI Motility at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.” The Center will offer the most comprehensive clinical and research program
in pediatric gastrointestinal motility disorders.

Q: What ‘event’ or ‘work of art’ first inspired you as a collector?

A: “Art has been a passion of mine for most of my life. In 1974 Irma and I visited the Foundation Maeght in Saint-Paulde- Vence, France. It was there that the collection began [with a sculpture by Alexander Calder].”

Q: How were you involved in art and culture as a child?

A: “As a child my father would take me to the Philadelphia Museum. We were exposed to the arts, listened to music and opera on vinyl records. My parents did not have a lot of money.
My father was a barber. But we were always exposed to art and the Academy of Music.”

Q: The arts are a vital part of ANY community and for all of history. “History through the arts” AND it is these expressive and creative endeavours that leave a lasting impression for all generations. What do you see as the greatest challenge facing the arts?

A: Of course – it is important to have financial backing and we are lucky in South Florida to have so many supporters. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami has received a $5 million endowment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.” The Knight Exhibition Endowment given by Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen will fund MOCA’s new Knight Exhibition Series. The endowment is part of the new Knight Arts Partnership, a $60 million philanthropic initiative created by the John S.and James L. Knight Foundation to advance the arts in South Florida through three institutional endowments and an open invitation community challenge. “These partnerships are vital to the survival of the arts. People such as Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz, the Rubells and Marty Margolis are amongst a wave of local collectors who help drive the influx of art to Miami. Wynwood is an example of the expansion of artistic expression in our community.”

Q: You personally helped set up Art Basel Miami Beach in 2002, a sister to the Swiss fair. The Art World in South Florida has not been the same since. Do you have any plans of developing other venues for artists to showcase their talent?

A: “We will always support the arts. With contributions to MOCA and the outreach programs they have to the community as well as schools, it is a sure guarantee that venues will continue to expand the arts locally.” There have been many developments in the last few years, notably the ongoing support of the New World School of the Arts expansion and the explosive growth of the design district. “Craig Robins, founder of Design Miami, is a key figure in bringing Art Basel to Miami “This is an exciting time in our community” explains Braman,
“art in South Florida is flourishing.”