January is a big month in the South Florida art world, and it has a distinctly international feel. Art from 24 countries is presented at ArtMiami 2002 opening at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Picasso's Photobiographer Andres Villers is on display at the Damien B. Gallery in Miami and Dutch painter Verdoorn exhibits in Key Largo.
Marine Paintings by Dirk Verdoorn in Key Largo
French Marine artist Dirk Verdoorn is noted for his "maxirealist" paintings of working ships in harbor and at sea, as well as his scenes of Dutch country canals remembered from his childhood in Holland. This is Verdoorn's first show in Florida and only his second in the USA. He has a show running concurrently at Galerie Midi in Rotterdam.
Direct from Art Expo in NYC, this is Verdoorn's first show in Florida and only his second in the USA. While next year you will be able to see Verdoorn at Art Basel Miami and Art Expo Miami, right now you can only see his work at Key Largo's The Gallery at Kona Kai at MM 97.8 bayside, on the grounds of the Kona Kai Resort. The gallery is open every day from 9am to 7pm or by appointment.
Art Miami 2002, one of South Florida's most important cultural events, returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Friday, January 4- Tuesday, January 8,2002. Show organizers are finalizing plans to welcome more than 100 galleries from 24 countries, for the 12th edition of the annual international exposition of modern and contemporary art.
According to Art Miami director llana Vardy, there is heightened anticipation of the upcoming event, which offers visitors a unique opportunity to discover a wide selection of affordable and museum-quality works of art in a world class setting. This year, when terrorism, sadness and economic decline have been on everyone's minds, I am deeply honored to acknowledge the huge support we have received from our exhibitors and our numerous friends in the greater Miami area. It is with their determination that Art Miami will flourish this year. We believe, along with them, that contemporary art still occupies a crucial piace in this world."
Peter Osborne, director of the Berkeley Square Gallery of London and a longtime participant in Art Miami, conveyed the views of many exhibitors with his statement of support. "We are fully committed to our participation in Art Miami and plan to bring our best ever exhibition. We look forward, as always, to coming to Florida in January and we are confident that our success will continue in 2002."
Special Exhibits and Panels
Ongoing throughout the fair's five-day run, special exhibits will warrant attention. The Cosmopolitan Chicken, Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen's famed crossbreeding project, presented by Berengo Fine Arts of Venice, Italy will represent the third generation of this much-documented project. An artificial cross-breeding, done with transparent glass (the two previous breedings used real chickens and was shown in Belgium and England), offers a statement about the world today, where the glass allows any kind of filling-in, and represents the desire to be fertilized by a new country. Also on tap, Art Miami and Juan Carlos Arcila-Duque present Araki, an exhibition of thephotographs of Nobuyoshi Araki, in celebration of a new limited edition book by Taschen. Attendees should consult show maps for booth locations of these exhibits.
A panel discussion on the art of collecting will take place Saturday, January 5 at 1:00 p.m. Collectors, curators and gallery owners will draw upon their varied experiences to offer a behind the scenes glimpse at the forces that fuel and shape the contemporary art scene.
Project Rooms and Currents
Project Rooms will feature solo exhibitions throughout the fair by artists
working in a variety of media. Selected by South Florida curators Bonnie
Clearwater (Museum of Contemporary Art), Peter Boswell (Miami Art Museum),
and Diane Camber (Bass Museum of Art), the exhibitors/artists are:
Currents, returning for a third year, features provocative, challenging
work from some of the contemporary art scene's hottest young artists and
exhibitors. Exhibitors include:
Generous sponsors of Art Miami 2002 include Audi, the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, and Art Nexus. For further information contact Art Miami's offices at 312/553-8924 or on the Internet at www.art-miami.com.