For those art enthusiasts and lovers of culture in Miami, 2011 is about to begin with an extraordinary art event timed during Wynwood Art Walk: MIA, the Miami International Art Fair.
Organized by International Fine Art Expositions, IFAE, pioneers for South Florida art market for more than two decades, the ones who brought Art Miami in January 1991, The Palm Beach International Art & Antique Fair in 1997, and also the prestigious Art Palm Beach in 1998, owners Lee Ann and David Lester have organized over 65 international art fairs throughout the world.
They are household names within the industry. They have always been committed to support the Miami art community.
This year, curator Aldo Castillo serving as Associate Director for MIA, will present curated exhibitions, commissioned curatorial and performance projects.
Guest Curator Gean Moreno will present “Improvising Architectures” which will take a look at the improvised proliferation of structures dangerously likely to fall or collapse in our global changing world.
It will showcase the work of five Miami artists, Christy Gast, Adler Guerrier, Nicolas Lobo, Ernesto Oroza and Viking Funeral, along with UK artist Graham Hudson, Colombian artist Felipe Arturo and New Yorkers Heather Rowe and Carlos Sandoval de Leon.
One of the highlights of MIA are the weekend’s lecture series and panel discussions that will begin on Friday January 14th and continue Saturday and Sunday.
A separate entry will be added later to cover these important lecture series and discussions.
“Miami International Art Fair’s mission is to enrich the lives of its residents through greater understanding of art and to promote the communities leading galleries throughout the South Florida region,” commented Lee Ann Lester, MIA organizer.
MIA honors Wynwood dealer Diana Lowenstein Gallery with the fairs “Art Dealer of Distinction Award” for her 21 year commitment to promote the works of young and emerging artists , contributions to local and international art associations and serving on the dealer committees of many of the world’s renown art fairs.
Another interesting fact is that this year visitors to MIA, will have a revolutionary new tool at their fingertips. They will be able to view art on their mobile devices like with the FREE MIA iPhone app powered by Collectrium.
This app allows visitors to take a snapshot of any artwork exhibited at the fair and instantly receive extensive information on artist and piece, add their own notes, bookmark it for later, share with friends via Facebook, Twitter and email, they can even contact the gallery.
Users will further be able to view the entire show catalogue, see a map of the show, and read all the programming and scheduling information about the fair.
MIA partnerships include prestigious publications such as Art in America, Art Nexus, Artdaily.org, The Art Newspaper, New York Times, Miami Herald, Irreversible, Art in Auction, Art Districts, Canvas, ArtNet, Arte al Dia, Art Circuits, Art Press, and WLRN 91.3 FM Public Radio and TV for South Florida.
Keep an eye on What’s Up Miami? blog which will be blogging Live in a special coverage weekend for MIA International Art Fair.