Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Arteaméricas Brings the Best Latin American Art to Miami for the 9th Year

The Arteaméricas Festival, 2010

Arteaméricas, the premier fair of art from Latin America, will be returning for its ninth consecutive year. Starting on Friday, March 25 through Monday, March 28, Arteaméricas will showcase the latest trends in paintings, sculpture and multimedia from contemporary artists as well as renowned masters at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Hall D, 1901 Convention Center Drive. (Show hours: Friday, noon-9pm, Saturday, noon-8pm, Sunday, noon-7pm, Monday, noon-5pm).

“Arteaméricas has been the most respected Latin American art fair since it’s inception,"said Leslie Pantín, president of Arteaméricas. "We’re proud of this distinction, and for that reason, we raise our standards every year, create innovative projects and recruit the best galleries out there.” 

The best galleries from all over Latin America, the U.S., the Caribbean, Canada and Europe will be participating. The four-day Arteaméricas event will feature works by internationally recognized artists and sculptors. Likewise, vanguard contemporary artists will be on hand in order to exhibit their works as the latest in Latin American modern art. 

As in past years, Arteaméricas has set up a Selection Committee, consisting of Julia Herzberg, an internationally renowned curator from New York; Angel Felix, Director of the Cultural Program of the Interamerican Development Bank; and Leonor Amarante, an acknowledged curator and critic from Brazil. Carol Damian, Director of the Frost Museum, has been in the committee since the fair’s first year and is a member once again. All four carefully evaluate every gallery and their artists, in order to continue to raise the quality of the fair. 

In 2011, Ateaméricas will introduce its NewArt section, featuring an exhibition by the Miami Art Museum. This special project will highlight works of new and upcoming artists in the Latin American art scene. In addition, the fair is organizing a curated space that will depict the violence in Central America through the eyes of artists, as well as a curated space specially created for Cuban art. 

For its ninth edition, Arteaméricas will provide a fully-functional iPhone application to its clients. The application will include the following features:

  • Free to download for all Arteaméricas visitors
  • Complete online catalog of the fair; Image-recognition technology that will allow visitors to snap a picture of any artwork at the fair and instantly receive information on the artwork, artist and gallery
  • Creation of “favorites” list while exploring the fair
  • Social networking connections to Facebook and Twitter
  • Programming and scheduling information about the fair

This year, the Arteaméricas team has organized a series of pre-fair events in partnership with some of the fair’s sponsors:

  • Thursday, March 3 - An evening reception to preview exclusive art pieces from some of the most prestigious galleries participating in the fair at Saks Fifth Avenue, Dadeland Mall.
  • Thursday, March 10 - A special event with Miami’s Consular Corps designed for Arteaméricas VIPs at the ST Residential Infinity condominium in Brickell.
  • Wednesday, March 16 - An informative lecture on Japan’s influence in Latin America at the Lowe Art Museum.

Year after year, Arteaméricas exceeds all expectations with outstanding exhibits, a diverse audience, and excellent sales, while maintaining its intimate, boutique feel.

The art available at Arteaméricas ranges from $2,000 to approximately $1 million.  

For more information, visit Arteaméricas online at the newly redesigned www.arteamericas.com.  

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