International Contemporary Art Fair

December 3 - 7, 2014

2012 Fair Schedule

VIP Preview Opening
Wednesday, December 5, 2012:  7:30 - 11 pm

Museum Day
Thursday, December 6, 2012:  noon - 9pm
Free entry to the fair for all art museum members worldwide – just show your membership card!

Performance at Aqua
Lauri Stallings and GloATL
December 5, 2012: 7:30pm
December 6 & 7, 2012: 7pm

Public Hours
Thursday, December 6: noon – 9pm
Friday, December 7: 11am – 9pm
Saturday, December 8: 11am – 9pm
Sunday, December 9: 11am – 4pm

General Admission: $10
Ticket are good for re-entry for the duration of the fair.
FREE admission with Aqua VIP Card, Art Basel VIP Card and Art Basel Press Pass.



Thursday, December 6, 2012, noon - 9pm 

Free entry to the fair for all art museum members worldwide: just show your membership card. 

Throughout its tenure, Aqua has been a great supporter of not-for-profit art organizations. With the success of its inaugural Museum Day in 2011, Aqua12 is expanding the second installment of the event to include not only local art institutions, but all art museums worldwide. On Thursday, December 6th, from noon - 9pm, in an effort to promote membership sign-ups and public support for the arts, the fair will grant free entry to all art museum membership card holders for the day. Aqua12 would like to invite all not-for-profit art organizations, both in the US and abroad, to participate in this cross-organizational collaborative and drive membership sign-ups and renewals, as well as promote even more support for the arts in their own communities. 

Members of the Host Committee for Aqua's Second Annual Museum Day include Art Papers (Atlanta), Bakehouse Art Complex (Miami), Boca Raton Museum of Art (Florida), De Cordova Sculpture Park & Museum (Maryland), Frost Art Museum (Miami), Lowe Art Museum (Miami) and Miami Art Museum (Florida).


Performance by Lauri Stallings and GloATL
December 5, 6 and 7, 2012

This year, visitors to Aqua12 will be able to experience a uniquely comprehensive arts programming, at the core of which is the work of Atlanta-based artist Lauri Stallings and her performance art troupe Glo. Livers: REMIX is a 3-hour continuous work that conducts an entire precarious world between the performers and the city of Miami Beach. It begins at Aqua as a physical installation of choreographed gestures in a state of being together, and continues in migratory form along the pedestrian arteries of Collins Avenue, for a highly physical contemporary performance in a public space, sculpted as an “arena of exchange.” Lauri Stallings’ physical language, influenced by the philosophies of Ohad Naharin’s “gaga” system, Nicolas Bourriaud’s relational aesthetics and situational experiments, enervates and explores the spontaneous collaborations that arise when public members interact with performers to participate in the realization of this piece. (shown above: Premier at FLUX 2011, Atlanta, Georgia; photo: John Ramspott)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 (Aqua's VIP Preview Opening)
7:30 - 9:00pm: Physical Installation at Aqua12
9:00 - 9:30pm: Migration to Beach
9:30 - 10:30pm: Performance at Lummus Park (South of 14th St, on the Beach)

Thursday and Friday, December 6 & 7, 2012
7:00 - 8:30pm: Physical Installation at Aqua12
8:30 - 9:00pm: Migration to Beach
9:00 - 10:00pm: Performance at Lummus Park (South of 14th St, on the Beach)


Installation by Jen Pack
Ripstop Nylon, 22' x 35' x 30'

Babel Shield, by artist Jen Pack, is yet another highlight of Aqua's special programming. This installation is a visual sound deflector, built to shield off noise bombardments. On first glance, the piece offers no obvious protection from "babble", but it is in fact a shelter – a safety point – even if serving only as a mental one, from bombardments of the cacophony and discord of daily life. The viewer is invited to walk around and under, look up, down and sideways, and otherwise choose their point of interaction with the installation. From certain perspectives, the piece appears visually layered – the various colors bleed and bend to create an audible noise of their own. Babel Shield will be on display in Aqua's courtyard for the duration of the fair (courtesy of the artist and Taylor De Cordoba gallery, Los Angeles).


Performance Project by Dickson Schneider

Artist and teacher Dickson Schneider started The Free Art Cart project at the Oakland Art Murmur in 2009. It began as a collaboration with his students in addressing and attempting to bridge the gap between those making art and those who see and collect it. It is about creating and engaging communities, without the restrictions and complications of galleries, curators and the numerous other gatekeepers, who regulate where and what and how art crosses the boundary from an artist's studio to an art collector's wall. By being free, the project has many unsettling economic and social complications, most of which the artist is still investigating. However, Schneider notes that "there have been very few moments as gratifying as when somebody picks a piece and turns to me and says, "Can I really take this?" Dickinson Schneider will be present with his Free Art Cart project at Aqua's VIP Preview Opening on December 5, 2012, as well as throughout the streets of South Beach and Wynwood during Art Basel Week (courtesy of the artist and Autobody/Jacqueline Cooper Fine Art, Oakland).


Installation by Clint Imboden

Hacksaw Blades, Dimensions Variable

Clint Imboden usually delineates and fills environments with the instruments of measurement. Using discarded measuring sticks, found in flea markets, Imboden builds unlikely structures of great beauty and fragility that the audience "measures" itself against. These spheres, however, are made from individual hacksaw blades, inviting touch, while at the same time as repelling the impulse to do so with their rusty, jagged edges. The almost-negligible profile of the blades, near impossible to see from certain angles, make these as much drawings in space as they are physical bodies. Spheres 2 & 3 will be on display in Aqua's courtyard for the duration of the fair (courtesy of the artist and Autobody/Jacqueline Cooper Fine Art, Oakland).

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