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  • 6/13/18

    Best of Miami | BEST ART FAIR: Aqua Art Miami

    by New Times

    Finding Basel Week balance can be tricky: You want to see great art, but you also don't want to take yourself too seriously. Aqua Art Miami lets you do both. Among the galleries showing at South Beach's Aqua Hotel in 2017 was an exhibit curated by the Consulate General of Canada, which showed off some of our northern neighbors' most impressive work. But visitors also witnessed quirkier stuff such as live tattooing by renowned tattoo artist Thea Duskin, and a 16-foot-tall golden bust of a female monkey by artist Laura Kimpton, who earned her fame at Burning Man. Aqua also offers some of the cheapest drinks you'll find at a South Beach fair, running a daily two-for-one happy hour — a welcome reprieve from the prohibitively priced Ruinart bubbles at the convention center.

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  • 5/17/17

    Aqua Art Miami Announces New Fair Director

    by Aqua Art Miami

    May 17, 2017 - Miami, FL - Grela Orihuela has been appointed the new Director of Aqua Art Miami.  

    Ms. Orihuela has been a key member of the Art Miami Group since 2012, and also serves as Director of Art Wynwood. "It's a wonderful opportunity to develop this gem of a fair," said Orihuela about Aqua Art Miami. "It's inspiring to contribute to the city's unique art community during art fair week, and with the new location for Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami at One Herald Plaza, we're strategically positioned right across beautiful Biscayne Bay."
     
    As well as hosting its 13th edition since being established in 2005, this is Aqua's fifth year since becoming part of the Art Miami group of fairs. Aqua consistently has earned critical recognition as the premier destination for vibrant and noteworthy international art programs, with a focus on supporting both new and established galleries with emerging and mid-career artists. 
     
    Aqua Art Miami continues to solidify itself as a distinctive fair experience, consistently staying true to its signature relaxed yet energetic vibe. Aqua takes place in an exclusive environment: a South Beach hotel with spacious exhibition rooms that open onto an intimate courtyard, which has remained an attractive gathering spot for collectors, curators and art lovers to discover fresh talent and acquire exceptional works, all while exchanging cultural ideas and forming meaningful connections. 
     
    The 2017 edition of Aqua Art Miami will feature 47 international exhibitors showcasing innovative artworks, kicking off with a VIP Preview on Wednesday, December 6, 3pm -10pm, and will be open to the public from December 7-10.
     
    For more information about the fair, visit www.aquaartmiami.com.


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  • 12/12/15

    AQUA ART MIAMI CLOSES 11TH EDITION WITH NEW DIRECTOR, HUGE CROWDS AND BIG SALES

    by Aqua Art Miami

    Emerging Galleries and Artists Find Success at Aqua Hotel in South Beach
    Aqua Art Miami, the sister satellite fair to Art Miami, made a huge splash during Art Week with its successful five-day exhibition with the strongest emerging and mid-career artists and galleries in the industry. The fair reported a record-breaking 10,500 people in attendance this past week all under the direction of the established fair's new Director, Katelijne De Backer, who handpicked 46 galleries across 28 cities and 10 countries.

    Several galleries reported strong sales including Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State, who sold two prints by MFA candidate Jack Deese for $1,600 titled Congress Stand Clear Martin; Amsterdam-based Rademakers Gallery sold an abstract animalistic piece sourced from bullet shells by Sebiha Demir titled Happy for an undisclosed price; Rhode-Island-based Aureus Contemporary placed a dazzling mixed-media sphere from Claire Shegogtitled Busby's Fiorucci for $19,000; an acrylic print from David Hollier titled $100 Bill was acquired from Brooklyn-based New Apostle Gallery for $6,000; RED CORRIDOR, a Frankfurt-based gallery, placed Leszek Shurski's acrylic painting Rollball for $7,500; Shanghai and Brooklyn-based SPiN Galleries sold a mixed-media piece by Victor Spinelli titled Diver UP Yankee; Washington-based Morton Fine Art saw an acquisition of two works ranging from $2,000-$4,500, one by Nate Lewis titled Still Symphony and the other by Vonn Sumner titledNew Ancient Pictures; Houston-based Revision Space sold an ink print from Terry Boyd titledEverything and Nothing for $6,000; Derek Gores Gallery, based in Florida, sold 35 works, including a newsprint collage titled Full Volume Pink Graffiti from Derek Gores for $2,400.
    Sebiha Demir, "Happy"
    Rademakers Gallery, Amsterdam
    Vonn Sumner, "New Ancient Pictures"
    Morton Fine Art, Washington DC
    Terry Boyd, "Everything and Nothing"
    Revision Space, Houston 
     
    With all the massive success this exhibition has cultivated this past week, Aqua is the ideal showcase to discover under-the-radar works. "When I first was approached to direct Aqua, I was excited by the challenge to help grow and advise young galleries and artists, and I'm thrilled at how receptive the public was to their work," said Katelijne De Backer, Director of Aqua Art Miami and Art New York. "The boutique presentation of Aqua is intimate, and it allows people to feel the passion behind each piece, instilling a much deserved sense of appreciation."

    Amy Morton, Owner and Director of Morton Fine Art, was pleased to sell five works on canvas and five mixed-media works. Since one of her focuses is African-American and African art, she had a lot of repeat clients but also noted the attendance of many new collectors and museum professionals.
     
    Sara Nightingale, Owner and Director of her eponymous Sara Nightingale Gallery who sold eight works to both novice and established collectors, remarked on the unique identity of Aqua for emerging exhibitors: "The cozy, relaxed and intimate atmosphere provided a much needed respite for many; the mix of indoor and outdoor public spaces is such a winning formula. I do love the Aqua experience of discovery and accessibility that the fair is known for."
    Theresa Ganz, "Glory and the Complex Body", 
    Winner of the ArtSlant Prize 2015
    Aqua Art Miami showcased an impressive array of innovative installations and exhibitions. Highlights from the show are as follows:
    • In Aqua's lobby, ArtSlant, the premier resource for art and the fair's official sponsor, decorated the spaces with the network's emerging artist including: Theresa Ganz, Rachel Garrard, Helena Parriott, Tina Tahir and Bryan Volta. The opening VIP night of Aqua announced Ganz as the winner of their Prize Shortlist for her Rococo-inspired piece titled Glory and the Complex Body.
    • Orbs by Ai Campbell: Celebrated for her harmonious monochromatic use of black and white, Ai Campbell's new body of work entitled "Orbs" carries the fluidity and serenity that is characteristic of her intricate work. Here, her ink grace the contours of one of the most challenging infinitely-dimensional surface of all; the unrelenting sphere. The orb accentuates and liberates the lively shapes in her work. In addition, the orb is functionally synergistic as the delicately curved patterns readily traverse each circular plane to meet at their starting points. Aesthetically, each orb has its own character and progression. Displayed together, the orbs interact to create a kaleidoscopic effect.
    • The Tender Noise by Akane Yorita: The art work, which was elegantly installed over the hot tub at Aqua, changes its shape with the breath of wind, the visual experience based on sequence and the essence of "before and after" embodied in the chain of repetitive threads: through these features of her works Akane Yorita wants the viewer to revert to his/her own position while facing the always changing image of the work. She creates indefinite, unstable space inviting the image of the onlooker as well as his/her point of view into the blank/space of the threads she creates. The Tender Noise is a part of "Where Threads Lead" a touring exhibition.
    • Believe by Nara Park: Washington DC-based sculptor Nara Park's Believe replicates a shallow wishing well through the artist's signature modular design of printed boxes that intimate natural motifs. Arranged into a carefully stacked assemblage and filled with sand and stray coins, the work invites viewers to insert their own aspirations into the ongoing accumulation of collective wishful thinking. The overall ephemerality and transience of "Believe" gives way to Park's chief philosophical concern as she posits the human desire for stability and permanence through a candid veneer of fragility, artificiality, and feigned authenticity. 
    Notable Guests at Aqua Art Miami included Brooke Goldstein, filmmaker and human rights attorney; Talin Maltepe, art dealer and curator, Sevan Gallery; actress Barbara Edwards; actor Adrian Grenier; and many other prominent collectors, dealers and television personalities.
    Sponsors & Partners
    The generous 2015 sponsors and partners for Aqua Art Miami 2015 include: ArtSlant, the official sponsor with support by Spuntino Catering, Bourlet Art Logistics, ArtNexus, MIAMI Modern Luxury, Arte Al Dia, Artillery, The Art Newspaper, Art Circuits, Miami H


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  • 12/16/14

    ArtFix Daily: Aqua's 10th Sets Records!

    by Aqua Art Fair

    Of course, Art Miami and CONTEXT weren't the only members of the Art Miami Family of Fairs to set records in attendance and sales during Miami Art Week 2014...

    Why? Because Aqua Art Miami happens concomitant with both. That's why. And, as ArtFix Daily so faithfully reports, Aqua's 10th Anniversary set some pretty hefty records of its own.

    Read all about it right here.  


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  • 11/12/13

    Miami New Times Adds Its In to Aqua Art Star Tim Youd's Elmore Leonard Tribute

    by Aqua Art Miami

    It was only a few days ago that Paper Magazine included Tim Youd's Elmore Leonard tribute on its short list of don't miss Arty Parties; now New York's Barometer of With-It has been seconded by Miami New Times, whose Cultist David Rolland got Youd to give up the goods on Get Shorty, as well as previous re-typings of the likes of Henry Miller and Philip K. Dick.
     
    We suspect these two citings will be but the first of many more to come -- and rightfully so too, for Lord Elmore was one keen wordslinger, and his works deserve to reverberate in perpetuity.
     
    Go, Tim, Go!  
     
     


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  • 11/09/13

    Aqua Art Star Makes Round 3 of Paper Mag's Arty Parties

    by Aqua Art Miami

    Performance Art Star Tim Youd will be performing the late, great Elmore Leonard's Get Shorty throughout Aqua 2013, a tribute so fitting it made round 3 of Paper Magazine's arty parties to hit this year.
     
    Talk about honoring a Grand Master!
     
     


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  • 10/23/13

    ArtSlant's Winning Round 8 for AQUA 13

    by Aqua Art Miami

     

    The LA-branch of the ever awesome ArtSlant has unveiled its list of Round 8 Winners, and, as you might suspect, the results are, well, awesome.

    You can get a glimpse of what we mean within Art Slant's official announcement; to feel the real deal though, you'll need to be at Aqua 13.

    See you there! 
     


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