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November 19, 2007

Kaikai Kiki Studio Announces Exhibitors

Kaikai Kiki Studio Announces Exhibitors in Inaugural GEISAI Miami
Wednesday, December 5 – Sunday, December 9, 2007

Hosted by PULSE Contemporary Art Fair at
Soho Studios, in the Wynwood Art District, Miami

Kaikai Kiki is pleased to announce the names of the twenty artists who will exhibit in its inaugural GEISAI Miami. GEISAI Miami introduces an entirely new type of fair in the bustling Miami art market, allowing artists to represent themselves and to present their work directly to an audience of collectors, art professionals and art enthusiasts. The fair will run concurrently with Art Basel Miami Beach, and will be hosted by PULSE Contemporary Art Fair.

Artists exhibiting in the inaugural GEISAI Miami (bios are available on request):
David Almeida (Portugal); Ananda Cavalli (USA); Charles Clough (USA); Quashelle Curtis-Christie (USA); Blane De St. Croix (USA) ; Eric Doeringer (USA) ; Dolla (USA); Erica Eyres (USA); Danielle Giudici Wallis (USA); Bruce Gunderson (USA); Akira Ikezoe (Japan); Masamitsu Katsu (Japan); David Leroi (France); Maria Adelaida Lopez (USA); Sumiko Nogi (Japan); Kristin Posehn (USA); Lizabeth Eva Rossof (USA); Diana Shpungin (Latvia) with fellow artist Nicole Engelmann (Canada); Cordell Thurman (USA);
TM Sisters (USA)

Application for GEISAI Miami was open to artists of all nationalities and all ages that did not have ongoing commercial gallery representation at the time of their application. Applications were received from a total of 716 artists from 53 different countries. The twenty artists who were chosen to exhibit in GEISAI Miami represent five countries, span several generations, a myriad of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and work in disciplines ranging from fashion to photography, and performative social experiments to multimedia installations. These artists will present their work in the Parliament Building of Soho Studios with no fee being charged for their booth. GEISAI Miami will occupy a 3,000 sq. ft. space on the second floor of the
Parliament Building.

The members of the selection jury consisted of art world professionals: Tom Eccles, Executive Director of the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College; Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director of the Nicola Trussardi Foundation and Director of Special Exhibitions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art; journalist and art critic Carol Kino; Lin Lougheed, founder of The Yard@CasaLin; and Walter Robinson, founding editor of Artnet Magazine.

Asked about his perception of GEISAI, Massimiliano Gioni responded: “we don’t need another art fair that has just a different quality of work, but something that art fairs don’t have: more craziness and something completely out there. What I like about [GEISAI Miami] is its being so Do-It-Yourself. It is just a completely different universe to the art fair.”

General Information:
GEISAI Miami will run December 5-9, 2007, coinciding with Art Basel Miami Beach. It will be hosted by PULSE Contemporary Art Fair at the Soho Studios in the Wynwood District, 2136 NW 1st Avenue, Miami, FL, 33127. The fair will be open Wednesday from 1pm – 6pm; Thursday through Saturday 10am – 6 pm; and, Sunday 10am – 5pm. Please note that the fair hours for the duration of GEISAI Miami will coincide with those of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair.

About GEISAI:
Since its inception in 2001 in Japan, GEISAI has traditionally been held twice a year in Tokyo. By presenting a new art-collecting concept, allowing artists to exhibit their work directly, without a commercial gallery, to an audience of collectors, curators and art enthusiasts, GEISAI has established itself as an exceptional art fair platform. The name “GEISAI” is derived from the Japanese word for “art festival.” Such festivals would typically take place within a university or an art school.

About Kaikai Kiki:
The artist-led art enterprise Kaikai Kiki was founded by Takashi Murakami in 2001, and evolved from its predecessor, the Hiropon Factory. Its goals as an enterprise include the production and promotion of artwork, the management and support of select artists, general management of events and projects, and the production and promotion of merchandise. With bases in Japan’s Motoazabu, Tokyo, and in Long Island City, New York, Kaikai Kiki is a unique organization looking to the future to broaden the horizons and practices of contemporary art. For more information on Kaikai Kiki, please visit english.kaikaikiki.co.jp/

For more information, please visit www.geisai.us or contact:
geisai@kaikaikikiny.net

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For further information, images, and interviews:
Media Contact:
Kirsten Moore
Blue Medium, Inc.
T: 212-675-1800
F: 212-675-1855
kirsten@bluemedium.com

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