Art Miami

October 3, 2001




Art Miami’s return to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Friday, January 4th – Tuesday, January 8th, 2002, marks the 12th anniversary of one of South Florida’s most important cultural events, and the show’s second year under the stewardship of director Ilana Vardy.

Welcoming more than 120 galleries from 24 countries with a full slate of special projects and events, Art Miami 2002 will continue to serve as a dynamic, vital expression of Miami’s growing position as an international arts hub within a diverse cultural milieu. The show has increasingly come to reflect Miami’s status as the gateway to Latin America, and in 2002, more than one-third of the show’s exhibitors will be Latin American and Spanish galleries; no other international art fair specializes in Latin American art on this scale.

“My vision for Art Miami is to bring a global sample of exciting new contemporary art to our core audience — the many South Florida residents and winter visitors who have supported our show for the past 11 years,” offered Vardy. ‘”We’ve put together a show that provides an unprecedented opportunity for attendees — the chance to see a wide variety of contemporary art — both established and cutting edge — much of which has never before been exhibited in the United States. Many artists considered masters in their own countries will be new to the U.S. audience, offering art buyers a world class venue in which to discover new talent.”

With more than 70 new galleries joining Art Miami, we are excited to present some extraordinary work being produced in Europe, North America, Asia and Latin America. Whether Chinese, Peruvian, German or Canadian, the art presented at the next edition of Art Miami is sure to provide a refreshing view of today’s contemporary art world.

CURRENTS, a compelling section within the fair devoted exclusively to emerging galleries with little or no exposure in contemporary art fairs, will focus on young cutting edge artists, many of whom work in photo-based media and installations, as well as paintings and sculpture. This show within a show, one of Art Miami’s strongest components, offers a global view of some of the most challenging and provocative contemporary work being produced today.

In celebration of Art Miami’s strong ties to the community for the past 12 years, Miami’s most important cultural institutions and alternative spaces also will be featured exhibitors at the fair, along with 20 international art publications and internet sites. Art Miami invites local museum curators to share their vision with the public by selecting artists for PROJECT ROOMS, a series of provocative solo exhibitions within the fair.

Art Miami 2002 launches Friday, January 4th with a gala opening reception from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Exposition hours are noon – 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, Monday; noon – 6:00 p.m. on the show’s final day, Tuesday, January 8th. A private, invitation only VIP collectors’ preview will take place preceding the grand opening from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 4th. Art Miami is open to the public. Daily admission to Art Miami: $12 adults; $9 seniors, students, groups; $30 Permanent Pass; free for children under 12.

Art Miami 2002 will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Drive, Hall D. For further information contact Art Miami’s offices at 312/553-8924 or on the Internet at

Art Miami looks forward with great enthusiasm to sharing with you this provocative and stimulating art-filled weekend.

Art Miami
October 3, 2001

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