A brand new art fair within the spectacular program of the Miami Art Week 2015, X Contemporary Miami will present its comprehensive list of events and participants definitely worth seeing. Taking place in the city’s versatile and artistic Wynwood district, the fair will host about thirty selected galleries and organizations from the US, Europe and South America, all eager to present their very best young contemporary work. Such attitude follows closely the idea of X Contemporary Miami, which aims to become one of the leading platforms in promoting talented artists of today by offering them more than 28.000 square feet of exhibition space for its debut edition. Among the exhibitors, there will be both established and young art spaces, ready to provide a great artistic experience for both enthusiasts and collectors.
As an art gallery that will participate in a total of three fairs during Miami Art Week, Robert Fontaine Gallery is certainly a booth you would not want to miss when at X Contemporary. As you remember, the gallery will present an exhibition of works by Nick Gentry, entitled Synthetic Daydreams. The artist has completed these portraits between 2014 and 2015, as they’re traditionally made of used 35mm film negatives, X-rays and long-forgotten 3.5″ floppy disks.
Featured image: Nick Gentry - Abandoned Places
New York’s Castle Fitzjohns Gallery is definitely one of the highlights at X Contemporary, and for two good reasons. Their director Vincent Harrison is on the advisory board of the fair and they will also host an exhibition you’d be crazy to miss: Keith Haring : Pop Shop will feature a 10-panel Pop Sign, conceived and executed by the artist in collaboration with Andre Charles. It was made from Haring’s original sketch and served as a temporary placard until it was removed in 1987.
Featured image: Tseng Kwong Chi – Keith Haring, Tokyo Pop Shop
Speaking of special events at X Contemporary, we have the F430 Ferrari Art Car project hosted by Dorian Grey Gallery. Conceived as a creative collaboration between renowned street artist John Matos, aka Crash, and Joe LaPadula, aka MAC, of Martino Auto Concepts, this endeavour resulted in an exciting spray-painting re-design of a 2009 Ferrari. Dominated by neon pinks and greens, the car seems to have become the latest work of enticing graffiti and street art.
Featured image: F430 Ferrari Art Car Project
Pamela Willoughby of Willoughby Art Advisory is also on board of X Contemporary, and to prove her established position of a top art advisor, she will bring several special presentations to Miami. One will feature 1980s works by and about Jean-Michel Basquiat, including iconic handmade postcard collages shown for the first time at a fair. Also on view, three new paintings created by English muralist Hush and the works of conversation photographers Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson, among others.
Featured image: Robert Carrithers - A portrait of Basquiat in silkscreen
Coming from the border of New York’s Lower East Side and Chinatown, Gallery Sensei has been supporting a line-up of international artists since 2006. For the occasion of X Contemporary, they’re bringing the works by artist Derek Des Islets, a young artist from Brooklyn born in 1988 who specialized in drawing and painting. With already a few solo exhibitions in Florida in his pocket, he will present a selection of his abstract mixed media paintings.
Featured image: Derek Des Islets - Developing like Pic Asso, 2013. Acrylic, paper, pastel, pencil, 24 x 34in.
Founded by video artist Nicole Cohen, together with Mira O’Brien and Gwendolyn Kerber, The Berlin Collective has been the missing link between artists and their public since 2009. Overtime, it has developed into a proper global artist network, and five of their talents will exhibit at X Contemporary in Miami. Their works range from painting to printmaking and digitally embroidered etchings, photography and sculpture made of a variety of materials and dedicated to many different topics.
Featured image: Javier Barrera - WH5 (My Love is Your Love), 2015
Specializing in art masters' editions and multiples and focusing on the luminaries of Pop, Abstract Expressionism and Optical Art, Vertu Fine Art is a gallery located in Boca Raton, Florida. To Miami, they’re bringing, among others, artist Donald Sultan, and his iconic monochromatic pop flowers. His relevant and sometimes provocative large-scale still lifes deal with the concepts of mass culture, made with the use of industrial materials such as enamel and tar.
Featured image: Donald Sultan
Home to many artists and curators, but also a space where they can work and exhibit, The Hollows Art Space will feature a number of its international talents, including, again, Samantha Robinson, but also Beril Gulcan, Ted Lawson, Talita Zaragoza, Alexandra Kostakis and many others. This way, the space will present an array of disciplines and media within contemporary arts and introduce us to a refreshing arts scene tackling a wide range of topics and built by creatives worldwide.
Featured image: Ted Dawson - Eve, 2011
Houston’s Nicole Longnecker Gallery will bring along two established artists, one working in abstract painting and the other with sculpture and installation. The former, Danielle Frankenthal, creates canvases on acrylic resin using many laters of paint, to create a brilliant sense of three-dimensionality. The latter, Larry Bell, has a rich exhibition history within important institutions, which featured his large glass installations and bronze sculptures, among other pieces.
Featured image: Larry Bell
With a total of nine artists, Art Shape Mammoth, a non-profit organization from Brooklyn, NY, will present works from their national representation. X Contemporary will host their Language of Objects exhibition, which explores traces of time in current identities and the way our technological legacy is defined by the contemporary language. They will also have several sculptural works located throughout the fair. Make sure you pay them a visit!
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