Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Breaking news!

From the Aqua front office:
As one of our 2012 exhibitors, we wanted you to be one of the first to know that  Aqua is joining the Art Miami LLC umbrella of fairs. The company, which produces not only Art Miami, but Art Hamptons, Art Wynwood and CONTEXT, will take over operations of Aqua after the current, 8th installment, of our fair.

We are thrilled about the future of Aqua and the tremendous opportunity for all of our exhibitors and artists, who will have a much greater exposure, as well as access to a larger art collector base, by being associated with a major international art fair. We're also expecting this announcement to generate quite a bit of buzz about our current show -- below is a copy of the press release, which is going out to all of our media contacts today. In addition, watch out for an exclusive feature about this exciting new development in today's edition of the Miami Herald.
 Art Miami LLC to Acquire Vibrant Aqua Art Miami in Miami Beach
Company Now Produces Five of America's Premiere Art Fairs

MIAMI, FL - (Dec 4, 2012) - Art Miami LLC, parent company of Florida's longest running premier contemporary and modern art fair Art Miami, announced today that it will add another gem to its crown, the vibrant Aqua Art Miami in Miami Beach, now in its 8th year. Art Miami LLC will take over the operation of the fair at the conclusion of this year's 2012 edition.

"We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to take Aqua Art Miami  to the next level. We look forward to carrying on the great atmosphere and tradition that founders Jaq Chartier and Dirk Park have created for emerging and cutting edge galleries and their artists and collectors over the last eight years. In addition, having a location close to the beach during Miami Art Week will help develop a larger scope of services and programming for all of our participating exhibitors and attendees associated with Art Miami, CONTEXT, and now Aqua Art Miami," said Nick Korniloff, Art Miami, LLC, Fair Director and Partner.

"Dirk and I are thrilled to add our fair to the Art Miami umbrella -- it's great for the future of Aqua," said Jaq Chartier, Aqua's Co-Director. "Exhibitors and their artists will have much greater exposure, as well as access to a larger art collector base, by being associated with a major international art fair."

Over the years, Aqua Art Miami has been recognized for presenting vibrant and noteworthy international art programs with a particular interest in supporting young dealers and galleries with strong emerging and early-mid career artists. This curatorial commitment is complemented by the unique art fair setting of the Aqua Hotel, a classic South Beach establishment with spacious exhibition rooms that open onto a breezy, intimate courtyard. The surroundings have become a favorite gathering spot not only for relaxation during Miami Art Week, but also as a place to exchange and disseminate new contemporary art ideas. And with its close proximity to the main Art Basel fair, Aqua Art Miami has consistently been ranked among the top satellite art events by collectors, artists, curators, critics and the art loving public alike.

This year, Aqua Art Miami's eighth installment will present innovative special programming, which features performance art and installation, plus the collective exchange of ideas by 47 exhibiting galleries from North and South America, as well as Japan. The fair is located at 1530 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, across from the Loews Hotel.

For additional information on both fairs, please visit: or

Almost there...

Up and early this morning as with three and a half galleries to fill, it has been exhausting to hang all the artwork at the Aqua Art Fair. Of course, the small half-gallery was the hardest one, as the walls seemed to be made of some new impenetrable material that required a small nuclear device to make a hole in the walls.

The VIP opening is tonight, starting at 7PM, which is when the music starts, the free booze begins to flow (and hopefully some of the artwork) and immensely tall women in 8-inch heels suddenly are everywhere.

Pics and updates later.