THE premier fair of art from Latin America has arrived! Congratulations to Leslie Pantin, Emilio Calleja, Dora Valdes-Fauli, Maria Napoles and the amazing Arteaméricas team for their tenth year anniversary. The fair will showcase the latest trends in paintings, sculpture and multimedia. An interesting array of galleries from all over Latin America will be participating and representing hundreds of emerging artists and renowned masters. The much awaited Iran Issa Khan Gallery, Michael Margulies Artist Agency and the West Encounters East Exhibition will be some of the latest trends high on the “must see” booth visits.
Be on the look-out for a two page special tribute in the Arteaméricas catalog dedicated to the recently deceased Cuban Master Sculptor, Manuel Carbonell. Miami resident Maestro Carbonell was not only a world renowned sculptor but he was also a prolific creator of etchings, paintings, bas-relief, furniture and jewelry. A few of his Miami projects include the monolithic 53 foot “Tequesta Family” bronze sculpture located on the Brickell Avenue bridge, “El Centinela del Rio” at Tequesta Point and the Belen Jesuit School altar and large scale crucifix.
Another noteworthy and highly anticipated spotlight is that Maestro Carlos Cruz-Diez is being honored as this year’s invited artist. Cruz-Diez is one of the leading artists and visual researchers of the twentieth century. He is also a pioneer in the use of color to enhance one’s mood as evidenced by his vibrant and colorful geometric creations. Even at 89 years he still continues to drive ideas that stimulate and promote humanistic alternatives through his non profit organization Cruz-Diez Foundation. Jeffrey Loria commissioned Cruz-Diez to install a major work of art in the four acre entrance of the Miami Marlin’s stadium. Loria, an avid art collector, art dealer and philanthropist is a huge fan of conceptual, modern and minimalistic art. Sol Lewitt and Fernand Léger are a couple of his favorite artists. A silent auction will be held of important works by Maestro Cruz-Diez to benefit Art In Public Places.
The Arteaméricas art fair runs from March 2 until March 5, 2012 and will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The invitation only Vernisage will be held on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm.
See you there!
By Tina Cornely