Art Wynwood VIP Opening Draws Record-Breaking Attendance
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by BWW News Desk
Art Wynwood, Miami's international contemporary art fair during President's Day Weekend brought a crowd of 6,200 into the Wynwood Arts District - 1,100 more guests than last year. The VIP Preview honored the late Tony Goldman, a major force in the development of the Wynwood Arts District and the inaugural edition of Art Wynwood. An intimate gathering including Art Wynwood director Nick Korniloff and members of the Goldman family participated in a dove-releasing ceremony in Goldman's honor just before teems of prominent art collectors, designers, curators and art enthusiasts from around the world lined up outside the Art Miami Pavilion to get the first look and acquire new contemporary works.
The opening of the fair featuring 70 international galleries presenting emerging and cutting-edge works had exhibitors buzzing about the outstanding turnout, strong interest in their programs and considerable sales. Art Wynwood has proven to be a marketplace to collect important contemporary art.
"There was incredible energy at the VIP opening, a great turnout with serious collectors. The timing with the Yacht & Brokerage Show and Valentine's Day couldn't have been better," said Carole Hochman, director of New York-basEd Barry Friedman Ltd.
With models strutting the aisles wearing world-renowned designer Luis Valenzuela's "Queen of Hearts" collection, a luxury EcoArtFashion line themed especially for Valentine's Day; and with hors d'oeuvres and cocktails sponsored by Le Grand Saint Sparkling Vodka, SHELLBACK Rum and Heineken beer bustling in of the VIP Lounge and throughout the fair; the ambiance was certainly an energetic one that encouraged collectors to quickly acquire important works on the opening night. Reports of sales include:
• Hollis Taggart Gallery from New York sold a work by Alexander Calder and one by Pae White totaling six figures.
London based Cynthia Corbett Gallery sold a work by Lluís Barba for $20,000.
Art Wynwood's opening was highlighted by two special projects commissioned by Jessica Goldman, CEO of Goldman Properties. The highlights include a stunning wraparound installation suspended above the VIP Lounge by famed artist Jesse Geller. Additionally Wynwood Walls commissioned a curated exhibit by Meghan Coleman featuring specially commissionEd Lenticulars with original paintings by selected artists installed in the pass-through areas of the fair. Artists participating include: Retna, Aiko, Ron English, Logan Hicks, Futura, Swoon, Kenny Scharf and How & Nosm.
The natural overlay of fine art and luxury real estate is on display as Christie's International Real Estate (CIRE), the world's leading luxury real estate network showcased as the "Official Luxury Real Estate Partner" of Art Wynwood. CIRE welcomed a select group of international collectors, art patrons and members of their annual global conference for a private reception in the VIP Lounge.
Among the guests of honor, host committee members and esteemed collectors were sculptor John Henry, street artist Jesse Geller, Marvin Ross Friedman and Adrienne Bon Haes, street artist Jona Cerwinske, chairman and CEO of Verizon Lowell McAdam, the Pocas, Susie and Walid Wahab, Marcella and Daniel Novela, the Buttermans, artist Shimon Okshteyn, President of Espíritu Santo Bank Jorge Espíritu Santo, photographer Cheryl Maeder, Leann Standish and Timothy Walker of Miami Art Museum, director of The Frost Museum Carol Damian and representatives of Tate Modern in London among others.