Aqua Miami is back and it is celebrating it’s 14th year anniversary! The excitement kicks off at the Aqua Hotel (1530 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139) with a VIP Preview on Wednesday, December 5th before opening to the public December 6th – 9th, 2018.  I am excited to be attending the VIP preview and you will be able to see at-the-moment-posts on my Instagram.

The fair has become one of the must go-to visits for influential collectors and art professionals, many of whom travel from Aqua’s sister fairs, Art Miami and CONTEXT.  The 2018 edition will present 52 international exhibitors from 12 countries who will showcase the works of 135 artists in the intimate exhibition rooms, which open into the beautiful courtyard of the classic South Beach hotel.

Here is the full 2018 Aqua Art Miami Exhibitor List

212 Arts | New York; AC Contemporary | Buenos Aires; Alessandro Berni Gallery | Perugia; Art In The Game | London; ArtApparent | Miami; ArtHelix Gallery/SHIM | Brooklyn; Artig / SHIM | Brooklyn; Artsaroma | New Delhi; ASMP NY | New York; Aureus Contemporary | Fort Collins; BB Giordano | Boynton Beach; belenmorenoSTUDIO | New York; BEN Gallery | Guangzhou & Paris; Blackship | Miami; BoxHeart Gallery | Pittsburg; BP PROJECT : MARYAM ALAKBARLI | Baku & Paris; Bridgette Mayer Gallery | Philadelphia; CityArts Factory | Orlando; Elizabeth Clement Contemporary | Boston & New York; Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, Georgia State University | Atlanta; EXHIBIT A | Corning; FF-1051 Gallery | Los Angeles; Fine Art Consultancy | London & Tokyo; Gallery Quinze | Pau; Gitter & Frascona | Miami Beach; HG Contemporary | New York; Imlay Gallery | Montclair; IRREVERSIBLE PROJECTS | Miami; John Sanchez Studio | Miami; Kevin Berlin Studio | New York; MID4ART | Miami; Orit Fuchs | Tel  Aviv; Parsons Close Project | Springs, NY; reference: contemporary | Toronto; Robert Fontaine Gallery | Miami;  RW Art | Washington, D.C.; SCAI | Seoul; Skip Hartzell Gallery| Port St. Lucie; Space 776 | Brooklyn; standARTe | Madrid; Steidel Contemporary | London & Palm Beach; Stella Ripley | Québec; Stephen Wilson | Charlotte; Studio Casey Waterman | Miami Beach; SuperChief | Queens; The Lawley Art Group | Dallas; Uncommon Beauty Gallery | New York; VAN GOGH Art Gallery | Madrid; Vicky Barranguet | New York; Whitespace Collection | West Palm Beach; Wolf & Nomad | Miami; Wynwood 28 | Art Gallery | Miami

Each year, Aqua Miami and the other fairs post can’t miss event highlights. The list is long but here are a few that stand out to me:

  • The Shim Video Collective (various artists from different locations)- Reading the description, it has all the makings of a great event. Description: The Shim Video Collective will launch its inaugural exhibition featuring an international group of emerging and established video artists, hand selected by a panel of video curators. The videos and experimental films will each run for three minutes or less, and include submissions from X-Film Femmes (est. 2018), the global video art collective who are dedicated to presenting new work from budding and recognized experimental female film Represented in the XFF screenings will be filmmakers Taimi Nevaluoma (Finland), Dorottya Szalay (Hungary), Gabriela Gaia Meirelles (Brazil), Bonnie Rychlak (US), and more yet to be announced. The video program will be looped on a high-resolution monitor in the hotel lobby.

 

  • Conversation with artist Kevin Berlin | Saturday, December 8th at 1pm- Having danced ballet for so many years this caught my eye. Description: Kevin Berlin will host an artist talk to discuss the unveiling of his new works of the Russian Ballet, HOPE DIES LAST, including the worldwide premiere of his new monumental bronze sculptures “Dying Swan” and “F*** You Ballerina.” Berlin’s paintings focus on the interior and secret lives of ballet dancers – depicting their hidden thoughts in sensual, black and white paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. HOPE DIES LAST stems from Berlin’s time spent studying with the dancers in 2015. The talk will be followed by a Q&A.

 

  • MIKIHUMO – Imponderable Cities, presented by Blackship (Miami)- This is right up my alley. Description: Imponderable Cities by MIKIHUMO is a series of sculptures that, from a minimalist point of view, evoke the development of cities from the beginning of civilization to the present as they are submerged in the AQUA Hotel swimming pool along with video mapping on the pools back wall. Some cities have outdated architecture, while others respect machines more than nature and humans. This behavior has created a hostile climate change, affected rising sea levels and put cities at risk. This work represents urban planning that is focused on quantity and not quality, sustainability or functionality. The idea of building a city that grows organically has been displaced, which has resulted in uncomfortable and unfavorable cities that break with human interaction.

 

  • Book signing and cocktail reception with artist Stephen Wilson | Saturday, December 8th at 6pm. I love books so this is a no brainer: Description: A special book signing and cocktail reception will be held with mixed-media artist Stephen Wilson, best known for his artistic explorations in embroidery work, supplemented with cutting-edge modern technologies, like laser cutting and 3D printing. High fashion influences are prevalent in his work, expressed through his use of designer-branded packaging and luxury fabrics including Hermès silk, Chanel wool, and limited-edition Gucci boxes. The artist will sign copies of his new book, Stephen Wilson: Luscious Threads, available from Scala Arts and Heritage Publishers. Renowned art historians and critics Donald Kuspit and Eleanor Heartney will provide thoughtful commentary on Wilson’s contribution to the contemporary art field. Books will be available for purchase.

Uncommon Beauty Gallery Ygal Gabay Life is beautyful

The rest of the list is filled with other splendors:

  • InkMinx Mobile Tattoo Tent, presented by ArtHelix Gallery/SHIM Network (Brooklyn) Located at the fair’s entrance, InkMinx Mobile Tattoo Tent will feature three female artists, acting as a social hub that encourages viewers to enter in and share the artists’ energy.
  • Katarra Peterson and her Uppity hair braiding project, presented by ArtHelix Gallery/SHIM Network (Brooklyn) Katarra Peterson will use the upper balcony of the fair as a platform for a modern-day interpretation of the Rapunzel folk tale.
  • DJ Bea Pernia, presented by Blackship (Miami) Multimedia performance artist Bea Pernia will provide the musical atmosphere for the VIP Preview, with a special live performance opening night on Wednesday, December 5th.
  • The Parsons Close Projectlaunch from Steve Cohen and Curtis Cox (Springs, NY) Steve Cohen and Curtis Cox are the longtime lighting and production directors for the biggest names in music, including Billy Joel, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, The Eagles, Blake Shelton and Lenny Kravitz, who will be making their artistic debut as a collaborative presentation known as The Parsons Close Project.
  • Susan J. Barron – Depicting the Invisible presented by HG Contemporary (New YorkMilitary veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have shared their stories with New York-based artist Susan J. Barron who has honored them by creating large-scale mixed-media portraits that she will present in, Depicting the Invisible: A Portrait Series of Veterans Suffering from PTSD. Barron’s work shines a spotlight on thirteen American veterans who have survived the trauma of war or terrorism. The artist’s oversized black-and-white photographic portraits are painted with the subjects’ stories in their own words.

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HOURS AND LOCATION

Fair Hours: 

  • VIP Preview | Wednesday, Dec 5: 3PM – 10PM
  • Fair Hours | Thursday, Dec. 6 – 12PM – 9PM; Friday, Dec. 7 & Saturday, Dec. 8 – 11AM – 9PM; Sunday, Dec. 9; 11AM – 6PM

Location: 

Aqua Art Miami at the Aqua Hotel, 1530 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139

TICKET INFORMATION

A One Day fair pass provides admission to Aqua Art Miami only. A Multi-Day pass provides admission to Aqua Art Miami, as well as Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami.

  • One day fair pass (valid for one day admission any public fair day) – $25
  • Multi-day fair pass (valid for multi-day admission to Aqua Art Miami as well as Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami) – $100
  • Seniors 62 years + (valid for one day admission any public fair day for Aqua Art Miami; valid ID required) – $20
  • Students 12-18 years (valid for one day admission any public fair day for Aqua Art Miami; valid ID required) – $20
  • Children under 12 years accompanied by adult – free
    • Strollers are not permitted

Show Management strictly prohibits Pets from entering the Aqua facilities. Only animals assisting handicapped or disabled individuals are exempt from this rule.

For further information please call 1.800.376.5850, email aqua@aquaartmiami.com or visit aquaartmiami.com.

To purchase tickets, please go to https://www.universe.com/events/aqua-art-miami-2018-tickets-ZC4R8Y?ref=explore