Bill Arning with artist Jan Rattia in front of the artist’s large portrait photographs at the 13th edition of Aqua Art Miami. Image: Cindy Lisica Gallery
MIAMI, FL – More than 11,500 collectors, curators, art advisors, artists and museum professionals were at this year’s Aqua Art Miami, the sister satellite fair to Art Miami. This is in addition to the more than 3,750 prestigious art collectors, connoisseurs, advisors and notable museum professionals at the VIP Preview. This is the 13th edition of the fair held at the Aqua Hotel
The five-day fair is celebrated for its incredible success through the years, and this year’s event was no exception. It brought together a selection of 52 international galleries that presented emerging and mid-career artists from around the world. Fair Director, Grela Orihuela, who carefully curated the Aqua Art Miami fair, ensured that collectors, artists, and art lovers got the ultimate experience. Not surprising, numerous galleries reported strong sales throughout the fair with works by Max Zorn, Bernadette Despujols, Emilie Duval and Rock Therrien proving to be in high demand.
The conducive atmosphere and the impressive sale recorded during the fair Aqua Art Miami continues to solidify it as a completely unique fair with mass appeal for those looking to procure works by young, emerging and mid-career artists. “Aqua gives young artists and galleries the opportunity to engage with an international group of collectors and an ebullient audience through Miami Art Week,” said Grela Orihuela, Director of Aqua Art Miami and Art Wynwood.
Alvaro Perez, Director, Black Ship echo Orihuela view. He noted:
Aqua Art Miami is very well suited to my artists and my clientele due to the price point, the environment and the fairs overall aesthetics. Our pieces were beautifully displayed and complimented the hotels look very well. I really enjoyed the intimacy of the fair, and thought the harmony between the guests and the exhibitors was very in tune. Our clients responded very well and we placed many of the pieces we brought with us.
Aqua Art Miami is not just the fair for those looking to acquire artworks by young, emerging and mid-career artists: it also provides opportunities for artists to interact with collectors and curators. Some of the notable guests seen throughout the week included Helga Piaget, Kara Ross, Janna Bullock, Bill Arning, Director, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Don Bacigalupi, Founding President, The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, Gabriel Groisman, Mayor of Bal Harbour, Wendy Kaplan, Department Head and Curator, Decorative Arts and Design at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Alex Nyerges. Others included Director, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Eric Shiner, Vice President, Modern and Contemporary Art Sales at Sotheby’s New York, Annie Carlano, Senior Curator of Craft, Design & Fashion, The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC, Kandi Burruss from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and Matt Altman and Josh Altman – The Altman Brothers from Million Dollar Listing, and Shawn Marion.
Alvaro Perez, Director, Black Ship describes Aqua Art Miami thus:
Aqua Art Miami is very well suited to my artists and my clientele due to the price point, the environment and the fairs overall aesthetics. Our pieces were beautifully displayed and complimented the hotels look very well. I really enjoyed the intimacy of the fair, and thought the harmony between the guests and the exhibitors was very in tune. Our clients responded very well and we placed many of the pieces we brought with us.”
Many of the galleries at this year’s Aqua Art Miami were able to the works of their artists in from of collectors who added some of the works to their collection.