Miami Verge Art Fair

December 3-6

Please come visit us in Miami!  More info on shows below:

Participating artists:  Tom Bob, Andrés García-Peña, Suzy Q, John Plunkett, Michael Krynski, Fabio D'Aroma, Lisa Pietker-Mintz, Brett Wintle, Yoko Furusho and Katie Deedy.

Video program will play as an installation loop:

39 minute program - curated by Elle Burchill for Gitana Rosa Gallery

LOVE: ecstatic, electronic, elemental
video works by 8 artists

Raul Vincent Enriquez, Jonas Mekas, Marianna Ellenberg, Bradley Eros, Elle Burchill, Stella Rey, Ray Sweeten, and Nick Hallett

Special outdoor poolside screening of Visions in New York City -Saturday, Dec. 5 6-9pm

Visions in New York City
Short Films and Videos
Curated by Maurizio Pellegrin and Heather Van Uxem

Presented at The Verge Art Fair by Gitana Rosa Gallery and Fedele Spadafora, along with Co-curator and Artist Heather Van Uxem
Special screening Saturday, December 5, from 6 to 9pm.
The Catalina Hotel, 1732 Collins Ave

A VISION: VISIONS IN NEW YORK CITY

Visions in New York City: Short Films and Videos has been a challenge on three platforms of investigation. The first was the analysis of the hundreds of films and videos submitted for the exhibitions and public screening. The second was the research of the infinite possibilities of interrelation between this material and the usual art-making practices we develop in our Department of Art and Art education. The third was the challenge faced by the participants in my Advanced Studio Course considering their dual roles as individual contributors and co-curators for this project.  Visions in New York City is intended as a first of many future encounters on this subject. The project was totally open-ended in term of themes and techniques. We tried however to avoid the established artists. It would have been an easy shopping excursion in the numerous New York galleries and institutions, which are able to provide work by any international artist, if required. Visions in New York City is a simple issue. It is about what people simply are, what they would like to be, what they believe to be.
 
Maurizio Pellegrin
New York, October 2009

Artists (in Alphabetical Order)
Agricola de Cologne, Wilfried
Alfnes, Inger
Bloom, Jenny
Carballar, Karla
Casali, Vincenzo
Chung, Andrea
Clovis, Donna
Constant, Hervé
Contro, Antonia & Merideth, Joseph E.
Dasgupta, Priyanka
Derr, Robert Ladislas
Doyle, William
Dracup, Joshua
DRAGOT, Robert Aliaj
Enns, Clint
Fabian, Tibor & Lalli, Simone
Farmer, Lisa
Fatigoni, Carlo & Rilli, Florindo
Gao, Jun
Gaudêncio, Susana
Gavrielatos, Alina
Ger Ger
Gitelson, Jonathan
Gresser, Isabella & Fischer, Anke
Gruppo Sinestetico
Gwiazda, Henry
Heckman, Annie
Huyoff, Andrea
J.A.K.
Jackson, Rob
Jeffrey, Ryan
Jochum, Richard
Kansara, Gautam
Kowa, Barbara
Kowa, Barbara & Schaller, Markus
Koch, Lauren
Kumeger, Olga
Lee, Jin
Lee, Sujin
Lefebvre, Alain M.
LEMEH42
Lionni, Pippo
LoCurto, Lilla & Outcault, Bill
Lopez, Lello
Luca’, Nicus
Marello, Matt
McNamara, Maureen
Mein, Jessica
Mele, Pietro
Memisoglu, Sefer
Mintz, Tommy
Minyukova, Alisa
Mlecko, Martin
Nakazaki, Mayumi
Nettle, Michaela & Tom, Simmons
Newman, Jeremy
Pagnes, Andrea
Pallio, Jenna
Park, Yoonhye
Perego, Daniela
Rainer, Christian
Rakic’, Milica
Ravalico Scerri, Paolo
Rey, Stella
Rooney, Paul
Rosamond, Catherine
Sambo, Mauro
Sartori, Mariateresa
Seslow, Ryan
Smith, Stephen
Spadafora, Fedele & Schairer, Stefanie
Stenke, Verena
Supnet, Leslie & Enns, Clint
Swift, Jason
Templin, Andreas
Tannoia, Alessandro
Van Uxem, Heather
Varone, Jason
VestAndPage
Viani, Dino
Vita, Marilena
Werblud, Debra

Opening Night Preview Reception & Special Programs Announced for the Inaugural VERGE Art Fair Miami
The Only Fair Exclusively for Emerging Art
VERGE ART FAIR
MIAMI BEACH 2009
3—6 DECEMBER
THE CATALINA HOTEL & BEACH CLUB
1732 COLLINS AVENUE


VERGE emerging art fair is proud to announce an extraordinary list of programs for its inaugural Miami Beach fair, December 3-6, coinciding with Art Basel Miami Beach. Now that the Art Positions (popularly known as the container show) has moved from Collins Park to the convention center, VERGE is THE source for emerging art on Miami Beach. Representing six countries, VERGE is the only art fair exclusively devoted to emerging art on Miami Beach and throughout the Miami art fair scene. And don't forget: come every day from 7-8pm for FREE DRINKS at the Catalina Bar's daily VERGE Happy Hour event!

VERGE ART FAIR
The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club
1732 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, USA
www.vergeartfair.com
Tel: +1-312-612-2270
 
PUBLIC HOURS:
Friday & Saturday, 4 - 5 December, Noon to 8 pm
Sunday, 6 December, Noon to 6 pm

PRESS INQUIRIES
+1-312-612-2270
Request a press pass
FREE ADMISSION for Facebook fans!
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PROFESSIONAL PREVIEW
Thursday, December 3, 2009, Noon to 6:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Admission to the Professional Preview is given to press and VIP (both Verge and ABMB cards are accepted) cardholders only. The Opening Night Preview is for those cardholders and for paid public admission.

ADVANCE TICKETS
Advance tickets for the Opening Night Preview and general admission are now available for pre-order online at a discount rate from our friends at Eventbrite ticket service.

TICKETS AT THE DOOR
Opening night preview: $20
General admission: $10, $5 for students and seniors

OPENING NIGHT PREVIEW RECEPTION PROGRAMS
Thursday, December 3, 2009, 6:00 to 10:00 pm


POCKET OF LOLLIPOPS
Performance from 6-8:30pm
From www.pocketoflollipops.com: "The musical performance is a range from an indefinite mix of culture and technology. We have evolved a limitless sensation to stimulate various compression and transverse physical properties to produce a sense of intensity, which causes a direction of auditory art." read the NBC Miami review

Bahar Bahebanani Screening of "Saffron Tea"
Catalina Hotel roof installation
"Saffron Tea" is about a person who is witnessing and reviewing her  life. She is placed in an extraordinary situation and as an audience we are not able to say if she is comfortable in her condition or if she is suffering. The film constantly flows between her past and her present; from reality to dreams. It shows the stretched moments of the afternoons past with a slow tempo and nostalgia that crescendo into the lonely present.

Idea and Directing By Bahar Bahebanani
Produced By Sam Nosratian
Executive Producer Pooya Aryanpour
Camera, Kaveh Shah M.L.

Sound Designer, Negar Behbahani
Saffron Tea," Single channel Video
TRT: 12' 40" , Tehran, Iran, 2008

SPECIAL PROGRAMS


Verge Goes Live With Artlog!
Visitors to Verge are invited to participate in the Verge Artlog Twitter feed aggregator service, Artlog Live! All Verge visitors are invited to Tweet or SMS their comments and read the live updates on events throughout Miami at live.artlog.com.

Text message vergemiami + a message to 41411
Post to Twitter with the #vergemiami hashtag

Twitter Verge direct! Visit the Verge Twitter page and join for real-time updates direct from the fair!

About Artlog Live
Available 24/7, Artlog Live lets folks discuss their experiences at all the art fairs in real-time via the web, SMS (text messaging) and Twitter, and will also provide up-to-date information on fair events, fair hours and parties throughout Miami.

Reciprocal Pass Admission
Verge partners with the Bass Museum of Art to provide reciprocal pass admission to the fair and to the Bass Museum! All member cardholders will be granted ciomplimentary general admission to Verge (excluding the Opening Night Preview Reception), and all Verge VIPs will receive complimentary admission to the Bass Museum throughout the run of the fair.

Happy Hour Fundraiser at the Catalina
The Catalina Hotel bar offers FREE DRINKS daily from 7-8pm! Come for the drinks and support the Bass Museum at the same time: a "Tip Jar" fundraiser will be underway every day of the fair. Take a drink, leave a few dollars in the jar, and support one of Miami's most valued art institutions.

"New Images" Photography Program Survey
Verge Miami will host a survey of new undergraduate and graduate work from the Department of Photography, chosen by members of the Verge Selection Committee. This Verge Miami survey will present work by twelve outstanding new talents including Dave Murray, Steven Daly, Jolie Flink, Virgil Wong, Kim Jeong Heon, Olivia Swider, Gwynne Johnson, Elan Bogarin, Roger Kate, Joelle McTigue, Karina Natis and Yvette Dostatni. Coordinated by Photography Department Chair Barbara DeGenevieve. On display in lobby areas throughout the Catalina Hotel.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Known for pushing boundaries of critical thought and nonlinear problem-solving through creative output and conversation, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has been called the “most influential art school in the United States.”

SAIC’s interdisciplinary approach to art and design, coupled with an unparalleled breadth and depth of renowned faculty, provides students with a range of opportunities unavailable elsewhere to rigorously develop their thinking and abilities through process, critique, and professional practices, including real-time integration with the art market.

SAIC students have access to a wide variety of resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing, and several libraries, as well as numerous special collections and programming venues that provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, visiting artists, lectures, and performances.

Consistently ranked in the top three fine arts graduate programs and as a top-level photography program by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC has been educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866. SAIC offers undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from across the globe. For more information, please visit www.saic.edu www.saic.edu.

VERGE EXHIBITORS
Anonymous Gallery, New York, New York, ANTIDOTE, Brooklyn, New York, The Atmosphere 23 Group, Chicago, Illinois, Cara and Cabezas Contemporary, Kansas City, Kansas, Carl van Brunt, Beacon, New York, ecoartspace, New York, New York, Factory Fresh/Skeweville, Brooklyn, New York, Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, Galerie CP: Angela Cerny & Ronald Puff, Wiesbaden, Germany, Gitana Rosa, Brooklyn, New York, MANIAC, Los Angeles, California, MS Projects, Brooklyn, New York, Nroom Artspace, Tokyo, Japan, Max Protetch Gallery, New York, New York, Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, Massachusettes, Rush Arts, New York, New York, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, New York, Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, Florida, Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York, New York, Tsatsis Projects/Artforum, Thessaloniki, Greece, Vagabond Gallery, New York, New York, Vinyl Contemporary, Brooklyn, New York, Chasmus/Wild Feasties, New York, New York, Xinfu Gallery, Shanghai, China and Zvono, Belgrade, Serbia

VERGE SELECTION COMMITTEE
Richard Feigen, Richard L. Feigen & Co.
Carrie Springer, Curator
Dan Cameron, Founder and Artistic Director of Prospect New Orleans and Director of Visual Art, Center for Contemporary Arts (CAC), New Orleans
James Yood, Critic, Artforum International
Beth Rudin Dewoody, Collector
Samuel Messer, Associate Dean, Yale School of Art and Director, Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk
Edouard Steinhauer, Artistic Director, Verge

ABOUT VERGE
Verge is an international platform for the most exciting and interesting in new and emerging art. Verge exists to establish boundaries of the extraordinary as a counter to the natural compulsion towards stagnation in the way art is evaluated and delivered to the public. Staying true to this necessary state for the advancement of art requires a sustained focus on the best new ideas and practices of those marginal or newly emerging to international art audiences. The satisfaction of this fixed requirement for a healthy and competitive artistic culture is at the core of Verge as an international exposition of the highest quality artistic production and the galleries, museums and audiences who sustain it.

A Press Packet has also been made available for download with an print-quality, high-res image archive and materials for use by media and can be downloaded here from the VERGE Press center.

INTERVIEW REQUESTS
Edouard Steinhauer, Artistic Director for VERGE, is available for interviews. Please forward all interview requests to:

Anna-Maria Cerniglia
VIP & Media Relations
press@vergeartfair.com
+1-312-612-2270

VIP REQUESTS
PLEASE NOTE: All further VIP requests will no longer include admission to the VIP Reception. The Verge VIP Reception event is currently at maximum capacity. This event is not open to the public.