Before the Flood: Art Miami Sneak Preview Tonight

by R. Couri Hay Photographed by Annie Watt
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

“This is the bellwether for the art fair market in America, and it only gets stronger,” said Nick Korniloff, director of Art Miami, which is the city’s original and longest running contemporary and modern art fair. “Everyone in the art world descends on Miami for this important cultural event.” 

Art Miami, along with its sister fair, CONTEXT is set to debut its new waterfront location on Biscayne Bay for it’s 28th installment and will kick off Miami Art Week; starting tonight with a VIP Private Preview before opening to the public on December 6th through the 10th. This year’s preview will benefit the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) for the sixth consecutive year.

Art Miami has already donated more than $150,000 to further the museum’s mission and expand its collection.

“Every year the quality of works shown at Art Miami and CONTEXT are unparalleled and this year will be better than ever, “said Korniloff whose fairs attract over 75,000 people every year. As always, this year’s Art Miami will showcase an array of iconic and exemplary works, dynamic projects and special installations from more than 140 international galleries from over 22 countries.  

This year, Art Miami’s sister fair CONTEXT Art Miami will present over 100 contemporary galleries featuring one-of-a-kind talent from emerging and established galleries including ANNA ZORINA GALLERY, Corey Helford Gallery and 11.12 Gallery.

The fairs, along with Art Basel Miami, which opens Thursday, have earned a reputation for bringing out serious collectors, art dealers, curators, advisors and representatives from the world’s top museums.

“It is time for us to create a new opportunity for our organization, our clients and our community as we move both Art Miami and CONTEXT to one of the most prestigious waterfront locations in the city, One Herald Plaza, on Biscayne Bay,” said Korniloff.

As Partner, Show Director and Executive VP of Art Miami,  Korniloff oversees the management and creative direction for Art Miami, CONTEXT, Aqua Art Miami, Art Wynwood, Art NY and CONTEXT NY and Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary.  Over two decades Korniloff has created new opportunities for the international art community through the development of new art fairs and collaborative partnerships that have attracted some of the most prestigious galleries both in the contemporary and classical markets.

Last summer soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Lionel Messi and Neymar had their portraits displayed at Casa Clasico presented by Art Miami. Adrian Brody and Metallica’s Jason Newsted have shown paintings at Korniloff’s fairs. Past exhibitors include ARCHEUS / POST-MODERN, Osborne Samuel and Vertes.

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