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Aqua Art Miami celebrates 13th edition with strongest sales & attendance to date
Bill Arning with artist Jan Rattia.

MIAMI, FLA.- Aqua Art Miami, the sister satellite fair to Art Miami, celebrated an incredibly successful five-day fair for their 13th edition at the Aqua Hotel. This year, the fair reported impressive attendance and sales with more than 11,500 collectors, curators, art advisors, artists and museum professionals, and more than 3,750 prestigious art collectors, connoisseurs, advisors and notable museum professionals at the VIP Preview.

Fair Director, Grela Orihuela, carefully curated a selection of 52 international galleries that highlighted emerging and mid-career artists from around the world. 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.

Aqua Art Miami continued to solidify itself as a completely unique fair with mass appeal for those looking to procure works by young, emerging and mid-career artists with a variety of notable guests seen throughout the week including 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, Alex Nyerges, 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.

Aqua Art Miami is the perfect fair for those looking to acquire artwork 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 said “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.”

Sale highlights included:

· Stick Together Gallery placed all of Max Zorn’s new collection with the sales valued at over $100,000.

· BP Project sold ten pieces by Maryam Alakbarli – a young female artist with Down Syndrome whose fans include Juliette Binoche, John Travolta, Gérard Depardieu, for $40,000.

· Black Ship and &gallery placed several works including Love Is No Game by Bernadette Despujols for $22,000 as well as two Love Dolls by the same artist; a Valeria Krasavina installation for $5,000; Bling Blmg Big by Keyser Siso, and Leslie Chacon’s 11-piece Seaside Series collection entitled Caribbean Seaside Imagery for $13,000.

· Galerie LeRoyer placed five works by Rock Therrien including OMG, ROCKETMAN, PORN STAR, BACK OFF and WTF totaling sales of $18,000.

· Cindy Lisica Gallery placed two pieces by Emilie Duval including The Predictive Order of Algorithm from 2017 for $9,000 and Ripple Order from 2017 for $5,000, in addition to Beer Can by Jeff Schwarz.

· reference: contemporary placed Blue Fallacy One and Blue Fallacy Two by Kal Mansur from 2017 for $9,000, Gray Sojourn One by Kal Mansur from 2017 for $3,500, and seven small hand-cast acrylic sculptures by Courtlandt Swartz from the series Fractions.

· Exhibit A placed Whittling from 2015 by Samuel C. Guy for $9,400, four pieces by Ronald Gonzalez including three of his 24-inch-tall ‘Black Figures,’ including Spector, Mute and Cage, all from 2015, for a combined price of $8,160, Voltage from 2015 for $3,000, as well as Robin Whiteman’s Which Way from 2016, Quiet from 2017, and Messenger from 2015 which was sold to TV personality Robert Verdi.

· glave kocen gallery placed the wind carried it in its belly, the city nursed it by Josh George for $5,000, and Smoke and Ashes by Robert Browning for close to $3,000.

· Morphew placed a vintage Comme de Garcon black trench coat for $3,800.

· Galleria Ca' d'Oro placed Red, White, Bike from 2017 by Erika Calesini; as well as three Snails from 2016 by Cracking Art.

· &gallery placed two oil paintings from Patrícia Schnall Gutierrez from 2017.

· AC Contemporary, from Buenos Aires Argentina, sold eight works from a collective of female Chilean artists.

· Tranter-Sinni Gallery placed Red Fox Wisdom by J.F. Albert, Three Sisters by Rob Martin, and two prints from 2017 by Jay Bell Red Bird.

· Studio A sold 20 paintings by Josh Wingerter all from 2017 including four Muhammad Ali, four Frank Sinatra, four Wonder Woman - Lynda Carter, four Audrey Hepburn, and four Elvis Presley.

The fair also featured an exciting selection of special projects in the hotel lobby and idyllic courtyard, including LOVE, created by Burning Man breakout star, Laura Kimpton and presented by HG Contemporary which was located at the entrance of the hotel to greet fairgoers. Once inside the lobby, artist and fashion designer BAS Kosters creations were presented by Amsterdam’s Rademakers Gallery, while Cindy Lisica Gallery’s pop-up shop offered a curated selection of original artwork and collectable art objects, photography, limited edition prints and books.

AQUA Art Miami also hosted a selection of curated special projects and enchanting performance pieces. Black Ship presented AQUA Moments with Bea Pernia, a multimedia performance artist, who provided the musical background for the VIP Preview, and attendees crowded around tattoo artist Thea Duskin, who offered single-session original tattoos to fairgoers presented by Richmond’s Ghostprint Gallery.

New York’s Morphew presented “Which Comes First, the Art or the Fashion?”, an art gallery and shop that featured avant-garde luxury vintage fashion designs, an installation dedicated to Keith Haring and a collaboration with Kara Ross and UNLEASHED, which featured three original works that utilized vintage textiles and celebrated a collective of artisan women, who are experts in the art of hand beading from Bareilly, India.

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