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Hamptons Artists And Galleries In The Spotlight At 23rd Art Miami And CONTEXT, December 4 To 9

Originally Posted: December 04, 2012

Edward Callaghan

Art Miami runs December 4 through 9, 2012. (Courtesy Photo)

Hamptons artists will be in the spotlight at the 23rd Art Miami, anchor art fair for the city of Miami. Art Miami, the premiere international contemporary and modern art fair, has long been recognized for its high quality presentation of important artworks for the serious international collector. So, it is no surprise that many of the galleries participating will be including works by acclaimed artists from the East End of Long Island alongside such great artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries such as Picasso, Damien Hirst, Raoul Dufy, Chagall, Jean Michel Basquiat, Milton Avery, Alexander Calder, Robert Motherwell, Robert Rauschenberg and scores more of the art world's most celebrated names. Last summer, Art Miami presented the wildly successful inaugural Art Southampton that proved to be a game-changer on the Hamptons cultural landscape.

In addition to the debut of its new sister art fair CONTEXT Art Miami dedicated to presenting emerging and mid-career cutting edge artists, Art Miami will once again offer important contemporary and modern works from over 125 of the world's most prominent galleries. CONTEXT will feature artists from 65 hand selected galleries from around the globe. Last summer Art Miami presented the wildly successful inaugural Art Southampton that proved to be a game-changer on the Hamptons cultural landscape.

A number of galleries from around the world will be featuring works by well known Hamptonites. New York's Hollis Taggert Gallery will be displaying among other important works, Willem De Kooning's "Woman in Motion", a charcoal and oil on vellum mounted on canvas from 1962.

Southampton favorite Roy Lichtenstein's 1994 work "Metallic Brushstroke Head" as well as works by Shelter Island sculptor John Chamberlain will be shown by Munich's Galerie Terminus.

KM Fine Arts of Chicago will showcase Southampton's own, Jeff Muhs who will be showing new paintings and concrete sculptures including his latest piece "Figure Training", a corset covered bust.

"Figure Training" by Jeff Mush. (Courtesy Photo)

Another Chicago gallery Kasia Kay Art Projects will present new works by the irrepressible painter and performance artist Kevin Berlin, a major figure on the Hamptons scene when not in his studio in Italy or romping with Siberian tigers in Russia. "His Lady and Tiger" is among the featured works. Antoine Helwaser Gallery of New York's offerings include significant works by Cindy Sherman, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.

Mark Borghi, long a fixture on the Hampton art scene with his gallery in Bridgehampton, will be showing works by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein and Toronto's well respected Contessa Gallery will show works by de Kooning and Lichtenstein. Springs sculptor Phyllis Hammond will be included in the Denise Bibro Fine Arts booth.

Both Palm Beach's Arcature and Miami's 101 Exhibit will showcase works by longtime Hamptons favorite Larry Rivers. Eric Fischl, whose triptych "Scarsdale" was a major hit at the opening of the new Parrish Art Museum, will be shown by three galleries: Contessa Gallery, Jim Kempner Fine Art, and Mark Borghi Fine Art. Works by Chuck Close will be shown by no less than five galleries - Contessa Gallery, Pace Prints, Jim Kempner Fine Art, Zadok Gallery, and Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art.

One of the highlights of thee CONTEXT Art Fair will be the controversial "Banksy Out of Context" presented Art Miami, in conjunction with new-photo sharing platform I PXL U (www.ipxlu.com), founded by noted Southampton gallery owner Stephan Keszler. The exhibit consists of five wall reliefs equaling six-and-a-half tons in weight, each one showcasing one of the most iconic stencils by the most relevant street artist in the world, encourages the debate about 'site-specific' street art outside of its original context; a very divisive issue within the art community.

At the same time, it presents an arena for the public to enter the debate and participate in the discussion. Although the five walls are privately owned and not for sale, I PXL U, and BANKROBBER who will be exhibiting in CONTEXT Art Miami, have come together to offer collectors, artists, connoisseurs and VIP fair guests the rare opportunity to acquire works from a limited showing of a selection of the artists most iconic editioned works, including a rare "Kate Moss AP" and a unique hand-decorated example of the artist's first ever "Rude Copper" print. BANKROBBER also specializes in salvaging, sourcing and restoring original works by the artist known as BANKSY. The wall reliefs will be kept secret until the grand VIP Preview taking place on December 4, 2012, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. when they will be unveiled.

"Lady And The Tiger" by Kevin Berlin. (Courtesy Photo)

Art Miami, LLC, is a partnership consisting of art and media industry veterans Nick Korniloff, Mike Tansey and Brian Tyler. Art Miami, LLC, produces Art Miami (www.art-miami.com), Miami's longest-running contemporary art fair, CONTEXT Art Miami (www.contextartmiami.com), Art Wynwood (www.art-wynwood.com), and the prestigious Art Southampton (www.art-southampton.com).

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