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Introducing Miami's New, Cutting Edge Art Fair

By S. Mathur

Every year in December, the art world migrates south to Miami for a series of fairs and exhibitions. The Miami Project is a relative newcomer to the Miami art scene but has quickly established its own style and identity at the cutting edge.

Communications Associate Allison Levitan says that "Miami Project is a contemporary and modern art fair that takes place every year during Miami Art Week. Beginning in 2012, Miami Project has offered visitors singular exhibitions by the country's top galleries and afforded the opportunity to experience modernist masterpieces alongside the work of some of the world's finest emerging and mid-career contemporary artists."

Modern and contemporary galleries from around the world are chosen to exhibit their work through a rolling application process. The Miami Project is produced by Art Market Productions, which has produced art fairs since 2011. The fairs, including Art on Paper NY, Art Market San Francisco, Market Art + Design, Seattle Art Fair, Texas Contemporary, and Miami Project, and aim to connect collectors with dealers. The fairs create platforms and networks connecting dealers, curators and galleries.

The fourth Miami Project in December 2015 exhibited the work of over 50 galleries. Levitan says that "At Miami Project, we are proud to present galleries and artists from all over the world and bring them to audiences who otherwise would not be able to see their work. We strive to consistently create a fair that engages audiences year after year ? Miami Project 2016 will continue that tradition. Hosting the fair in Miami allows us to engage with the amazing and vibrant culture of the city."

Special installations and projects explored issues connected to the environment, globalization and gun violence. Galleries exhibiting at the December 2015 fair included established names like Adelson Galleries, Avery Galleries, Debra Force Fine Art, Inc and Hirschl & Adler Modern as well as relative newcomers like Victori+Mo, SVA Galleries, Sasha Wolf, Catherine Clark, and Electric Works.

In an interview with ARTINFO, Max Fishko, a managing partner of Art Market Productions said that what was unique to the Miami Prohect was the matching of historical pieces to works by contemporary artists: "There aren't going to be a lot of places outside the convention center where you can go see an Edward Hopper next to a contemporary piece. What we think is a less explored area is between the midcareer artist and the historical."

Within four years, the Miami Project has established itself as a home for established and contemporary art. Cultural partners include leading museums, curators and dealers including the Bass Museum of Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Guggenheim Young Collectors Council, HistoryMiami, Miami International University of Art & Design and others.

As a major event in the world of art and collecting, Miami Project offers visitors trendsetting food and drink including cocktails from The Broken Shaker, food from Black Tree and Big Mozz, and speciality coconut drinks and coffee.

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