- America’s Premier Art and Antique Fair Returns to Palm Beach in February
Palm Beach, FL – October 14, 2011- (Naples Art News) Now in its 16th year, American International Fine Art Fair (AIFAF) is one of the premier art, antique and jewelry fair in the United States. In 2012, AIFAF will again gather prestigious galleries and distinguished collectors from around the world during its return to the Palm Beach County Convention Center February 4th-12th, 2012, with a VIP Preview on February 3rd.
The carefully selected presentation will include international dealers representing disciplines of fine art from classical antiquity to contemporary, and an extensive collection of haute and period jewelry. The fair is fully vetted by leading museum curators and experts.
Continuing last year’s successful format, a full schedule of daily activities to coincide with the exhibitions will be included. These activities are comprised of informative lectures from highly respected museum curators and art experts, as well as cocktail parties and other social events.
To ensure all fair attendees receive full knowledge of the outstanding art exhibited at the fair, AIFAF will again partner with Corfield Morris to offer art advisory services to any visitor throughout the duration of the fair. Their team of independent expert advisers will be on hand to guide guests through the fair or straight to whatever they seek.
New to AIFAF in 2012, world-renowned Fabergé will present a special exhibition and lecture series – “Faberge: The Rebirth of an Icon”- lecture by Geza von Habsburg. Paying homage to the legendary Imperial Eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé for the Romanov family, and celebrating the Egg as a timeless universal symbol of life, Fabergé has designed a collection of one-of-a-kind High Jewelry Egg Pendants, Les Fameux de Fabergé. Each design illustrates a traditional Russian proverb, through complex, multi-layered concepts brought to life by the finest craftsmanship in the world today. The first of these creations launched in Paris during Couture Week, July 2011, marking the beginning of a series of twelve High Jewelry Egg Pendants, one for every month of the year. Each pendant, a wearable object of desire, involves a lengthy, exacting and in many cases pioneering fabrication process, pushing boundaries of both design and manufacture, and taking contemporary craftsmanship to a new level of sophistication.
Among highlights for AIFAF’s lecture series this year, Victoria Wyeth, granddaughter of “America’s Painter” Andrew Wyeth will present a special lecture and presentation. Her unique personal perspective offers memories and insights unavailable before to the public. Roger Ward, former Chief Curator at the Norton Museum of Art, will present “Who Owns That Art? Conspicuous Cases of Nazi-Era Restitution” and “Four Rediscovered Old Master Works; Leonardo, Raphael, Breughel and Velazquez.” Bruce Helander, Editor-and-Chief of the Art Economist, will moderate a roundtable discussion and Erin Coe, Curator at the Hyde Collection, will present an informative lecture, “Georgia O’Keeffe at Lake George.”
Norman Rockwell Girl Asking Directions in French, 1932 Courtesy of Island Weiss Gallery, New York
From Modern Masters to Emerging Contemporary Artists
Naples, FL – March 16, 2012 – Art Naples is proud to present the world’s most iconic artists of the 20th and 21st century to the Southwest Florida community. The fair will debut the best in blue chip art from modern masters, to vast wall murals by the next generation of urban artists.
Highlights from modern masters such as Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, and Miro include Dame mi Tomate (1930) by Paul Klee for $1.2 million and a rare 6′ painting from 1979 by Joan Miro valued at $750,000. 20th Century masters set record setting prices at auction and galleries in 2011. Benjamin Genocchio, editor Art & Auction, stated in the March 2012 issue: “There appears to be a consensus among collectors that the value of the 20th century collectables is a safe bet—perhaps safer now than other volatile asset classes, from securities to real estate.”
For the avid American art collectors and enthusiasts, recently discovered Girl Asking Directions in French (1931) by Norman Rockwell will be exhibited publicly for the first time at Art Naples. Winfield’s Porch (1983) by Andrew Wyeth, Shelter by David Salle and Thy Rocks & Rill (The Old Mill) (1942) by Maxfield Parrish also highlight American art. LIFE: Capturing 75 Years of History features magazine photographs including one of America’s most iconic images documenting the end of WWII; VJ Day in Times Square (1945) by Alfred Eisenstaedt is priced at $48,250.
Mainstream Contemporary works by Lichtenstein, Indiana, Basquiat, Bacon, and Close will also be available for purchase. Andy Warhol‘s Pine Barrens Tree Frog, a very rare unique artist proof priced at $82,500, is present along with his iconic Birth of Venus and Liz. Last month marked the 25th anniversary of Andy Warhol’s untimely death. To honor the Pop artist’s life, Bruce Helander from the Art Economist will present the lecture The Legacy of Andy Warhol on Saturday, March 24th from 3-4pm with a champagne reception to follow. Helander will discuss the dynamic life and times of Warhol from birth to death and everything in between, and the extraordinary rise of Warhol in the art market after his death.
Shedding new light on today’s urban artists, Mr. Brainwash, KOBRA, CRASH, Lady Pink, and Daze will make their mark on the Naples community at Art Naples. Graffiti murals take center stage at the fair with a special performance by graffiti artist Jona Cerwinske and a 20′ work by Kobra greeting visitors at the entrance.
This year the fair will feature a special tribute to Studio Glass in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the American Glass Art Movement. The fair will also sponsor special exhibitions, lectures and artist discussions on the history of the American glass art movement and its promising future. Works by pioneers in the field of studio glass include Chilhuly, Toots Zynsky, Dan Dailey, Albert Paley, Howard Ben Tre, and William Morris.
Art enthusiasts will be able to select from over 300 artists including artworks by emerging international artists from $ 300 and up. The fair will include works by studio artisan jewelry designers exhibiting the newest trends in designer one of a kind jewelry.
The Preview evening, March 22, will honor the members Patty and Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art and the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, sponsored by Quail West. The evening will commence with an invitation-only First View from 5:30-7 PM, followed by the Collectors’ Invitational from 7-9:30 PM.
Fair hours are March 23 and 24 from 11AM – 7PM and March 25 and 26 from 11AM – 6PM. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15 for a one-day ticket and $20 for a multi-day ticket; discounted ticket prices are available online. Art Naples is conveniently located off the Immokalee exit on I- 75 at the Naples International Pavilion on the corner of Immokalee and Livingston Roads. For more information please visit the fair’s website at www.artfairnaples.com or 239-949-5411. Norman RockwellGirl Asking Directions in French, 1932Courtesy of Island Weiss Gallery, New York
Frida Kahlo | Autorretrato con Traje de Terciopelo | Oil on canvas | 78 x 61 cms | 1926 Private Collection | Courtesy of Arvil Gallery | Mexico
The aristocratic pose reflects Frida’s interest in the paintings of the Italian Renaissance period. It was painted as a gift for her boyfriend, Alejandro, who had left her suspecting her of infidelities. Alejandro admired Italian Renaissance art and would often give Frida reproductions of Old Masters paintings. “Self-Portrait in a Velvet Dress” is Frida’s interpretation of Botticelli‘s “Venus” which Alejandro admired. Frida began this self-portrait in the summer of 1926 and sent it to him in late September. On the back of the painting she inscribed a dedication: “For Alex. Frida Kahlo, at the age of 17, September 1926 – Coyoacan -Heute ist Immer Noch” (Today still goes on). In March of 1927, Alejandro’s parents sent him on a four month tour of Europe with his uncle….mainly to separate him from Frida of whom they did not approve. By then Alejandro had also grown tired of Frida and wanted to escape from her “possessive” grip. While he was away, Frida wrote to him often to express her feelings and love for him. Alejandro was supposed to return in July but July came and went and Alejandro was still in Europe. When he finally returned in November there was a brief reconciliation with Frida but soon their relationship diminished and they drifted apart. This self-portrait was one of four paintings that Frida took to show Diego Rivera and ask his opinion of her work. After viewing the paintings, Rivera remarked that he was most interested in this self-portrait “…. because it is the most original” he said.
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Manuel Carbonell sculpture titled “Torso” on display at The von Liebig Art Center.
The Naples Art Association at The von Liebig Art Center has installed a sculpture by Cuban artist Manuel Carbonell at the main entrance to the building. The work, titled “Torso” is a bronze sculpture with black patina. Carbonell is the last of the Cuban modern master sculptors of his generation. His work is often regarded alongside other internationally-known greats including Rodin, Henry Moore, Brancusi, and Lipchitz. His sculptures are unmistakably modern; he masterfully transforms metal materials such as bronze into works of beauty, grace and harmony.
The sculpture will remain on site for at least the next six months. The von Liebig Art Center is located at 585 Park Street in Naples, Florida and is operated by the Naples Art Association, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, please call 239.262.6517 or naplesart.org.