Art Naples 2012 Presents Iconic Artists ofthe 20th and 21st Century for Sale

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 or 239-949-5411. Norman RockwellGirl Asking Directions in French, 1932Courtesy of Island Weiss Gallery, New York



American International Fine Art Fair 2012

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 Economistwill moderate a roundtable discussion and Erin Coe, Curator at the Hyde Collection, will present an informative lecture, “Georgia O’Keeffe at Lake George.”

Jesus Manuel Rojas Torres on his way to a Historic Journey to Shanghai Art Fair

American Pavilion, Shanghai Art Fair

Naples, Florida (Naples Art News)– Florida International University alumnus,Jesus Manuel Rojas Torres M.S’05will travel this week to Shanghai, China to cover the inaugural American Pavilion, Shanghai Art Fair 2011.

Rojas Torres, a Venezuelan-born Internationalist & Blogger based in Miami since 1995, is the Founder & Publisher for What’s Up Miami?, the forward-looking art & culture blog and for La Columna de Jesus, an artistic blog about human consciousness and spirituality.

Rojas Torres’ first experience as a graduate student of Journalism was in 2005 when he partnered with Miami-based artist Sinuhe Vega Leiter and with former business partner, Ben Bela Abounassif to create Leiter Gallery, an art space located in Belle Meade outside the arts circuits of Miami.
The creative trio of professionals successfully produced exhibitions such as “Cachao & Friends” a photographic exhibition by Miami Herald’s Carl P. Juste to honor the late Mambo King.

Other unprecedented visual art experiences followed such as “The Art of Living,” and the “Unveiling of the Sculpture Garden.” In less than a year, such artistic involvements allowed Ben Bela Abounassif to start creating his own art and Rojas Torres eventually started to produce art events in alternative spaces such as “Art After Dark & Experimental Innovators”during April 2008 Wynwood Arts Walk.

In November 2009, Rojas Torres created “What’s Up Miami?” to promote Abounassif’s solo exhibition at ICON South Beach during Art Basel Week.  ”One day, it was that simple, I was listening to WVUM 90.5 FM, and I heard Dj Laura of Miami with her sultry voice say, What’s Up Miami? and Eureka! What’s Up Miami? blog was born,” said Rojas Torres in his Examiner column.

For more than a year, Rojas Torres visited galleries throughout Miami and gave free publicity to establish his credibility as a blogger. In April 2010, he was selected by Clarity Media Group to write as an independent contractor the Miami What’s Up Miami? To Cover Shanghai Art Fair and The Inaugural American Pavilion 2011.

In January 2011, Museum Curator & Art Dealer,  Aldo Castillo offered Rojas Torres the opportunity for additional exposure doing publicity for the International Fine Arts Expositions during MIA Art Fair at the Miami Beach Convention Center. His booth was strategically located at the Museum  wing of the fair along with the Lowe Art Museum,  the Frost Art Museum, The Wolfsonian- FIU and the  Bass Museum.

This will be Rojas Torres’ first international experience, a blogger from Miami will document, as reported in the New York Times, “China’s New  Cultural Revolution, A Surge in Art Collecting.”  The pavilion curated by Associate Director, Aldo Castillo, will host the presence of American galleries exhibiting selective Contemporary and Modern: Studio International Art & Design, Galerie Helene Lamarque, Curator’s Voice Art Projects, CFM Gallery, Lowe Art Museum, Rimonin Art Gallery,LGM Internacional, Beaux Arts Gallery, Bandi Trazos Gallery, A. Jain Marunouchi Gallery, Elite Fine Art Editions and Aldo Castillo Gallery.

This inaugural initiative is a collaborative endeavor between Castillo and Bandi–Trazos, a company established in Shanghai, China and Seoul Korea since 2006 developing artists from South and North America.The American Pavilion follows in the footsteps of the Latin-American Pavilion, also organized by Bandi-Trazos since 2007.

American Pavilion – Shanghai Art Fair

Address: 99 Xing Yi Rd., Hong Qiao 

Development Zone, Shanghai. P.R. CHINA

Tel: 86 1370 186 4617