Art Basel Miami Beach 2012
ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD (AFABW), which promotes the arts as a change agent for social responsibility, will return for its third edition during Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 with Overture, its newly designed and enhanced international platform for contemporary art. In addition to a dynamic group of international galleries, the central exhibit to be featured will be one unmatched in the history of art fairs, “100 Warhols, an Overview: Painting, Drawing, Collage, Unique Work on Paper, Trial Proofs and Edition Prints,” presented in association with Overture’s cultural partner Taglialatella Galleries. With expected foot traffic of more than 30,000, this high-wattage edition is anticipated to be Overture’s largest and most attended to date.
The exhibition will celebrate the iconic artist’s accomplishments and contributions as a leading figure of the American Pop Art movement and features works in a variety of media from Warhol’s early years to his final paintings, including classic pieces and some works rarely before exhibited to the public. Among the seldom-seen works to be included is the Flash—November 22, 1963 portfolio in its entirety, which Warhol created in 1968 in response to the national trauma of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. A rare, large-scale portrait of ’80s pop star and fashion icon Debbie Harry and an intimate rendering of Archie, the artist’s much loved dachshund, will also be presented during these five exceptional days.
In addition, singer-songwriter & philanthropist Julian Lennon will participate in Overture with his fine art photography exhibit. Encouraged by the success of his first-ever exhibition of fine art photography, Timeless, which took place in New York City and Art Basel Miami in 2010, Julian seeks to depict his personal journey as an artist in the midst of unique life experiences.
As a philanthropist himself (founder of the White Feather Foundation, an organization that embraces environmental and humanitarian issues, raises funds for the betterment of all life and honors those who have truly made a difference), Lennon is dedicated to social responsibility. Through his participation in Overture and Art Basel Miami, he will help ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD launch its “Sponsor a School Art Program,” an important effort to encourage the art community at large to launch art programs in underprivileged schools in their communities. This is a fitting project for Overture, the only art fair during Art Basel Miami Beach with a truly socially responsible mission statement.
“More than ever, we believe in our mission of being the only international art fair to strongly and consistently promote corporate social responsibility by using the arts as a vehicle for positive change”, said Sandrine Kukurudz, co-founder, AFABW.
“That is a major belief we share with Julian (Lennon), who is doing incredible work with his White Feather Foundation. He is truly an inspiration for us as we launch our ‘Sponsor a School Art Program’ in 2012 for our exhibitors and for the art community at large,” added Rod Kukurudz, co-founder, AFABW.
Additional participating artists in Overture include: Arman, Jean Michel Basquiat, Botero, Robert Cottingham, Salvador Dali, Jim Dime, Keith Harring, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Alex Katz, David La Chapelle, Julian Lennon, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Longo, Marilyn Minter, Robert Motherwell, Burton Morris, James Rosenquist, Franck Stella, Jean Wells, Tom Wesselmann and Russell Young
Through its efforts and key partnerships, the goal of AFABW is to inspire galleries all around the world to contribute and invest toward the future of our children. As a result of this collective effort, not only is AFABW contributing toward the development of the next great artist, collector and art historian, but also toward a global and tolerant citizen.
• Location: Entrance at corner of Buena Vista Ave. & NW 34th St., Midtown Miami, (Scope Pavilion). 20,000-square-foot venue located in Midtown’s Art Fair hub. Public parking available.
• Admission: $15 for adults, free of charge for children under 18 years of age, members of the Armed Forces and VIP Pass holders.
For more information please visit: www.overtureartfair.com.
To find out more about Julian Lennon’s life and history please visit his official website: www.julianlennon.com. Additional websites include: www.julianlennon-photography.com and www.whitefeatherfoundation.com.
About ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD
International in scope and vision, ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD develops projects and hosts philanthropic events through key partnerships with corporations, luxury brands, foundations and the arts community at large. The principal goal of ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD is to promote social responsibility by using the arts as a vehicle for change. This year, with the ambition of inspiring art galleries and dealers, ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD is offering a substantial reduction on the cost of each booth for any exhibitor signing the “Pledge to Sponsor a School Art Program.” For more information, go to www.artsforabetterworld.com.
ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD is made possible thanks to its generous and dedicated sponsors and partners including: Chopard, Designer Eyes, MGI Digital, OIA Insurance, Magic 102.7, Addison House, Wells Fargo, Havas PR, Paul Bakery and Empty Kingdom.