X Contemporary Miami 2015 Reel
http://xcontemporaryart.com December 7 (Miami, FL) - X Contemporary closed its inaugural edition on December 6, 2015 after a successful week of exhibitor presentations, programming and special events. Thousands of visitors including artists, institutional representatives, curators and media professionals from around the globe enjoyed the relaxed viewing space afforded by the expansive booths curated by the fair’s 30 U.S. and international exhibitors from countries including Cuba, Colombia, Germany, and Norway. The first edition of X Contemporary provided viewers with an incredibly rich presentation of Modern and late 20th century works by artists including Grace Hartigan, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Larry Bell, shown alongside acclaimed contemporary artists like Hush, and international artist exhibitions including TIMEBAG from Colombia and Hecho en Cuba, the Cuban art show. A robust program of panel discussions and lectures was curated to complement the fair’s exhibitor presentations. Black Arts Incubator introduced their residency project with Recess in New York City in a panel that included ARTS.BLACK editors Taylor Renee and Jessica Lynne paired with Art Historian, Jessica Bell Brown, and Black Contemporary Art blog founder, Kimberly Drew. Street art veteran Robin Van Arsdol and Dorian Grey Gallery owner, Christopher Pusey, both former friends of Keith Haring in New York City, discussed their friendship with Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat and gossiped about Paolo Buggiani’s private collection of salvaged street art from the 1980s. Particularly unique to this fair was the high number of solo presentations by artists and art collectives. Strong sales were reported by many of these artists including Magda Manotas of Big Hands Studio who sold an untitled painting that towered over fair goers at 10 feet tall by 6 feet long, with two other pieces placed on hold. Artist-duo Vicky Steckel and Ward Stegerhoek of BOSCAR reported sales from their “Feminine Mystic” series, which are monumental C-Print on Plexiglass works. Artist Ruvan Wijesooriya hosted a site-specific installation called “How to Buy Art” during which fairgoers had the opportunity to buy unframed work by the prolific artist in a self-serve fashion. Part social experiment, part relational aesthetics, the project resulted in the sale of 30 pieces, which was 45% of the artist’s booth. Galleries also reported strong sales. Willoughby Arts Advisory reported the sale of sought-after English artist Hush’s “Fade” painting. Robert Fontaine Gallery sold Peter Combe’s “Hell Yes”, a striking illusionary impression employing the use of pilfered paint swatches as a “readymade” palette arranged into discs of color set at 45-degree angles from the page. X Contemporary culminated with an after hours closing party on Saturday, December 5th, celebrating the launch of Uninhibited Urban Art Magazine hosted in partnership with the Wynwood Arts Community and sponsored by Concrete Beach Brewery. Artists, The London Police were in attendance with a live signing of limited edition prints by El Pez Barcelona. Curated by Qi Chi Webster, the evening included music by Aku Orraca from Dragons of Zynth and Tomcat; live art by Kool Koor and Torrick Ablack AKA Toxic; and a live, indoor wall ride by pro skaters Eli Reed and Joel Meinholz. Guests enjoyed free t-shirts, courtesy of menswear brand, Krammer & Stoudt. The combination of local support from the Wynwood Arts community, as well as from art world influencers, collectors and patrons is a strong indicator of the fair’s successful first year. X Contemporary will return to Miami for a second edition in 2016. About X Contemporary X Contemporary is a contemporary art fair established in 2015 under the direction of Crystal Curtis with a focus on key art historical exhibitions alongside today's most prolific visual and live artists.