FOUNTAIN ART FAIR OPENS THIS THURSDAY DECEMBER 6TH

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December 2, 2012

Fountain Art Fair’s seventh annual Miami exhibition takes place this week, December 6 – 9th, at 2505 North Miami Avenue.  Known for its tendency to take risks and thrill art revelers across the country, Fountain Art Fair showcases a dynamic platform of over 40 cutting-edge exhibitors, performance artists and musical guests adding a surprising twist to the typical Art Basel Miami Beach experience.

Receiving excellent press in advance of the exhibition, Fountain prepares to reach record attendance at this year’s installment. Eden Grey of Art Miami TV writes: “Fountain bears the namesake of Marcel Duchamp’s controversial art piece from 1917, and there is no doubt this exhibit is widely reminiscent of the ground-breaking DADA movement.  DADA challenged art just as the art at Fountain challenges the viewers. These are the artists that live art.”

Grace Exhibition Space returns to Fountain Miami for their 5th year as curator of Contemporary Performance Art throughout the weekend, featuring sensational international performance group NON GRATA.  This wildly experimental Estonian-based collective made infamy in Miami 2010 with their sexual adventures and public destruction of 1986 Ford Tempo housed in the great lawn entrance to the fair. Non-Grata, or not welcome in Latin, prides itself in being a liberator for those whose world of art starts from the point where the art world ends, often including audience members in the performances. Grace Space will also feature durational performances by Igor Josifov, Quinn Dukes, Sindy Butz, Caridad Sola, Willard Morgan and AnalogAnalogue.

Special events include First Look, VIP + Press preview Thursday December 6th from noon till 5pm. Fountain’s Opening Night Reception kicks off the weekend, Friday, December 7th, with a special DJ set by Mr. JPatt, 1/2 of New York City’s The Knocks, spinning until midnight. Continue your Friday night into Saturday morning at Fountain’s Opening Reception After Party. Co-hostedby Creamhotel, at Cafeina Wynwood Lounge, midnight – 5am, the party will be complete with an open dance floor and special guest porcelain dance by circus artist Rebecca Starr.  On Saturday December 8th, join Fountain and The Miami New Times for Brooklyn’s dopest dance party, Tiki Disco.  Paper Magazine buzzes, “Fountain is always a blast with lots of parties and hip art, plus this year they’re hosting a spin-off of Brooklyn’s Tiki Disco party on Saturday night.”

Fountain is pleased to welcome non-profit partner ProjectArt, champions of arts education for NYC youth.  ProjectArt hosts after-school, weekend and summer visual arts education programs that culminates with a professionally curated exhibition at the end of each semester.  Fountain VIPs can look out for Icebox water with ProjectArt campaign stickers in the VIP lounge.  Fountain’s three separate lounges will serve Tito’s Vodka, Fresh Beer, Ty-Ku Sake, Micro Ginger Brew Switchel and Mercy will be providing mixers throughout the night all of which is complimentary with the price of admission. Don’t forget to check out printing sponsor, The Soda Shop and their letterpress printing in the Soda Shop booth and live painting of their 30 ft RV on 26th street.

In collaboration with Living Walls + Samson Contompasis of Albany’s The Marketplace Gallery, Fountain is thrilled to present its legendary street art installation, spanning 175ft and featuring notable international artists: Rone, Australia | LNY, New Jersey | PLF, Atlanta | Trek Matthews, Atlanta | Jaz, Argentina | Elian, Argentina | Ever, Argentina | Dal East, China | Faith 47, South Africa | Molly Rose Freeman, Tennessee | Dustin Spagnola, North Carolina | Pixel Pancho, Italy | Never 2501, Italy | Sam Parker, Atlanta | GILF!, NYC | EnMasse, Canada | Lauren Napolitano, Oakland CA | Joe Iurato, NJ | Anne Preece, LA | Nobody, NYC | Pastel, Argentina | Hec One Love, Miami.

Fountain is now a year-round presence in the Wynwood neighborhood, partnering with 305Green, ArtCycle and ROAM guided street art walking tours.  Learn more about Fountain’s latest local initiatives in our custom-furnished Fountain Community Lounge where you can pick up a limited edition map of the neighborhood. The map is designed to encourage visitors to explore the real Wynwood and its creative culture, which will now include a 3600 square foot Fountain warehouse and exhibition area dedicated to promoting dialog between local and out of town artistic talents.

Fountain Miami 2012 exhibiting galleries and artists include: Amanda Hudson Photography, Asan Gallery, Broadway Gallery, CIG, Creamhotel, Correa, Hagberg, Jimenez, Menard and Stewart, Davis Art Services, EMP Gallery, Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, Evo Love, Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art, Front Room Gallery, Gallery 4, Gallery DEN, Grace Exhibition Space, iArt-4 Collective, Kaboose Gallery, Kathryn Miriam Contemporary, Kevin Kelly, Leo Kesting Gallery, Lindsay Carron, Living Walls, Martha Raoli Project, MCCAIG + WELLES, Miami Street Art Collective curated by Hec One Love, Mighty Tanaka, Mr. Somebody & Mr. Nobody, Murder Lounge, Pete’s Fingers, Pop Mortem, Republic Worldwide, Rush Arts Gallery, Ryan Cronin, Sarah Trouche, Shirah Stern, Solo(s) Project House, Sue Zola, TAXIDERMY, The Marketplace Gallery, The Parlour Bushwick, Working Method, Yes Gallery.

Purchase your VIP and admission tickets in advance for a discounted price.  Among other perks, Fountain VIPs will enjoy access to an exclusive VIP Lounge, outfitted in true Brooklyn style with reclaimed wood by Calvo Designs.  The VIP lounge will feature complimentary cocktails by Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum Punch Bowl.

Be sure to drink Mercy all night long to avoid that Fountain hangover.

Fountain will run from December 6th to 9th in the Wynwood Art District
2505 N Miami Ave. Miami, FL 33127

General Public Hours: Friday & Saturday 12pm – 7pm; Sunday 12 – 5pm
VIP & Press Preview: Thursday December 6, 12pm – 5pm
Opening night reception: JPatt of the Knocks Friday Dec 7th, 7pm to midnight
Opening Night After Party with Creamhotel: 12am – 5am at Cafeina
Miami New Times & Fountain Art Fair Present: Tiki Disco Sat 8th, 7 to Midnight

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