(New York) This past December 6 – 9th, Fountain Art Fair proudly exhibited a platform of over 40 forward thinking artists, avant-garde galleries, shocking performance art and a 175 ft street art installation that delighted over 6,000 visitors. A fair that prides itself in providing an ambitiously alternative and invigorating exhibition, Caitlin Donohue of the San Francisco Bay Guardian says Fountain “provided a much needed counterpoint to the flash and fade of the rest of the mega-expos.”
Fountain is the ideal fair for those with a true hunger for fresh art. Says Arielle Castillo of Beached Miami, “if you’re a fairly Regular Person, or, more optimistically, a Really Sharp Collector of Up-and-Coming Artists, Fountain is your fair.” Fountain Miami 2012 visitors included founding member of hip-hop label Def Jam Russell Simmons, who lounged in Mighty Tanaka’s multi-faceted installation, and artist Russell Young. In addition to exhibiting works at the fair, photo legend Ricky Powell spent the weekend charming Fountain visitors and exhibitors alike. Fountain welcomed visitors from major institutions including The Whitney Museum, The Chrysler Museum of Art, The Guggenheim, The Miami Art Museum and the Rubell Family Collection.
New and returning exhibitors reported strong and steady sales in excess of $245,000 and growing as post-fair follow ups continue. Says Francesca Arcilesi of Arcilesi | Homberg Fine Art, “we are happy to report that a return client purchased 2 substantial pieces from us and we made a total of 6 sales. We also had a curator from Visual Arts Center of New Jersey express interest in one of our artists.”
Internationally renowned performance art gallery Grace Exhibition Space curated a series with radical Estonian collective NON GRATA, who thrilled late night crowds with live human branding and high-flying light displays. Grace also invited artists Caridad Sola, Igor Josifov, Sindy Butz and AnalogAnalogue to engage Fountain attendees with a variety of serene, spectacular and confrontational works. French performance artist Sarah Trouche suspended herself in the middle of her booth for a breathtaking durational piece.
Atlanta based champions of street art Living Walls curated a massive exhibition of international street artists, including rowdy Canadian group En Masse who live-painted a rowboat in the middle of the lawn. The Soda Shop’s RV and a 15 foot teepee were also live-painted. Kevin Kelly’s solar powered 7ft dodecahedron sculpture on the lawn helped fair-goers recharge their phones on the go.
Musical guests TIKI DISCO, JPatt of The Knocks, Ricky Powell, NSR, Luka Son of Wolf, Eden Grey and Lucas Walters spun wild beats on Friday and Saturday Nights, transforming one of the most progressive satellite fairs of Art Basel Week into slamming dance parties. Friday night’s Opening Reception After Party at Cafeina was a blast. Co-hosted by creamhotel, the event featured a captivating porcelain dance by circus artist Rebecca Starr.
Fountain celebrated its newly permanent presence in the Wynwood community by partnering with Miami-based organizations 305Green.com, ArtCycle, and ROAM guided street art walking tours. The organizations led biking and walking tours throughout the weekend of Wynwood’s world-famous street art, and shared information on the neighborhood in Fountain’s Wynwood Community Lounge.
Fountain invited local writer J.J. Colagrande to be the fair’s first Visiting Writer. Read J.J.’s take on Fountain Art Fair and the Art Basel Miami Beach craziness with J.J. Colagrande, Miami local and current Visiting Writer at the fair. You can read his latest posts on Fountain’s website.
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.
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.
“Born of Williamsburg, this small-scale warehouse fair is all attitude” – The Huffington Post
“Throughout the exhibit, a contemporary activism was present in the art because it seemed to come alive, saturated with expression.” – Eden Grey, ArtReview
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