Art Miami Returns with Special Exhibitions

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MIAMI--Art Miami returns for the 11th year to the Miami Beach Convention Center Jan. 18 to 22 to present South Florida's top annual exposition of modern and contemporary art. Long regarded as a forum for international exhibitors to present a broad range of artistic talent to collectors, curators and arts professionals, Art Miami 2001 will also feature special exhibitions.

For 2001, show director Ilana Vardy plans to increase the show's cutting-edge component, while upgrading and expanding its stable of respected galleries. Currents, a section within the fair devoted to emerging galleries with little or no exposure in contemporary art fairs, will give young dealers the opportunity to feature edgier works. Also on tap is Mega Fino, a survey of cutting-edge artists from Miami, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Organized by Peter Doroshenko, director of the Institute of Visual Arts at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Mega Fino will feature site-specific works by Jose Gabriel Fernandez (Venezuela), Naomi Fisher (USA), Laura Hamilton (Jamaica), Quisqueya Henriquez (Venezuela), Priscilla Monge (Costa Rica), Aaron Salabarria (Puerto Rico), Rosangela Renno (Brazil) and Eugenia Vargas (USA), among others. Mega Fino will also feature installations outside Art Miami in public spaces throughout Miami Beach.

Project Rooms, a series of individually curated solo exhibitions, will also make its debut at Art Miami. A group of artists from Europe, Latin America and the United States will be selected by an international panel of curators who will then design solo exhibition spaces within the exposition. "The concept of Project Rooms is all-inclusive: it supports artists, curators, museums, galleries and the public," said Vardy. …