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#blackandbasel The Exciting Art was at Local Black Art Fairs

#blackandbasel The Exciting Art was at Local Black Art Fairs

Above: Julio de Aponte by Jose Bedia. Photo by Melissa Hunter Davis.

Every year, local Miami art fairs and, galleries and civic groups scramble to be a part of the multimillion-dollar Art Week Miami experience. Curators, both amateur and professional choose local and national artists to represent them and their view of the world. Some make a splash; others a thud. The fairs and exhibits listed below did a phenomenal job showing work by some of the best in African diaspora art.

 

Art Africa Miami: In the seventh year, Art Africa outdid itself. Strong artists with exceptional work, an incredibly diverse crowd and people all over the art world actively looking to go to the Overtown staple means that Art Africa has more than solidified its place in the Miami Art Week fairs.

COUNTDOWN TO #artafricamiami ~ We are thrilled to have @christina.nicola join @artafricamia this December! The youngest artist in the exhibition, Nicola is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.  She’s interested in exploring gender dynamics and the politics of representation as they pertain to the black experience. Her work has built on both the works of Franz Fanon and W.E.B. Dubois's theory of Double Consciousness. ART AFRICA 2017 explores how Black Arts respond to the assaults that currently beset the global African Diaspora and the world at large and how artists of African descent and of the global south create modes of intervention of radical autonomy. For our 7th edition, Art Africa Miami presents ""BACK TO BLACK: No On/Off Ramps"", a multimedia presentation including paintings, sculptures, photography, installation and video as well as performance exploring how alternative narratives confront the resurgence of oppression and the idea of Black arts’ intervention in the cultural sphere as both necessary and urgent. #christinanicola #art #blackart #blackartists #contemporaryart #artbaselmiami #miamiartweek #artlovers #artcollectors #somiami #dontmissout #miamiartscene #miami #historicovertown #africandiasporaart #africandiasporaartists #contemporaryart #artist #artbasel #backtoblack #africandiaspora #artofblackmiami

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COUNTDOWN TO #artafricamiami ~ We are thrilled to have #GeorgeEdozie join @artafricamia this December! Edozie has risen to become the foremost young #Nigerian contemporary artist under 40. In 2014, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami dedicated its Art Basel exhibition to him. George returned to Miami with works that address contemporary issues as they pertain to the African diaspora. His work has been acquired by the Cartier Foundation in Paris. ART AFRICA 2017 explores how Black Arts respond to the assaults that currently beset the global African Diaspora and the world at large and how artists of African descent and of the global south create modes of intervention of radical autonomy. For our 7th edition, Art Africa Miami presents ""BACK TO BLACK: No On/Off Ramps"", a multimedia presentation including paintings, sculptures, photography, installation and video as well as performance exploring how alternative narratives confront the resurgence of oppression and the idea of Black arts’ intervention in the cultural sphere as both necessary and urgent. #georgeedozie #art #blackart #blackartists #contemporaryart #artbaselmiami #miamiartweek #artlovers #artcollectors #somiami #dontmissout #miamiartscene #miami #historicovertown #africandiasporaart #africandiasporaartists #contemporaryart #artist #artbasel #backtoblack #africandiaspora #nigeria #cartier #mocamiami #artofblackmiami

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Prizm Art Fair: As a long supporter of Prizm Art Fair, this year was larger, interesting and boasted an amazing bookstore for a bibliophile like me. It was exciting to see work by newcomers like Jared McGriff and Akilah Watts. Also, Shawn Theodore, Basil Kincaid and Didier Williams were some of the highlights of the week.

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Visionary Aponte: This show, housed at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, told one of the most concise stories during Miami Art Week. Curated by Marie Vickles, Eduard Duval-Carrie, Tosha Grantham, Edda Ferrer, Linda Rodriguez and Laurent Dubois, Visionary Aponte told the story of Jose Antonio Aponte and African in Cuba that led one of the Caribbean’s most prominent slave rebellions. Exciting work by Jose Bedia, Fabiola Jean-Luis, Sanford Biggers and others made this one of the most exciting shows both on and off Miami Beach.

Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom José Bedia, Leonardo Benzant, Sanford Biggers, Juan Roberto Diago, Edouard Duval Carrié, Alexis Esquivel, Teresita Fernández, Fabiola Jean-Louis, Nina Angela Mercer, Clara Morera, Glexis Novoa, Marielle Plaisir, Asser Saint-Val, Jean-Marcel St. Jacques, and Renée Stout. Curated by: Édouard Duval Carrié, Artistic Director, HCAA and the Global/Borderless Caribbean Series Tosha Grantham, Coordinating Curator, Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom Maria Vickles, Curator-in-Residence Little Haiti Cultural Complex with: Ada Ferrer, Ph.D., New York University Linda Rodriguez, Ph.D., New York University Laurent Dubois, Ph.D., Duke University Program: Opening Reception: Friday, December 8: 10 am – 12 pm: VIP Vernissage & Press Event 12 – 2 pm: Artist/Curator Roundtable Saturday and Sunday, December 9 & 10: Center Open to the Public: 10 am – 6 pm Saturday, January 13, 2018: José Antonio Aponte Symposium: After Symposium to a Panel Discussion: 2 – 6 pm Open to the Public: 12 – 6 pm Little Haiti Cultural Complex Art Gallery Art Basel Miami 2017 December 8, 2017 – January 20, 2018 212-260 NE 59th Terrace Miami, FL 33137 http://littlehaiticulturalcenter.com/ Art Basel Hours: Sunday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission: Free and Open to the Public #Sculpture #beads #painting #assemblage #contemporaryart #worksOnPaper #TheTongueOnTheBladeSerenadeForAponteAndAllThoseWhoHaveVision #VisionaryAponteArtAndBlackFreedom #LittleHaitiCulturalComplex #MiamiBasel #Miami #Artist #LeonardoBenzant #collector #curator #JoseBedia #ReneeStout #SanfordBiggers #TeresitaFernandez and #others

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