The lowdown: Video chats take on a whole new meaning at Avant Gallery. The futuristic showroom utilizes video platforms such as Apple Facetime, Google + Hangout, Skype and Facebook video chat as a means to peruse art in either of its Miami Beach or Aventura Mall pop-up locations through its program “Arteleport.” In fact, you can even make an appointment with the gallery and video chat from the comfort of your living room.
Says Avant Gallery owner Dmitry Prut: “With Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 5’s Facetime capabilities of connecting people over cellular networks, plus Google’s announcement of its Glass video eyewear, Avant Gallery’s ability to connect with clients over mobile will grow exponentially in coming months. This really is a whole new way to shop.”
The ‘hood: Avant Gallery calls Miami Beach home on 23rd Street and Villa Azure is its neighbor. The Aventura Mall pop-up will be open only through the end of September.
Highlights: Each locale is replete with original paintings, sculptures, figurines, furniture, lighting, carpets and accessories by artists such as Phillipe Starck, Marc Baptiste, Marcel Wanders and more.
The owner says: “As we prepare for Avant Gallery’s ambitious Art Basel Miami Beach exhibition in December, we’re already booking appointments for clients all over the world who will be able to virtually teleport to experience our new collection, even before the doors of the gallery officially open to the public.”
Avant Gallery: 309 23rd St,, Miami Beach, 305-573-8873. Popup location at Aventura Mall; www.avantgallery.com