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Art Miami team launching New York City fair

Art Miami is set up again in Midtown, on NE First Avenue at 31st Street.
Art Miami is set up again in Midtown, on NE First Avenue at 31st Street.

A day before the 25th edition of Art Miami opens to the general public, the fair’s ownership team announced the launch of Art Miami New York.

The new international contemporary art fair will debut on May 14 during one of New York City’s busiest art weeks. Art Miami New York will kick off with an invitation-only VIP preview and run through May 17 at Pier 94, Art Miami announced Tuesday morning.

“We are taking the Art Miami model and we’re bringing it to New York in May during Frieze Week, with the Frieze Art Fair and major contemporary and post-war auctions by Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips,” Art Miami partner Nick Korniloff said. “This is a big statement not just for our organization but for the cultural awareness and continued development of Miami by bringing the brand to New York in a sophisticated and strong way.”

Korniloff said Pier 94, at 55th Street and West Side Highway in Midtown Manhattan, is already a well-known venue in the art collecting community because it hosts the Armory Show every March. “Art Miami New York will complement Frieze as we do for Art Basel on Miami Beach,” Korniloff said. Indeed, Art Miami, which debuted in 1991 as a regional show, has catapulted to the No. 2 spot on the Art Week calendar.

Art Miami New York estimates that works of art — both new art and never-before-seen works from the secondary market — from nearly 1,200 artists from more than 60 countries will be on display at the fair. For more information, visit www.artmiaminewyork.com.

Art Miami New York is produced by Art Miami’s partnership of media industry veterans Korniloff, Mike Tansey and Brian Tyler. In addition to Art Miami, the ownership team also operates CONTEXT and Aqua, all here this week, and Art Wynwood in February. Outside Miami-Dade, it produces CONTEXT New York, Art Southampton and Art Silicon Valley / San Francisco Fairs.

While entering the New York market is a big financial step for the organization, Korniloff said, the ownership team is also continuing to invest in its network of galleries, including this year in “new walls” for the fair.

After VIP openings, Art Miami opens to the general public Wednesday through Sunday in Midtown Miami; CONTEXT runs at the same time and location; Aqua opens Thursday through Sunday on Miami Beach.

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