Tony Japour Provides a Sneak Preview of arteaméricas 2011
Anthony Japour (AJ) is an independent curator, private art dealer and owner of AJ Japour Gallery. The gallery deals in contemporary art with a focus on the Chinese Contemporary Art Movement and its relationship to the pillars of Western Contemporary Art. Since 2003, AJ has produced numerous art exhibitions and installations in Miami and South Florida. In addition, the Gallery’s secondary mission is to support organizations dedicated to the health, education, and welfare of children. AJ has served on the Fine Arts Board and the Cultural Arts Council of the City of Miami Beach.
Miami Beach Convention Center
March 25-28, 2011
TTaking a page from the highly successful program of Art Basel-Miami Beach Art Fair but with a wholly Latin American sensibility, arteaméricas is expanding its offerings by including Art Talks 2011 by noted experts in the Latin American Art Movement, namely, Dr. Carol Damian, Professor of Art History in the School of Art and Art History and Director of the Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University and Ricardo Pau-Llosa, widely published poet, collector and authority on Modern Latin American Art. The fair also breaks an ivory tower mentality by fostering ties between the commercial art fair world and the museum world with a special art installation by the Miami Art Museum on the Miami Beach Convention Center premises.
Lydia Rubio (born in Cuba) was originally trained as an architect and urban designer whose work is inspired by poetry and the written word. She translates these concepts into two and three-dimensional works. As a creator of both residential scale and large public art installations, one of Rubio’s best known installations was at the Miami Seaport, entitled “All Night Long We Heard Birds Passing”, 2002 where the artist incorporated words by Christopher Columbus as he explored the same waters that cruise ships leaving the Port of Miami travel today.
Chapel Ave # 258, Colonia San Benito
San Salvador, El Salvador
Luis Cornejo (El Salvador) was raised in a dangerous town in El Salvador; as a child, his mother apparently locked him inside their home before going to work for the day whereby the artist entertained himself with comic books and cartoons. Like many artists within the international contemporary scene, his childhood experiences figure prominently in his artistic oeuvre as he appropriates magazine shots of fashion models and layers elements of Walt Disney characters in a tongue and cheek fashion. In Untitled 2, one sees the familiar mouse ears of Mickey Mouse are added to a supermodel striking a pose.
Cristina Chacon Studio Gallery
3162 Commodore Plaza, Suite 1F2
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Ray Azcuy (Cuban-American) received both his B.A. and M.A. from University of South Florida. His work involves ordinary objects, which he transforms into sculpture and installation. As a visual arts supervisor for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Azcuy has taught at the secondary and college levels and has been involved in art education at the state and national levels.
From his artist statement, Investigating Freedom: “Familiar icons and materials employed in the fabrication focus attention on issues central in the dialogue; necessity versus commodity; earned freedom versus birth right; choice versus mandate. . . .Issues of democracy and human rights are coupled here with the visual language of popular culture, commercial and domestic objects.”
Anthony Japour is an art collector and art advisor. Japour lectures on the Chinese Contemporary Art Movement and its relationship to the pillars of Western Contemporary Art. For over a decade [2002-2012], Japour mounted numerous art exhibitions and installations in Miami Beach and South Florida through AJ Japour Gallery and linked these exhibitions to charity events at his home in South Beach devoted to the health, education and welfare of children. Japour has served on the Fine Arts Board and the Cultural Arts Council of the City of Miami Beach. Japour has been a contributor writing on contemporary art for SocialMiami.com since 2010.