Day 1 of Art Basel Week Celebrates with 'Miami Says Art-2' Opening Reception

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On day one of Art Basel week, Miami's arts leaders gathered at the Mayfair Hotel for the opening reception of "Miami Says Art-2" to celebrate the cultural trailblazers who helped transform this city into a global art destination.

The exhibition reprises visionary artist Martin Kreloff's groundbreaking 1976 show, where champions of the arts looked into his camera and proclaimed "ART!"

Kreloff brought together a stellar group of more than 100 of Miami's museum and gallery directors, performing arts and cultural leaders (alongside many from his original 1976 "Miami Says Art" cast) to once again exclaim "ART!" into his camera during Art Basel last year, so that he could prepare a time capsule exhibition.

The photos were kept under lock-and-key all year long until this year's opening. The art was transformed into a wall of new portraits by Kreloff alongside his new collaboration with Miami artist Gustavo Oviedo, a black box installation of video and sound art that blended together to create a cultural time capsule showcasing Miami's rise to fame as one of the world's leading art destinations.

The Mayfair Hotel Miami's General Manager Axel Gasser (center) with artists Martin Kreloff and Gustavo Oviedo "Miami Says Art-2 has been an amazing homecoming for me," said Martin Kreloff.

"I am thrilled to pay tribute to the arts leaders that make Miami such a cultural paradise." The exhibition was selected by national and international media as one of the highlights of this year's Art Basel week in Miami, and drew Miami's top cultural and arts leaders.

Photos from "Miami Says Art-2" at The Mayfair Hotel Miami:

Artist Myra Wexler
Martin Kreloff with Dr. Carol Damian, Director & Chief Curator of the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University
Art collector/philanthropist Ruth Shack with Martin Kreloff
Philanthropist Swanee DiMare, CEO of Gribaltar Private Bank & Trust Adolfo Henriques, and Frances Aldrich Sevilla-Sacasa, CEO of Itau Private Bank International Miami
Senator Gwen Margolis, artist Gustavo Oviedo and Arva Moore Parks, Miami historian/author
Harvey Burstein, President of the Burstein Family Foundation and Bibi Andrade, Owner of BB International Productions
Kyle Plyler/Miami model; Katrina Golobowich and Sandy Coffee/The Big Mouth Girlz.
David Vance/Photographer.

"I've collaborated with Miami artist Gustavo Oviedo on a new black box multimedia installation," said Martin Kreloff. "Miami: you really know how to say ART!"

Miami artist Gustavo Oviedo and Martin Kreloff make history happen again
with Miami Says Art-2


"We're proud to kick off Art Basel week as it always should, by honoring the cultural champions so pivotal to Miami's arts evolution," said Axel Gasser, General Manager of The Mayfair Hotel and Spa Miami.

"The Mayfair Hotel experience is like staying within a living, breathing work of art - a true art hotel featuring unparalleled design, architecture, handcrafted details and artistic elements. Miami Says Art-2 also launches the Mayfair's 30th anniversary yearlong celebrations, which will be called "Miami Vices" to showcase the hotel's rich history of elegance, style and lots of Miami-style fun."




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