Tuesday, December 4, 2012

MIAMI SAYS “ART” Martin Kreloff Retrospective at the JW Marriott Hotel Miami Reveals Surprising Time-Capsule that Predicted Miami’s Art Evolution - Happening thru December 9th


̶ Martin Kreloff Retrospective at the JW Marriott Hotel Miami

Reveals Surprising Time-Capsule that Predicted Miami’s Art Evolution ̶

Miami’s art community in 1976 was very different than today’s Art Basel-fueled frenzy. But when the city’s cultural leaders were brought together back then by pied-piper artist Martin Kreloff for the original “Miami Says ART,” little did they know as they looked into his camera and shouted “ART” that they were foreshadowing an art destination no one could have dreamed would happen. Thirty five years later, some of these same influencers that shaped Miami’s arts community are being reunited for a retrospective by the visionary artist – and the launch of “Miami Says ART-2.”

Presented by the JW Marriott Hotel Miami (1109 Brickell Avenue), the retrospective runs December 3rd ̶ 9th, ushering in Miami’s Art Basel week. The exhibition will feature portraits from the exhibit and a multimedia documentary with photos and video from 1976, and is open to the public between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
The artist Martin Kreloff says: “It was clear to me back in 1976 that I could capture Miami’s cultural leaders each saying “ART” and turn it into the ultimate group show. Today I am thrilled to present this tribute to Miami’s cultural spirit that has blossomed into a world-class art destination. I am so proud of you, Miami.” The exhibition also features the launch of “Miami Says Art-2,” featuring an online, modern-day cultural time capsule that will honor Miami’s New World School of the Arts (NWSA) throughout its 25th anniversary year of 2013. "This is a terrific opportunity for our students," says Dennis Edwards, Foundation Board Chair for the NWSA. "We are honored to be representing the future in this time-capsule honoring Miami's arts leaders." Students from the NWSA will collaborate on the creation of the new web time-capsule.

“The JW Marriott Hotel Miami is proud to present this one-of-a-kind exhibition during Art Basel Week,” said Florencia Rotemberg, General Manager of the hotel. “We wanted to showcase our commitment to Miami by presenting this truly local retrospective that demonstrates our community’s rich arts history, honoring our cultural leaders, and paying tribute to the New World School of the Arts’ 25th anniversary.”

The exhibition features portraits and photographs of the original ‘cast,’ many of whom have become some of Miami’s (and the nation’s) most renown arts leaders, including: American figurative artist Alex Katz; Arnold L. Lehman, director of the Brooklyn Museum (who presented the original “Miami Says Art” while director of Miami‘s Metropolitan Museum and Art Center); collectors/philanthropists Ruth Shack and Martin Z. Marguiles; Judy Drucker, cultural impresaria; socialite/designer Gloria Vanderbilt; arts publicist Charlie Cinnamon; Miami arts advocate Margarita Cano; legendary gallerists Dorothy Blau, Gloria Luria and Virginia Miller (co-presenter of the 1976 exhibition); abstractionist Lynne Golob Gelfman; and the Founding Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, Lou Anne Colodny.