|The Collectors Fair announces the launch of its first edition in Miami, from 17 through 19 January, as a proposal that recognizes and channels the decisive influence of art collecting in the expansion of art.
â€œThe originality of a model of a collectorsâ€™ fair for collectors, where these consign their works to a common space, responds to an unprecedented mobility in the acquisition and circulation of artworks,â€ says the director of The Collectorsâ€™ Fair, Emilio Calleja.
This interesting dynamics is the result of multiple factors: collecting is a never-ending yet ever-changing passion. A collection usually undergoes transformations throughout the life â€“ or with the passage â€“ of different generations, and collectors increasingly envision themselves as temporary guardians of artistic patrimonies that may circulate between different collections.
The fair offers a rotation of artworks that adapts to the changes in the different collections, as well as the possibility that a generation of young people interested in purchasing art may visit a space that is totally unique to start forming their collections with works from other collections, or works which have been included by curators in specific projects.
Several works in The Collectorsâ€™ Fair belong to the masters of Latin American Modernism. Such is the case of the great instigator of American abstract expressionism, Roberto Mata; of Wifredo Lam, capable of incorporating the iconography of several continents in his Caribbean works, and of the Peruvian artist Fernando de Szyszlo, who fused the Inca world with geometric abstraction. There are also works by members of the School of Havana, like JosÃ© Mijares and Cundo BermÃºdez. Other participating Cuban artists include Waldo DÃaz-Balart, Miguel Padura, Carlos Quintana, and Humberto Calzada.
Also featured are contemporary artists from all over the continent, like the Argentinean NicolÃ¡s Leiva, the Americans Patricia Schall-GutiÃ©rrez and Chris Radtke, with works aligned with Post-Minimalism, and the Colombian CÃ©sar Rey, presenting hanging sculptures made from recycled materials. The fair also stages a prominent selection of photographs.Among the collectors participating in Collectors Fair, mention may be made of Rafael Miyar, RaÃºl Cremata, Fernando Uria, Roberto Borlenghi, and Diego Uribe. The fair is also backed by the trajectory of Emilio Calleja, collector and co-founder of arteamÃ©ricas.â€œThe definition of the range of prices admitted â€“ only 500 to 5,000 dollars, with some exceptions â€“ was reached as part of the spirit of The Collectorsâ€™ Fair: to become established as an opportunity, since on the one hand it offers works by well-known artists or from established collections at excellent prices, and on the other hand, it presents works previously included in curated projectsâ€, Calleja explains.The works consigned to be exhibited have been selected and installed in the common space by the organizers of The Collectors Fair. The provenance of the works will be available to the new collector.