Unprecedented, Monumental Warhol Exhibition to Be Featured at Overture Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach 2012

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ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD (AFABW) truly combines fine art with social responsibility as it presents ‘100 Warhols, an Overview’ and launches ‘Sponsor a School Art Program.’

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"We believe in our mission of being the only international art fair to strongly and consistently promote corporate social responsibility by using the arts as a vehicle for positive change." - Rod Kukurudz, co-founder, Arts For A Better World

ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD (AFABW), which promotes the arts as a change agent for social responsibility, will return for its third edition during Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 with Overture, its newly designed and enhanced international platform for contemporary art. In addition to a dynamic group of international galleries, the central exhibit to be featured will be one unmatched in the history of art fairs, “100 Warhols, an Overview: Painting, Drawing, Collage, Unique Work on Paper, Trial Proofs and Edition Prints,” presented in association with Overture’s cultural partner Taglialatella Galleries. With expected foot-traffic of more than 30,000, this high-wattage edition is anticipated to be Overture’s largest and most attended to date.

The exhibition will celebrate the iconic artist’s accomplishments and contributions as a leading figure of the American Pop Art movement and features works in a variety of media from Warhol’s early years to his final paintings, including classic pieces and some works rarely before exhibited to the public. Among the seldom-seen works to be included is the Flash—November 22, 1963 portfolio in its entirety, which Warhol created in 1968 in response to the national trauma of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. A rare, large-scale portrait of ’80s pop star and fashion icon Debbie Harry and an intimate rendering of Archie, the artist’s much loved dachshund, will also be presented to the collectors during these 5 exceptional days.

“With a 2012 thematic curatorial focus on the phenomenon of ‘Popular Culture,’ OVERTURE will celebrate the Pop Art Movement with works by 20th Century American masters alongside 21st Century international artists that have been influenced by—or work within the premises of—our contemporary culture. More than ever, we believe in our mission of being the only international art fair to strongly and consistently promote corporate social responsibility by using the arts as a vehicle for positive change. That is why we are launching our ‘Sponsor a School Art Program’ in 2012 for our exhibitors and for the art community at large,” added Rod Kukurudz, co-founder, AFABW.

Additional participating artists in Overture include: Arman, Jean Michel Basquiat, Botero, Robert Cottingham, Salvador Dali, Jim Dime, Jordan Eagles, Keith Harring, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Alex Katz, David La Chapelle, Julian Lennon, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Longo, Marilyn Minter, Robert Motherwell, Burton Morris, James Rosenquist, Franck Stella, Jean Wells, Tom Wesselmann and Russell Young. Overture participating galleries: Art(n), Artists 4 Israel, Art Link International, Art SAWA, AW Massey Fine Art, AC Fine Art, Causey Contemporary, Ela Acosta, Exhibit A Fine Art, Hal Katzen Gallery, Hamburg Kennedy Photographs, Shlomo Harush, Holden Luntz, Julian Lennon Photography, Lulu Galleries, Mariells Seyler, Michael Lisi Fine Art, Octavia Gallery, Studio Opt’arts, Taglialatella Galleries, Urban Art House.

AFABW will leverage the power of the most prestigious art week in the U.S. to launch its “Sponsor a School Art Program,” an important effort to encourage the art community at large to launch art programs in underprivileged schools in their communities. This is a fitting project for Overture, the only art fair during Art Basel Miami Beach with a truly socially responsible mission statement.

Through its efforts and key partnerships, the goal of AFABW is to inspire galleries all around the world to contribute and invest toward the future of our children. As a result of this collective effort, not only is AFABW contributing toward the development of the next great artist, collector and art historian, but also toward a global and tolerant citizen.

  • Location: Entrance at corner of Buena Vista Ave. & NW 34th St., Midtown Miami, (Scope Pavilion). 20,000-square-foot venue located in Midtown’s Art Fair hub. Public parking available.
  • Admission: $15 for adults, free of charge for children under 18 years of age, members of the Armed Forces and VIP Pass holders.
  • Key dates and hours:

Media preview: Dec. 4, 2012

VIP Opening: Dec. 4, 2012, 7-9 p.m. (By invitation only)

An Evening at Rao’s in Miami: A benefit for the Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School of East Harlem, N.Y., in association with KMTaglialatella Foundation, Rao’s Restaurant of New York, and AFABW. The Reception will feature a live auction for two tables for dinner at Rao’s and special gift bags for the first 100 donors of $250 or more, which will include a sampling of Rao’s Specialty Food items and a Rao’s cookbook signed by actor and Rao’s coowner Frank Pellegrino. Sampling of Rao’s Pastas and sauces will be served during the Opening Reception.

Exhibition: Dec. 5-9, 2012, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Warhol Collector’s Dinner: Dec. 6, 2012, 8 p.m. (Guest list only)

Overture’s annual private collectors’ Gourmet dinner will be a tribute to Andy Warhol. To complement its featured international galleries, Overture will present an extensive VIP Program with special events, including private collector receptions and tours. For more information please visit: http://www.overtureartfair.com.

About ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD

International in scope and vision, ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD develops projects and hosts philanthropic events through key partnerships with corporations, luxury brands, foundations and the arts community at large. The principal goal of ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD is to promote social responsibility by using the arts as a vehicle for change. This year, with the ambition inspiring art galleries and dealers, ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD is offering a substantial reduction on the cost of each booth for any exhibitor signing the “Pledge to Sponsor a School Art Program.” For more information, go to http://www.artsforabetterworld.com.

ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD is made possible thanks to its generous and dedicated sponsors and partners including: Chopard, Designer Eyes, MGI Digital, OIA Insurance, Magic 102.7, Addison House, Wells Fargo, Havas PR, Paul Bakery and Empty Kingdom.

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