Wednesday, May 14, 2008

“International Art Affairs”

May 15 – 18 2008
For 4 days and 3 nights “International Art Affairs” will feature work by fine artists from Austria, Australia, Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Chile, China, Ethiopia, France, India, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, USA, and other nations in an exhibition of fine art in a variety of media. This survey of international art celebrates the unique position that Washington enjoys in a very intertwined world.

International art affairs involve artists, agents, collectors, dealers, embassies, cultural attaches, galleries, artist representatives, social and art clubs, art and artist promoters, and other participants. The link between the arts and culture of Washington’s international community and DC’s own art scene is at the core of this international art affair.

“International Art Affairs” is a member of Cultural Tourism DC and a participant in the Passport DC program. The four-day art extravaganza beginning on May 15th and ending on May 18th features browsing, seminars on the subjects of collecting Indian contemporary art and about appreciating art, and social afternoons and evenings. Saturday May 17th features “art seminars” and an evening of “browsing and music” featuring views of the Skate Lab from “The Rat Hole” at 1052 9th Street.

The “Blagden Alley” neighborhood, adjacent to the DC Convention Center on 9th Street is the main site of “International Art Affairs”. 35,000 plus square feet of exhibition space in some of the nooks and crannies are being utilized in the art fair – including the building that was home to “Signal 66” one of the most eclectic DC artist studios and concert halls of its time. “Blagden Alley” is bordered by 9th and 10th streets on the east and west and M and N streets on the north and south.

“International Art Affairs” shows that in Washington, D.C., international art is synonymous with its art scene. The art featured in the fair represents creative impulses from many places including Washington.

Works on exhibit include fine arts, digital, and new media, performance art and site-specific works. Featured artists will include: Billy Colbert, Cecilia Biagini, Chris Tousimis, Eames Demetrios, Fernando Canovas, Fernando Molero, Francie Hester, Gonzalo Lebrija, Ivica Volanska, Joan Belmar, Josefina Canal, Laurent Ziegler, Lourenco Goncalves, Maria Elena Naveillan, Marina Podesta, Najwa Jasim, Pooja Coondoo, Raimundo Rubio, Ren Hui, Ren Rong, Wu De Wu, Xevi Vilaro, Yang Tao, and more.

DAY 1: Thursday, May 15th –
Opening Time: 2:00 pm in Blagden Alley @ 1209 10th Street (rear)
Wine reception
Access from 9th or 10th Streets or M or N Streets
Opening night party - 903 N Street (street) 4:30 - 8:00+ pm

DAY 2: Friday, May 16th -
Blagden Alley Open 12:30 to 8:30 pm
Video Art presented at 903 N Street (street) beginning at 2:00 pm
Art Talk: India – An Emerging Art Dynamo @ 926 N Street (rear) / 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Formerly “Signal 66” Artist Studios
Skate Board Demonstration in the Alley @ Skate Club Ramp / 4:00 - 8:30 pm

Day 3: Saturday, May 17th –
Blagden Alley Open 12:30 to 8:00 pm
Video Art presented at 903 N Street (street) beginning at 12:00 pm
Art Talk: International Art Affairs – How they happen?
@ 926 N street (rear) / 3:00 pm
2D and 3D art in Blagden Alley. Evening Social “Looking Through the Rat Hole to the Skate Lab” 1052 9th Street (street) or in Alley (rear).

Day 4: Sunday, May 18th - Open 1:00 to 6:00. Jazz Band 4:00 pm @ 903 N Street Post-brunch gander (The “day after” – 88 hours of art affairs concluded)

Food available by “On The Fly”: Fresh - Local – Fun

Contacts: Fernando Batista 202-413-2687

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