Merrill Lynch arteamericas, The Latin American Art Fair, Celebrates its Second Year...

Merrill Lynch arteamericas, The Latin American Art Fair, Celebrates its Second Year as the Premier Art Show of Latin America


Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–March 15, 2004–Merrill Lynch arteamericas, the art fair devoted exclusively to art from Latin America, exceeded all expectations with outstanding exhibits, a diverse audience, and good sales at its premier edition, in 2003. Returning for its second edition, arteamericas debuts March 26 through March 29, 2004, at the Coconut Grove Convention Center, Miami, Fla., bringing the best of art from Latin America.

This year, Merrill Lynch arteamericas features 51 leading galleries from 17 countries in Latin America, the United States, Canada, Spain, and Italy. The galleries, curated by a selection committee of art experts, will exhibit works from 187 renowned masters and emerging talents.

“We were overwhelmed by the fair’s initial success and we have clearly answered a demand from the emerging arts scene of Miami. With the genesis of arteamericas, Miami is transforming itself into the art capital of the Americas,” said Leslie Pantin, President, arteamericas.

“The breadth and depth of art showcased at arteamericas confirms the fact that Miami has become the premier `gallery’ of the Americas,” said Emilio Calleja, Vice President, arteamericas.

The exhibition will include paintings, sculptures, photographs, installations and videos, and will also feature a section dedicated to contemporary art trends — Ephemeral Trends II. Art collectors and art experts will be guest speakers at conferences on Latin American art, among other events scheduled during the art show.

Long-established galleries such as Mary-Ann Martin Fine Arts and Nohra Haime from New York will exhibit, along with famous Coral Gables galleries like Cernuda Arte and-up-and coming galleries from Miami’s Design District, such as Marina Kessler Gallery. Galleries from every major city in Latin America are present as well, including, Galeria Ramis Barquet, Monterrey and New York; Galeria El Museo, Bogota; Jacob Karpio Galeria, San Jose; and Praxis Arte Internacional, Buenos Aires. A jewel from the Caribbean is also present: Galeria Lyle O. Reitzel from Santo Domingo.

Additionally, the most important museums that specialize in Latin American art are present, among them, The Museum of Fine Art, Houston; Museo del Barrio, New York; Miami Art Museum, Miami. Important art foundations that work for the promotion of Latin American art, such as, Fundacion Cisneros, Caracas; Fundacion Proa, Buenos Aires and MAC – Miami Art Central, will also be there.

Visitors can also explore an ample variety of published art work books offered by the Miami-based, nationally known bookstore, Books & Books. The attractive fair catalogue will also be available for sale.

Merrill Lynch arteamericas will be open to the public as follows:

— Friday, March 26 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

— Saturday, March 27 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

— Sunday, March 28 from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

— Monday, March 29 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Coconut Grove Convention Center, S. Bayshore Drive and 27th Ave.,

Miami, FL.

Admission is $ 10. (Tickets on sale at the door).

Merrill Lynch arteamericas is sponsored by Merrill Lynch, American Airlines, FedEx, Bacardi, Chrysler, The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, Arte al Dia, Selecta Magazine, Glamour en Espanol, Architectural Digest en Espanol, and Classical 1360 AM.

For additional information on Merrill Lynch arteamericas, please visit or call 305-929-9701.

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Pantin-JGR Public Relations, Miami

Sandra Montenegro, 305-929-9701


Leslie Pantin, 305-929-9726

Merrill Lynch arteamericas, The Latin American Art Fair, Celebrates its Second Year as the Premier Art Show of Latin America