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"Arts for a Better World" feature Cortada's environmental art
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11/30/2010 to 12/5/2010
When: Concurrent with Art Basel Miami Beach week
Where: Arts for a Better World
Soho Studios
2226 northwest 1st avenue
Miami, Florida  33127
United States

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Arts for a Better World is featuring
Xavier Cortada's environmental art and celebrating the success of Cortada's Reclamation Project in reforesting eight acres of mangroves to date. The artist's Installations and paintings of the celebrated coastal plant will be on display from November 30th through December 5th in Miami. 




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ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD Bold Exhibit Features 45+ Established Artists and 400+ Works from North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia
40,000 Sq. Ft. Curated Experience with Thought-Provoking Installations by American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Save the Children and Water.org
Opening Night, November 30, 2010 during Art Basel Week
Left to Right: Osi Audu - Olga Sinclair - Joe Zammit-Lucia - Brandon Opalka
Opening reception: November 30, 2010. 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Location: Soho Studios. NW 22nd Street at NW 1st Avenue, Wynwood Arts District, FL 33127
Dates: Tuesday, November 30 - VIP & Press Preview from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (guest list only)
Opening Celebration from 7:30 to 11:00 p.m. Request an invitation at www.ArtsForABetterWorld.com/opening
Wednesday, December 1 through Friday, December 3 - Open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 4 - Open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 5 (Family Day) - Open to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $10 for adults and free of charge for persons under 18 years and for Art Basel Miami Beach VIPs

Joining Miami's December art scene with élan, ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD ("AFABW") is a bold endeavor to present a large-scale commercial exhibition in benefit of the non-profit community. From December 1 to 5, 2010, more than 45 world-class international and United States artists will share important works across 40,000-square-feet at Soho Studios (NW 22nd Street at NW 1st Avenue, Miami). The largest curated show in the Wynwood Arts District during Miami's famed Art Fair Week, 13 countries will be represented with 400+ works on view. American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, Save the Children and Water.org will also unveil their respective installations, ranging from photography by award-winning professionals to projects that raise awareness for children globally. For more information call 754.423.3226 or visit the website at www.ArtsForABetterWorld.com.

AFABW's transformational message is akin to why the curators selected museum-quality art that offers an introspective lens into understanding contemporary issues and action. Dubbed "the show that wants to change the world" by co-founders Rod and Sandrine Kukurudz and associate curator Ilana Vardy, their conscientious approach in designing this exhibit reinforces its collective message. A healthy "Better World Café," an interactive awareness project utilizing 442 pounds of reusable materials, Family Day on Sunday, December 5, and workshops led by seasoned professionals are all part of AFABW's ambitious program.

Kicking off festivities, the exclusive VIP and Press Preview slated for Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 6:00 (guest list only) will convert the Soho Arts Pavilion & Lounge ("SAPAL") - which will house the major charity projects - into an elegant arts and culinary space. Guests will be privy to complimentary cocktails and delicacies by celebrity chef Florian Bellanger of MadMac and Food Network's "Cupcake Wars". The unique evening will include a special tribute to Haiti and a Sacred Four Directions Ceremony conducted by Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr., member of the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw First Nations. In celebration of the occasion, AFABW will then open its doors from 7:30 to 11:00 p.m. to guests with invitations available upon request at www.ArtsForABetterWorld.com/opening.

Admission is $10 for adults and entry is free of charge for persons under 18 years, members of the Armed Forces and Art Basel VIP Pass holders. A portion of the admissions will go toward funding the transportation of children from their schools to AFABW for weekday field trips.

AFABW artists include: Jorge Aramburu; Philippe Arnoux (15000watts); Osi Audu; David Benainous; David Benoliel; David Bismuth; Henry Bismuth; Ruddy Candillon; Cartooch (15000watts); Wang Chuan; Bruce Colin; Xavier Cortada; Charlelie Couture; Natasha Duwin; Meme Ferre; Marie-Louise Fouchard; Jaime Gil; Janet Slom; Larry Silver; Laurent Harari; Henri Kalama; Francesca Lalanne; Gizou Lamothe; Lika; Miguel Lombardo (15000watts); Filemon Lopez; Jules Lusson; Francis Mampuya; German Matos; Marcus; Luisa Mesa; Deborah Mitchell; Venessa Monokian; Noel Morera (15000watts); Hugo Moro; Brandon Opalka; Ross Power; Asser Saint-Val; Luis Salazar; Ellen Sandor (15000watts); Jerome Soimaud; Gerry Stecca; Joe Zammit-Lucia and Martha Zuik.

More About ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD
ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD was founded in 2009 with the ambitious mission to explore whether art can heal the world. Designed as a thought-provoking, curated experience that features the works of visual artists worldwide, the common thread that unites all participants, partners and sponsors is the shared desire to contribute to a better world for future generations. AFABW is not a charity, and will be donating 5% of total artwork sales to American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Save the Children and Water.org. Please call 754.423.3226 or visit the website for more information at www.ArtsForABetterWorld.com.

ARTS FOR A BETTER WORLD
Soho Studios. NW 22nd Street at NW 1st Avenue
Wynwood Arts District, FL 33127
Ph: 754.423.3226
www.ArtsForABetterWorld.com



  
For more information, please contact: info@ArtsForABetterWorld.com


Proceeds from sales benefit various charities:




About Cortada's environmental art:

Five years ago Miami artist Xavier Cortada brought awareness to the importance of mangroves by launching the Reclamation Project at the Bass Museum of Art. Annually, the eco-art project's volunteers collect mangrove propagules, grow them for several months inside clear cups hanging on Lincoln Road store fronts (earlier site of a mangrove forest), and then plant the seedlings nearby on Biscayne Bay.

Several paintings from this series hang permanently in the newly inaugurated University of Miami Alumni Center; others are on loan to the residence of the US Ambassador to Equatorial Guinea as part of the State Department's Art in Embassies program.


About the artist:

Miami artist Xavier Cortada created art installations at the North Pole and South Pole to address environmental concerns at every point in between. He’s been commissioned to create art for the White House, the World Bank, Miami City Hall, Miami-Dade County Hall, Florida Botanical Gardens, the Miami Art Museum, Museum of Florida History, Miami Science Museum and the Frost Art Museum. Cortada has also developed numerous collaborative art projects globally, including peace murals in Cyprus and Northern Ireland, child welfare murals in Bolivia and Panama, AIDS murals in Geneva and South Africa, and eco-art projects in Holland, Hawaii and Latvia.

Xavier Cortada, "Roots C," (2007)
Xavier Cortada, "Roots C," acrylic on canvas, 48" x 36", 2007 (www.cortada.com)



"Cyan Roots 2" painting by Xavier Cortada, 2006
"Mangrove Roots", a painting by Xavier Cortada, 2007.
Xavier Cortada, "Cyan Roots 2"
acrylic on canvas, 48" x 36", 2006
Xavier Cortada, "Mangrove Roots"
acrylic on canvas, 48" x 36", 2006

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