Pigment International hosts dazzling debut during Art Miami / Art Basel 2018
(CHICAGO) — PIGMENT International’s three-day exhibition and sale was a tour de force, bringing 15 multi-talented Chicago based artists and their original work to Miami during what is inarguably the largest art event in the country. The contemporary works included oil, acrylic and multi-media paintings and sculpture. The show was held on the rooftop of the Penthouse at Riverside Wharf with spectacular views of the Miami skyline.
The curated celebration featured works by Pigment International’s founding member artists Paul Branton, Edo White, Gerald Griffin, Jason E. Jones, Blake Lenoir, James Nelson, Dana Todd Pope, Pearlie Taylor, Raymond Thomas, Martha Wade, Minnie Watkins and Reisha Williams. Special guest artists Ferrari Sheppard and Shawn Warren joined Pigment in Miami.
The exhibition opened with a Collectors Talk focused on the buying, valuation and sale of art. Participating were Art Appraiser Diane Carr, noted and iconic New York collector and financier Russell Goings, noted Chicago collector Dan Parker. The session was moderated by Atlanta gallery owner September Gray.
Revered artists Frank Frazier received the Arts Pioneer Award recognizing his more than 50 years of artistic excellence and social activism and fine artist and sculptor Gerald Griffin was acknowledged with the Arts Innovator’s Award. Grammy award winning singer, song writer, and producer Rhymefest (Che Smith) also performed during the event.
Not content to just showcase fine art, Pigment also launched the inaugural issue of Pigment, the Magazine, a bi-annual art publication with the tag line Art, Innovation and Curation. The art-filled magazine, designed by Pigment artist Raymond Thomas, included stories of artists, collectors and curators. The organization will host a launch party in Chicago as it begins to distribute the publication.
In addition to the one-of-a-kind artwork exhibited there were a number of special surprises for those attending the exhibit. Presenting Sponsor Acura lifted a Valencia Red 2019 NSX sportscar onto the roof of the Penthouse Riverside Wharf where attendees could learn more about the sportscar designed by Acura’s first female exterior designer Michelle Christensen.
Pigment International ended the week with an Art Talk at the Betsy Hotelon Saturday, entitled “Generation Shifts, Generations of Creativity,” where the conversation shifted to the next generation of creators and collectors. The talk featured father and daughter artists, Eugene ‘Eda’ Wadeand Martha Wade.
The collective, founded by three African American Women, is planning a multi-city tour in 2019 that culminates with a celebration of Black Fine Art Month in October.
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