WHAT: International art agency and mobile gallery, Art Bastion, is planting local roots with the launch of a dedicated space in the Wynwood Arts District at 2085 NW 2nd Avenue.
In celebration, Art Bastion is hosting a private party for media and VIPS on Thursday, October 9th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy live music, wine and catering by local celebrity chef and Palate Party food truck founder Robyn Almodovar (FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen and Food Network’s Food Truck Face Off). The gallery will open to the public that Friday and stay open late for Wynwood Art Walk on Saturday, October 11th.
Cuban-American artist Renelio Marin has been selected as the first artist exhibition. “I aim to use my art to reach a certain level of freedom for humanity and awaken consciousness,” explains Marin who has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide. “I strive to elevate myself above and beyond the constrictions of my upbringing and break apart the limitations of the social cell I was tossed in at birth. Thus, I consider myself a modern artist in ethos and pathos, somebody who doesn’t belong to any social class or any political typecasting.”
Art Bastion was founded by internationally recognized art collector and curator, Sebastiano Varoli, with the mission of discovering and representing artists around the world and introducing their artwork to broader audiences. Varoli has collaborated with renowned art initiatives ranging from the Musée D’Orsay in Paris to the Royal Ballet in London and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.
In addition to showcasing thought-provoking artists, Art Bastion will offer multi-sensory experiences incorporating the art of sound, taste, touch and smell curated by the gallery’s director Alix Charoy. Art Bastion will also serve as an intimate space available for private bookings.
“While Art Bastion boasts strong artistic ties to Paris and New York, we chose to launch our first physical gallery space in Miami’s epicenter of art, fashion, design and food.” Explains Varoli who specializes in art consultation for buyers/sellers, managing collections and organizing “pop-up” exhibitions.
Since the agency began operations in November 2012, Art Bastion has helped and collaborated with artists, collectors, non-profit organizations and galleries around the world including; Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States.
WHERE: Art Bastion
2085 NW 2nd Avenue
Wynwood, Miami 33127
Opens to the Public on Friday, October 9th from 11 am to 6 pm
Extended hours of operation for Wynwood Art Walk on Saturday, October 11th