Art Africa Miami debuts in Overtown

admin | 12/7/2011, 9 a.m.

[gallery link="file"] Art Basel Miami has become a true international affair featuring art from around the world. But as Neil Hall, producer and spokesperson for The Urban Collective says, nine years after the launch of the first Art Basel Miami, there still exists only a relatively small number of galleries that exhibit art from the African Diaspora . . . the paucity of venues in Basel week that support and/or promote African art do a disservice to the fair itself, the city which hosts it and leaves a gaping hole, an untold story of the men and women who comprise the vibrant artistic milieu of our community.With that in mind, Miami Black art was featured last Friday, Dec. 2nd, with the first art Africa Miami Contemporary Art Fair in a 5,000 square foot, tent located in historic Overtown. Featured artists included: Adonnis Parker; Adedoba Afolabi; Alan Laird; Anthony Burks; Antonio Roberts; Asser Saint-Val; Bayunga Kialeuka; Carl Craig; Darren Watson; Dinizulu Gene Tinnie; Donald McKnight; Franklin Sinanan; Guy Syllien; James Rush; Kristo Nicolas; Loni Johnson; Omnia Masoud; Nzingah Oniwosan; R. Jackson; Robert McKnight; and Todd Eliott Mansa. The artists come from the U.S., Haiti, the Congo and England. Most now live in South Florida. This project could not have been possible without the City of Miami, especially Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones along with Pieter Bockweg, Clarence Woods and Julia Lopes and the South East Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, Hall added. By D. Kevin McNeir kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com