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SOLD OUT MIAMI: Stick Together at Aqua sells out after third day

Selling work before it’s finished opening night at Aqua Art Miami, photo by Zachary Clark

Well that was a whirlwind. Stick Together Gallery grounded itself on South Beach for the Art Basel Miami Week 2017 within the dapper, art deco deluxe setting of Aqua Art Miami. Max Zorn was the solo showcase, premiering an entire exhibition of new work ranging from cigar box wonders to large unique collector’s items.

And sold out by Saturday. Works were selling before we could put them out. They were selling before they were even complete. They were selling even when they were already sold!? A huge thanks to an incredible vision set out by director Katelijne de Backer, (Art New York & Aqua Art Miami), an on-point exhibitor team, and an enthusiastic crowd of fans, first-time buyers and new and old collectors. Amazing help from our photographer and gallery staff Zach Clark, thanks again for bringing the coffees when we couldn’t leave the floor. And well done Max — those secret naps in “the office” really paid off.

Max Zorn creating live on opening night at Aqua Art Miami, photo by Zachary Clark

Stick Together partners with The RAW Project

CASE, Case Maclaim, Maclaim crew, The RAW Project

Case Maclaim (DE) paint at Eneida M Hartner Elementary a portrait of two students who attend this Wynwood school as part of The RAW Project.

It was pretty much a no brainer to hop on board The RAW Project to help better learning environments for schools and kids that are in need. RAW (Re-imagining the Arts Worldwide) began in 2014 in the heart of Wynwood, Miami, at Jose de Diego  Middle School — a school without an arts class, after school arts programs, low attendance rates and enough violence to keep police officers patrolling campus.

Since then over 80 world-renown artists came to paint its white walls, and the results have led to higher class and school attendance, better test scores, funding for arts programs and a boost in school spirit that’s off the charts. The school graduated from an “F” to a “C’ school. How do we know? The principal says so:

“Jose de Diego MS credits a great percentage of change in their school culture, increase in students attending the school oppose to charter schools and students overall academic performance to the RAW project.” — Principal Dr. Williams.

This December Stick Together invited Shepard Fairey (US), CASE MaClaim (DE), ZED1 (IT), Pipsqueak Was Here! (NL), Inkie (UK) and INO (GR) to join RAW painting Eneida M Hartner Elementary School in Wynwood, Miami.

Here’s what NPR had to say:
“Art That Transformed A Miami Neighborhood Now Making Its Schools Cool”

Stick Together in Cologne for a fall Blooom

Max Zorn, Blooom Art Fair, Stick Together GalleryThe second time around at Cologne’s Art.Fair partner Blooom felt like home for Stick Together. Surrounded by familiar faces of artists and gallerists, Blooom was a well-curated mix of work impossible to ignore. Stick Together fused Max Zorn walls with a collection of prints by Shepard Fairey, Daniel Doebner, PLEASANT, Steve Locatelli, Eelco van den Berg, and Super A. The booth kept busy, with surrounding works by Fin DAC, Innerfields, Eliot The Super, Miss Van and more. Cologne has been a great experience, and the times spent with friends like GO Gallery exploring the city were fantastic. We found out that some tape adhesives have traces of dynamite in the glue — hence the security dog sniffing around. (And no, Max Zorn tape art does not explode like a wall bomb). Art.Fair moves to a new market in Dusseldorf next year November, let’s see what Stick Together can do to make a memorable entrance!

Max Zorn, Blooom Art Fair, Stick Together Gallery

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“Earth Crisis Drop” by Shepard Fairey added to collection

COLLECTION: Stick Together first saw Shepard at Wynwood Walls in 2013 when he was working on his feature mural during Art Basel Miami weekend. With a clipboard in one hand and a composed and confident stance, he oversaw the progress in a calm and observant manner under the shade of a baseball cap. It was special to see this well-known artist smile and make time for fans while keeping an eye always on the developing work. Andre The Giant still has a posse with Stick Together.

As a big fan of Shepard Fairey we are very excited to acquire a slice of his “Earth Crisis” series with this outstanding, powerful print. Read more about Fairey’s Earth Crisis exhibition here at Galerie Itinerrance in Paris until July 30, 2016.

We know Fairey is not about buyers reselling his work, and Stick Together is proud to exhibit a series of Fairey prints to fans as part of our private collection for the time being at our upcoming exhibitions.

This print, “Earth Crisis Drop” sold out in seconds, it’s signed by the artist and numbered 405 of 450, 18in x 24in.

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BBC at Stick Together booth in Singapore for Max Zorn exclusive

MEDIA: Say what you want about the state of our modern media, but it was pretty gratifying to have a news leader like BBC come by the Stick Together Gallery booth for an exclusive interview with Max Zorn at the Affordable Art Fair Singapore. With lights, camera, action in tow, BBC journalists had an hour-long Q&A session with Max about his inspiration behind his works, how the idea began, and how Singaporeans are reacting to his solo showcase as a featured artist of the art fair.

 

 

WATCH BBC INTERVIEW HERE:
Tape artist Max Zorn ‘unbound by time and place’

TED Talks invites Stick Together’s Audrey Sykes and Max Zorn

The global community giant of TED Talks approached Stick Together to present its story and in-house artist Max Zorn to a 400-plus audience at the Technical University of Munich in the name of art and its future. It took hours of practice to get this 15-minute speech down to a tee, memorize it and keep it captivating. Special thanks to the cameraman who refrained from too many close ups — after three back-to-back fairs and little sleep it’s better to get that wide, all-encompassing angle anyway.

Best New Exhibitor, Art Basel Miami weekend wrap up

Award-winning booth at Spectrum Art Fair for Art Basel Miami weekend 2015.

FAIRS: Ask anyone in the industry and they’ll say Art Basel Miami is beautiful, but bananas… a weekend of sleek, shiny, dressed to the 9s Warhol style bananas. The exhibitors, artists, collectors, fair directors, the street artists in Wynwood, the Miami beach hotels, the bars and clubs throughout – it’s about being something everyone is talking about, it’s visual overkill in the most wonderful way, and it’s inspiration, exposure, hand-shaking havoc and artfully adventurous. We at Stick Together just love it.

It’s a positive problem to work with an artist in high enough demand suffering the beauty of always being sold out (Max Zorn is sold out, honestly, all the time). But wow were we thankful to show up fashionably late to Miami with a new collection of Max Zorn in tow. Stick Together rocked and rattled the Miami mainland this year at Spectrum Art Fair with a nearly sold-out booth and accolades aplenty. The booth looked leaner than last year’s break-out Breeder booth at SCOPE (thanks again for the write up Widewalls.ch), and Stick Together won the fair’s Best New Exhibitor award for it.

“Ivory Sky” was featured in the Wall Street Journal as a full-page SPECTRUM Art Fair ad for Art Basel Miami weekend. Brown, red and white packing tape on acrylic glass illuminated with LED custom lightbox. ArtistL Max Zorn. Year: 2015. SOLD

Plus, Max flexed his brain muscle to fill up the booth with fresh work during an already-packed fall of exhibiting and selling, and won Best Artist at the fair for it. And thanks again to Widewalls.ch for ranking Stick Together in the top 10 booths to see at Spectrum out of over 100+.

And to top it off, Spectrum Art air used Max Zorn’s artist “Ivory Sky” as a full-page advertisement in the Wall Street Journal to promote their fair. (And in Stick Together’s opinion, this shows that Max Zorn’s talent and skill at detail and motif can outshine his material of tape on an international audience level…but we knew that already, Max.)

Golden Haze unique work of brown packing tape with hints of red packing tape on acrylic glass illuminated by a custom-framed LED lightbox. Artist: Max Zorn. Year: 2015. SOLD

Stick Together left speechless, again. It wasn’t long ago we were hoisting a DIY exhibition at Wood Tavern and taking sales calls from partygoers at 2am inspired to buy in a late-night gotta-have-it haze in 2013. We tested the waters at SCOPE in 2014, selling to celebrity clients and getting flown to New York for further collector collaborations. And wow, Spectrum Art Fair 2015, you exceeded our expectations on all levels. We will never forget the flurry of buyers, media attention and positive atmosphere. It was an honor to work with you.

Let’s see what 2016 brings Miami!

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