Native Flags at Verge Art Fair (2008)

ecoartspace presents Cortada’s Native Flags at Verge Art Fair As the Arctic sea ice melts, nations clamor to raise their flags over newly open waters to claim the natural resources that lie beneath them – oil, manganese, diamonds, fish – and to control shipping lanes. Meanwhile, rising sea levels threaten the world below. On June 29th, 2008, Miami artist Xavier Cortada arrived at the North Pole and planted a green flag to “reclaim it for nature.” Cortada created this NYFA sponsored artist project to engage people globally to help slow the polar thaw: Participants plant a native tree next to a green flag at home and ask their neighbors to do the same. Reforestation reduces the greenhouse gases that cause global climate change. During December 3-6, 2009, ecoartspace is presenting Native Flags at the Verge Art Fair in Miami Beach, Florida. VERGE EXHIBITORS Anonymous Gallery, New York, New York, ANTIDOTE, Brooklyn, New York, The Atmosphere 23 Group, Chicago, Illinois, Cara and Cabezas Contemporary, Kansas City, Kansas, Carl van Brunt, Beacon, New York, ecoartspace, New York, New York, Factory Fresh/Skeweville, Brooklyn, New York, Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, Galerie CP: Angela Cerny & Ronald Puff, Wiesbaden, Germany, Gitana Rosa, Brooklyn, New York, MANIAC, Los Angeles, California, MS Projects, Brooklyn, New York, Nroom Artspace, Tokyo, Japan,Max Protetch Gallery, New York, New York, Judi Rotenberg Gallery, Boston, Massachusettes, Rush Arts, New York, New York, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, New York, Mindy Solomon Gallery, St. Petersburg, Florida, Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York, New York, Tsatsis Projects/Artforum, Thessaloniki, Greece,Vagabond Gallery, New York, New York, Vinyl Contemporary, Brooklyn, New York, Chasmus/Wild Feasties, New York, New York, Xinfu Gallery, Shanghai, China and Zvono, Belgrade, Serbia VERGE SELECTION COMMITTEE Richard Feigen, Richard L. Feigen & Co. Carrie Springer, Curator Dan Cameron, Founder and Artistic Director of Prospect New Orleans and Director of Visual Art, Center for Contemporary Arts (CAC), New Orleans James Yood, Critic, Artforum International Beth Rudin Dewoody, Collector Samuel Messer, Associate Dean, Yale School of Art and Director, Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk Edouard Steinhauer, Artistic Director, Verge ABOUT VERGE Verge is an international platform for the most exciting and interesting in new and emerging art. Verge exists to establish boundaries of the extraordinary as a counter to the natural compulsion towards stagnation in the way art is evaluated and delivered to the public. Staying true to this necessary state for the advancement of art requires a sustained focus on the best new ideas and practices of those marginal or newly emerging to international art audiences. The satisfaction of this fixed requirement for a healthy and competitive artistic culture is at the core of Verge as an international exposition of the highest quality artistic production and the galleries, museums and audiences who sustain it. VERGE ART FAIR The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club 1732 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, USA www.vergeartfair.com Tel: +1-312-612-2270 PUBLIC HOURS: Friday & Saturday, 4 – 5 December, Noon to 8 pm Sunday, 6 December, Noon to 6 pm