The Florida organisers International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE) have teamed up with the French dealer association Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA), organisers of the Paris Biennale, to launch a Miami fair in 2014.
Miami Art + Design is scheduled to run from February 12 to 18, 2014, in a new waterfront location in the Noguchi Bayfront Park area of downtown Miami. It will be promoted by David and Lee Ann Lester and David Setford of IFAE, alongside a committee from SNA composed of Benoit Sapiro, Barry Friedman, Christian Deydier and Robert Vallois.
American and European art and design will be the focus of the new event. Christian Deydier said: "This fair will be especially attractive to collectors, architects, and designers from throughout the United States and Latin America. Miami is a vibrant, exciting city that has become a major cultural meeting point for the Americas."
The Lesters, who co-organised the Summer Olympia fair in 2010 with Clarion Events, have extensive experience of organising fairs in Miami - they founded Art Miami in 1991, the Palm Beach International Art & Antique Fair (now American International Fine Art Fair) in 1997 and Art Palm Beach in 1998.
SNA, however, are known for a more restrained, traditional organising style typified by the Paris Biennale, but are evidently looking to increase their presence in the US.
They also recently teamed up with seasoned New York organiser Sanford Smith to co-organise the new Salon: Art + Design in New York, which ran from November 8 to 12 at the Park Avenue Armory.
Although praised for its presentation and quality, it coincided with the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Sandy.