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REMAKING MIAMI: JOSEFINA TARAFA’S PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE 1970s

REMAKING MIAMI: JOSEFINA TARAFA’S PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE 1970s

Visual Arts

Published 8/7/20

The exhibit presents images by the photographer, editor, and philanthropist that pictures the transformation of our city by the arrival of Tarafa’s fellow Cuban immigrants. Tarafa's exceptional photographic work unites an inventive formal sensibility, a documentary and anthropological drive, and a keen eye for the revelatory detail. The exhibition will be on view during fall 2020 (opening date to be announced) until Sunday, February 28, 2021.A member of a Cuban family prominent in politics and economics, Josefina Tarafa (1907–82) developed a particular interest in the photographic and audio documentation of Afro-Cuban cultures and, more widely, in various forms of Cuban popular culture. In the 1970s, she recorded the Cuban traces being engraved on Miami, creating what is arguably one of the most meaningful bodies of images that picture the transformation of the city during those years.The first exhibition dedicated to Tarafa’s photography, Remaking Miami includes thirty …

‘FABRIC OF AMERICA: ARTISTS IN PROTEST’ ADDRESSES TROUBLED TIMES

‘FABRIC OF AMERICA: ARTISTS IN PROTEST’ ADDRESSES TROUBLED TIMES

Visual Arts

Published 8/3/20

More than 30 South Florida graffiti artists and illustrators were invited to create protest-themed art on denim jackets for “The Fabric of America: Artists in Protest,” an exhibition launched July 18 by the Museum of Graffiti in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.“Artists typically inspire people,” said Alan Ket, museum cofounder and curator. “Artists have a way of presenting topics [and] ideas in a way that really reaches to the core of our beings and to our hearts.”The exhibition, on view in person until Aug. 31, features denim jackets bedecked in messages and symbols that take a stand and speak loudly of these troubled times. With the momentum right now around the themes of racial inequality and police brutality – sparked by the death of George Floyd on May 25 – the museum provided this platform so artists could contribute to the national discussion, Ket said.“In order to bring change in society, that momentum has to grow and continue to push forward …

NSU Art Museum Launches Online Collection with Access to Over 2,000 Works

NSU Art Museum Launches Online Collection with Access to Over 2,000 Works

Visual Arts

Published 7/2/20

It offers unprecedented access to over 2,000 of the 7,500 objects in its permanent collection. The online collection is part of the Museum’s efforts to enhance its digital resources and make them widely available to the public, scholars and students.“With our new online collection we are opening our doors even wider and inviting the world to explore the exceptional scope and depth of NSU Art Museum,” said Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator. “During the 1970s, the founders of the Museum sought to represent South Florida’s diversity in the art works collected and exhibited. The collection continued to grow with this goal in mind.”Today, NSU Art Museum is known for its significant collection of Latin American art, contemporary art with an emphasis on women, Black and Latinx artists, and African art that spans the 19th to the 21st-century, as well as works by American artist William Glackens, Danish artists who resisted German occupation during World War II and the …

"COPY OF THE ORIGINAL" @ IS PROJECTS

"COPY OF THE ORIGINAL" @ IS PROJECTS

Visual Arts

Published 6/17/20

Copy of the Original is Rachel Livedalen's solo exhibition featuring a series of works on panel that combine screen printed layers of Greco-Roman textbook pages with airbrush and gouache. Structured information depicted in these works relate to the construction and continuation of the art history canon and the way in which we understand visual culture. Textual information is stretched, morphed, or veiled, then layered with different modes of visual information like coded symbols, colorful shapes, or erased gestures.The exhibition questions our understanding of visual information both from academic art history and popular culture as it relates to beauty, feminine representation, and artifice. Specifically, the exhibition analyzes the Knidian Aphrodite, the first sculpture of a female nude in Greek art that now only exists as a Roman copy. This canonical work from western art history thus embodies ideas of representation and reproduction throughout history.While the IS Projects gallery …

Art & Soul Extended Through August 31

Art & Soul Extended Through August 31

Visual Arts

Published 6/17/20

Art & Soul is just one of several ways BFA supports local artists while fostering cultural vitality, creative success and economic development. BFA continuously supports the local arts community and promotes local artists, cultural non-profits and diverse art-related projects. BFA annually hosts several events in addition to Art & Soul, including the free Arts Mean Business speaker series, Art in the Workplace, Art Curation and Art+Stroll. Art from local artists can now be purchased through August 31st. Juried artwork sized at 12" x 12", 20” x 20” or 30” x 30” are specially priced from $200 to $500. Since the virtual Art & Soul kicked off, several pieces of art have been sold including to buyers from California to New York.“Moving Art & Soul online was vitally important to our arts community,” said Brian Kopelowitz, BFA Board Chair. “This 90-day extension will give art lovers everywhere the opportunity to continue to purchase valuable pieces of …

Virtual Summer at ICA Miami

Virtual Summer at ICA Miami

Visual Arts

Published 6/17/20

Watch family-friendly films on the third Sunday of every month now through September.Explore the magical world of animation with ICA Miami this summer, and get an insider's look into some of the innovative techniques used to create a modern animated feature film.Kids can also engage with their "Curator Challenge" on Instagram. Show your masterpieces by tagging us with the hashtag #KidsCuratorChallenge. Every second and fourth week of June through August, staff will debut a new creative prompt on Instagram. The best entries will be featured on @icamiami and @youngicamiamiFor more information on ICA's Virtual summer, click here.

Heart of Art: Call for artists!

Heart of Art: Call for artists!

Visual Arts

Published 6/1/20

Using video as the virtual stage, 20 Miami-based performing artists will each be awarded $1,000 to create new works of dance, music, theater, spoken word and other performing arts that capture our community’s unique voice and experience during this unprecedented crisis. The new video works will be showcased on the Arsht Center’s website and promoted across the Center’s social media platforms and in the Arsht@Home e-newsletter.Details for the video proposals, submission criteria and other guidelines are at arshtcenter.org/heart-art-submission. Artists working across all genres of the performing arts are encouraged to apply, including music, theater, dance, spoken word, monologues or multi-genre combinations. Because Heart of Art is intended to create an artistic time capsule of Miami’s pandemic experience, the program is open exclusively to artists who reside in Miami-Dade County. The work must represent the Miami experience and address the subject of “art in the time of …

SCOPE Immersive | Online Viewing Room

SCOPE Immersive | Online Viewing Room

Visual Arts

Published 5/20/20

It is in this spirit of being responsive and adaptive that SCOPE has announced the launch of SCOPE Immersive | Online Viewing Room. These invitational, survey, and thematic online events will present collectors with the opportunity to explore and purchase artworks from SCOPE exhibitors remotely in a curated digital and interactive space.Unlike other platforms that rely on outdated iterations of basic slideshow technology, SCOPE Immersive invites collectors to step inside three-dimensional spaces which can be easily accessed by computer, mobile phone, or VR device. These unique events will be presented each month; starting in May and running through December in celebration of their 20th Anniversary edition of SCOPE Miami Beach. SCOPE Immersive’s inaugural edition will be open to collectors, curators, and art lovers alike beginning May 22nd at 11 am EST and will run through June 5th. It will feature eight galleries, curated by SCOPE founder Alexis Hubshman.For more …

Curator Culture & Breakfast are back in a virtual way!

Curator Culture & Breakfast are back in a virtual way!

Visual Arts

Published 5/7/20

The new programs present casual morning coffee conversations with artists in the museum’s collection, to virtual town halls and panel discussions with Congresswoman Donna Shalala, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Liza Lou and Billy Porter. The live talks, viewable on Facebook @TheBassMoA, are offered for free to the public thanks to the generous support of Knight Foundation, other public funders and private donations.Breakfast at The [Virtual] Bass is a digital mini-series featuring Executive Director & Chief Curator Silvia Karman Cubiñá in conversation with three, path-breaking women artists who are part of The Bass’ collection, each Thursday at 11 a.m. (EST) throughout the month of May. The series will also feature conversations with Tracey Moffatt on May 14th and Sylvie Fleuryon May 21st. Tracey Moffatt’s video series, Montages: The Full Cut, 1999-2015is currently on view via The Bass’ virtual exhibition space, @TheBassSquaredon Instagram. The eight video works are part of the …

The [Virtual] Bass is now open!

The [Virtual] Bass is now open!

Visual Arts

Published 3/20/20

Next week, join the Bass museum for "Art Camp From Home" as their team guides you through family projects in lieu of their Spring Art Camps. They are also bringing our educational resources online for free, featuring fun, at-home activities and lesson plans for all ages.Check out their daily 3:05 p.m. ‘Cafecito Break’ posts on Instagram or Facebook and be a part of the conversation - what you'd like to see more using #MuseumFromHome, by messaging their team and leaving comments.INSTAGRAM GALLERY | JOYOUS DYSTOPIA @THEBASSSQUAREDThe inaugural Instagram exhibition Joyous Dystopia remains on view via their virtual gallery @TheBassSquared. Launched in 2019 in an effort to make more digital art accessible online, the museum's curators are currently investigating new ways to activate the virtual gallery in the coming weeks as an extension of the exhibition programming. Click here to view the exhibition.VIRTUAL TOUR | UGO RONDINONE: GOOD EVENING BEAUTIFUL BLUETake a virtual tour of Ugo …

March of Museums

March of Museums

Visual Arts

Published 2/22/20

Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee and the Florida Department of State announced the fourth annual “March of Museums” celebrating the variety and versatility of museums in Florida and the important services those museums provide to their communities.In 2017, the department piloted the March of Museums initiative with museums in Tallahassee, and in 2018 expanded to include 75 partner museums statewide. This year the initiative includes over 150 partner museums throughout Florida that showcase the vast and diverse array of museums that populate the Sunshine State.“The March of Museums initiative is a great platform for communities to foster heritage and cultural tourism to their local museums during the month of March,” said Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee. “As Florida’s Chief Cultural Officer, I’m proud to see that the variety of museums participating in this year’s initiative ensures anyone who lives in or visits Florida can find a museum nearby that encourages …

Miami Art Week Events Open to the Public

Miami Art Week Events Open to the Public

Visual Arts

Published 12/3/19

MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT12/7: A NIGHT OF ART, DRINKS AND FESTIVITY WITH INTERNATIONAL ARTIST KAI AT MARKOWICZ FINE ARTGlobal artist Kai, known for his single-frame storytelling and unrivaled use of cement, will present never-before-seen and existing art pieces at Markowicz Fine Art. All of the pieces will feature Kai’s popular Imaginary Friend (IF) character. Meet-and-greet the artist, grab a cocktail, enjoy Kai’s IF tattoo station, and shop from his limited-edition adidas merchandise on Saturday, December 7th from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Markowicz Fine Art. To RSVP, please visit Eventbrite. MIAMI BEACH 12/4-8: RICHARD ORLINSKI POP-UP AT MONDRIAN SOUTH BEACH From the Miami Design District to Miami Beach, world-renowned French sculptor Richard Orlinski will be taking over every art hub in the city with his breathtaking wildlife pieces. In partnership with Markowicz Fine Art, Orlinski will be exhibiting sculptures from his “Born Wild” collection at the Mondrian South …

Mana  Contemporary transforms Wynwood with 300,000 feet of murals

Mana Contemporary transforms Wynwood with 300,000 feet of murals

Visual Arts

Published 12/3/19

Mana Contemporary announces a transformation of their Wynwood campus into a hub for urban arts in collaboration with Superchief Gallery, Bushwick Collective, and Ron English. Mana introduces over 300,000 feet of murals during Miami Art Week, forming one of the largest urban arts projects in the United States.Situated within Mana Contemporary’s 35 acre complex, over 50 artists will unveil large-scale projects, new & iconic murals by Caratoes, Ron English, Entes, Shepard Fairey, HOXXOH, Atomik, Hugo Gyrl, Saturno, Sickid, James Jirat Patradoon, Aholsnifsglue, Abstrk, Upperhand Art, Lauren YS, Tofu, Woes and more.The announcement includes the introduction of three new commercial gallery spaces: Mana Decentralized, Superchief Gallery, and Mana Contemporary in partnership with Superchief Gallery and over 20 all-night parties and concerts.Click here for more details of their Miami Art Week events.

El Espacio 23

El Espacio 23

Visual Arts

Published 11/25/19

Leading philanthropist, entrepreneur and contemporary art collector Jorge M. Pérez announced that their Inaugural Exhibition will open December 4th, just in time for Art Week 2019. Located in Miami’s emerging Allapattah neighborhood and housed within a repurposed, 28,000-square-foot warehouse, El Espacio 23 serves artists, curators, and the general public, with regular exhibitions, residencies and a variety of special projects. “This new center was born from the belief that at the core of any of the world’s great cities, is a thriving community of artists and creatives,” said Pérez. “This is a project 40 years in the making, and I look forward to inspiring and challenging visitors to think beyond the scope of their personal worldviews, while also cultivating the artists and curators of tomorrow.” Through its various programs, El Espacio 23 will allow South Florida residents and visitors to experience the Jorge M. Pérez Collection. Regarded as one of the world's …

The Discoveries Collection by Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami

The Discoveries Collection by Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami

Visual Arts

Published 11/25/19

You can also browse by shopping online from their Discoveries Collections. Their Discoveries Collection is a group of their favorite affordable pieces - each one agreat option and $5,000 or less. To buy any of these artworks, just contact the exhibitor directly or get your tickets to the shows and be there to grab that perfect piece.Spectrum Miami features thousands of pieces of world-class art and on-trend, highly collectible works from across the U.S. and around the world at the show. One of our favorite pieces is “Confession” by Malcolm Smith in Booth S215.Spectrum Miami listed some of their favorite pieces:“Coffee or Me?” by Miri Marchese in Booth S515“Kill a Bird Robin” by Jing Zhang, represented by Chat Art Studio in Booth 806“Circus Glober” by Coco Calvoz in Booth S610“Marilyn Manson into Rabbit” by Tom Lohner in Booth S605Visit Spectrum Miami's Discoveries Collection here.Red Dot Miami features galleries showcasing hundreds of pieces of world-class primary …

Sagamore Hotel Presents The Immersive ‘I’m Not a Trophy’ Art Exhibit

Sagamore Hotel Presents The Immersive ‘I’m Not a Trophy’ Art Exhibit

Visual Arts

Published 11/25/19

By Larry SchwingelThe loss of so many prized species of animals is not one of attrition, but one that is man made. To raise increased awareness and consciousness of the growing extinction of so many of these iconic species, artist Arno Elias will be presenting an innovative and elaborate exhibit, “I’m Not a Trophy,” Dec. 4 through Feb. 2020 at the Sagamore Hotel, 1671 Collins Ave, in the Art Deco District of Miami Beach. The esteemed French artist, wildlife photographer, and multi-platinum music composer scribed the score for UNICEF’s “For Every Child,” and is the founder of the non-profit I’m Not a Trophy organization, a non-profit committed to raising awareness of the progressive extinction of the prized animals roaming in their natural habitat.  The exhibit, curated by Sebastien Laboureau, resident art advisor, is designed to inform audiences about each species and raise their level of understanding about what is taking place. The artwork on display …

THE MUSEUM OF GRAFFITI OPENS DECEMBER 5, 2019

THE MUSEUM OF GRAFFITI OPENS DECEMBER 5, 2019

Visual Arts

Published 11/25/19

We are excited for the new addition to Miami’s art scene coming December 5th, just in time for Art Week 2019 - where all the best art from around the world comes to South Florida. The Museum of Graffiti is a new contemporary art museum and the first institution of its kind to present the history of the global graffiti art movement opening in the heart of Miami’s vibrant Wynwood neighborhood. For some it is the largest and most democratic art movement the world has ever seen, for others it is unwanted visual pollution. But graffiti and street art now has a permanent claim on the art world: an entire museum dedicated to the genre.The Museum is the brainchild of lead curator Alan Ket, a well-known graffiti artist, art collector, and historian and his business partner, Miami native and prominent attorney, Allison Freidin. Centrally located in the epicenter of color and creativity, amongst the instagrammer’s paradise of Wynwood, the space is covered with vivid murals and destined …

IMMERSIVE ART EXPERIENCE BY MICKALENE THOMAS TO OPEN DURING MIAMI ART WEEK

IMMERSIVE ART EXPERIENCE BY MICKALENE THOMAS TO OPEN DURING MIAMI ART WEEK

Visual Arts

Published 11/25/19

The exhibition is inspired by the parties the artist’s mother hosted with friends and family during the 1970s and 80s to fundraise for their theater productions, including 'Put a Little Sugar in my Bowl,' as well as to raise money for her treatment of sickle cell anemia. First introduced with Better Days in 2013, this new iteration unfolds into the second chapter of Thomas’ transformations of social “experiment” pleasures by re-imagining a black radical aesthetic.The installation embodies a feeling of home, yet also a speakeasy, conceptually reconstructed according to the domestic aesthetic of the period, including faux wood paneling, wallpaper and custom designed and reupholstered furniture with the artist’s signature textiles and mirrors. An extension of Thomas’ artistic universe, the installation plays with artifice, developed through intersections between real and faux elements. This exhibition in corporates both work by the artist and a selection of work by …

ICA MIAMI PRESENTS BEWITCHING INFINITY MIRROR ROOM

ICA MIAMI PRESENTS BEWITCHING INFINITY MIRROR ROOM

Visual Arts

Published 11/21/19

The installation – presented by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami in an off-site exhibition space at 112 NE 41st St., Suite 106 – is meant to be a full-body experience.Bathed in a warm buttery yellow, the room has what appears to be millions upon millions of pumpkins, those familiar harbingers of fall, now headily and magically transformed with black polka dots spangling their voluptuous curves.This presentation marks the first time one of Kusama’s enormously popular Infinity Mirror Rooms has been shown in Miami, according to the museum.Kusama is a 90-year-old artist living in Japan who has received years of international attention and acclaim. Pumpkins and polka dots have appeared throughout her storied artistic career, which has included painting, performance, room-sized installations, sculpture, fashion, and film.Polka dots in Kusama’s art are both childishly playful and obsessively, even ominously, repetitive. A grotesque undercurrent lingers in this pumpkin …

A CURATED SELECTION OF MUST SEE ART 2019

A CURATED SELECTION OF MUST SEE ART 2019

Visual Arts

Published 11/18/19

While it may be impossible to visit every single fair and view every piece, we’re giving you a head start. Our illustrious Curator, Sebastien Laboreau, has been busy again this year, evaluating submissions from some of the most prestigious fairs, and providing his “don’t-miss” highlights. Be sure to download the CultureOwl app to easily access the guide and navigate to each Must See Art location to discover your new faves!By Ruby MazurSize:UndisclosedMedium Used: Oil on canvas Style of Piece: AbstractPrice: UndisclosedPresenting Gallery: Ruby Mazur Rock & Pop Gallerywww.rubymazurgallery.comExhibited at: Red Dot MiamiCurator’s Statement How refreshing it is to enter the colorful and joyful artistic universe of Ruby Mazur. At the age of 21, Brooklyn born Mazur was hired as Art Director of Paramount Records, and within that first year he received a Grammy award nomination for his design on the "CrowFoot" album cover. The artist, very involved with the music …

TED VANCLEAVE ARTIST PROFILE

TED VANCLEAVE ARTIST PROFILE

Visual Arts

Published 11/15/19

Culture Owl: We understand that you will be exhibiting a new version of your Sinuosity Sculptures this year. Can you tell us more about them?  VanCleave: Yes, this year for the first time I'll be exhibiting my new mini and petite size sculptures. They are small versions of my larger sculptures. Same beautiful folds and finishes but in a petite size. Culture Owl: How did this smaller sculpture size come about? VanCleave: A couple of years ago my sculptures were exhibited at Art Miami by a Swiss gallery and in their booth was a maquette sized sculpture by Alexander Calder and I was completely taken by it's diminutive size and scale. The form and detail were all there but without the normal sense of scale you get with most of Calder's works. I decided then and there to create a maquette size series of smaller sculptures. Culture Owl: What is it about your sculptures that draws people to them? VanCleave: I've broken them down into two visual …

PAMM PICKS TOUR WITH PÉREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI

PAMM PICKS TOUR WITH PÉREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI

Visual Arts

Published 11/7/19

At the 2019 edition of PULSE Art Fair, works will be chosen by PAMM Curator Naiomy Guerrero. Guerrero will select 10 works exhibited at PULSE for her PAMM Picks series and lead a 60 minute walking tour on Friday, December 6 at 1pm, highlighting her choices in this edition. The tour is extremely limited so get your tickets to join today and explore the fair with Pérez Art Museum Miami!Get your tickets today: https://bit.ly/2PTPiN0.

Trees of the Keys

Trees of the Keys

Visual Arts

Published 11/7/19

This show encourages artists to celebrate the magnificent arboreal canopy- from the lush tropical hardwoods to the abundant fruit trees, palms, and fragrant flowering shade trees. The show will include 2 and 3-dimensional artwork.The Gato building, which is home to many State and County offices, supports the Art in Public Buildings program which offers an alternate space for artists to display the artists' work. The Opening Reception will be held Friday, November 15, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the historic Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street, Key West. The exhibition will remain on display through January 2020.Contact the Arts Council at 305-295-4369 with any questions.

HAEGUE YANG: IN THE CONE OF UNCERTAINTY

HAEGUE YANG: IN THE CONE OF UNCERTAINTY

Visual Arts

Published 11/7/19

The exhibition taking its title from an expression of the South Florida vernacular - In the Cone of Uncertainty - that describes the predicted path of hurricanes. Alluding to our eagerness and desperation to track the unstable and ever-evolving future, this exhibition addresses current anxieties about climate change, overpopulation and resource scarcity. Framing this discourse within a broader consideration of movement, displacement and migration, the exhibition contextualizes contemporary concerns through a trans-historical and philosophical meditation of the self. With Yang in attendance, guests included Carlos Betancourt, The Bass Board member Brian Ehrlich, Dara Friedman and Mark Handforth, Tom Healy, gallerist Tina Kim, Karen and Harold Rifas, Chana Budgazad Sheldon, Franklin and Jessica Sirmans, Serralves Contemporary Art Museum director Philippe Vergne, and gallerist Barbara Wien.The Bass also hosted Curator Culture on Sunday, November 3, featuring Haegue Yang and NBC 6 …

MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN AT MDC PRESENTS  THE LECTURE-PERFORMANCE ARCHIVO VIVO BY MAPA TEATRO

MUSEUM OF ART AND DESIGN AT MDC PRESENTS THE LECTURE-PERFORMANCE ARCHIVO VIVO BY MAPA TEATRO

Visual Arts

Published 10/11/19

In front of projected images, documents, and video testimonies,Rolf and Heidi Abderhalden, directors of the Colombian group Mapa Teatro, will reflect on five projects in the Santa Inés district of Bogotá, also known as El Cartucho, “the cartridge.” In one of the most ambitious urban renewal projects in Colombia, the extremely impoverished neighborhood was demolished, and a monumental park was constructed on its ruins. Between 2002 and 2005, Mapa Teatro recorded the destruction of the barrio while developing projects with its displaced former residents. These collaborative and communal endeavors resulted in theatrical performances, installations, and site-specific presentations that reflect Mapa Teatro's self-description as a "laboratory of the social imagination." Equally political and poetic, the lecture-performance Archivo Vivo constitutes an experimental investigation of the myths, histories, and contemporary sentiments that live within an archive.Archivo Vivo is part of …

“Within Interdependence” Curated by Deana Haggag at YoungArts

“Within Interdependence” Curated by Deana Haggag at YoungArts

Visual Arts

Published 9/16/19

Within Interdependence features works by 20 emerging artists, all YoungArts award winners from the past 15 years. Curated by United States Artists President & CEO Deana Haggag, the exhibition weaves together art works that focus on each artist’s connection to their bodies in a rapidly changing ecological, metaphysical and social world. Within Interdependence will remain on view through December 13, 2019 with special activations during Miami Art Week. “One of my favorite things about YoungArts is how much they understand the value of community. I love how often they bring young artists together across disciplines and geography, constantly reminding them that our field is inherently communal and made together,” says Deana Haggag. “It is in this spirit of interdependence that I was eager to gather works that touched on or were searching for connection, intimacy, and togetherness.”Within Interdependence considers ideas of interdependence, intimacy and the body-mind …

‘THE OTHER SIDE OF NOW’ LOOKS TO THE FUTURE OF THE CARIBBEAN

‘THE OTHER SIDE OF NOW’ LOOKS TO THE FUTURE OF THE CARIBBEAN

Visual Arts

Published 8/27/19

The latest Caribbean-focused exhibit at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, “The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art,” assembles work by 14 artists from the region and its diaspora. The show takes a slightly different tack from exhibits delineating connections between Caribbean past and present. It considers the future, as well, particularly following recent natural disasters in the region. The Pérez has commissioned several new works for this exhibit. They include Lavar Munroe’s “Rehearsal for Reconstruction,” compelling for its translucent overlay of figures that mysteriously seem to shift in space, resisting predictable definition. “Certainly, a lot of people say that the Caribbean is ground zero for climate change,” says María Elena Ortiz, who curated this show in collaboration with scholar Marsha Pearce of University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. However, Ortiz adds, “I was talking to an economist last year, and he was …

Purvis Young and the hope and risk of new beginnings

Purvis Young and the hope and risk of new beginnings

Visual Arts

Published 6/19/19

A culturally arrogant term, “outsider” no longer clings to Young’s art and career like stubborn lint. The late artist’s powerful work distinguishes permanent collections of national museums. It’s imbued with a fervent need to underscore social injustice, a need rooted in protest movements of the 1960s. In these polarized days of the 21st century, stained by bigotry and gun violence, Young’s art remains painfully relevant.Sure to polish his reputation even further are showings of Young’s work this year in Miami and at the Venice Biennial in Italy, the pinnacle of art-world prestige. The grand, sometimes controversial, international showcase spotlights arguably the most compelling art for its time. At the Palazzo Mora for this year’s Biennial, a gathering of Young’s multimedia work from the 1980s, organized by Skot Foreman Gallery in New York, is on view through late fall. In Miami, the Rubell Museum in Wynwood is presenting “Purvis Young,” with over 100 …

Beyond the Cape! Comics and Contemporary Art

Beyond the Cape! Comics and Contemporary Art

Visual Arts

Published 5/29/19

The artworks in this pioneering show making its world premiere at the Boca Raton Museum of Art take viewers on a deeper dive into adult realms, tackling some of today’s thorniest issues: politics, divisiveness, immigration, racial prejudice, planetary climate armageddon, feminism, LGBTQ rights, religion, gender, and more.Most assume comics are primarily intended for children, usually featuring super heroes as evidenced by today’s popular films – but this exhibition is decidedly for adults. The only references to superheroes in this show are by Renee Cox (whose Jamaican anti-racist avenger Raje does not wear a cape), and Luca Buvoli’s animation Not-a-Superhero.The show features more than 80 works by 40 artists: paintings, video, photography, sculpture, prints, drawings, and tapestries.Rare comics will also be shown, plus contemporary animation and rarely seen historic cartoons from the early 1900s on vintage TVs.“Beyond the Cape delves into the world of comics and graphic …

HOW COLOMBIAN ARTIST BEATRIZ GONZÁLEZ GOT SERIOUS

HOW COLOMBIAN ARTIST BEATRIZ GONZÁLEZ GOT SERIOUS

Visual Arts

Published 5/29/19

Leavening high-end irony with lightweight kitsch, González has painted an industrial-strength, restaurant-size tray with the cheery Sun Maid, using enamel to mimic commercial printing. Print media, including advertising and newspapers with sensational stories bearing headlines and captions such as “Murdered Woman at Lodging. Could Not Be Identified,” have long piqued the 80-year-old artist’s populist imagination.“Sun Maid” betrays no nuanced color akin to those found in icons of European art by Vermeer and Velásquez, whom González admired when studying art history in the early 1960s in her native Colombia. The tray itself matches the one cradled by the iconic “spokeswoman” for Sun-Maid Growers, a California-based dried-fruit processor known worldwide.The piece captures the artist’s wry sense of humor. Both spooky and cheery, González’s Sun Maid sports green teeth and green sclera, the white part of the eye. It is just one of many examples of the artist’s wit …

AT THE BASS MUSEUM, SHEILA HICKS’ FABRIC OF LIFE

AT THE BASS MUSEUM, SHEILA HICKS’ FABRIC OF LIFE

Visual Arts

Published 5/29/19

The exhibition “Campo Abierto (Open Field),” on view through Sept. 29 at the Bass museum in Miami Beach, is rich in surprises, but not all are the pieces flashy. Many of the works are muted in color and relatively flat. Hicks’ genius derives from her ability to masterfully evoke water currents (“Seal Beach,” “Pêcher dans la Rivière”), re-create the majesty and solidity of an ancient masonry arch (“Moroccan Prayer Rug”), suggest drips and misty veils (“Silk Rainforest”) and spin sensuous flow in “Menhir,” a luxuriant blend of braided and wrapped brown, gold, copper and blue. In one series of exquisitely subtle chromatic gradients she uses the deceptively simple technique of winding dyed linen yarns around rectangular stretchers. The exhibition spans five decades and presents an artist who’s constantly experimenting and whose aesthetic, though coherent, doesn’t follow a simple trajectory. Along with Lenore Tawney, Jack Lenor Larsen, …

MUSIC IS LIFE: AN ART EXHIBIT ENTIRELY DEDICATED TO MUSIC

MUSIC IS LIFE: AN ART EXHIBIT ENTIRELY DEDICATED TO MUSIC

Visual Arts

Published 4/25/19

Miami Beach’s historic Art Deco hotel, The Sagamore Hotel, is known for its rotating experiences of museum-quality art year-round. Sebastien Laboureau, resident art advisor of the Sagamore Hotel and Bernard Markowicz, owner of Markowicz Fine Art curated an innovative art exhibit entirely dedicated to music. This art exhibit showcases around 100 artworks spanning all media including sculptures, photographs, paintings, and mixed media created by artists from all around the world including ARMAN, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, local artists and more.Meet the curators, Bernard Markowicz and Sebastien Laboureau, for an art talk Thursday May 16th from 7-10 pm at the Sagamore Hotel Lobby. The art talk will begin at 8pm.Participating artists:Jonathan Delmas, Markus Klinko, David Kracov, Alexi Torres, Patrick Rubinstein, Nick Veasey, Joy, OLLL, Carlos Boix, Geronimo AKA Jumping Bull, Michelle Loewinger, RISK, C215, Mr Brainwash, Russell Young, Andy Warhol, Robert Longo, Roy Lichtenstein, Ron …

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Visual Arts

Published 5/2/18

Certain art pieces are imbued with so much history, culture, emotion, and life that even the most exact replica couldn’t pin down their exact essence. For the casual observer, this might be irrelevant, and therefore a search for their original source – pointless. But for many true art lovers, like myself, experiencing an original in person is like looking at the world from the same, unique vantage point from which the artist once saw something nobody else could.The Starry Night hardly needs an introduction, but here’s ours anyway: Vincent Van Gogh’s most signature masterpiece and an international symbol of art; a beautiful island of serenity, floating amidst a sea of torment inside a mad genius’ mind. It actually depicts Van Gogh’s view from the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum near Saint-Remy-de-Provence where the artist checked himself in after suffering a mental breakdown and famously cutting off his own ear. The artist left out the bars and focused on the night’s vibrant …

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