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Miami Artist Sebastian Spreng Amazing Multi-Tasker

Miami Artist Sebastian Spreng Amazing Multi-Tasker I started this blog entry in Sept. 9, 2011, and actually now today is December 20, 2011.Sebastian Spreng is not only an accomplished artist but an accomplished music critic as well–I believe I even saw his byline on the Knight Arts Blog. Very pleased that I could review his show […]

Posted December 21, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog

Miami Art Critic Makes Final Trip to Herald Newsroom

So now I am making my 5oth blog post. It is precisely 6:19 am on a dark Saturday morning as I start this. My house is quiet and empty. I am alone here with my dogs, my thoughts and my memories. Looking at my notebook from the excellent memoir-writing workshop I took with Greg Bottoms […]

Posted September 18, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog

Miami Art Collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl Presented at Bass Museum of Art

Thought I would blog today about one of Miami’s remarkable art collections, that of Debra and Dennis Scholl. “Vanishing Points: Paint and Paintings from the Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection” is now on view at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach through Oct. 30. For more info, see www.bassmuseum.org One of the particularly informative features about the Bass […]

Posted September 5, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog

Miami Art Museum Mourns 9/11 with Joel Meyerowitz Photos

It’s hard to believe that 9/11 was actually 10 years ago, but that is obviously the case. I was still writing for the Herald and my children were 14 and 16, still in middle school and high school. Now they are 24 and 26! And of course I am not writing for the Herald anymore, […]

Posted August 29, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog

Miami Artists Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt Featured at Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art

I have been wanting to blog about Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardtfor some time now, and I am so glad I can do it now. They are a superb artist-duo working in Miami, and I treasure the memories I have of getting to know them during the time I worked for The Miami Herald. You can see their […]

Posted August 4, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog

Miami Gallery Cernuda Arte Sells Work by Carlos Alfonzo

As many readers may remember, the richly talented, Cuban-born and Miami-based artist Carlos Alfonzo tragically died just as his career was moving forward into a much-deserved national, and surely international, realm. I think it is terrific that a very well-established and respected gallery here is selling his work because I trust this means he is continuing to […]

Posted July 30, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog

Miami Gallery Cernuda Arte Sells Work by Carlos Alfonzo

As many readers may remember, the richly talented, Cuban-born and Miami-based artist Carlos Alfonzo tragically died just as his career was moving forward into a much-deserved national, and surely international, realm. I think it is terrific that a very well-established and respected gallery here is selling his work because I trust this means he is continuing to […]

Posted July 30, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog

Miami Gallery Cernuda Arte Sells Work by Carlos Alfonzo

As many readers may remember, the richly talented, Cuban-born and Miami-based artist Carlos Alfonzo tragically died just as his career was moving forward into a much-deserved national, and surely international, realm. I think it is terrific that a very well-established and respected gallery here is selling his work because I trust this means he is continuing to […]

Posted July 30, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog

Miami Artist Charo Oquet Leads Edge Zones Art Center in Wynwood

Friday July 15, 2011 Artist Charo Oquet and I go way back, and I am delighted that I can blog about her today. I have always admired her artistic perseverance and entrepreneurial creativity in this town, particularly for the way she has led Edge Zones Art Center, enhancing opportunities for artists to network with curators […]

Posted July 26, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog

Miami Area Museum Salutes Freedom-Fighter Artist Gordon Parks

Friday July 1st.,2011 And that museum would be the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, currently showing “From A to Z: Great Photographs from the Norton Collection,” now through Oct. 16. One of those exceptional photographs is by the late, legendary Gordon Parks (1912-2006). I consider myself especially lucky to get to meet […]

Posted July 26, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog

Miami Art Museum Collects Brazilian-born Artist Vik Muniz

Friday July 8, 2011 It is indeed swimmingly delicious to have access to my own content, and to be able to drive my blog in the direction I choose. I very much appreciate this unusual opportunity! There were so many years when the tyrannical pressure exerted by constant newspaper deadlines, not to mention the fact […]

Posted July 26, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog

Miami Dade College Entrusted with Cintas Cuban Art Collection

How appropriate that the Cuban art collection of the Cintas Foundation can now be seen at the Freedom Tower of Miami Dade College! It should be an exceptional marriage of distinctive art and architecture because both are laden with so much history entwined with Miami. As MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padron recently announced, this […]

Posted July 26, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog

Miami Celebrates Frida Kahlo

Yes, it’s that time of year for Fridamania, and I want to be sure my readers know about the Frida Kahlo Festival in Miami on June 24 and July 1. Mark your calendars for two enticing evenings of cultural and culinary surprises at Cube/Kitchen Loft, 5101 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. On June 24 at 7 […]

Posted July 26, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog

It has been yet another lively time for artcentric folks in Miami.

Even though summer is fast approaching, there is so much to do that it leaves me breathless! Where to begin? First I want to say that I can’t wait to see “Sight Specific: Explorations in Space, Vision and Sound” at the Museum of Art in FortLauderdale. So glad it is up through Sept 14 2011, […]

Posted July 26, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog

Miami Art Critic Elisa Turner Wakes Up

No journalist EVER wants to become part of the story she is covering. But as readers will see with the story I am posting on my blog today, there is really no way that I could not become part of this one. And I never, ever forget how lucky I am to be typing my […]

Posted April 28, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

Miami Artist Kevin Arrow Featured at de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space

All in all, it has been a quite terrific artcentric week in Miami, as we are blessed with gorgeous blue skies that to my irreversibly artcentric eyes are della Robbia blue. Sunday night, on April 20, Eric and I went to the very fab opening at Bridge Red Studios / Project Space in North Miami, […]

Posted April 22, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

Miami Art Gallery Presents Linda Kohen Solo Show

Recently my current publisher Liana Perez and I paid a visit to an exquisite show at The Americas Collection in Coral Gables–which, as those of us living here know, is basically part of Greater Miami. This solo show is part of an impressive international effort to highlight the work of Linda Kohen–a remarkably talented painter […]

Posted April 15, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

Miami Artist Robert Chambers Featured in Books & Books Talk

It has been a glorious April weekend in Miami, when the glowing balmy weather is so pleasant that you hardly notice how late afternoon sunshine starts to betray the slightest trace of summer’s relentless sizzle and sting. My artcentric weekend began early. On Thursday night I witnessed an affecting performance by Teresa Pereda at Alejandra […]

Posted April 8, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

Miami’s Historical Vizcaya Museum & Gardens Now Hosts Contemporary Art

Earlier this year I had a delightful lunch at Vizcaya with my artcentric friends Flaminia, Susan, and Holly who work there. I think I mentioned the time I thought I had actually seen a “mass quince” happening there, to my utter astonishment, when Eric and I had been boating on the bay near Vizcaya! During […]

Posted April 2, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

Miami Artist Maria Martinez-Canas Honored at Arteamericas Fair

“This fair has really come a long way,” I remarked to an exceptionally veteran Miami dealer as I strolled the aisles of Arteamericas art fair yesterday at Miami Beach Convention Center. He smiled knowingly at me and gave an enthusiastic thumb’s up. Yesterday was a rather quick visit at the end of the afternoon. I […]

Posted March 26, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

In Miami, Cuban Art Collector Howard Farber on Arteamericas Panel

This is quite the season for art fair panels on art collecting! I am blogging on Friday night this weekend. That’s earlier than I usually post my weekly blog entry because tomorrow morning my husband Eric and I are heading out for Naples from Miami. We are taking our canoe with us–it will be a […]

Posted March 18, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

Miami Artist Blossoms at Venice Biennale

As our art community ponders the wealth of growing artistic talent distinguishing Miami, I want to remind my readers of contributions that Eugenia Vargas Pereira made to our burgeoning art scene when we were so lucky to have her living and working here in Miami. I was especially touched that Eugenia made a comment on […]

Posted March 13, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

Miami Art Space Feeds the Soul

Such a fun and heartfelt evening we had in Miami this past Friday night! It was really a night to satisfy my artcentric soul! First my husband and I went to the opening for “Everything” by Hugo Michel Hernandez at Farside Gallery, 1305 Galloway Road (87 Ave.), and then it was back to Coral Gables […]

Posted March 6, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

Miami Art Bites in Orthodontist Office

Only in Miami can you find art by an internationally admired artist in an absolutely exceptional orthodonist office! That office, of course, would belong to the absolutely exceptional art collector Dr. Arturo Mosquera. Mark your calendar for the third opening reception of “Lingua,” an exhibit by Miralda, who lives in Miami and Barcelona, and whose […]

Posted February 26, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

Miami Art Collectors Cricket and Marty Taplin Support Culture at Sagamore Hotel

What would Miami be like without collectors who take risks to support the city’s creative talent? I don’t even want to think about how lackluster Miami would be–all sun ‘n’ fun, and no culture. Those folks from Basel would have never wanted to come here! Cricket and Marty Taplin are among the dynamic collectors who […]

Posted February 20, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

Miami Artist Maria Brito Honored by Frost Art Museum

February is the shortest month of the year, but this February is truly a bonanza month for artcentric folks in Miami! Not only have we had a fab ArtTable meeting at Books & Books on February 8, but for the first time we can look forward to a second such gathering in one month. ArtTable […]

Posted February 13, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

Miami ArtTable Members & Guests Meet February 8 at Books & Books

I am probably going to miss this wonderful ArtTable meeting–it will be the first I have missed since we started doing these in June 2009, thanks to the support of Miami’s totally fab independent bookseller Mitchell Kaplan. This meeting will be held February 8 at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables. As usual, […]

Posted February 6, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

Miami Artcentric Books: Video Art by Michael Rush Tops the List

Just as I had started reading my February 2011 issue of ARTnews, I was delighted to come across some good news about Michael Rush. Michael is a superbly talented author and an excellent curator, someone I got to know when I worked for The Miami Herald and he was director of the Palm Beach Institute […]

Posted January 30, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

Miami Book Clubs Turn Heads…To Art

I love getting together with people to talk about books. My daughter and I started a mother-daughter book club when she was in fourth grade, and it lasted until she graduated from high school. Now I am in another terrific book club with very smart women who love to read. We have such lively and […]

Posted January 23, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

Miami Art Critic on Assignment in Naples

A few days ago I went to my mailbox and found the January 2011 issue of ARTnews. Was delighted to see, on pages 48-49, my News Spotlight profile of Myra Janco Daniels. She’s the founding CEO of the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts and an absolutely dynamic woman to interview! Perhaps the most amazing […]

Posted January 9, 2011 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

Miami Artcentric Gift Keeps on Giving

Immediately I was riveted by this story by Manny Fernandez in The New York Times: “Back From the Brink, an Art Student Loses Her Sight but Keeps Her Vision.” It told the harrowing, heart-stopping story of how an art student, Emilie Gossiaux, has made a miraculous recovery from a traumatic brain injury, which she experienced […]

Posted December 27, 2010 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

Miami Curators Sparkle Plenty This Season

Creative curators thrive in Miami. It’s especially clear now that our delightfully pleasant (when it isn’t chilly and rainy!) winter is here. Miami curators can create a compelling theme and story to lure the curiosity of people looking at an art exhibit in a museum, gallery, private collection, or art fair. As curators, they select […]

Posted December 18, 2010 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

More Miami News You Can Use for BaselMania

This was my first day of actual “baseling,” as people often say, and did this Basel begin with a bang! It was a bang that ricocheted from Miami to Haiti and all through the Caribbean, then across the Atlantic riven by the blood, sweat, and tears of the Middle Passage, and then to Africa and […]

Posted December 3, 2010 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

Miami News You Can Use for BaselMania

BaselMania by the Bay and Beyond in 2010 It’s easy to feel bewitched, bothered, and bewildered by BaselMania. That’s when Art Basel Miami Beach and many more art fairs and events (even exciting art auctions!) come to Miami Beach and across the bay to downtown Miami and the city’s famed art neighborhoods of Wynwood and […]

Posted November 26, 2010 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

Special Miami Memories for MDC

It was a sun-splashed afternoon on the Kendall campus of Miami Dade College. As I was leaving my shift at the College Prep Writing Lab on November 10, I had the privilege of encountering this ceremony: The dedication of “Big Red” and “Untitled” by Jean Ward, sculptures donated by Martin and Pat Fine. This was […]

Posted November 19, 2010 by elisa.turner in ArtCentric Blog, Uncategorized

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