Critic’s Choice April 2019
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Amid the emergence of geometric art in Latin America towards the decades of the 40s and 50s of the last century, Colombian geometric abstraction appears as a solid yet heterogeneous group of artists who escape easy classifications. Siete Artistas Colombianos de la Abstracción y la Geometría (Seven Artists: Colombian Geometric Abstraction), opening at Durban Segnini Gallery on April 12th, offers a deep overview into the diverse and divergent paths of Colombian geometric abstraction. Siete Artistas Colombianos includes works by Edgar Negret (1920- 2012), Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar (1922-2004), Carlos Rojas (1923-1997), Omar Rayo (1928-2010), Fanny Sanín (1938), Manolo Vellojín (1942-2013) and Germán Botero (1946).
Exploring art, life, and expectations, Dot Fiftyone Gallery opens On the Altars of Vanity (March 29 - April 30). The exhibition includes the most recent work by Miami based Cuban artists Grethel Rasua and Harold Garcia V.
Titled after a phrase of Toni Morrison, The Language Must Not Sweat is a five-channel video installation by artist and filmmaker Shikeith. The immersive-installation, opening at Locust Projects (3852 N. Miami Ave, Miami, FL. 33127) on April 18, ponders the symbolic mixture of blackness at the intersections of queerness and masculinity.
Also opening on April 18, the Institute of Contemporary Art of Miami (ICA Miami) presents Ettore Sottsass and the Social Factory. Running through October 16, the show surveys the work of Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass, focusing on his monumental furniture, conceptual photography, and speculative drawings. Architect, industrial designer, painter, writer, and photographer, Ettore Sottsass was also the founder in the early 1980s of the Memphis Group, the Post Modern design collective known by their bright and bold designs.
IKT, the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, hosts its annual gathering in the U.S. for the first time in the 45-year history of the organization. On April 13, the IKT Miami Congress opens the Artists Five Minute Rounds. Hosted at the Rubell Family Collection, this is an exceptional opportunity to get first-han input from important local artists. The invited artists are Carlos Betancourt, Asif Farooq, Fabian Peña, Christina Pettersson, Troy Simmons, Juana Valdes, Agustina Woodgate, and Antonia Wright.
Beyond the Cape! Comics and Contemporary Art is a group show opening at Boca Raton Museum of Art on April 16. Featuring video, photography, sculpture, prints, drawings, and tapestries, the show focuses on today’s pressing issues: divisiveness, racial prejudice, feminism, climate change, and LGBTQ rights. Beyond the Cape… includes the work of prominent comic-book artists such as Kumasi J. Barnett, George Condo, Renee Cox, Liz Craft, Kota Ezawa, Chitra Ganesh, Mark Thomas Gibson, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Christian Marclay, Kerry James Marshall, Takahasi Murakami, Elizabeth Murray, Yositomo Nara, Joyce Pensato, Raymond Pettibon, Peter Saul, Kenny Scharf, William T. Wiley, and Michael Zansky, among others. Also opening at Boca Raton Museum of Art this month Contemporary Sculpture: Sam Anderson & Micheal Dean (April 16 - October 6) and John Ransom Phillips: Lives of the Artists (April 16 - August 11).
In conjunction with Haitian Heritage Month, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) presents PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince. (April 23 – August 11)- The exhibition highlights Port-au-Prince’s many diverse centers of cultural production, informal street life, religious heritage, and mythologies to create a compelling portrait of a historically significant and intensely complex city in flux. Proudly titled in Creole after Haiti’s capital, the show is a visual and tactile feast that celebrates the reach and innovative art-making in Haitian culture where appropriation, recycling, and ready-made goes hand in hand as an expression of identity.
Critic’s Choice March 2019
The annual international photography festival Miami Photo Fest returns this year. Hosted at The Moore Building (191 NE 40th St., Miami Design District, Florida 33137), the Miami Photo Fest 2019 (Feb 27th - Mar 3rd) is a cultural & educational photography festival featuring an array of workshops, exhibits, lecture panels, portfolio reviews, projections, and more. Among the world-renowned artist included in this edition: Antoine d'Agata, Roger Ballen, Andy Summers, and many more.
Tout-Monde Festival opens this month (March 13 - 17). Hosted at several venues around the city (Koubek Center, Museum of Art and Design - MOAD, Perez Art Museum Miami - PAMM, The Wolfsonian, and the Little Haiti Cultural Center), and under the theme “Echo-Nature”, this second edition aims at deconstructing stereotypes of the Caribbean by exploring the deep characteristics and the essence of the Caribbean through different beings, shapes and environments. Carlos Estevez. Observable Observatories at Artscape Lab , presents the most recent body of work of this Cuban-born, Miami-based artist. Deeply rooted in the notion of the Renaissance artist-engineer, Estevez exquisite drawings are a suggestive symbiosis between man and mechanics. Going trough April 19, Observable Observatories is a commentary on surveillance and control in contemporary society.
Opening on March 2nd at Mindy Solomon Gallery (8397 NE 2nd Ave., Little River), I Am My Story presents the work of four artists (Azikiwe Mohammad, Conrad Egyir, Hellen Gaudance, and Basil Kincaid) interested in the exploration of the storytelling and craftsmanship through different media. The Great Rift Valley, also known as The cradle of mankind, is the thread that guide this evocative show.
Opening on March 17, CANDY: Hommage to Felix Gonzalez Torres at Pan American Art Projects (274 NE 67th St. Little River), is the most recent solo show of Jose Manuel Fors. Interested in the process of accumulation and memory, the exhibition is a measured yet poignant scrutiny on split identities.
Running through March 29, the Annex (2930 NW 7th Ave. Allapattah, Fl. 33127) presents RCS 51-75 Exhibit, a multimedia group show featuring participants of Rocking Chair Sessions podcasts 51-75. Curated by BABA Collective, the RCS: Rocking Chair Sessions is a multimedia project engaged in the dialog within our Miami art community. Included in this second session: Alette Simmons-Jimenez, Judith Berk King, Roxana Barba, David Rohn, Sri Prabha, Amalia Caputo, Anja Marais, Gianna Riccardi, Jacqueline Gopie, Morel Doucet, Scott Brennan, Ana Mendez, Brookhart Jonquil, Kerry McLaney, Kiki Valdes, Jill Deupi, Maria Lino, Sarah Michelle Rupert, Sterling Rook, Yuneikys Villalonga, Regina Jestrow, Sandra Ramos, Pedro Wazzan, Tamara Despujols, and Mike Rivamonte.
Open through April 6, LnS Gallery (2610 SW 28th Lane, Miami, FL, 33133) features Neighborhood Projects by Tim Buwalda. Inspired by the Golden Age of the automobile in America, the resulting photo-based realistic imagery creates an effective allegory of the current status of the American Dream.
Opening on March 16 and on view through March 16, the HistoryMiami Museum (101 W. Flagler St. Downtown Miami), features Queer Community: A History of LGBTQ Communities. Curated by Julio Capó Jr, and in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion, the show chronicles Miami‘s queer history over one hundred years, while sharing stories of love, repression and activism.
Critic’s Choice February 2019
February: Mapping Time and Space.
The Miami International Map Fair (February 1st-3rd) celebrates its 25 anniversary this year. Hosted by the HistoryMiami Museum, this is the largest and longest running map fair in the Americas and is an exceptional opportunity to enjoy first hand rare antique maps, rare antiquarian books and intriguing atlases from around the world that shed light about history, fantasy and misconceptions associated geography and territoriality. Securing the continuity line with preceding institutions that have been the landmark of contemporary art in the Magic City, The Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is celebrating 35 years of art and culture on February 7th. The special birthday that pays tribute its predecessors, the Center for Fine Arts (CFA) and Miami Art Museum (MAM), is also the PAMM’s promise of commitment to the 305. Also at PAMM (January 31st) and as part of Scholl Lecture Series, Liliana Porter will adventure into the motivations and process of one of her most ambitious projects to date, El hombre con el hacha y otras situaciones breves – Venecia 2017, currently on view at PAMM.
Exploring poetics of space, borders and the symbiotic relationships between the self and the other, stand out the solo shows by local artists Carola Bravo, Luis Garcia Nerey, Dominique Labauvie, and Yanira Collado. Open at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery (2101 Tigertail Ave. Coconut Grove, 33133/ 305-573-2700) until February 17th, Inhabited Structures, is a compendium of video-installations by Venezuelan-born Miami based artist Carola Bravo. Exploring archetypical cannons (Golden Mean, Vitruvian Man), this body of video art continues her personal exploration on the theme of the immigrant experience. Shifting Lines, by Luis Garcia Nerey, opens on February 6th at the ArtCenter/South Florida. Exploring cyclical patterns, Nerey’s immersive environments transform the physical space into an existential journey into ourselves. Opening on February 19th, at Mindy Solomon Gallery, Dominique Labauvie’s Urban Beings explores “urban-ness”. The gestural quality of her linear, defying gravity sculptures, opens new interpretations to the men and its environment. Penumbras, by Yanira Collado, is an evoking site-specific installation delving into architectural surroundings and memory. The exhibition runs until March 10th at Under the Bridge Art Space (12425 NE 13th Ave. North Miami/ 305-987-4437). The Lowe Art Museum is hosting James Prosek: Contra Naturum/Against Nature. The exhibition, running from February 28th to June 9th, is a critical commentary on South Florida’s rapidly changing ecosystem.
Critic’s Choice January 2019
Welcome 2019: Art is Social.
Several striking exhibitions are just in time to catch up after the impasse of the Holidays. Curated by Jane Hart, the eros effect (Bridge Red Studios/Project Space, through January 6th) transforms the gallery into a social interactive arena where art becomes the essential spark to the collective consciousness. Another group exhibition, Paradise Summit Miami (Emerson Dorsch Gallery through February 2nd) transmutes the gallery into a co-learning experience where arts, literature, and architecture go hands-on hand.
Mis. Placed is the result of a collaboration among six female artists that join forces to discuss the pressing issues of migration and displacement through art (on view at Collective 62 through January 31st). SEREPENS: Serenoa repens, by Robert Chambers, recipient of the Fellow in the Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) program, is a compelling essay about the delicate balance between nature and indigenous species as the only and ultimate preservation of the Florida Everglades.
Two forthcoming events will take place in January: The National YoungArts Week (YoungArts Campus and New World Center, January 6-13) that will bring to Miami the nation’s most promising young artists in the visual, literary, performing arts; and the Latinx Art Sessions that organized by ArtCenter/South Florida and Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) explores Latinx identity in contemporary art (January 24-25). Among the upcoming shows on January, highlight Terence Price II: Dancing in the Absence of Pain (ArtCenter/South Florida, January 16 – March 31), and Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre: To Survive on This Shore (Frost, January 23 – April 28). The first one being a touching, intimate photographic essay about life in our local inner cities, while the second one is a revealing portraiture essay about challenges and dreams of the LGBTQ community.
Critic’s Choice December 2018
Art Circuits Art Week and Dec 2018
Miami Puts Best Faces Forward During December and Art Week
Another cutting-edge multi-media exhibition comes to the Freedom Tower with the Danish Collective “We Are All in the Same Boat.” Through installation and film, SUPERFLEX addresses concerns very near to home, including financial corruption, migration and most directly, climate change. They stress a “collective responsibility and a need to collaborate so that our ship does not capsize.” Facing up to the ages-old old problem of human versus nature has never been more pressing: through April 21.
Juan Carlos Maldonado Art Collection
The Collection has acquired over the decades an extensive assortment of folk-art from the Ye’Kwana, an indigenous people who live in the Amazonian Orinoco region of South America. For “Convergence/Divergences,” JCMAC has created a “dialogue” between its own contemporary geometric art with the similar patterns found in Ye’Kwana craft; special Art Week Hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 3841 NE 2nd Ave., Ste 201.
ICA: Judy Chicago
One of the most important artists who forged a path for all women who followed since her start in the 1960s, Chicago gets a huge and well-deserved showing at the museum. “The Reckoning” explores the varied forms and materials – from so-called “female” needlework to “male” auto painting -- that Chicago has used to underscore how women have worked and maneuvered through a male-dominated art world; through April 21.
Mindy Solomon: Ezra Johnson
The focal piece of “Floating on Top” filling the first gallery is a six-minute, hand painted stop-frame animation from the Tampa artist of random objects disgorged by the Hillsborough River. In the second space there are brightly colored still-life objects depicting the same debris; through Jan. 12.
PAMM: “Surrounded Islands”
Maybe nothing changed Miami’s cultural landscape, literally and metaphorically, than when Christo and Jeanne-Claude came to town from 1980-83 and wrapped up islands in Biscayne Bay in surreal-looking pink fabric. This documentary exhibit, with photos, maquettes drawings and more, takes us through the process, production and thinking behind this monumental and ground-breaking project; through Feb. 17.
Critic’s Choice November 2018
The Varied Art on Display for November Underscores the Depth of Our Art Scene
Under the Bridge Art Space In muted colors, Claudia Scalise paints slightly dreamy landscapes or figures, from animals to people, in oils on wood and flache on canvas, evoking vague memories that seem both intimate and strangely distant, for “Uncommon Words.” And this artist-run space gives an extra element of intimacy, showcasing just a few paintings. Opening Nov. 4 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., with special Art Basel opening Dec. 8, and runs through Jan. 6; for appointment call 305-987-4437. Gustavo Matamoros at Audiotheque Studio For decades Matamoros has been bringing experimental sound “music” to Miami, exposing us to artists and sounds we have never heard before. In “Four Audible Experiences of Movement of Sound in Space,” Matamoros is hosting Saturday afternoon listening sessions through December, featuring his own amazing series “Audible” along with inviting guest sound artists to perform and talk about their own works. Open 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays at the 924 Building on Lincoln Road. Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts Gallery In its newly relocated space, Lowenstein is showcasing the works of Milanese artist Loris Cecchini. Using mainly stainless steel, Cecchini has crafted sculptures that resemble plants, corals and crystal structures, incorporating biological, mathematical and scientific elements into the core of his creations; Nov. 2 through Jan. 2, www.dianalowensteingallery.com. Thomas Bils at &gallery and Bakehouse Art Complex Native Floridian Bils paints realistic scenes of architectural spaces – mainly under-passes, bridges, walls – that comprise the lonelier parts of our urban landscape. There’s a fisherman; a freeway wall imposed on a traffic citation; a beer bottle under a bridge (remember the recent evacuation of the homeless population under I-95 anyone)? Showing at his studio space at Bakehouse, www.bacfl.org. ArtCenter/South Florida “Parallels and Peripheries” is the first part of a series, in this edition works from eight women that explore myths, stories, and memories that going into the making of our various identities, in particular, “how artmaking fits into a broader global discourse impacting marginalized communities.” Through Dec. 16, artcentersf.org.
Critic’s Choice October 2018
Critic's Choice October 2018
Whetting the Art Appetite: Something for Every Taste This Month
ICA Miami. One more month of hurricane season, one more month to catch “Sondra Perry: Typhoon coming on.” The seductively beautiful videos, in particular, are not really about the force of water, but the power of new technology and how it shapes identity, in Perry’s case that of black American history and digital influences on it; through Nov. 4. Ninoska Huerta Gallery. In a city now so dominated by glass and steel and sterile architecture, it’s a joy to see interpretations of some of the original, colorful buildings that made Miami known as a tropical paradise. “Inspired by Coral Gables” are watercolors and drawings by a number of artists depicting classic structures of The City Beautiful, through October 31. LnS Gallery. Locally based artist Cesar Trasobares has provided artistic food for thought – along with mesmerizing sculptures to the Miami scene for over 40 years. He is back with a grouping of colorful sculptures made out of recycled bookshelves, in “REDACTED,” this time with the art objects far more abstract than seemingly “functional” specimens, through Nov. 3. Dot FiftyOne Gallery. The gallery is presenting the first solo show from the Argentine painter Graciela Hasper, “Proximities.” Her brightly colored abstract, geometric works, in this case, a number of new ones, are somewhat whimsical with their circles and triangles, lightening the rigid grid of the traditional geometric canvas, through Nov. 25. Frost Art Museum-FIU. “Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago” is an exhibit divided in four parts, of 21st-century works from painting and installation to video and performances, underscoring the importance of the Caribbean basin as both an artistic and physical pathway to the varied cultures that surround it north and south; opening Oct. 13.
Critic’s Choice September 2018
Critic's Choice September 2018
And, the Season Begins! With a bit of something for everyone, from painting and photography, to film and multi-media
Spanish Cultural Center (CCE) Miami, “The Secret Life of Cities” by Carlos Estevez includes six installations drawn on paper, and another of objects converted into masks – all of them inspired by the story and history of cities, and pulling the viewer in with a variety of textures, colors, and lines. Sept. 6 through Oct. 18. / MOCA North Miami, It’s always great to see a local artist get a solo show at one of our major museums, and “Tracing the Thread” from Mira Lehr is one such example. Based on the Greek myth of Adriadne’s Thread, Lehr has created a site-specific “nature trail” where she leads the visitor around the galleries through a pattern of mangrove roots to other works, a meditative path mixing art and the precarious environment. Sept.6 through Nov. 4. / Film Art Expanse, Part of Downtown Art Days, this multi-channel film performance night will highlight avant-garde and experimental in their original formats of 16mm motion picture film, which brings to the evening an element of live theater and performance. Curated by filmmaker and co-director of Obsolete Media Miami (OMM) Barron Sherer, at Miami Dade College’s Live Arts Lab. Two “performances” on Sat., Sept. 8. / Pan American Art Projects, The well-known painter Gustavo Acosta depicts city-scapes, but not broad views, more like the nooks and crannies, the rooftops, the places that people might not always observe, especially on their way to and fro during the twilight hours. His favorite subjects are Havana, Mexico City, and yes Miami, in images where he meshes memory and current reality, for the exhibit “Structural Narratives.” Sept. 8 through Nov. 3 / Coral Gables Museum, In an incredible moving exhibit, “Sacred Ground: the Rise, Fall and Revival of Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery” tells the story of the historically significant but long-neglected African-American cemetery, with objects and documents from the museum’s archives, along with a photo gallery filled with more current imagery from the superb local photographers Carl Juste and C. W. Griffin all with the aim of preserving this cultural gem. Through Nov. 6.
Critic’s Choice Summer 2018
Critic's Choice Summer 2018
MDC’s Museum of Art and Design (MOAD): The newly revamped museum in the Freedom Tower scores again, with a stunning video installation from famed South African artists William Kentridge, More Sweetly Play the Dance. This is so much more than a film; it’s a 130-foot long immersive experience, which includes a New Orleans-style funeral procession, streams of refugees, brass band music and Kentridge’s own animated drawings. Through Jan. 20. The Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami: There is some powerful new work from Miami’s Sebastian Spreng in a solo show entitled “Dresden,” which references the terrible damage that German city suffered during World War II, but also a rebirth. Spreng’s long-time love of classical music also emerges from the 61 works on display. Through Sept. 23. The Bass: Another well-known local artist gets a well-deserved solo show at The Bass, in Karen Rifas’s “Deceptive Constructions.” Here Rifas has moved away from her leaf and line sculptures to create brightly colored sculptures and paintings, which cover the walls and floors, but still playing with space and perception like she always has. Through Oct. 21. Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA): The group exhibit “Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly” showcases 37 artists who work in a variety of media and who, like the butterfly, have navigated their way through the Americas in their own fascinating journeys. Through Aug. 5. LnS Gallery: Through drawings, paintings, and photography, Tony Vazquez-Figueroa explores the role oil has played in shaping his native Venezuela’s history and social norms, in the appropriately titled “Black Surface.” Despite the sticky theme, the exhibit is elegant and beautiful. Through July 7.
Critics Choice April 2017 – Something Old, Something New
Something Old, Something New
MemoryLab features contemporary installations and film that explore the concept of memory through the lens of the archive. On view at HistoryMiami and curated by Kevin Arrow and Barron Sherer, the exhibition’s artists draw on the museum’s collection, the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives and Obsolete Media Miami, utilizing the past to think about issues of immigration, tourism, and more. A highlight is “Jeff’s 50 Club,” an installation of a 1950’s Miami gambling den by Westen Charles. Taking inspiration from the 1948 movie that followed Stephan Sweig’s 1922 novel Letter from the Unknown, Angela Valella’s exhibition of the same name at the Spanish Cultural Center Miami (CCE) explores modes of communication. The artist’s sculptures, installations, collages, and videos are paired with found and unpublished works that together explore the intersection of text and technology, past and present. Diana Lowenstein Gallery offers a survey of work by Argentinian artist Alejandra Padilla spanning 20 years. Rooted in the history of Abstract Expressionism—and inspired by the likes of Ellsworth Kelly and Barnett Newman—Padilla’s sensuous collages relook proportion and color. However, the next generation of contemporary artists is Unbound! This is the title of the annual New World School of the Arts BFA exhibition featuring multidisciplinary works by it’s senior class in the pristine setting of the Cisneros Fontanals Foundation (CIFO). Similarly immersing their students in the art scene, a shout to the University of Miami Gallery in Wynwood whose annual juried exhibition will feature work selected by guest juror, Miami gallerist David Castillo. His impeccable eye should make for a provocative exhibition.
Critics Choice March 2017 – The Ladies of March
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At a time when civil rights are in question, art spaces in Miami support women artists. Longtime activist and photographer Catherine Opie brings 700 Nimes Road to <a href="http://nsuartmuseum.org/">NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale</a>. This is the address of Liz Taylor's former home where Opie spent four months photographing, and during which time Ms. Taylor passed away. The 700 images depict transitory moments between icon and reality, life and death, poetry and fact. From poetry to melody, artist-composer Alba Fernanda Triana created Sounding Score—an interactive virtual book inviting visitors to author their own songs from virtual musical sequences. On view at Art@Work, the art space and offices of collector-orthodontist Arturo Mosquera, Sounding Score is an instrument of possibility. Also intervening in space, Leyla Cárdenas uses <a href="http://dimensionsvariable.net/">Dimensions Variables </a>newly renovated gallery as her point of inspiration for Visa Versa. By exposing undiscovered layers of the building’s architecture and using it’s remnants to build site-specific works, Cárdenas reveals narratives of the space’s history through its rubble. From rebuilding to invention, the phenomenon of “alternative facts” pervades today’s political media, and is no doubt at the core of Kelly Breez’s FAKE NEWS installation at <a href="http://www.locustprojects.org/#1">Locust Projects</a>. Breez mimics printed media in her signature graphic style instead drawing scenarios underscored with irony and satire.
Critics Choice January 2017 Re-relating to the Enviroment
Re-relating to the Environment
Juxtaposing and interlacing their personal memories, artists Jose L. Garcia and German Ruiz create portraits and landscapes of past experiences for the dual exhibition Then & There on view at FIU’s urban studios. Similarly focused on individual experience, Judy Cotton’s Natural Curiosity: An Intimate History investigates the complex and fraught relationship between humans and the environment in her ongoing series of palm tree drawings and resin cast found objects on view at IRL. From the natural to Unnatural Life Elisabeth Condon’s exhibition of new paintings uses deceptively decorative applications to explore the feminine within the male dominated history of abstract painting. This exhibition opens Emerson Dorsch’s much awaited new gallery location. Casting its eye on fashion, Dandy Lion: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity, explores how black dandies have resisted stereotype and repositioned black male identity by purposefully confusing conventions of fashion and creating unique style. Guest curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis, and on view at the Lowe Art Museum, the exhibition includes both historical and contemporary images. As February questions what place there is for environmental concern, female and black identities in our future, PAMM offers a playful and poignant reprieve in Lawrence Weiner’s Out of Sight text work, a generic multilingual interactive hopscotch on the museum’s floor.
New Year New Form – Critics Choice January 2017
New Year New Form.
2017 offers exhibitions that rethink philosophies of form and color rooted in Abstraction and Minimalism. In It Has a Golden Sun and an Elderly Grey Moon at PAMM, Ulla van Brandenburg combines traditional modes of theater production, primary colors, space and architecture to question how we relate to perceived social norms. A room installation and video move the audience through an immersive cave of visual experience. Twelve works by Belarusian-American artist Nikolai Kasak (1917–1994), on view at Sammer Gallery, expand on the artist’s exploration of “Physical Art,” a theory he formulated in 1947 to explore ideas of physicality, as it relates to form, color, space, and architecture. Rooted in Abstraction, Kasak also used geometry to explore relationships between the physical and the conceptual. Inspired by American Minimalism and the work of Auguste Rodin, Dominique Labauvie’s steel sculptures, paintings and drawings on view at Mindy Solomon Gallery use line as the primary guide to explore form, perception, and interaction, resulting in minimal yet organically descriptive forms. If you missed Edge Collection Presents…during Art Basel Miami week, good news—it has been extended through January. The exhibition showcases local and international artists and designers who worked with boutique manufacturers Edge Collections to create shimmering abstract wallpapers inspired by an original artwork also on view. The exhibition and the waterfront location provides a tantalizing start to a new year.
Looking Back to Our Future – December 2016
Looking Back for Our Future.
Reviving broken objects underpins the Japanese Kintsuji technique adopted by Mexico-born artist Omar Barquet to interweave poetry and Buddhism with his own memories of Caribbean storms. The result is Past Words—an exhibition of lyrical objects patchworked by multiple influences and subjective histories—curated by Janet Batet and on view at Dot Fiftyone. Francis Bacon understood the meaning of history (from the Greek historia) as "the knowledge of objects determined by space and time," that is an accumulation of context and memory. This is the point from which the artists in “The Rest Is History” converse within Dimensions Variable’s much awaited new space at Miami Dade College. Merging history with myth German artist Anselm Kiefer questions the representation and comprehension of World War II, with specific focus on the holocaust. His exhibition Regeneration at the NSU Museum comprises a series of paintings and sculptures from the Hall Collection and Hall Art Foundation. Similarly challenging audience perception, the Op and Kinetic art movements reflect an interest in 20thCentury scientific advancements. Argentinian artist Julio Le Parc is a forerunner of this movement and his first US retrospective at PAMM, Form into Action, is an experiential immersion proving ever relevant today. This December Miami relooks history to help define a way forward in today’s trying times.
November Critics Choice, Florida’s Schools Dream
Florida’s Schools Dream
Dormiveglia, meaning the state of being half asleep, is Francesco Clemente’s ode to dream-like states, and is also the title to his monumental painting installation at the Nova Scotia University Museum in Fort Lauderdale. Created in 1998, these pale, watery paintings range from large to medium to three intimate “cabinets of curiosity,” that collectively touch on the surreal. Exploring dreams metaphorically, Florida Atlantic University gallery’s Florida Dreaming exhibition delves in to the idealisms and realities of life in the sunshine state. The work, made by predominantly Miami-based artists, is inherently sociopolitical commenting on themes of race, industry, environment, and more. The University of Miami’s Department of Art and Art History faculty, Darby Bannard, Kyle Trowbridge, Billie Lynn and Tomas Lopez, share their creative practice at UM’s satellite space n Wynwood. Showing all new work, these teachers hope to inspire their art students to follow their dreams. The Wolfsonian museum-FIU showcases 50 years of innovation in Modern Dutch Design spanning 1890 -1940. A time of great sociopolitical change, the exhibition explores how Dutch designers, architects and artists dreamed big by drawing on international styles to promote travel and exchange. Miami is dreamy this November.
Her Hunt for Pink October
Her Hunt for Pink October
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as such this month’s exhibition picks are not only “pink” inspired but also dedicated to two admirable women artists. Taking motivation from an archival rendering of the “Pink House” by Miami-based architectural firm Arquitectonica, the exhibition layout of “An Image” converges time, the imaginary and the real. Curated by Domingo Castillo and Natalia Zuluaga and on view at the ArtCenter/South Florida, the artists in “An Image” explore the architectural fictions and actualities of Miami real estate. Partnering with Peter Fetterman gallery in Santa Monica, Dina Mitrani gallery features work by inspiring fashion photographer Lillian Bassman (1917-2012). An angular, high-contrast and elegant aesthetic defines her photographs, many of which were published in Harper’s Bazaar between 1950-1965. This exhibition shows a selection of her most celebrated images picturing fashionable women. Also centralizing the female form, "Lidzie’s Looking Glass" by Cuban artist Lidzie Alvisa is on view at Diana Lowenstein Gallery. Curated by Marilyn Sampera, the exhibition features photography and installations that activate the body along with symbols of birth, life and death, as a tool to question notions of truth. October is also tickled pink that PRIMARY re-opens its doors with a group exhibition “OMGWTF,” featuring many Miami-based artists, and more, with whom this progressive gallery works
September – Contemporary is a Season
Contemporary is a Season
Culturally, Miami celebrates contemporary art. Congruently, September kicks off the art season with two exhibitions that progressively historicize (post) contemporary art. Breaking auction records at Christies this past May, the work of the late Jean-Michel Basquiat is emblematic of this evolution. Traveling from the Brooklyn Museum to Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) the exhibition Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks showcases rarely seen sketches, doodles and artworks to further establish this artist as iconic. Continuing from Basquiat’s creative timeline NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale’s exhibition Belief + Doubt focuses on contemporary art from the 1990’s, and comprises selections, including many female artists, from the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz collection. Situating contemporary art in the present subconscious, The Space Between on view atThe Screening Room, shows three abstract videos by Alba Soto, David Gumbs, and Edison Peñafiel that explore subjective states of recognition as they relate to water, femininity and politics. Also addressing these themes, among others, Antonia Wright’s solo exhibition at Locust Projects is curiously titled “Under the Water Was Sand, Then Rocks, Miles of Rocks.” Based in Miami and known for her boundary-pushing performances, Wright shares that her exhibition comprises over 150 live plants suggesting a provocative exploration of the elements.
Return to the Source this Summer
Return to the Source this Summer
On view at PAMM, the filmic work of Beatriz Santiago Muñoz layers real and staged footage describing life in post-colonial Caribbean. Munoz’s constructed narratives appropriate a documentary approach that confuses reality and fiction. Using similar narrative bricolage artist Daniel Domig has created a site-responsive wood installation to accompany a series of paintings that conflate personal, visual and literary references. On view at Diana Lowenstein gallery these paintings visually suggest the human form. The body is a central theme in Laura Lima’s exhibition, which is curated by Alex Gartenfeld and on view at ICA Miami. Lima places people in odd performative relationships with objects suggesting alternative situational and juxtapositional readings. Speaking of reading, Dina Mitrani gallery pays tribute to the book in a photographic group exhibition that explores the book as a visual object and educative symbol, as well as text. Also returning to the source this summer, Versace Versace Versace’s “Primitive Hut” exhibition includes work by 7 designers who have created objects that take inspiration from the materials from which they are made.
May – Seeing and Moving with History
This May, exhibitions in Miami pay tribute to the human form and look to the past for inspiration. Medical illustrator J. McGuinness Myers merges the science of seeing with the extraordinary aesthetics of the eye in a series of 1960’s macro-paintings on view at The Lowe Art Museum, while Bass Xexamines the movement of the body in a solo project by Miami resident Emmett Moore.
Looking to literary history, “The Patch of Blue” is curated by Melissa Diaz at MDC Museum of Art and Design and showcases prints and paintings by Jean-Georges Cornelius, which evoke Oscar Wilde’s “prison” writings. Expanding the conversation with history to abstraction, Osamu Kobayashi and Paul Pagk showcase materially rich and colorful paintings at Mindy Solomon gallery, while curator Adriana Herrera explores themes of geometry in the sculptures and paintings of German Botero on view Durban Segnini gallery.
April’s Legends of Latin America
Spiritedly called “the capital of Latin America” Miami is an ideal destination to see some of the finest of contemporary art affiliated with the region. This month, the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) opens a much-awaited retrospective by Columbian sculptor Doris Salcedo, while NSU |Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art showcases an impressively cohesive collection of film work by Cuban performance artist Ana Mendieta (1948-1985). In Wynwood’s Ascaso gallery, the Venezuelan artist Carlos Medina presents Essential, an exhibition featuring canvasses, sculptures and installations that explore geometric abstraction.
Fancy a trip to North America? The New World School of the Arts presents new work and fresh ideas by its Rising Stars. Also in the region, Trilateration at Diana Lowenstein gallery features work by contemporary Miami-based artist Michael Loveland, Texas-based artist Andy Coolquitt and New York Tel Aviv-born artist Tamar Ettun promising challenging “performative” installations.
The contextualization of objects takes center stage this month with exhibitions that lend renewed meaning to life’s everyday objects both past and present. Shoes are bedazzled and bejeweled at Bass X. Phillip Roth books are sunk in to a series of columns at Locust Projects. Contemporary artists revisit abstraction using LP’s, repurposed windows, and more at Durban Segnini Gallery. Ancient Andean masks and utilitarian objects re-stoke mans relationship with the natural world at the Lowe Art Museum, while digital re-imaginings revive creative spaces at Alejandra Von Hartz gallery. These objects are symbols of culture and invite viewers to (re)interpret them. Objectify your March!
February: A Multi-disciplinary Miami
February: A Multi-disciplinary Miami
February features Fashion, Film, Form, Photos, Philosophy and…Video Games. Post-World War II Italian fashion takes the spotlight at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale as part of Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968, while The Art of Video Games grabs the controls at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. Escaping Gravity is a compilation of Wendy Wischer’s films and sculptures at The Screening Room, while British photographer Phil Toledano rediscovers memories of his late sister in When I was Six at Dina Mitrani Gallery. Ombretta Agró Andruff curates a literary inspired exhibition, The Ambiguous Lightness of Being - An Homage to Milan Kundera, at Diana Lowenstein Gallery that explores the Czech novelist’s existential contemplations. Having existential contemplations of their own, a shout out goes to the artist run space VersaceVersaceVersace (formerly GucciViutton) who ask the question What Shall We Do Next?, as the title of their show at Diverse Works in Houston, Texas. From Europe to Miami to Texas, Miami’s February art offerings cross disciplines and borders.
Pérez Art Museum Miami entices with exhibits singing, not merely speaking, to our dazzling, diverse cultural community: 1) "Sun Splashed," major survey of innovative sculpture and installations by Guggenheim fellow Nari Ward, curated by Diana Nawi & 2)"Clay Works and Painted Ceramics" spotlighting Carlos Alfonzo, intricately related to his painting, sculpture, public murals at Santa Clara Metrorail station and FIU campus, curated by César Trasobares. Also enticing, not to be missed: New photographic series "Childhood Memories from the Other Side of the Water," by Eduardo del Valle, who's won many awards for art created with Mirta Gomez; this series gathers del Valle's recollections of his Cuban childhood in photos never previously exhibited, all shot outside Cuba. At Dina Mitrani Gallery look for art by Roberto Huarcaya: large photogram installation depicting Amazon jungle. At Merzbau Gallery, look for rigorous, elegant simplicity of art by Stanislav Kolibal in "The Fundamental Element of Drawing."
Golden October blooms with Miami's cultural abundance. Don't miss "Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern," curated by Christian Larsen, at Wolfsonian-FIU, spanning 3 centuries, showing tropical plants like philodendrun transplanted to North American and European visual arts, architecture, film, fashion, and more. This inspired concept promises inspiring cross-cultural pollination of ideas. More cross-cultural abundance: See photo series by Rachel Harrison in "Voyage of the Beagle, Two" for Bass Museum at Miami Beach Library, curated by José Diaz, examining prehistoric and contemporary figurative stone sculptures. At FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios Affiliate Gallery, see art transforming act of painting by Kimberly Moore, in "Post Semiotics of the Kitchen," curated by Curatorial Practice students Colette Mello and Meg Kaplan. At ArtCenter/South Florida look for cross-cultural challenges to the eye in "Nadie atraviesa la región sin ensuciarse," featuring Regina José Galindo, curated by Roc Laseca.
September Salutes Miami
September salutes visual arts in Miami. Don't miss excellent tributes at MDC Museum of Art + Design to Miami's influential artists who've long cultivated visual culture here, with trio of solo shows for Robert Huff, Robert Thiele, and Karen Rifas. Their individual shows celebrate distinctive formal connections to painting, sculpture, architecture and design. Spanish legends in art history Salvador Dalí and Francisco Goya reunite in experimental, duly surreal pairing at at Centro Cultural Español in exhibit of prints, "Caprichos de Dalí-Goya." Architectural, geometric shapes, with striking materials like stainless steel and gold leaf, should captivate in "Borderline" by Luis Romero at Alejandra von Hartz Gallery. Art Nouveau Gallery Joao Carlos Galvao with recent small and medium format assemblages of Brazilian hardwood, playing with rhythmic, architectural forms emblematic of Brazil's rich constructivist tradition.
Marvelous March – March 2105
Marvelous art transforms March in Miami. Don't miss iconic treasures of Latin America: "Kahlo, Rivera & Mexican Modern Art" at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, with 75 artworks illuminating Mexico's famed cultural heritage, including art by Leonora Carrington, Gerhard Gerzso, José Clemente Orozco; see also paintings by Fernando de Szyszlo at Durban Segnini Gallery, with bold slashes of red and purple weaving together abstract forms evoking pre-Hispanic textiles and symbols. Don't miss "Xu Bing: Writing Between Heaven and Earth" at Frost Art Museum of Florida International University; discover how this celebrated Chinese artist reconfigures the art of writing as image on an epic scale. At Mindy Solomon Gallery, there's Dominique Labauvie, whose art constructs elegant, interlocking geometries of line and form.
February Loves Art – February 2015
February Loves Art
Pérez Art Museum Miami provides unique chance to witness heralded legacy of Spanish master Antoni Tapies (1923-2012) with "Tapies from Within," assembling 50 plus large-scale paintings and sculpture from his pioneering career melding abstraction with graffiti and other sources; art drawn from his private collection and foundation. Also don't miss "Fountains & Galaxies" at MDC Museum of Art + Design, presenting recent work by award-winning writer Bernard Cooper, previously Los Angeles Magazine art critic; known for digital montages, Cooper fuses visual and verbal talents. For cool, clean abstractions, be sure to see art by Astrid Fitzgerald at Art Noveau Gallery. Also don't miss "The Reunion" at Bakehouse Art Complex, reflecting its 29-year Wynwood history, featuring more than 20 alumni, including Pablo Cano, Ross Ford, Beatricia Sagar.
Generous January – January 2015
Generous January bestows magnificent art across South Florida. Don't miss "American Scene Photography: Martin Z. Margulies Collection" at NSU Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale: Over 190 photos unfurl transfixing panorama of American history from early 1900s to present, revealing vast changes, from documentary photos to digital fabrications, from Lewis Hine and Dorothea Lange to Gregory Crewdson and Miles Coolidge. Exploring more historical insights is "Boom, Bust, Boom: Downtown Miami Architecture, 1920s-1930s" at Wolfsonian-FIU, recording how the Magic City persistently reinvents itself. At Main Library is must-see show from its permanent collection, curated by Helen Kohen, Barbara Young, Margarita Cano, with art by Ana Mendieta, Gleason Waite Romer, and many more. Presenting abstract art by Meyer Vaisman, KaBe Contemporary brings us new digital transformations of painted canvas.
Stunning Season – December 2014
December offers stunning season for art. Don't miss "1 + 2" at Lowe Art Museum, mixing Lowe's far-ranging collection with 11 works from Jumex Collection, generally considered Latin America's largest contemporary art collection. At MDC Museum of Art + Design, don't miss "Shen Wei - In Black, White and Gray," revealing acclaimed talents of Shen Wei in painting, dance, design. As Pérez Art Museum Miami is "R.R. and the Expansion of the Tropics," promising prescient Florida vistas by Mario García Torres. Must-see galleries: At Adamar Fine Arts is "Andy Warhol: Seen and Unseen" with iconic silkscreened prints, Sammer Gallery presents exquisite drawings by Jacob El Hanani, Alejandra von Hartz Gallery shows Jaime Gili and Ricardo Alcaide, New World Gallery highlights Fredric Snitzer in "Still Crazy..."
October’s Harvest of Color – October 2014
October's Harvest of Color
Color is October's high-yielding harvest. Its many-hued brilliance cascades throughout museums and galleries. Don't miss "Café Dolly" at NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale: intensely painterly works by French artist Francis Picabia, American artist Julian Schnabel and Danish artist Jens Ferdinand Willumsen link generations across the map. Eye-popping colors yield adventurous energy in "Folkloric Acid" at Mindy Solomon Gallery, with high-octane zest of Einar and Jamex de la Torre, mixing media such as blown-glass sculpture and digital and lenticular printing. Look for bold color in abstract, geometric sculpture by Lía Bermúdez of Venezuela at Art Nouveau Gallery: her sassy shapes etch curvilinear drawings spiraling through space. HistoryMiami recalls those 1960s psychedelic colors of Beatlemania, with "Ladies and Gentlemen... The Beatles!" Elisa Turner, Art Circuits’ art critic
Stunning September – September 2014
September's art positively stuns. Don't miss "Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botanico" at Pérez Art Museum Miami, promising landmark addition to our cultural scene: major US survey for Brazilian Beatriz Milhazes, with over 40 large-scale paintings, collages, and screenprints. Discover Cultural Legacy Gallery at MDC Museum of Art + Design, presenting "Cuba Out of Cuba: Through the Lens of Alexis Rodríguez-Duarte in Collaboration with Tico Torres," with photos shot across the map, capturing Cuban figures from Celia Cruz to Nilo Cruz. At CCEMiami, art by Willy Castellanos, with Coco Fusco & Juan Si González, witnesses displacements of immigration, spurring collective memory. At Dina Mitrani Gallery, photographic portraits by Rafael Diaz simultaneously reveal and conceal.
November Stars – November 2014
November stars for art shine. At Frost Art Museum/FIU, don't miss "Wang Qingson: ADinfinitum." Internationally celebrated Chinese artist Wang Qingson brings his innovative spirit to photography with computer-generated images and more, offering large-scale masterpieces documenting changes transforming contemporary China. At Wolfsonian/FIU museum, don't miss "Myth and Machine: The First World War in Visual Culture." Recognizing the centenary of the war's beginning, this show explores massive changes the war generated, reflected in paintings, sculpture, posters, photographs, books, with rare and unique objects. More stars: Durban Segnini Gallery presents art by Manolo Vellojín in "The Spiritual Side of Geometrics," including artworks created between 1970 and 2006. Ascaso Gallery exhibits "Vigas Informalista, Paris 1959-1964," with text by noted art critic and art historian Dr. Marek Bartelik.
Shape-Shifting – Summer 2014
Summer signals outstanding shape-shifting in magical Miami: Don’t miss solo show by Laura Vinci, curated by Elizabeth Cerejido, at ArtCenter/South Florida, inviting visitors to participate in large-scale sculpture and installation, fascinating with marble dust and mechanical materials. More can’t miss moments: School of Night: Arturo Rodríguez, curated by Juan Martínez, at Frost Art Museum, surely captivating with focus on poets and paper. Also encounter Miami conjured as social and political place in Adler Guerrier: Formulating a Plot at Pérez Art Museum in Miami—including work produced just for PAMM. NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale presents The Miami Generation: Revisited: Explore ongoing careers of significant artists shaping Miami sensibilities since 1983, curated by Jorge Santis
May Magic – May 2014
May in Magic City Miami reveals spellbinding art remaking and transforming the familiar. Don’t miss the magical transformations of discarded metal in shimmering and stunning “Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui” at Bass Museum of Art. There’s also “Some Like It Hot,” curated by Miami-based graffiti artist Brandon Opalka at HistoryMiami, showing how graffiti renews Miami, from Wynwood streets to Miami Marine Stadium. This show reveals intriguing urban challenges: In “Uprooting Architecture,” Saludarte Foundation with Universidad de Los Andes, University of Miami, National Media Museum (UK) at Ideobox, calls for renewed city structures in Miami via art by Juan Fernando Herrán. Elegantly distilled geometric installations by Karen Rifas transform space at Arevalo Gallery.
April Abloom – April 2014
Aprilâ's abloom with art enabling travel across time and space in unforgettable ways. Start your art journey with Beyond the Rails atÂ MDC Museum of Art + Design, a unique, railroad-friendly selection of artwork, historical artifacts, photographs, and more from"Wolfsonian-FIU" downtown collection. Don't miss Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, from Latino art collection of Smithsonian American Art Museum, at " Frost Art Museum," with exciting, diverse range of memorable art by Olga Albizu, María Brito, Abelardo Morrel, Juan Sánchez and many others. At :Williams McCall Gallery, see oil paintings by Enrique Flores-Galbis, beautifully melding memory and fact in Havana cityscapes, melancholy somewhat leavened by luscious color. At: Dina Mitrani Gallery, gracefully formed plants in photographs by Colleen Plumb aim skyward.