The flow from the Fountainhead

Published on April 30, 2013 by in Miami

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The Fountainhead Residency program, under the inspired leadership of “foundress” Kathryn Mikesell, who founded it in 2008 with husband Dan, has been positively shaking up the art scene since it started. They bring in artists from all over the globe, to introduce them to Miami, and to have them in turn broaden Miami’s artistic scope. […]

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T. Elliot Mansa’s urban portraits

Published on April 26, 2013 by in Miami

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Art that has been coming out of the urban core is often heavy on portraiture – characters, friends, family portrayed in both raw settings and historical and cultural context – especially in painting, especially from African-American artists. The work of Houston’s Robert Pruitt, currently showing at General Audience Presents up in North Miami, is one […]

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Communicating the arts

Published on April 23, 2013 by in Miami

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  The rapid decline of newspapers and print publications, due to over-optimistic ideas of revenues colliding head-on with the rise of the Internet and a semi-depression, has been well-documented. But it also hit hard in ways that many couldn’t imagine. As staff and pages were cut, what became palpable was that cultural arts coverage was […]

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Hernan Bas is back in his hometown

Published on April 16, 2013 by in Miami

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Hernan Bas relocated to Detroit several years ago. It’s a move that appears, on canvas, to have been a great choice. Although his paintings never really disappeared here in Miami, he has a number of works up now, at the Snitzer Gallery for a solo show of new works, at MOCA in its 15th-anniversary show, […]

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More art, more options

Published on April 12, 2013 by in Miami

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Wynwood’s Second Saturdays has become the art world’s favorite punching bag. No one apparently likes the crowded night, not galleries, artists, collectors. Or so you’d think. The night is a circus, no doubt about it, but some people do like a circus, and crowds, when they are in Wynwood, sometimes it beats wondering around alone […]

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A “Carnival” of arts at MIA

Published on April 9, 2013 by in Miami

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Dealing with airports can often be a pain. But if you want to arrive early to our own MIA – or just make a trip of it – there is a very special treat awaiting on the fourth floor of the South Terminal, and it will make the whole airport hassle float away. The art show, […]

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Robert Pruitt and his fun, serious art

Published on April 5, 2013 by in Miami

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Miami has never really developed a serious, and secure, African-American art scene. We have black artists, and artists steeped in urban American culture, but it can’t compare to a place like Houston. That city has one of the most thriving and exciting African-American art scenes today, grounded in a long-rooted black community and bolstered by […]

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Pepe Mar’s cabinets of wonder

Published on April 2, 2013 by in Miami

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Anyone who has seen Pepe Mar’s work won’t forget it. He has created one of the more distinctive looks – punctuated by his distinct color palette – around town. Until now, the Mexico-born Miamian with a BFA from the California College of Arts (and, recently, an MFA from FIU) would be best known for his funky […]

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Several museums just opened up shows in time for springtime, and in fact many of them have a light touch to them, or at least don’t feel too heavy. MOCA (a Knight Arts grantee) unveiled its 15th  anniversary exhibit, filled with works by the local and international artists whose art they have shown since the […]

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Depending on your height, you’ll get a somewhat different perspective of the Yinka Shonibare dolls sitting on a wooden platform, part of the “Pivot Points: 15 Years & Counting” exhibit at MOCA, the huge group show celebrating the North Miami museum’s 15th birthday. If you are short, you’ll have to look up to see their […]

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