Images of Miami, snap by snap

Published on October 2, 2013 by in Miami

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen work from Tao Rey, part of the group that emerged in the late 1990s and early 2000s who made a big mark on Miami’s art scene, being termed the “hot house” young artists at the time. But like all creative minds, that doesn’t mean he has been inactive. […]

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Art that faces off with illness

Published on September 24, 2013 by in Miami

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Breast cancer strikes fear into the heart of women more than almost any other affliction. It’s true we now know that men can get breast cancer, and other cancers can be as deadly or worse, but the breast is the most outwardly prominent symbol of womanhood — an attack on the breast can feel like an […]

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Paintings that keep it real

Published on September 20, 2013 by in Miami

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“For real!” is a clever name for the painting show at Waltman Ortega. The three Europeans depict almost-hyper real portraits of American cities — mostly New York City. Except that there is a slightly non-American perspective to them. It’s a nice show to open up the season. The most “real” come from Frenchman Alain Bertrand, whose […]

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In practice, the world awaits

Published on September 17, 2013 by in Miami

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The first thing that will strike you is the series of light, pastel pink canvases that are basically empty. Very little color, very little movement in these latest paintings from one of Miami’s best painters, Aramis Gutierrez. The three main large paintings are of empty ballet studios, the sense of anticipation is intense — when will […]

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Shadow playing, after art making

Published on September 13, 2013 by in Miami

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Shadow plays may be one of the oldest forms of the collaboration of visual arts, story-telling, performance and music. Cut-out figurines move across a screen while back-lit, like an ancient video, performing some kind of a tale. It’s been particularly popular in Southeast Asia for centuries, where founding myths such as the Ramayana are retold […]

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And the art season begins

Published on September 6, 2013 by in Miami

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Summer is not officially over, but art can’t wait for artificial perimeters. Tonight, even before fall’s first Second Saturday, a number of new exhibits are being unveiled. Don’t expect to be comforted by the solo show from London’s Mat Collishaw opening at the Bass Museum of Art. Like many artists who work across The Pond, […]

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A Broward arts arrival

Published on September 3, 2013 by in Miami

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Almost overnight, it seems, Broward has turned into an art center. If you haven’t awakened to what is happening north of Miami, now would be the time. The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood has been consistently putting out good exhibits for years now, as has the Girls Club (it will be unveiling its latest […]

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For those of you who are still unaware that Miami International Airport has some seriously good art hanging around, this is a reminder. We are not talking about cheesy coffee shop paintings. We are talking about permanent and site-specific works from top-talent artists spread all across the various terminals: dropping from the ceilings, splashed along […]

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Form and function and technology

Published on August 27, 2013 by in Miami

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The world of visual arts does not — and never should — stand still. For instance, in antiquity, stone was the ubiquitous material used to create sculptures; thousands of years later, bicycle parts, TV screens and LED lights might be the material of choice. The lines among disciplines have also blurred; visual art, fashion, music, design, […]

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Times they are a-changing

Published on August 23, 2013 by in Miami

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This week it was announced that Alex Gartenfeld, recently brought in as chief curator of MOCA North Miami, will also now be serving as interim director. That’s because the founding director of MOCA – which opened up in 1996 – Bonnie Clearwater is moving up to Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale to take over as […]

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