Mexican gallerist, curator and dealer Nina Torres has a new home on Biscayne Bay, a stunning waterfront art center on North Bayshore Drive opened up during Art Basel. Torres, for the most part, globetrots the world putting on shows and exhibiting at top fairs, focusing mostly on Latin American and especially Mexican contemporary art and masters. But she will also be putting on shows here in Miami.It wouldn’t be right to call the space a gallery, as the sprawling, shining venue is supposed to double as an event showroom for lectures, performances, dinners and art conventions. So the opening of “Monumental Exhibition: Here and Now” will be a bit more than a gallery show. Indoors, works from Eduardo Agelvis and Henry Bermudez of Venezuela and Jose Antonio Zarate of Spain will be highlighted, while outside the huge steel sculptures of Rodolfo Sanchez Lalinde of Colombia will be on display in Bayfront Park.
In fact, Torres is also creating a “Gallery Walk on the Bay,” which will start at the art center gallery, continue down Biscayne Boulevard, stopping at Marina Blue and ending at the park. This is no gritty Wynwood stroll, and also unlike that neighborhood, there are plenty of high-end restaurants in which to rest your feet, if that’s your thing.
“Monumental Exhibition: Here and Now” opens Feb. 3 and runs through March 30; “Monumental Sculptures” runs through March 30; and “Gallery Walk on the Bay” takes place on Feb. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. Also, Torres unveiled the “Visual Gallery International Art Exhibition 2011″ online, as well. Nina Torres Fine Art, 1800 N. Bayshore Dr., Miami; www.ninatorresfineart.com.