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Eduardo Alexander Rabel

20130902220230-kali_and_geshe-w1200__big Portraying the Power of the Persona   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Dawoud Bey at Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami (MOCA NOMI) June 7th, 2013 - September 8th, 2013
Posted 8/31/13

Photographer Dawoud Bey's impressive retrospective at MoCA surveys more than three decades of work created after his breakthrough project, Harlem U.S.A. Bey's bold images combine authenticity with aesthetics, grappling with the question of how photography can convey the "least untrue self." The seven distinct series on view represent the diversity within specific communities—especially African Americans and youth. As a Black artist, Bey has always been acutely aware of the need for images t... [more]

20130604161122-iamhere_2 Immigrants' Fight: Ruben Ubiera's #IamHere Mural Unveiled   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/4/13

On May 4, 2013, Ruben Ubiera's #IamHere was unveiled in Wynwood. This unique and subtly subversive mural is the result of a collaborative effort between the artist, his subjects, and the two sponsoring organizations—the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida and the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC). The artwork is striking, vibrantly-colored, and unapologetically political: it advocates for a humane immigration reform law that would give undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship. The mur... [more]

20130302123718-4 An Artist's Work Is Never Done   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Alexandra Rowley at DINA MITRANI GALLERY January 26th, 2013 - March 29th, 2013
Posted 3/19/13

Alexandra Rowley's current show at Dina Mitrani Gallery brings together photography, ceramics and sound to create an appealing, personal meditation on the many small acts of transformation that make up our daily lives. The first two images that greet the viewer are a striking pair of larger-than-life photographic prints, each depicting a colorful, ornate plate enlarged against a solid black background. These decorative plates are shiny and attractive, but what is most interesting about them is th... [more]

20130118142230-key_west-_san_carlos_whole_96ppi Tania Bruguera: Re-imagining Revolution, Re-creating Cuba   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/18/13

A Cuban artist currently based in the U.S., Tania Bruguera has the distinction of having presented challenging political work in both countries, as well as in many others. Her ambitious and powerful oeuvre encompasses installation, performance, and long-term socio-political intervention. This is not art for spectators—it's for participants, truth-seekers, fellow-travelers. It is a psychic weapon for the oppressed, a subversive force against the narrow ideological confines of both socialist and capi... [more]

20120705131830-untitled2 The Art of Small Things   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Charles LeDray at Bass Museum of Art April 27th, 2012 - August 12th, 2012
Posted 7/4/12

A few years back I had the good fortune of being able to see Charles LeDray's grand retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. That exhibition was jam-packed with countless creations, each meticulously handcrafted with the artist's renowned attention to detail. In one sense, LeDray's current exhibition at the Bass Museum of Art might be considered the exact opposite, in that it consists of just four works, each set apart in its own ample space. Yet such an enumeration does not... [more]

20120604123419-untitled Journeys of Body and Spirit   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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José Bedia at Miami Art Museum May 24th, 2012 - September 9th, 2012
Posted 6/4/12

The English version of the introductory wall text uses the redundant-sounding term "Hispanic-Cuban" to describe José Bedia. This is jarring, since all Cubans are Hispanic according to the general usage of the word. Yet despite the awkward phrasing, there is an important point being made here: Bedia's bloodline comes from Spain rather than from Africa. (The Spanish wall text is clearer, stating that the artist is a "Cuban of Spanish origin.") The reason this matters is that so much of Bedia's work—esp... [more]

20120508095050-untitled Darkness and Light   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Edouard Duval Carrie at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery April 14th, 2012 - May 31st, 2012
Posted 5/8/12

Born in Haiti in 1954, Edouard Duval Carrié is an established Miami-based artist who has lived in Puerto Rico, studied in France and Canada, and traveled to Benin, in West Africa. His ornate mixed-media works reflect both his cosmopolitan experiences and his strong connection to his Haitian roots. Upon entering the gallery, one of the first things you notice is that the lights in half of the gallery are turned off, and that the pieces on that side shine seductively in the dark. Yet if you are... [more]

20120312065231-0 There's a Map for That   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Rosa Naday Garmendia, Regina Jestrow, Lucinda Linderman, Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin, Amanda Serrano, Carrie Sieh at Art Center / South Florida February 24th, 2012 - April 1st, 2012
Posted 3/12/12

As objects and as subjects, maps hold a special appeal for contemporary visual artists, in that they portray data in a distilled graphic form, using color, line, and symbols to communicate information that helps us find our place in the world. A smart, thought-provoking little show at ArtCenter/South Florida offers viewers a glimpse into how seven artists approach the broad subject of mapping—from the spatial to the temporal, and from the external to the internal. Curated by Lauren Wagner, Director o... [more]

20120220055804-wurm1 Home / Body   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Erwin Wurm at Bass Museum of Art December 1st, 2011 - March 25th, 2012
Posted 2/20/12

The Austrian sculptor Erwin Wurm has brought his surreal sense of humor to the Bass Museum of Art, filling up gallery spaces and walls with a playful exhibition that explores the relationships between the human body and the clothing and architecture that surround it.The exhibition takes its title from a comic book that the artist used to read as a child. He would hide this comic book in different spots within his bedroom so that his parents wouldn't find it. That childhood relationship to archite... [more]

20111022223045-07--10 Text and Context   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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José Ángel Vincench Barrera at ArtSpace / Virginia Miller Galleries November 4th, 2011 - February 27th, 2012
Posted 2/6/12

To be a dissident in an authoritarian one-party state such as Cuba is no small thing: it takes great courage and conviction. Similarly, to be an artist living in Cuba and to make work that focuses directly on the themes of dissidence and exile—that also takes courage, as well as creativity. José Angel Vincench is just such an artist, as this outstanding solo exhibition—his first in the U.S.—ably demonstrates. It bears mentioning that I myself am the son of a Cuban exile, so these issues, which are p... [more]

20120123043236-donthog Industrial Evolution   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Enrique Gomez De Molina at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery January 14th, 2012 - February 29th, 2012
Posted 1/23/12

The sculptures of Enrique Gomez de Molina must be seen to be believed. At once gorgeous and grotesque, they fuse the actual body parts of different animals into fantastic new creatures at whom we are compelled to look at in awe and wonder. A hornbill-headed, hoofed bobcat with peacock feathers appears frozen in time as it flies across the wall with wings spread open. A monumental hog-moose with a feathered coat rears upright on two hind legs with hippopotamus feet. A goose-monkey holds a rope... [more]

20120109081019-orlan Lost In Translation   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Christian Boltanski, Sophie Calle, Annette Messager, Bernar Venet at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum November 9th, 2011 - March 18th, 2012
Posted 1/9/12

In terms of this exhibition's parameters, the subtitle says it all. However, when it comes to the quality of the work on view, that's another story entirely. I should probably disclose upfront that I have never studied the French language and haven't had much prior familiarity with the work of contemporary French artists. However if this mish-mash of a selection is representative, it doesn't seem that I have been missing a whole lot. To be sure, there are some excellent standouts – most notably... [more]

20111218164936-chinainsight1 Window into the People's Republic   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jia Yu Chuan, Hua Er, Yu Haibo, Yang Yan Kang, Li Nan, Zhang Xinmin, Chen Yuan Zhong at The Lowe Art Museum November 15th, 2011 - January 15th, 2012
Posted 12/18/11

China: Insights focuses on contemporary mainland China as seen by seven Chinese documentary photographers. Each utilizes a medium and a visual language that is relatively new as an art form in the People's Republic, since it was not until the 1980's that China began opening up to the outside world and to Western culture in particular. Even today, most of the artists in this show make their living as press photographers, which means that their editors and/or the Communist Party control what gets publi... [more]

20111213001417-pulse_37 Fast Pulse   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/13/11

PULSE Miami The Ice Palace Studios1400 North Miami AvenueMiami, Florida 33136December 1-4, 2011 The PULSE Contemporary Art Fair takes place annually in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. Attending this year's seventh Miami edition revealed a diverse array of quality works that quickened my pulse – or at least piqued my interest.     Dan Gioia, Sphere, 2011, Conner Contemporary Art            Ewerdt Hilgemann, Irregular Columns (California Trees), 2010, imploded stainless steel, courtesy of... [more]

20111212235637-fountain_51 Change of Pace   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/12/11

Fountain Art Fair2505 North Miami AvenueMiami, FL 33137December 1-4, 2011 Miami's scrappy, funky Fountain Art Fair took place in the cutting-edge art district of Wynwood, concurrently with Art Basel. I visited Fountain on its last day seeking something different than the other, slicker art fairs. I was not disappointed.  Hugh Lee Man, Fountain Art Fair, exterior wall Danni Rash, M Diabetes, Kesting/Ray Bob Clyatt, Man's Head in Red Frame, raku-fired stoneware, wood encaustic, steel, Lambert Fine Arts Joseph Grazi, Frame 1, four taxidermy bats and acrylic on wood, Lamb... [more]

20111210053558-artpublic4 Something for Everyone   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/10/11

Art Public 2011Curated by Christine Y. KimArt Basel Miami BeachCollins Park, Miami BeachNovember 30 – December 4, 2011 Public art is at its best when it communicates on multiple levels, attracting broad sectors of the general public and remaining accessible to them, yet at the same time challenging viewers to think and see differently, and never sacrificing intelligence nor integrity. Moreover, public art that takes into consideration the specific context of the site tends to be especially exciting a... [more]

20111210052902-artpublic4 Something for Everyone   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/10/11

Art Public 2011Curated by Christine Y. KimArt Basel Miami BeachCollins Park, Miami BeachNovember 30 – December 4, 2011 Public art is at its best when it communicates on multiple levels, attracting broad sectors of the general public and remaining accessible to them, yet at the same time challenging viewers to think and see differently, and never sacrificing intelligence nor integrity. Moreover, public art that takes into consideration the specific context of the site tends to be especially exciting a... [more]

20111120000557-17__11 Clothes-Minded   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Guerra de la Paz at Praxis International Art - Miami November 12th, 2011 - December 31st, 2011
Posted 11/20/11

The artist duo Guerra de la Paz is comprised of Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz, both Cuban-born, U.S.-educated, and Miami-based. While their joint moniker is, on the one hand, simply a combination of their last names, it also has a deeper resonance, since it literally translates as "War of Peace." As befits such a name, the two are unafraid to tackle big, serious themes, and they do so with dignity and panache. The centerpiece of Guerra de la Paz's current exhibition is a monumental cubic instal... [more]

20111106221057-fors1 If Memory Serves…   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jose Manuel Fors at Pan American Art Projects October 22nd, 2011 - December 5th, 2011
Posted 11/6/11

Cuban artist Jose Manuel Fors, born and based in Havana, has an elegant exhibition of new works on view at Pan American Art Projects. Most of these works use photographs as a raw material. Fors collects vintage black and white family photographs and postcards from his own family and friends—most if not all from the pre-revolutionary period (from the early 1900's to the 1950's)—and combines these images in various ways to create works of art that evoke personal and universal feelings of nostalgi... [more]

20111024073215-wywood A Wonderful Art Fair for a Wonderful Cause   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/23/11

Wynwood Art FairOctober 21-23, 2011Photographs & text by Eduardo Alexander Rabel The first annual Wynwood Art Fair (WAF) took place over three days on five blocks of NW 6th Avenue. All admission proceeds from the fair go to support Lotus House, a shelter for homeless women and children which is located in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami. Not your typical short-term shelter, Lotus House provides free housing and comprehensive support services for up to a year, with the ultimate aim being to nurt... [more]

20111010013136-modfiy_1 Changing It Up, Or Down   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Darren Bader, Nina Beier, Karl Holmqvist, Adriana Lara, Natalia Ibáñez Lario, Jose Carlos Martinat, Amilcar Packer, Anders Smebye, Nicolás Paris Vélez at Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami (MOCA NOMI) September 23rd, 2011 - November 13th, 2011
Posted 10/10/11

This challenging yet playful exhibition at MOCA, North Miami brings together work by various international contemporary artists whose work involves interventions in, or modifications of, pre-existing cultural forms, objects, or materials. There is a deliberately oblique quality to much of the work, which can be either intriguing or off-putting depending on one's point of view. I found many of the works to be highly engaging, while others were less satisfactory. In any case, the museum's printed "Gallery Gui... [more]

20110925224917-orangemountain Three for the Course   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Cheryl Pope at Emerson Dorsch September 2nd, 2011 - October 1st, 2011
Posted 9/25/11

On view now at Dorsch Gallery are three solo shows by artists whose work mixes seriousness and playfulness, lightness and darkness, in various ways. Audrey Hasen Russell's exhibition, humorously titled Gold Slaw, fills the first two rooms, as well as a connecting hallway, with whimsically constructed sculptures that combine a wide variety of synthetic materials to create arresting three-dimensional "landscapes." The sole natural ingredients—found tree branches—are mostly smothered by artificial gree... [more]

20110911230512-the_family_of_man_04 All Aboard?   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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George Sanchez-Calderon at de la Cruz Collection August 13th, 2011 - October 8th, 2011
Posted 9/11/11

George Sanchez-Calderon's smart site-specific installation fills the project room of the de la Cruz Collection with a single old-fashioned train schedule sign, arranged diagonally in the dark space. The viewer is confronted with the size and physicality of a machine that would normally be looked at only from a distance and then only briefly by train passengers in order to quickly glean the necessary information to get where they are going. However, in this case the artist has taken the mechanic... [more]

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