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20131002082827-img_1363 An Honest Work of Hubris   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Hugo Montoya at Guccivuitton September 13th, 2013 - October 19th, 2013
Posted 10/2/13

Before he was punished to an eternity of rolling a rock to the top of a hill – just to have it roll back down with every attempt – Sisyphus was the clever king of Corinth who liked romping around his polis, playing tricks on his citizen-subjects and gods alike. Hugo Montoya, a Miami native, is well known here for his flippant jocularism and for work that’s subversively tongue-in-cheek, often homoeroticized. His second solo exhibition is a furtherance of this approach, yet is a... [more]

20130902220230-kali_and_geshe-w1200__big Portraying the Power of the Persona   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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 th... [more]

20130730134145-franky_cruz_the_world_is_yours_installation_eddie_arroyo A tender ode to tenuous states   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Franky Cruz at Spinello Projects July 13th, 2013 - August 17th, 2013
Posted 7/30/13

Franky Cruz’s solo exhibition, The World is Yours, is a tender ode to tenuous states: he explores the fragility of material, the heights and depths of the ego, and the reality of a doomed, sinking Florida. Using that famously uttered trope by Scarface’s Tony Montana as a point of departure, Cruz employs video and found objects to create a sparse yet absorbing juxtaposition of abundance and decay, highlighting the humble persistence of nature in the face of humanity’s struggle... [more]

20130604161122-iamhere_2 Immigrants' Fight: Ruben Ubiera's #IamHere Mural Unveiled   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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... [more]

20130507182509-dsc_0063 Miami on the Radio: Patricia Margarita Hernandez's Electric Lunch   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 5/7/13

Pirate radio has a rich history in Miami, one of the most concentrated areas in the world where the production and dissemination of unlicensed sounds have long usurped unused airwaves. Emerging in the early 1980’s and all but busting in the late 1990’s, pirate radio continues to occupy unregulated frequencies despite harsh FCC regulations and corporate agendas. Adopted by independents broadcasting from rooftops to Miami’s mostly flat metro area, pirate radio stations have been effective in prov... [more]

20130408183054-wolfsonian_describing_labor_esther_shalev-gerz_describing_labor_man_with_drill_2012 Describing Labor   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Esther Shalev-Gerz at The Wolfsonian-FIU December 3rd, 2012 - April 7th, 2013
Posted 4/8/13

On a wall in the showroom for Describing Labor there is a series of glass hammers and gloves. The pieces were designed by Esther Shalev-Gerz and produced by artisans at the Glass Pavilion in the Toledo Museum of Art. They are a symbolic gesture, reflecting the tools of labor, but incapable of functioning in a utilitarian manner. The gloves cannot be worn and the hammers would shatter if pounded even slightly. The crux of the exhibition is a series of twenty-four collaborative large-scale photographs taken by... [more]

20130302123718-4 An Artist's Work Is Never Done   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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 t... [more]

20130226154140-scicluna_mam Thank you SPRING BREAK   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Gideon Barnett, Bhakti Baxter, Consuelo Castañeda, SINISA KUKEC, Emmett Moore, George Sánchez-Calderón, Tom Scicluna, Odalis Valdivieso at Miami Art Museum November 21st, 2012 - May 12th, 2013
Posted 2/26/13

New Work Miami 2013 currently on view at the Miami Art Museum has churned up several points that are both unremarkable and as unique as the composition of the dirt beneath our feet. In Miami, the bay-dredged soil is composed mainly of oolitic limestone, a mixture of sand and the prehistoric creatures that left their legacy in shell. It is an unusual composition found only in this region. Engaging in an experimental exhibition format, curators Diana Nawi and Rene Morales encouraged two design-mind... [more]

20130118142230-key_west-_san_carlos_whole_96ppi Tania Bruguera: Re-imagining Revolution, Re-creating Cuba   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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 c... [more]

20121220200104-adjustjack_pierson Public Art During ABMB: Getting Biennale Ready   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
at Art Basel Miami Beach December 6th, 2012 - December 9th, 2012
Posted 12/20/12

Art Basel Miami Beach has become not only the largest art fair in the United States but also a significant platform for the exhibition and production of public art projects. The most notable included the second iteration of Art Public, an exhibition sector of Art Basel which takes place on the long and ocean-tipped green adjoining the Bass Museum of Art. In collaboration with that museum, the project was organized for the second year by Christine Y. Kim, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at LA... [more]

20121216111507-v [VIDEO] Alexander Calder at Fondation Beyeler, Art Basel Miami Beach 2012   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 12/16/12

At Art Basel Miami Beach 2012, Fondation Beyeler presented two major works by Alexander Calder, Snow Flurry (1948) and Untitled (c. 1939). In this video, the president of the Calder Foundation, Alexander S.C. Rower, talks about the two exceptional mobiles, revealing some exciting background knowledge on the works. Alexander Calder’s hanging mobile Snow Flurry is one of his most popular works. The delicate white kinetic sculpture is reminiscent of snowflakes. It comes from the artist’s own collection and... [more]

20121209172109-20120607184728-what_a_life_ ArtSlant Prize 2012 - Fringe Frontier   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Veronica Bruce, Timothy Gaewsky, Steven Vasquez Lopez, Susan Meyer at Aqua Art Miami December 6th, 2012 - December 9th, 2012
Posted 12/9/12

Veronica Bruce - 1st Place, ArtSlant Prize 2012 I met Ms. Bruce in a studio that looks more like a construction site than an artist’s studio, in one of Chicago’s many industrial lofts. Her sculptures rose vertically from the wooden floor, dotting the space as piles of material rounded the interior. Bruce’s process is founded in her training as a painter but has since expanded off the wall and into the exhibition space. She retains an acute understanding of composition and c... [more]

20121207045309-p1060616 Vernissage Barrage: Art Basel Miami Beach   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 12/7/12

“We’ve done this half, and that half. Is there another half?” –Overheard, Art Basel Vernissage 2012   Art Basel: a beautiful hodgepodge of disheveled gallery assistants and even more disheveled millionaires. For those who have never been, Art Basel Miami Beach is one of the largest annual contemporary art fairs in the world. The main event and the countless satellite fairs around the city attract the rich and the hip from all over, who are in a constant incestuous competition to feel like they’re han... [more]

20121207060838-phillipa "Don't look at the art, look at meeee!" - Philippa Snow reports back to Charlotte Jansen from Art Basel Miami Beach   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 12/7/12

Hey dude. So, how was the flight? Where are you staying? The flight, in total, was about thirteen hours, which was a kind of hell: I have to say, however, that I obviously have a less refined palette than a standup comedian, as I rather enjoyed the airline food. Perhaps that's a perk of flying with Lufthansa (who are not paying me to say this). They were showing Rock Of Ages on the plane; if I had to write a recommendation for the promotional poster of Rock Of Ages, I would like it to say "watch... [more]

20121206180611-z [VIDEO] Art Basel Miami Beach 2012   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
at Art Basel Miami Beach December 6th, 2012 - December 9th, 2012
Posted 12/6/12

It’s Art Basel time again in Miami, this year for the 11th time already. More than 260 leading galleries from all over the world take part in the art fair. They are showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. This year, Art Basel Miami Beach presents works by artists such as Christian Marclay, Jon Pylypchuk, Peter Rogiers, Chiachio & Giannone, Yayoi Kusama, Vito Acconci, Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Stirling Ruby, Darren Almond, Takashi Murakami, Dominique Gonzalez-Foe... [more]

20121205111332-andrewsbetterc Private Miami: the Margulies, Rubell, de la Cruz, Fontanals-Cisneros, and Scholl Collections   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 12/5/12

Switzerland’s Art Basel instated its sister show in Miami Beach in 2002 for its obvious merits-- seasonless sunshine and a prime location as the “Gateway to the Americas"--but the bulging week of fairs, parties and art events that now surrounds Art Basel Miami Beach owes much to a community of ambitious private collectors and their publicly available exhibition spaces that have shaped the city into a contemporary art capital. This new type of cultural institution that has sprung up in the last fe... [more]

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