ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Group Show - Nina Johnson - February 20th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><i>Everything you’ve heard about diamonds is true. They really are slippery jewels that glisten and sparkle in the sunshine. The wettest diamonds are especially radiant. Touching a wet diamond for the first time imprints memories that leave a lifetime of traces. There isn’t an experience quite like holding a wet diamond as it perspires between your fingers. The firm pit of the diamond that lies within the soft padding around its angles is a magic center where an intensity of joy is released. Dipping your hands into a diamond mine, bringing your treasure up to the surface, and plunging your face into the jagged spectrum of their light is a moment of calm natural serenity. Placing a flawless wet diamond into your very own jewelry box is a sacred moment. Like the rising of the sun above the gently breaking waves around you the jewelry box bursts into an index of transcendent pleasures. White lights dance beneath your eyelids, big stars explode into a sky full of bright white dots, and the world fades into a variety of color. Open your jewelry box and let the diamonds spill out onto the sheets. Displaying your gems on creamy satin or exotic animal skins is the optimal condition for encouraging their flushed fragrant bloom. Drop them into aquatic pools and watch them drizzle to the waterbed. Love their precious versatility because it is their virtue. – Jon Leon</i></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Some say that oysters are full of pearls. In fact, oysters shucked in two will reveal succulent diamonds. It is the kind of ointment you’ll wish to bathe in. When you suck the syrupy nectar from an oyster its taste is beyond the thrust of imagination. Take two oysters, crush them into each other, and watch them dissolve into tennis bracelets. A diamond shaped from breaking salt waves, white sand, and sun will provide the utmost pleasure. Nude diamonds illuminated like beacons populate the beachfronts of far-flung resorts. Discovering a wet nude diamond becomes the life work of mystics and connoisseurs. One must hold the diamond close in order to absorb its full affect. There aren’t pictures in a book that can describe the silky aroma of nature’s climactic jewel. It’s like a vast open peach orchard at daybreak frosted with a moist heavenly dew. Of the endangered diamonds it is the forbidden stones that fall from the sky like starshowers that are the most dear. Lie down on the beach at night and look to the constellations. Open your mouth wide and swallow the diamond beams. Completely disrobe for a deep diamond tan.<br />  <br /> There are diamonds as big as walnuts. And then there are diamonds as big as The Ritz. The healthiest diamonds are the biggest, wildly cut, stones. Great big diamonds that you can wear on chains that hang between your breasts, or sewn into your hair. But the best way to wear a diamond is all over your face. Daubing diamonds into your cheeks like a rouge, or allowing them to drool over your lips is preferable. Tonguing diamonds, even eating a whole diamond is good for the skin. Surrendering like a captive to the diamond’s intrepid elocution is the only way to commingle with its essence. Lie prone to its largesse. Wrap your hands around it and look deeply into its center. It will tell you things – warm, soft, seductions. You can learn to swim, as dolphins have, in an ocean of diamonds. Imagine a vast expanse of glowing serenity punctuated by the occasional silver fin. You can be a part of it. With a pocketful of diamonds you can escape to the limits. <br />  <br /> Gallery Diet and Daniel Feinberg are excited to present 10 artists working in the fields of painting, photography, and sculpture in the exhibition opening Wednesday February 20, 6-9pm.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><i>w/ Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, Nadia Ayari,  Lisa Beck, Barb Choit, Evie Falci, Kathryn Garcia, Michelle Lopez, Davina Semo, Amy Yao,  and Tamara Zahaykevich.<br /> </i></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><i> </i></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Daniel Feinberg</strong> lives in New York. He has been a poet, curator, artist, liaison, dealer and critic. He is currently at work on a novel.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 23:19:56 +0000 Claire L. Evans - Nina Johnson - February 20th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Concurrent with <i>Diamonds, Diamonds</i> will be <i>High Frontiers</i>, a survey of the artist, writer and musician Claire L. Evans in the Project Room.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Claire L. Evans will present a multisensory survey of her technological thing-vision in objects and videos, scent and literature.  Collected in one place for the first time, and largely new to the world, this presentation will be, as Mark von Schlegell writes about her work, a room of <i>networked science fictions [where] young women’s minds will meet the shock of the “demoniac glimpse” of the technologically-accessed modern real, and in the temporary safety of this new Dark Age see the stars.</i></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">C.L.E. will be performing a new speculative fiction called “Emotional Bandwidth Solutions” at 8pm on the opening evening, Wednesday February 20.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This will also be the occasion for the release of <i>High Frontiers</i>, a new collection of essays by C.L.E. published by Publication Studio.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 23:26:09 +0000 - de la Cruz Collection - February 21st, 2013 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">César Trasobares will present an illustrated overview of Carlos Alfonzo's development as an artist with an emphasis on the work he executed after leaving Cuba in 1980 until his death in Miami, 1991. The talk will cover the contexts of Alfonzo's body of work (painting, drawing, sculpture and ceramics), including examples of the historic and anthropological sources of his iconography. <br /> <br /> César Trasobares is an artist and art activist based in Miami. During the past four decades he organized numerous exhibitions and wrote texts about Cuban American Art in the United States as well as essays about his own practice and on other artists with whom he worked. From 1985 to 1990 he served as Executive Director of Miami-Dade County's Art in Public Places Program. He is currently writing Among Friends, a personal memoir recalling his friendship with Ana Mendieta, Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Carlos Alfonzo.</p> Sat, 02 Feb 2013 07:28:49 +0000 - Cuba Ocho Art and Research Center - February 22nd, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:23:19 +0000 Group Show - Art Center / South Florida - February 23rd, 2013 12:00 PM - 11:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>WHAT IS winningART?</strong><br /> winningART is ArtCenter/South Florida’s annual fundraiser featuring artworks generously donated by resident artists. Your ticket purchases will help us support our mission of advancing the knowledge and practice of contemporary visual arts and culture in South Florida.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>MARK YOUR CALENDARS!</strong><br /> The drawing will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013. We’ll be throwing a big pARTy and the winners will be announced. If you buy more than 5 tickets, you and a guest get into the party for free!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>HOW DO I SEE THE ARTWORKS IN winningART?</strong><br /> You can the artworks above in the slideshow or visit The ArtCenter’s the Richard Shack Gallery to view the winningART collection is on view  from February 23, 2013 until March 16th.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>HOW TO WIN?<br /> </strong>Select your favorite artist(s) and purchase one or more tickets. The more tickets you purchase, the more chances you have to win!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>HOW MUCH?</strong><br /> Tickets are only $20 for a chance to win one artwork.</p> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 18:34:47 +0000 - The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum - February 23rd, 2013 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Florida, especially Miami, has been the home to Caribbean neighborhoods of Cubans, Jamaicans, Haitians, Dominicans and Trinidadians (among others), who have shared, interacted, and expressed their cultural heritage through Art for many generations. This visual survey will introduce the Caribbean in Miami through its most contemporary artists, both resident here and from their homes on islands and shores, and prepare teachers to incorporate the information into their curricula.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Speakers:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Dr. Carol Damian, Director and Chief Curator of the Patricia &amp; Phillip Frost Art Museum. Dr. Damian is a specialist in the Art of Latin America and the Caribbean.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Cuban-American artist Humberto Castro. Castro's multi-media, site-specific installation, <em>Tracing Antilles</em>, will be exhibited at the Frost Art Museum October 16, 2013 - January 5, 2014.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:35:04 +0000 Carlos Musse, Daniel Vinoly - The Americas Collection - February 26th, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sun, 24 Feb 2013 23:50:31 +0000 Javier Velasco - The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum - February 27th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Spanish multi-media artist will be commissioned to do a site-specific work in the atrium of the Frost Art Museum. He used fused glass to create beautiful works that are allegories to the ephemeral, and speak to the fragility of nature and the environmental concerns of today.</p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:54:02 +0000 Eugene Savage - The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum - February 27th, 2013 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">In 1935, American artist Eugene Francis Savage made the first of many journeys into the Florida Everglades to study the Seminoles. Inspired by his observations, he created the most extensive painted record of the Florida Seminoles from the early twentieth century. These works reflected Savage's concern for the plight of Native culture as tourism, land development, and environmentalist debates threatened their traditional way of life. This exhibition will be traveling from the Cummer Museum of Art &amp; Gardens in Jacksonville.</p> Sat, 02 Feb 2013 07:39:43 +0000 José Manuel Ballester - The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum - February 27th, 2013 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Prize-winning Spanish photographer Jose Manuel Ballester (Madrid, 1960 -) is known for his large-scale works that are connected by key concepts such as space, light and time. Many use historical images associated with the old masters that are deconstructed to become current comments on the world of art. Curated by Francine Birbragher.</p> Sat, 02 Feb 2013 07:43:13 +0000 - The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum - February 27th, 2013 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">When the African slaves were forcibly transported across the Atlantic Ocean on their treacherous journey to the New World, they brought their spirits with them. In Haiti, the water spirits who guide the ritual of purification may take on many forms, but all are part of Voudoun, a religion that is fundamentally African. For Voudoun ceremonies, colorful ritual flags are carried to the service; they are believed to possess a magical power, which can be activated in the ritual. Presented along with these ritual flags is a video by Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu which is inspired by the redemptive hymn Amazing Grace and its origins in the slave trade, where the difficulty of the crossing was redeemed only by God's grace and the power of the water.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> Sat, 02 Feb 2013 07:46:23 +0000 Group Show - The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum - February 27th, 2013 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p>The A&amp;V seminar of the Honors College at FIU examines the vital role visual art plays in the social and cultural dialogue surrounding controversial issues. It investigates how artists have challenged or enforced authority by creating new aesthetics. It further explores how art is used to initiate, accelerate, or combat social change. The heart of the course is the A&amp;V exhibition. This annual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their resourcefulness and creativity through the research, curation, and organization of an exhibition of contemporary Miami artists. Artists featured: Luisa Basnuevo, Adler Guerrier, Catalina Jaramillo, Maria Martinez-Canas, Glexis Novoa, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, George Sanchez-Calderon, Asser Saint-Val, Viking Funeral and Pioneer Winter.</p> Sat, 02 Feb 2013 07:48:32 +0000 Heriberto Mora - Kelley Roy Gallery - February 28th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p><img style="vertical-align: middle; margin: 10px;" src="" /></p> Sun, 24 Feb 2013 23:41:38 +0000 Pepe Mar - David Castillo - March 2nd, 2013 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">David Castillo Gallery is proud to present The Eye, The Vessel, and The Spell, new works by Pepe Mar in sculpture, collage, painting, and installation for the artist's fourth solo show with the gallery.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Eye, The Vessel, and the Spell cruises the banquet demarcating Mar's oeuvre, including glossy magazines, club music, and the supernatural energy that fuels pop culture and ancient mythologies. Mar delights in the corporeality of objects, augmenting and storing with a charismatic indulgence often reserved for cyberspace. Mar flaunts the contraband of his quotidian life, practicing shamanic swag with the New Sincerity. He embraces strolling, after Balzac, as the "gastronomy of the eye," digesting lived into aesthetic experience.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Small sculptures traverse David Castillo Gallery with the surprise of boogiemen; the fortitude of pioneers; the lucidness of debutants; and the playfulness of figments. Magz moves toward an oasis that is both sustenance and mirage. The series enacts Matthew Fuller's media hypotaxis, irrupting a linear list into a "matrix of immanent universes" and waking The Eye, The Vessel, and The Spell to life.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mar's shadow boxes evoke plumage and masks with the dexterity of beat-boxing. They challenge hegemony as bougainvillea overgrows a fence, softening compartments with epileptic color and fission. Mar curates an eclectic domesticity as eroticized as it is phantasmagoric. Several open boxes in the exhibition raise bronze sculptures from the dead to interact with their dioramic environments.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Cabeza (bronze) exemplifies Mar's counterintuitive marriage of found objects and formal bronze, casting baskets and burlap with the ceremony of baby shoes. It preserves a trinity of Bakhtin's most renowned theories: the grotesque, the carnivalesque, and heteroglossia.  Like the furies depicted in Roman mythology by Virgil, The Furies share a manic vascularity. Mar's furies dance their own ekphrasis with the lavishness of an Art Deco canopy and the geometric glitch of a Coogi sweater.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Mar operates a machinic phylum in which order emerges unexpectedly from chaos as a result of its nonlinear dynamics. He transubstantiates the viewer into his everyday through a distillation of drive into materiality. For the Situationists, to adapt to a new technology is to adopt a new accident. Under this mantra, secondhand finds, social encounters, and viral culture become Mar's system of interpretation. He ensconces the viewer, filling the gastronomical eye even as he crowd-sources for new material. The Eye, The Vessel, and The Spell is a phenomenological study in which the eye filibusters the mind and the body transports the spirit. The eye is traversal and the sight, spellbinding.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Pepe Mar was born in Mexico and lives and works in Miami, Florida. He received his BFA from California College of Arts (CCA), San Francisco and his MFA from FIU, Miami. Mar attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine (2011). Upcoming in 2013, the artist is participating in the Bronx Museum International Residency Program. His work has been exhibited throughout the US and venues abroad and is included in major collections in the US, Europe, and Latin America including public collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami and Miami Art Museum. His work has appeared in the New York Times, ARTnews, Art in America, Art + Auction, the Artnewspaper, and Artnet.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> Sun, 03 Mar 2013 07:34:38 +0000 Katerina Llanes - BFI - March 6th, 2013 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">With the rapid growth of activity in the field of art since the 1960's and the associated rise of professionalized practices, a conflict of hierarchisation has emerged between artists, critics, and curators that necessitates a re-evaluation of authorship, mediation, and status value.<br /> <br /> Taking Tyson Reeder's hyphenated artist-curator position as a jumping off point, Katerina Llanes, a graduate of the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies whose own practice lies somewhere between art, criticism, and curating, will lead a discussion on the shifting roles within contemporary art and the need to invoke agonistic pluralism as a way to de-stabilize any singular practice and embrace instead hybridity across platforms. <br /> <br /> The conversation will center on Beatrice Von Bismarck's essay "Curatorial Criticality - On the Role of Freelance Curators in the Field of Contemporary Art" with additional readings by Maria Lind and Chantal Mouffe.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The conversation will center on Beatrice Von Bismarck's essay "Curatorial Criticality - On the Role of Freelance Curators in the Field of Contemporary Art" with additional readings by Maria Lind and Chantal Mouffe.<br /> <br /> The suggested readings for this discussion are downloadable from this link:<br /> <br /> Katerina Llanes is an artist - writer - curator living in Los Angeles. In 2009, she received her MA from the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies and founded Sessions, a feminist artist-run school in upstate New York. Most recently she curated the two-part video program Performativity - Cyber / Corporeal for MOCAtv. She is a contributor to DIS magazine and is currently writing on Instagram and its influence on the socio-spiritual psyche.</p> Sat, 02 Mar 2013 08:10:28 +0000 Alex Katz - Adamar Fine Arts - March 9th, 2013 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">ADAMAR FINE ARTS BRNGS TO MIAMI A HISTORIC EXHIBITION OF OVER 30 WORKS OF LEGENDARY CONTEMPORARY ARTIST ALEX KATZ<br /> <br /> We are proud to host an important exhibition of orignal works and screenprints by the ledgendary contemporay artist, Alex Katz. Alex Katz (born Brooklyn, New York, 1927) is one of the most important and respected living American artists with a career that spans over six decades. "Face to Face" brings together original paintings and prints from several decades of the over 60 years of the artist's career.<br /> <br /> Katz's bold paintings are defined by their flatness of color and form, their deceptively simple use of line and their cool but seductive emotional detachment. Using categories, such as, portraiture, land and seascape, figure studies and flowers, many of Katz's works picture an everyday America in times of leisure and recreation. A recurring subject is Katz's wife and muse Ada, whose iconic image has appeared in his work since the 1950s.<br /> <br /> Influenced as much by style, film, poetry and music as by art history, Katz works in the tradition of European and American artists like Eduard Manet, Henri Matisse and Edward Hopper. He began exhibiting in the 1950s, when Abstract Expressionism was the dominant movement in American art led by figures such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning. Katz admired these artists but rather than follow in their wake, he instead developed a contemporary figurative language combining the enlarged scale of American abstract painting with the bright colors and graphic style of advertising billboards. An influential precursor to Pop Art in the 1960s, Katz has famously said, 'I wanted to make paintings you could hang up in Times Square'.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Alex Katz has exhibited widely all over the world. His work has been the subject of many major solo exhibitions and is included in the permanent collections of over 100 important museums worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in new York; The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; The Art Institute, Chicago; The Tate Gallery, London; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo, and the Nationalgalerie, Berlin, to name a few.</p> Sat, 02 Mar 2013 07:30:10 +0000