Each year, in celebration of Art Basel Miami Beach, The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University hosts Breakfast in the Park. This event draws hundreds of art enthusiasts, patrons, collectors, gallery owners and artists from around the world, many of whom are visiting Miami for Art Basel. Each year a noted sculptor is invited to speak. Guests enjoy a complimentary outdoor breakfast, informal lecture and guided tours of The Sculpture Park as well as the exhibitions in The Frost Art Museum.
About this year's speaker:
Joel Perlman has been creating complex sculptures out of steel, bronze, copper and aluminum since the early 1970's. He sees sculpting as an adventure and each work as the record and result of an exploration of weight, danger, negative space and monumentality. The angular and circular elements of his raw metal forms are welded or cast into complicated, gravity defying configurations. Central open spaces or negative space help define much of his work and contribute significantly to the richness of his sculptural compositions.
Joel Perlman was born in New York in 1943. He earned a BFA at Cornell University in 1965, and then attended the Central School of Art in London. He obtained his MA degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1968. Perlman has been an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City since 1973.
Selected awards include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, The Special Prize from the second Fujisankei Biennale and Japan Commission for the Tenneco World Headquarters. In 2006, "Joel Perlman, A Sculptors Journey" was published by Abbeville Press.
Commissions and publicly sited sculptures are located around the U.S. and in Europe and Asia. Perlman's artwork has been acquired by major museums and private collections including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum, Storm King Art Center and the Ursukushi-Ga-Hara Open Air Museum, Japan