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Rob Goyanes

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New York City, San Francisco, and London.    Miami is a decidedly for-profit city. Like most international urban hubs, the Magic City is governed by a financial logic that focuses on speculative real estate and models of gentrification. Aware of this, and often with the support of some top players belonging to this system, Miami's cultural milieu has developed a healthy network of non-profit organizations that serve as activators of community development through art, literature, and music.... [more]
As another calendar year closes in the long haul of human history, we should look back not only on the triumphs of creative spirit and community—it’s important, also, to contemplate those acts of cultural ignorance, reprisal, and outright sadism. And rather than those willful, constructive critiques of entrenched inequality and statuses quo, this list is meant to showcase the asinine and mostly unnecessary impulses to appropriate, purloin, deface, and destroy—actions that did little to change... [more]
People wearily bemoan the untrustworthiness of auto mechanics. Often, this labor force is assumed to be full of dupers, exaggerators, and flat-out liars. It’s cliché to think this: that they’ll take advantage in ways from small to horror-story large, since their customers don’t have the knowledge, tools, or will to address the problems plaguing their conveyance. And it’s cliché for a reason—especially in Miami—where personal transport is tantamount to both one’s freedom and burden. But when... [more]
The increase in events, exhibitions, one-offs, happenings, parties, cultural gatherings, informal mixers, themed bashes and networking raves is about 1,000% compared to non-Art Basel time in Miami (which is what we call it. Not “Art Basel Miami Beach,” or “Art Basel Miami”—just “Art Basel,” or even more often, and funnily enough, most everyone truncates it to just “Basel,” har har), scientifically speaking, so right around now everyone involved in the whole thing seems to be phasing through... [more]
Last night, the poignancy of being a local for Art Basel Miami Beach was acute when talking to Kyle Chapman, an artist who grew up—like many of us—far from the lapping waters of South Beach. He told a story about a time in middle school when he found a baby leopard-patterned Lisa Frank trapper keeper in the bathroom, and you could tell who was just visiting by their gasps at the great reveal of what was inside. Metaphors for life abounded throughout the evening, which started out with... [more]
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Bummer: Reflections on the Varieties of Human Folly, Aesthetics, and the 1990s   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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at The Wolfsonian-FIU March 21st, 2014 - November 11th, 2014
Posted 8/12/14
For some reason, in the wake of men creating darkness, they also make art: Christ gets crucified, someone paints a scene of it. War with the Japanese, a handmade game called “Kill the Jap.” Stalin shaves off and effectively enslaves a solid percentage of Russian society in order to hoist industrialization upon its weary shoulders—a porcelain plate, so you can eat off his face. Such examples are the art and design found at , a small, eccentric exhibition on view at the Wolfsonian-FIU. Adding to... [more]
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Celebrating Uniqueness: Chayo Frank's Wild Styles and Freeform Aesthetics   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Chayo Frank at Guccivuitton June 28th, 2014 - August 9th, 2014
Posted 7/17/14
As I left for the infamous Amertec building in Hialeah—a twenty-minute drive from Miami—worrying about the coming rain, a friend warned me: “Check first, the weather’s different there.” Designed by Chayo Frank in 1969, when he was fresh out of the University of Oklahoma’s College of Architecture, the building is a curvy, organelle-shaped, surreally tropical structure. Depending on one’s perspective, it’s a futurist masterpiece or bizarre opus, a work of unique vision or zany accomplishment.... [more]
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The Beautiful Tools of Oppression: Edouard Duval-Carrié's Imagined Landscapes   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Edouard Duval-Carrié at Pérez Art Museum Miami March 13th, 2014 - August 31st, 2014
Posted 6/1/14
Entering the room of Edouard Duval-Carrié’s at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, one is reverently disarmed—in the way that walking into a grand, Renaissance-style church can do. Duval-Carrié’s church, however, is one reserved for a liberationist theology, and a subaltern politics. The shadowy, glimmering purplish, and deep marine-hued paintings contain scenes pregnant with menacing tropical flora. Based on paintings commissioned in the 19th century by colonial powers, the work engages the subject... [more]
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A Pleasant, Unriveting Daydream   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Kyle Chapman, Sebastian Duncan Portuondo, Reno Reeves at Space Mountain March 6th, 2014 - March 20th, 2014
Posted 3/26/14
Space Mountain, a fresh art space in Miami brandishing the motto “no brands, no grants,” recently hosted , a show of work by Kyle Chapman, Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo, and Reno Reeves. Delicate yet sensuous, the exhibition was a subtle display of youthful maleness, and had the quality of a pleasant, unriveting daydream. Chapman showed a series of violently cartoony figures drafted from chest-prints, for which the artist’s nipples served as visual anchors. One figure was pierced with knives and... [more]
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Between Yore and Today: Renaissance Men   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Generic Art Solutions at Mindy Solomon Gallery October 16th, 2013 - November 16th, 2013
Posted 11/8/13
(2010) is a video that depicts a trim garçon walking up to a man seated at a table. With a nod of deference, the waiter places the menu in the hand of the quiet patron. The waiter then grabs the tablecloth with both hands to perform that sleekest of tricks where the cloth gets pulled out from under the dinnerware. Swiftly he jerks it, sending plates and glasses crashing onto the floor.  This is a piece by Generic Art Solutions, a duo based out of New Orleans who deals in cheeky drama and... [more]
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An Honest Work of Hubris   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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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 also monumental in... [more]
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A tender ode to tenuous states   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Franky Cruz at Spinello Projects July 13th, 2013 - August 17th, 2013
Posted 7/30/13
Franky Cruz’s solo exhibition, , 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 for control. Cruz is a young... [more]