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Gretchen Wagoner

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The Sentinel, which was conceived there. GRETCHEN WAGONER: Miami is known for its weather, especially the idyllic winter season when the population of our city increases due to all of the northeasterners taking refuge from the blustery cold.  You were accepted into a residency at Yaddo during your months of choice, January and February.  Can you talk about why you wanted to go to upstate NY in the dead of winter and what relevance this time of the year had on the work you were... [more]
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Through the Plexi Trees   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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John Espinosa at Charest-Weinberg Gallery February 19th, 2011 - June 18th, 2011
Posted 3/27/11
John Espinosa’s past work has included a work made of memory foam stained prism colors by Kool-Aid flowing through a water pump.  He once made a sculpture that contained fifty gallons of saltwater captured from the Bermuda Triangle.  A cast shape of David Bowie’s face shedding paint tears, reminiscent of religious icons, was the subject of another piece.  Espinosa is an artist that deftly translates his concepts with whatever material he commits to for the particular project. His solo show... [more]
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Opalka's Compromise   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Brandon Opalka at Emerson Dorsch February 11th, 2011 - March 26th, 2011
Posted 2/27/11
Brandon Opalka’s show The Compromise is laid out much like his Art Center studio.  As in many studios, you’ll find an array of books laying along art supplies, cds, and found objects that have been altered in some way.  Ideas are conceived, experimented with, often abandoned and then reinvented in the studio.  There is polish to this exhibit, but also a sense that we are glimpsing into something private, something that is in constant ebb and flow. A video ptitled The Compromise – Tacoma... [more]
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Wreck and Roll   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Timothy Buwalda at Fredric Snitzer Gallery January 8th, 2011 - February 5th, 2011
Posted 1/23/11
Last week a car crashed into our yard.  Luckily it just missed the wall and window to our living room and crushed the back fence instead.  The front end and side of the car was demolished. The driver was young, drunk, and going for a joy ride in the afternoon.  Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. The visuals of crumpled car bits were still fresh in my head when I walked into Timothy Buwalda’s show Pursuit, currently up at Fredric Snitzer Gallery.  Trucks both intact and unrecognizably... [more]
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Miami Wrap   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Posted 12/12/10
          Miami is quiet again.  The New Yorkers and Europeans are gone.  Tents and installations have been disassembled and packed up.  Money has been exchanged and artwork is on the way to new homes and collections.  The 5-minute drive from my house to Wynwood actually takes 5 minutes instead of a half an hour.  There is parking again.  It’s hard to believe that just a week ago the extravaganza that is Art Basel Miami Beach was in full force. My week of art viewing started with the Art... [more]
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A Frozen Motion at MAM   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Susan Rothenberg at Miami Art Museum November 7th, 2010 - March 6th, 2011
Posted 11/28/10
        Susan Rothenberg recently spoke about her exhibition “Moving in Place” at the Miami Art Museum.  Living in a city that sometimes seems to have an unhealthy infatuation with youth, both in the art world and out, I was excited for the opportunity to listen to an artist whose career spans decades.  In addition to Rothenberg, the panel included MAM’s senior curator Peter Boswell, and Michael Auping, chief curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, where the exhibition originated. ... [more]
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Falling Into Place   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Francis Acea, John Bailly, Ananda Balingit-LeFils, Cassie Marie Edwards, Mark Messersmith, Jonathan Rockford, Douglas Voisin, David Willett, Jessica Wohl, John Zoller at carol jazzar contemporary art October 15th, 2010 - November 14th, 2010
Posted 11/14/10
        Having recently come back from a visit to New York City I decided to check out , at Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art curated by Guerra de La Paz.  The title of the show resonated with me after my trip; it was strange and wonderful to be a visitor to the city that had been my home for over twelve years.  I’m not in love with Miami yet (there, I said it), I like it more and more each day but it’s not the love affair I felt when I first set foot in NY.  Within this struggle, I myself have... [more]
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From Venezuela to South Beach   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Carlos Gonzalez Bogen, Omar Carreño, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Narciso Debourg, Gertrude Goldschmidt (Gego), Elsa Gramcko, Gert Leufert, Mateo Manaure, Alfredo Maraver, Nedo, Ruben Nuñez, Alejandro Otero, Mercedes Pardo, Jesus Rafael Soto, Victor Valera at The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum October 13th, 2010 - January 2nd, 2011
Posted 10/31/10
        The works currently on display at the Frost Museum were once thought of as very controversial.  “Embracing Modernity: Venezuelan Geometric Abstraction” examines how the geometric abstraction movement made its way to Venezuela and the key artists who initiated its migration. Co-curated by Francine Birbragher-Rozencwaig and Maria Carlota Perez, the exhibition beingst with the earliest works - pieces created during a time when most artists in Venezuela were choosing to paint... [more]
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The Self as Subject   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Tatiana Parcero at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery September 11th, 2010 - November 1st, 2010
Posted 10/17/10
          Walking into Bernice Steinbaum’s gallery, you are encountered by photographs of a stunning woman with strong features and soulful, heavy lidded eyes.  The woman peering out from these photos adorned by Art Deco motifs is the artist herself, Tatiana Parcero.  In fact in the artist appears, in some form or another, in all of the images in the show. The show is divided up into different bodies of work.  The aforementioned pieces are part of the series Memoirs of the Future, in... [more]
  GRETCHEN WAGONER: Arturo, you are an orthodontist, and a collector with your wife Liza.  You showcase work from your collection in your office and also run Farside Gallery.  What came first and how did you start incorporating the other two. ARTURO MOSQUERA: Collecting came first, we started collecting in 1989, and at that time, Ricardo Pau-Llosa, who is an artist, poet and an art critic got us involved in going to artists studios, galleries, referred us to what artists to study up on,... [more]
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Reusing for Art’s Sake   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Shinique Smith at Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami (MOCA NOMI) September 16th, 2010 - November 19th, 2010
Posted 9/19/10
        Installations comprised of various prismatic and patterned fabric, stuffed animals, old clothing with GAP labels, are all jumbled and tied together in small bundles.  Larger bales featuring discarded clothing stacked in methodical order from dark values down to lighter ones mimic Benjamin Moore paint chips.  A canopy of ribbons and multi-colored cloths hang from the ceiling while paintings filled with both calligraphic and graffiti-like marks mingle with bits of fabric, beads, and... [more]
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On the Right Track   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Marina Abramovich, El Anatsui, anine Antoni, Christian Boltanski, Mark Dion, Thomas Hirschhorn, Priscilla Monge, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Cesar Trasobares, Erwin Wurm at The Bass June 25th, 2010 - October 3rd, 2010
Posted 9/5/10
        I could take my mom to “Human Rites”, the current show at the Bass Museum.  My mom, not having much of a background or knowledge of contemporary art, still appreciates art and appreciates history.  At "Human Rites", one can look at works from times past, side by side to their newer counterparts, initiating a launching point for discussion about art. “Human Rites” at the Bass Museum is co-curated by Executive Director and Chief Curator, Silvia Karman Cubiñá and Adjunct Curator... [more]
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Focusing on Fall   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Karen Rifas at de la Cruz Collection June 12th, 2010 - September 9th, 2010
Posted 8/22/10
          Luckily for me, a few blocks away from my home lays a beautiful modern white building that holds one of the top 200 private collections of contemporary art in the world.  Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz opened up this 30,000 square foot space in Miami’s Design District to showcase their extensive collection.  Sharing their collection is nothing new, the de la Cruz’s Key Biscayne home and their art has been accessible for public viewing for the past 15 years. With no admission charge... [more]
              Work of Art GRETCHEN WAGONER: Now that the show is coming to an end with the finale airing this week, what were your expectations when you first decided to try out for Work of Art?  And were they met? JUDITH BRAUN: Honestly my motivations for auditioning were sort of simple… just daring myself to try out, get on, and play the game.   So “getting on” became the first challenge and it ended up being pretty elaborate and intense, so that when I finally got the call that I’d... [more]
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MAM Takes a Shot of Its City   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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María José Arjona, Kevin Arrow, Beings, Jacuzzi Boys, Jenny Brillhart, Talking Head Transmitters (Amalia Caputo, Felecia Chizuko Carlisle, Oscar Fuentes & the Gipsy Catz, Guerra de la Paz, Poem Depot, Jim Drain, Viking Funeral, Lynne Golob Gelfman, Michael Genovese, Jacin Giordano, Adler Guerrier, Don Lambert, Gustavo Matamoros, Ana Mendez (with Aja Albertson & Richard Vergez), Beatriz Monteavaro, Frozen Music, Peggy Nolan, Flash orchestra, Gean Moreno/Ernesto Oroza, Fabian Peña, Christina Pettersson, Vickie Pierre, Bert Rodriguez, Christopher Stetser, Robert Thiele, Mette Tommerup, Humberto Torres, Talking Head Transmitters, Frances Trombly, Tatiana Vahan, Odalis Valdivieso, Marcos Valella, Eugenia Vargas), Michael Vasquez, Michelle Weinberg at Miami Art Museum July 18th, 2010 - October 17th, 2010
Posted 7/24/10
          Sweat, high heels, dried dead bugs, alcohol (but a shortage of cups), and a heck of a lot of people coming out to support the Miami Art Museum and some 35 local artists in This pretty much sums up my first opening preview party at MAM.Curated by MAM’s Peter Boswell, assistant director for special programs/senior curator and René Morales, associate curator, New Work Miami 2010 brings together examples of work being done by Miami artists today.  In the tabloid accompanying the... [more]
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Behind the Façade of World Class Boxing   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Group Show at World Class Boxing June 22nd, 2010 - July 30th, 2010
Posted 7/10/10
    There is a tradition for contemporary art spaces to pay homage to the original use of their property by preserving a part of its history.  The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a spooky (some say haunted), creaky, brick and wood warehouse from 1882 was originally the National Purity Soap Company building. Dia: Beacon in New York houses its collection in a 300,000 square foot former Nabisco box printing facility.  World Class Boxing in Miami, once a renowned gym where the best... [more]
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A Salute to Summer!   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Alex Trimino at David Castillo June 12th, 2010 - July 3rd, 2010
Posted 6/20/10
          What better way for a recent New York City transplant to get introduced to the Miami art community than visiting DCG Open at David Castillo Gallery?  Just voted Best Art Dealer by Miami New Times, David Castillo Gallery has been a presence in Wynwood, Miami’s burgeoning art district, since 2005.  Taking refuge from the oppressive heat one day, I had the chance to visit his inviting (and well air-conditioned) gallery to take in the once yearly summer show, a survey exhibition of... [more]