Art Basel Miami Beach” by Pamela Beck

ArtDart by Pamela Beck: Everybody knows that you can’t see everything when you go to Art Basel Miami Beach. It’s not that you don’t want to, you do. You really do.

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Everybody knows that you can’t see everything when you go to Art Basel Miami Beach. It’s not that you don’t want to, you do. You really do. But there are more than 20 fairs, more than 75,000 visitors, and your mind stops working after several hours of concentrated art viewing and the constant jostling of well-dressed strangers.

Even if you have the stamina to make it to all of the fairs, there’s the not insignificant problem of finding a taxi to actually get you to them. It’s enough to make you stand on a street corner swearing that you’ll never return to Art Basel again… until you remember that the fabulous Design District will be completed about this time, 2014.

I saw many things that delighted me this year. Like this:

“Seer Bonnet XXI [Eliza] and Seer Bonnett XX [Emily]” Bonnets encrusted with thousands of pearl-headed corsage pins Lisa Sette Gallery
“Seer Bonnet XXI [Eliza] and Seer Bonnett XX [Emily]”
Bonnets encrusted with thousands of pearl-headed corsage pins
Lisa Sette Gallery
This is Angela Ellsworth’s strong statement about traditional Mormonism, her own background. (The points of the pins face inward, while the beautiful pearls reflect another message. Sister wives takes on a whole new meaning…]

And this:

“Tiny Landscape Painting, Antigua: Hurricane Sky, Black Jagged Hill” Oil on Polaroid card 1O x 8 cm Ingleby Gallery
“Tiny Landscape Painting, Antigua:
Hurricane Sky, Black Jagged Hill”
Oil on Polaroid card
1O x 8 cm
Ingleby Gallery

Frank Walter lived in an isolated shack in Antigua for 25 years. He suffered from delusions of aristocratic grandeur but produced these simple, powerful works.

And this:

“Ceyx” Graphite and Ink on paper 5O x 38 inches Dillon Gallery
“Ceyx”
Graphite and Ink on paper
5O x 38 inches
Dillon Gallery

Leah Yerpe’s perfectly rendered figures are riveting as they evoke the beauty and mystery of both human and celestial bodies.

And no trip to Miami will ever again be without a stop at the inspiring Perez Art Museum [PAMM], dramatically set against Biscayne Bay.

Photo:  Perez Art Museum Miami Partial View of Ai Weiwei's "Forever" installation of Chinese bicycles
Photo:
Perez Art Museum Miami
Partial View of Ai Weiwei’s “Forever” installation of Chinese bicycles

Herzog & de Meuron designed this jawdroppingly, elegant structure, both contemporary and organic with its use of concrete, wood and pervasive garden and water features. In a distinct “today’s-museum” style, PAMM compellingly combines art, nature, entertainment, leisure and respect for local culture/climate.

Photo: Perez Art Museum Miami Outside view
Photo: Perez Art Museum Miami
Outside view

The beautiful, sprawling entrance immediately stops you in your tracks with its latticed roof, abundant terraces, and plant infused columns hanging from the roof like tropical stalactites.

Inside, the airy exhibition rooms currently display diverse shows including: “Ai Weiwei: According to What,” the powerful political and personal installations of this outspoken critic of the Chinese government. [Ai was prohibited from traveling to see this exhibition.]

And, in contrast, another exhibit, “A Human Document: Selections from the Sackner Collection of Concrete and Visual Poetry,” is private and quiet, where words and images fuse to create fantastic works that span centuries and styles.

A friend asked me if the museum overpowered the art on exhibit. It’s a fair question. Being inside such a beautifully designed and constructed building is undeniably exciting and uplifting, particularly with the pervasive window views of lush gardens and the bay; not to mention the inviting seating areas, both inside and out, that are already crowd-pleasers.

In the end, my friend’s question will be answered by the art on display. Either it will encourage a visitor’s full involvement or it will be overwhelmed by the particulars of this pleasurable museum experience. Interestingly, this built-in competition is a provocative test for the art itself.

The same challenge can be given to the art presented at the Miami art fairs. The works that engaged me in that supercharged, distracting atmosphere are the ones I’ll remember; and the search for them and what they evoked in me, are the reasons I’ll return.

Now all I need is a car and driver.

Pamela Beck
Pamela Beck

Pamela is Public relations director for Season of Sculpture and a private art consultant. She co-owned Pannonia Galleries in NYC. There she was also an art appraiser, private art dealer, art fair exhibitor and catalogued paintings at Sotheby’s. She was Communications Director of The Essential Element. Pamela has a keen intrest in the arts and supporting Sarasota’s future as a lively, diverse and forward thinking city for young and old. Pamela is a member of The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota, Curatorial & Acquisitions Committee and Institute for the Ages Volunteer.

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SubRosa: The Language of Resistance

August 26 – December 7, 2013.
USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa Florida

SubRosa examines the language of art across continents and cultures in response to social, political, and environ­mental repression. Sometimes covertly and dangerously, the artists in SubRosa, (titled for the Lat­in phrase meaning secrecy), share a desire to question dominant political systems and the cultural status quo. The exhibition includes the work of artists Ai Weiwei (China), José Toirac and Meira Marrero (Cuba), Barbad Golshiri (Iran), Ramón Esono Ebalé (Equato­rial Guinea), Khaled Jarrar (Palestine), and Zanele Muholi (South Africa). These artists employ a range of media including painting, sculpture, photography, graphic novels, artist books, installation and video.

Zanele Muholi Katlego Mashiloane and Nasipho Lavuta, Ext. 2, Lakeside, Johannesburg, from the series Being, 2007 Lambda print 30 x 30 inches Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
Zanele Muholi, Katlego Mashiloane and Nasipho Lavuta, Ext. 2, Lakeside, Johannesburg, from the series, Being, 2007, Lambda print, 30 x 30 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

OPENING EVENTS
August 30: Colloquium, 6pm, Barness Recital Hall, USF School of Music
August 30: Exhibition Reception: 7-9pm, USFCAM

ART THURSDAYS! Mix, Mingle, and Learn at these special events
September 19: Zine Fest, 6-9pm, USFCAM
October 24: Pecha Kucha, 6-8pm, USFCAM

CURATOR’S TOUR: Informal talk and tour with Noel Smith
October 3, 6pm, USFCAM
November 14, 12pm, USFCAM

SPECIAL FILM SCREENING: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
November 13, 7pm, Tampa Theatre
Ticketed Event: http://tampatheatre.org/visit/tickets-hours/
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures. Approximately 90 minutes.

MUSEUMS HOURS + ADMISSION
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 1-4pm.
Closed Sunday and University holidays
Closed: September 2 Labor Day, November 11 Veterans Day, November 27-30
Thanksgiving Holidays

 Khaled Jarrar, Concrete, 2012 (stills), video 1 minute, 52 seconds, Courtesy of the artist and Ayyam Gallery Beirut, Damascus, Dubai, London, Jeddah

Khaled Jarrar, Concrete, 2012 (stills), video 1 minute, 52 seconds, Courtesy of the artist and Ayyam Gallery Beirut, Damascus, Dubai, London, Jeddah

Admission to the Museum is free; USF parking permit ($5.00) or pay-per-space parking required. Note: USF parking permit or pay-per-space parking is available in Lot. Please visit our website http://www.ira.usf.edu/ or call 813-974-4133 during business hours for directions, map, and events associated with the exhibitions. Groups and organizations interested in tours should contact CAM to schedule at least two weeks in advance.

SubRosa: The Language of Resistance is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and supported by the USF Institute on Black Life and EG Justice. The Institute for Research in Art is recognized by the State of Florida as a major cultural institution and receives funding through the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The USF Contemporary Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave. CAM101
Tampa, FL 33620


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