Editorial

Jorge Chirinos Sanchez at BlackSquare Gallery

By Shana Beth Mason

It’s an enormously dangerous task to try and meld fashion and fine art in Miami; a city that, in the global imagination, has its fashion credibility stapled in bikinis, barely-there shirts and dresses, and spangly Ed Hardy nonsense. Fashion illustration, on the other hand, is another matter. The raw, instinctive and fast-paced creations of past masters including Cecil Beaton, René Gruau and … +

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Miami Lyric Opera L’Elisir D’amore

By Manuela Gabaldon

Some say that the Opera is not for everyone; declared by most as an acquired taste, it is often an intimidating venture for those looking to break into the select aficionado club. Always advocates for the discovery of new, and old, passions in the Miami Art Scene, Opera – and the Miami Lyric Opera to be exact – will be no exception … +

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Robert Zuckerman at the Betsy Hotel

By Matt Balmaseda

The Betsy-South Beach has long been a purveyor of fine art. With their latest exhibition – a career retrospective of photographer Robert Zuckerman – they continue to showcase dynamic and innovative pieces; and these are particularly worth seeing. From the works that marked Zuckerman’s foray into photography during the 1970s to his current labor of love – a meditative amalgam of photos … +

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Maor Gallery

By Matt Balmaseda

The evolutionary process behind the Wynwood art district is a defining and ongoing one. Since the neighborhood formed, it has been an epicenter for Miami’s progressive, innovative artistic community, thanks, in large part, to the dynamic galleries that compose it. Of these, one of the most recent to emerge is Maor Gallery.

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Beyond Movement: Metamoto at the New World Symphony

By Annie Hollingsworth

Metamoto takes its name from the collision of two words: “meta,” meaning beyond, and “con moto,” a composer’s term instructing musicians to play “with motion.” It was a smart title for a night that integrated dance and music as equals. The program, curated by Lydia Bittner-Baird, included Requiem for a Mustard Seed Closes in Song, Take 2, a pairing between choreographer Letty … +

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The Cuban Classical Ballet’s La Fille Mal Gardee

By Manuela Gabaldon

The city of Miami is no stranger to Cuban heritage – and that’s an understatement, to say the least – the home of The Freedom Tower in downtown Miami, the famous Calle Ocho and Viernes Culturales, and what Miamian doesn’t enjoy a cortadito after lunch? Yes, these are staples of the Cuban community of South Florida, but Choreographer and Artistic Director Pedro … +

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Mark Messersmith’s Blighted Eden at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery

By Shana Beth Mason

It’s not often that the notion of a Medieval illuminated manuscript leaps off the page into the physical world. Less often does that richly decorated text reach into theatre and scientific observation at the same time. In extravagant, Caribbean-tinged color and painstakingly researched flora and fauna, Mark Messersmith initiates contemplation and foreshadows the sinister possibilities of nature’s steady erosion from human abuses. … +

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Kevin Arrow’s Amor Infinitus at the De La Cruz Collection

By Shana Beth Mason

There is an eternal glamour in traveling the world: sweeping panoramas of ancient ruins, heroic monuments, physical tinges of arts and cultures of the exotic, and above all, the romance of embarking on a journey towards whatever awaits on the “greener” side of the grass, so to speak. But how is that journey defined? Once that photo album-worthy snap is captured in … +

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Florida Grand Opera. Cyrano

By Manuela Gabaldon

Although we have had to come to terms with the fact that tight skirts, platforms, and affliction t-shirts rule a large part of our local night scene, walking down Biscayne Boulevard on opera night is just the thing to reminds us of our strong, pioneering, and always inspiring art scene. Recently, as the Florida Grand Opera presented Cyrano, it was women in … +

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The State Theatre Project

By Manuela Gabaldon

The State Theatre Project, founded and directed by New World School of the Arts (NWSA) 2009 alum, David Hemphill, has since over a year made it its mission to “provoke, question, kick ass, shake things up”; its aim is to learn through performance and inspire inquisitiveness.

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Markowicz Fine Art

By Matt Balmaseda

One year ago, French gallerist Bernard Marcowicz opened an art gallery in the Design District. The resulting 1,000 square-foot Markowicz Fine Arts has, since then, become a focal point for new and engaging work in a neighborhood epitomized by its conglomeration of galleries and high-end boutique design shops.

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Myra Galleries

By Matt Balmaseda

There is a new gallery in the Wynwood Art District. Like many businesses in the area, the exterior is unassuming, merely hinting at what it contains. Walk inside and it becomes clear that something dynamic is happening; something that deepens the well of art in the neighborhood and broadens its breadth and variety.

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Flagler Arts Space: An Introduction

By Shana Beth Mason

At first, you may think you’re stepping into the Dade County Federal Credit Union. In fact, the little gem of an artist compound and exhibition space is just next door at the Flagler Arts Space. The property owner/manager of the Thomas Center-Miami, Henry Block, had communicated with local artist and Brown graduate Annie Blazejack.

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Poetry Meets Dance for Nox and Stacks

O, Miami is a month-long initiative with a simple but ambitious goal: for every single person in Miami-Dade to encounter a poem in the month of April. The diverse program, produced by the University of Wynwood and funded by the Knight Foundation, has already brought poetry into collision with multiple art forms and unexpected environments, and we’re only halfway through the month.

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Brazz Dance lights up the stage with Mistura Fina

As a native of Brazil now living and working in the U.S., Brazz Dance Theater choreographer and artistic director Augusto Soledade draws on an enormous variety of dance forms. He favors contemporary dance but the details – a twist of the hips, a winding spine, an explosive leap – reveal his many other influences: African and Afro-Brazilian, ballet, modern dance, and hip-hop. … +

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Liset Castillo. Human Studies

By Matt Balmaseda

The newest and arguably one of the most ambitious art spaces to hit the Wynwood neighborhood is L-M-N-T Contemporary Art Space. Run by Gino Tozzi, it is a massive 15,000 square feet establishment aimed at not only exhibiting artwork, but also fostering the growth of those who make it. In addition to the gallery portion of the space there are artist-in-residency studios, … +

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Kelley Roy Gallery

By Matt Balmaseda

It is no small feat of endurance in Miami to transition from a burgeoning gallery into one of notoriety. It takes a great deal of time, patience and ingenuity to carve out that much-desired niche in this social stratosphere. An inventive and resourceful soul, however, can bring the dream of running a successful gallery in this city to fruition. This has become … +

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MIA Art Fair

By Manuela Gabaldon

If there is something to be said about Miami locals is that they are the most avid supporters and contributors of our developing art scene and cultural identity. Although it is true that our galleries, events, and fairs attract art enthusiasts from all over the world, year-round, it is our core that should be accredited for our successful ascension in the international … +

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Transylvania at Harold Golen Gallery

By Matt Balmaseda

Harold Golen first began to acquaint himself with the sort of work presented in his gallery, dubbed “Pop Surrealism,” during the 10-year span of time in which he ran a collectibles shop in South Beach. “I used to go to Magic, the fashion expo in Las Vegas,” says Golen, “where I would see new art I was excited about. Because South Beach … +