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Panamerican Art Projects. Gustavo Acosta and Carlos Estevez

By Irina Leyva

The latest work of two prominent Miami based artists – Gustavo Acosta and Carlos Estevez – has been recently on view at Panamerican Art Projects. The exhibition opened to the public with a reception bursting in positive energy and red dots. Gustavo Acosta is one of the few contemporary artists that has resisted the temptation of making three dimensional works. He is … +

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The New World Symphony, America's Orchestral Academy

By Fran Robbins

Miami’s New World Symphony is a seedbed for new talent, a catalyst for performance, and a source of high-caliber community outreach. With the founding of the New World Symphony in 1987, Miami was put on the map as a city keen to encourage its young, aspiring orchestral musicians and conductors. From the very beginning, the NWS set for itself a high goal: … +

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Red Hot Stars Rising. Under the Radar: Nine Chinese Artists Interpret the Figure

By Anne Tschida

Anyone who has visited China recently can only describe what they see in superlatives — the tallest skyscrapers, the fastest trains, the biggest cities, the worst pollution. The emerging country’s growth spurt might be unprecedented in history, considering its size and population. Shanghai in particular elicits the most amazement, a spanking new, glittering city that has sprung skyward to become an economic … +

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A Love Story in a Time for Killing: Karaoke by Maria Jose Arjona

By Dinorah Perez Rementeria

The most appropriate way to answer an inquiry may probably be formulating a question. One would avoid so many uncomfortable situations like blushing, getting nervous, or (worse) acting as if not finding an intelligent response was not important. “Are you happy?” someone asked me not too long ago, and I didn’t know what to say. But not all questions are there to … +

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Esteban Blanco’s Warfare

By Dinorah Perez Rementeria

“Humor, which is the function of wit in any medium, linguistics as well as visual, is the triumph of context, not content, form not image, manner, not message,” says critic Ricardo Pau-Llosa in his essay “Esteban Blanco’s ‘Playing with Dolls.’” Esteban Blanco is the kind of artist who uses his acquired knowledge very wisely for his work.

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Hernan Bas at the Rubell Family Collection

By Dinorah Perez Rementeria

There’s been a ship wrecking. The body of a young man appears floating in the waters of the ocean. Is he still alive? His eyes are open, but his face looks pale as if he were almost entering the kingdom of death. Two men peacefully rest on the grass under the sunset. A couple of boys stare at a volcanic eruption while … +

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The Care and Feeding of the Hungry Mind.

By Fran Robbins

Fans of indie films in Los Angeles know to go to the Nuart. In New York, the Quad Cinema is the movie house for those with a taste for the unique. On Miami Beach, there is a theater dedicated to showing non-commercial movies and much more: the Miami Beach Cinematheque on South Beach. And it’s due to the determination and vision of … +

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Inside Out. Jordan Massengale at Leonard Tachmes Gallery.

By Anne Tschida

Leonard Tachmes has one of the coolest gallery spaces in town – three cozy rooms in an old house, with wooden floors and fireplace. That setting happens to be the perfect place to delve even more deeply into the world of interiors, through the large paintings hanging on those walls from one of the most talented painters in town, Jordan Massengale. These … +

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Guerra de la Paz

By Michelle Weinberg

The artists Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz, known as Guerra de la Paz, have been working as a collaborative unit since 1996. They reside and work in Miami, using the city as a launch pad for a life in art that has an ambitious scope above and beyond the local art milieu. Self-described “outsiders”, they make work scavenged from the … +

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Saturday Art Move

By Abel S.

Little I really know about the city’s public transportation system, about how it all works, or where it goes, or from where to where. However, Miami has it all: The Metrorail, the Metromover, bus-lines traces. It all make sense, or maybe it doesn’t – thinking on how many people I know that actually make use of public transportation in Miami. Except for … +

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ShanghART Supermarket

By Abel S.

Xu Zhen’s ShanghART Supermarket. Art Basel Miami Beach 2007. Xu Zhen’s project for Art Basel Miami Beach 2007 was a full-scale replica of what is alleged to be a proto-typical Chinese convenience store. Yes, one of those 24h little stores that are populated by an eclectic mix of well-known international goods – such as soft drinks, cigarettes and dairy – inter-mingling with … +

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Peter Sarkisian. An illusionist of video art

By Dinorah Perez Rementeria

Sarkisian uses technology to explore the concept of illusion. His work resembles that of a magician who transforms a tiger into a mouse in front of thousands of perplexed spectators. Although the artist doesn’t present live performances, the actions shown in his video projections may be taken from real life events like driving, swimming, hammering, or walking. The characters captured on his … +

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Leonel Matheu. Giving Freedom to the Audience.

By Manuela Gabaldon

It has been said that art is a reflection of the world and time in which we live in. Parting from this notion, would it be too far-fetched to assume that history could be studied through art? Maybe it would not have been so hard to stay up during fourth period history had our high school text-books been filled with images of … +

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In Search of Magic. Wendy Wischer at the Freedom Tower

By Irina Leyva

The use of technology is commonplace in contemporary artists. More and more we see artists venturing into non-traditional ways of art making, being “new technologies” – namely digital imaging and video, – the most generalized practices. Wendy Wischer is an artist whose work is often based in the use of technology. However, while most of the artists are using it to comment … +

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MIAMI ART PORT. Art in Public Places at the Miami International Airport.

By Rafael Lopez Ramos

Art in Public Places is a program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs dedicated to promoting creative art projects with the purpose of improving the visual quality of Miami-Dade County public spaces. For the last 35 years, the outcomes of the program have succeeded in transforming ordinary civic areas into artistic sites that not only have enriched the artistic dimension … +

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Roy Lichtenstein at Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden

By Dinorah Perez Rementeria

There are moments when art reaches unexpected dimensions that go far beyond people’s prospects. Sometimes it happens so fast that one can’t even notice it, as when a shooting star crosses the air. Only those who have telescopes or spend too much time looking at the sky are able to see it. Fortunately, we may still have this kind of event within … +

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UM Gallery’s Wynwood Project Space. The Cane Art Fair.

By Dinorah Perez Rementeria

Among all different events that happened during Art Basel Miami Beach 2007, The Cane Art Fair presented by the Department of Art and Art History of the University of Miami became a major success. The fair took place at the UM’s Project Space in the Wynwood Art District, and it featured the works of a great number of faculty members and artist … +

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La Galerie Bertin-Toublanc. Young Artists, Young Art.

By Dinorah Perez Rementeria

At first, what really impresses about La Galerie Bertin-Toublanc is its ampleness. When visiting the space, one doubts whether this is the biggest art gallery in town or just a palace standing in front of one’s eyes. Rooms are connected through long corridors in which the viewer can see the work of young artists from different parts of the world. The gallery … +