What to See in Miami Next Week
Whitewaller Miami has handpicked the must-see museum, gallery, and private collection shows next week, outside the fairs and events.
PÉREZ ART MUSEUM MIAMI: JULIO LE PARC: FORM INTO ACTION
November 18, 2016–March 19, 2017
“Form into Action” at Pérez Art Museum Miami will be the United States’ first solo museum exhibition and comprehensive survey of Julio Le Parc’s influential oeuvre in kinetic art. More than a 100 works by the Argentinean artist produced between 1958 and 2013 are presented across the museum’s two special exhibition galleries. These pieces demonstrate the artist’s groundbreaking innovations in the fields of light, movement, and perception. The exhibition explores how the artist sought to demystify art by breaking down barriers between artwork, viewer, and museum in a relentless quest to engage and empower spectators.
ICA MIAMI: THOMAS BAYRLE
November 29–March 26
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami presents the first American museum presentation dedicated to the pioneering Pop art figure Thomas Bayrle. This exhibit brings together more than 150 works by the German artist from the late 1960s to present day. The centerpiece will be Bayrle’s first large-scale steel sculpture—the monumental site-specific commission Wire Madonna. The piece is a great representation of the artist’s overarching interest with seriality and mass-production.
DE LA CRUZ COLLECTION: PROGRESSIVE PRAXIS
November 2016–November 2017
“Progressive Praxis” considers the impact of preceding art movements and how contemporary artists conceptually engage with the advancements of technology. Our society is conditioned to create, disseminate, and alter information as it sees fit. The use of computers as a method of executing work is no longer a game changer for artists, as there are no traditional boundaries between the virtual and physical. Artists today embrace technology to overcome the limitations of physicality and past formal art processes. The artists selected for this year’s exhibition reveal a generational position that is inherent to an artistic idea and the language of their time.
THE MARGULIES COLLECTION: JANNIS KOUNELLIS
October 19, 2016–April 29, 2017
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse will present an exhibition by prominent European artist and legendary figurehead of the Arte Povera movement, Jannis Kounellis. Curator and critic Germano Celant proclaimed, “The guerilla war, in fact, has already begun,” as the artists associated with the movement’s revolutionary spirit overturned the traditional artistic conditions of preciousness and permanence, and called for a reconsideration of the role of the artist and the function of art in a changing world. The show will feature seven seminal works spanning 29 years of work from 1983 to 2012.
NATIONAL YOUNGARTS FOUNDATION | JEWEL BOX: JOSÉ PARLÁ
November 29–December 15
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has selected artist José Parlá to join its Art Programme with his exhibition “Roots” at the iconic Jewel Box at the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts). Known for his permanent installations of large-scale paintings: ONE: Union of the Senses at One World Trade Center, Nature of Language for the new James B. Hunt Library at Raleigh’s North Carolina State University, and Gesture Performing Dance, Dance Performing Gesture for The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM Fisher), the artist is here premiering a site-specific installation of new paintings and sculpture that explores the intersections between his Cuban and American heritages. “Roots” is curated by Laurie Ann Farrell, Savannah College of Art and Design.
RUBELL FAMILY COLLECTION: HIGH ANXIETY
December 2–July 30, 2017
“High Anxiety” occupies 20 galleries on the collection’s second floor. This exhibition highlights a thread of uncertainty, insecurity, stress, pessimism, and nervousness in recently acquired works across a broad spectrum of contemporary artistic practices from the Rubell Family Collection. The show explores sociopolitical issues ranging from race relations to gender issues with works by Frank Benson, Aaron Fowler, Cy Gavin, Karl Holmqvist, Anne Imhof, Ryan Trecartin, Andra Ursuta, and more.
LOCUST PROJECTS: ALEXIS GIDEON
November 19–January 21, 2017
Visual artist, composer, and performer Alexis Gideon is best known for his video operas using stop-motion animation. The Pittsburgh-based artist is premiering “The Comet and the Glacier”, a meditation on memory as a creative act. He calls these pieces “video operas,” not because they are operas, but because they combine spoken word, rap, and song as a form of narrative.
CIFO: YOU ARE PART OF IT
November 30–March 12, 2017
“Toda Percepción es una Interpretación: YOU ARE PART OF IT” looks at contemporary issues of art, culture, politics, and economics through the work of 49 works from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros collection. The group exhibition took on the ambitious objective of examining what would evolve into Modern art during the first half of the 20th century, and the reconfigurations of the art map in the last few decades, notably on the displacements and relocations of its primary centers.
THE WOLFSONIAN–FIU: THE PURSUIT OF ABSTRACTION
October 14–April 16, 2017
In “The Pursuit of Abstraction,” The Wolfsonian–FIU examines cultural responses to spiritual crises of the modern age. The exhibition of works is focused on early 20th-century artists and features paintings, prints, sculpture, and decorative art, including one of the few theater curtains by German expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, which is displayed for a full front-and-back view of the over painted canvas to reveal two different moments in the life of the work.
THE MOORE BUILDING: DESIRE
November 30–December 4
Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian are presenting “Desire” a show curated by Diana Widmaier Picasso, to be held in the newly renovated Moore Building in the Miami Design District. The exhibit focuses on modern and contemporary approaches to eroticism in art, featuring works from about fifty artists ranging from modern masters like Picasso and Balthus to emerging talents of today. It will be the second project that Deitch and Gagosian have presented together, following the success of the “Unrealism” show in the same space last year.
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