With the summer sun exerting its withering force upon Miami, galleries in Wynwood and Design District seem to be cooling their heels this month. There are precious few exhibitions opening for Art Walk on Saturday — in fact, I turned up only three new shows amid a host of holdover exhibitions. That said, here’s what’s on the radar.
Warhol Is Over? @ Robert Fontaine Gallery
“Richard Burton’s Nightmare (In Yellow)” by Pure Evil
Featuring work by Paul Warhola, Damian Hirst, Tina la Porta, Troy Abbott, Simon Thompson, RYCA, Paul Rousso, Josafat Miranda, Paul Insect, Jesse Faber and Mantis, Warhol Is Over? explores the pervasive — perhaps perverse — influence of Andy Warhol on the art world 25 years after his death. From the press release:
“Warhol forever warped timelines in art history by incorporating [the] ordinary into his mass produced work. For this reason, Warhol has secured more than his ‘fifteen minutes of fame’. His works show a significant increase in value despite the current economic stagnation and command a shocking 20% of the world’s contemporary art market.
“Warhol critics contest his manufactured art as assembly line produced. He made movies with actors which he supplied drugs, while reportedly never taking drugs himself. Warhol gave little verbal hint of what he was implying as an artist. He let the work speak for itself while not hinting how his work should be perceived contextually.
“In his private life Warhol took his mother to church every Sunday, he hid behind a wig and lived in an opulent New York apartment. He drove around in a Rolls Royce and was an obsessive collector of cookie jars, dental molds and second rate Victorian religious paintings.
“Who was this guy? What did he leave us? Why are so many people still in love with his work? Or … considered by some as a flamboyant commercially driven art whore that enabled those all around him as his own masquerade?”
To learn more about the exhibition, visit the Robert Fontaine Gallery website.
Colin Chillag: New Paintings @ 101/Exhibit
This exhibition features new work by Colin Chillag, an artist based in Phoenix, Az., whose portraits often juxtapose stark realism (e.g., those wrinkles) with the spell-breaking impact of (ostensible) incompletion. To learn more about the show, visit the 101/Exhibit website.
Miami Mix @ The Art Place Wynwood
This group exhibition features the work of nine artists from all over the world, including the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Germany, and Florida. “With differing languages and cultures, the artists share the goal of expressing their uniqueness and similarities through their art.” To learn more about the exhibition, visit TAPW’s website.
“Swarm” by Molly Bo
Olympia @ Charest-Weinberg
Twenty-something Ohio-native Jacob Gossett’s first public exhibition, Olympia explores “the cult(ure) of flesh” with four large-scale, tightly cropped paintings of flexing Mr. Olympians made with Creatine powder (a muscle-building supplement) mixed with epoxy resin. “Just as weightlifting breaks down the body so that it can become larger and more defined, these compositions, rendered in a dot matrix, are only cohesive when viewed from afar. As the spectator approaches the canvas, they disintegrate. The paintings will be presented alongside a looped video of an athlete training in a dank basement room covered in photographs of bulging muscles.” One of the bodybuilders featured in the show is Arnold Schwarzenegger, who, as a former Mr. Olympia and California governor, stand as “a powerful symbol of the intersection of physical and political aesthetics.” To learn more about the exhibition, visit the Charest-Weinberg website.
Women’s Perspectives @ Dina Mitrani Gallery
“El peso de las cosas” by Vicenta Casañ
A group exhibition of international female artists, Women’s Perspectives features photo-based work consisting of three or more images each: “they are examples of how multiple perspectives can better describe a concept, story, or narrative. The artworks in the exhibition are groupings that can work as cinematic frame-by-frame in some cases, and in others, as depictions of how fragmentation can complete an idea or visual expression. In these works, whether in the aesthetic compositions or ideological commentary, they are works that contain a particular connotation that show evidence of being created by women.” To learn more about the exhibition, visit the Dina Mitrani Gallery website.
LAB @ Locust Projects
This collaborative exhibition, whose title stands for “Locust Art Builders”, will feature original artwork by sixteen South Florida high school students who worked under the direction of artist Monica Lopez de Victoria (of the TM Sisters). While the LAB event page does not provide many details on the theme of the exhibition, this video from last year’s LAB may give a hint of what we’re in for.
Things Beyond Our Control @ Fredric Snitzer Gallery
This group exhibition features the work of 19 artists, including Miami-tied artists Hernan Bas, Naomi Fisher, and Bert Rodriguez and international stars like Keith Haring and Man Ray. Things Beyond Our Control addresses “questions of agency, structure and the ability of art, specifically pictorial art, to come into contact with the conditions of its own production,” according to the press release. From there, the release descends into more obscure prose: “The artworks on display are things … whose purposiveness has run wild. The loss of a ‘beyond’ forecloses on the spatial and temporal possibility of anything other than ‘now’ and aligns processes of meaning production with an austere perspective — one whose reproducibility it its own raison d’être and main criteria for judgment.” And with that, Snitzer Gallery wins this month’s “Artspeaking ’bout Nuthin'” Award.
Several of the shows we featured last month, including Salon de Notre Société at Primary Projects and DCG Open at David Castillo Gallery, are still up, so make sure to check out the June Art Walk Guide for the details.