This Saturday’s Art Walk in Wynwood and the Design District is the last before Art Basel hysteria begins in full force. As such, many galleries in the district are either leaving up shows that opened in October, or just waiting to roll out the big guns in early December. That said, here are a few exhibition openings on our radar.
Marc LaGrange @ LMNT Arts
LMNT Arts, an ambitious Midtown photo studio, recording studio, event space, gallery, and restaurant, hosts the first U.S. solo show by Belgian photographer Marc Lagrange. His style should go down particularly well in Miami. His dramatic black-and-white, glossy works border fine art and fashion photography, and most often feature the nude female form, often enhanced by luxurious jewelry and settings. For more details, visit the LMNT Arts website.
Abel Barroso: Un país, una ilusión (A Country, an Illusion) @ Pan American Art Projects
In this solo exhibition, Barroso, a Cuban artist still living and working in Havana, posits that the idea of a country is a construction, that borders are just illusions. The centerpiece here is a large, wooden sculpture titled “Pinball del Emigrante” (“Emigrant Pinball”), which is what Americans will recognize as a Foosball table, with various buildings and skylines batting around the ball/emigrant. The rest of the works on view explore similar themes of migration and diaspora, all with a touch of humor. For more details, visit the Pan American Art Projects website.
Lamia Korshid and Alex Adams: Here and There @ UM Art Gallery at the Wynwood Building
This exhibition at the University of Miami’s Wynwood space features works by two faculty members. Korshid’s portion of the show focuses largely on conceptual self-portraits, a body of work she started after a 2010 divorce. The latest selections focus on her recently rekindled relationship with her Muslim family. Adams, meanwhile, offers sculptures that combine glasswork with wood and found objects in a selection of work inspired by a visit to the home of a compulsive hoarder. For more details, visit the UM Art Gallery website.
Willy Ronis: Paris @ Dina Mitrani Gallery
Dina Mitrani Gallery presents this show, running through Basel and into January, in collaboration with the Peter Fetterman Gallery, based in Santa Monica, California. The solo show culls from photographer Willy Ronis’ best-loved images of the City of Light from the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s. The photos capture Paris in a particularly romantic and nostalgic light, and you’ll probably recognize some of the most famous ones (read more about the exhibition).
Minimo @ Sammer Gallery
Sammer Gallery specializes largely in Latin American abstract work, and this group show showcases some of the best out of the place’s stable. As the title implies, the name of the game here is minimalist painting, with works on display by artists Romulo Aguerre, Ana Sacerdote, Maria Freire, and Lincoln Presno. Click here to visit Sammer Gallery online.
Graffe Cafe Grand Opening @ 004Connec
In a world of online retail and everything done by blogs, we’ve got to give it up for 004Connec, a local business that’s melded the new- and old-school in its approach. Located on North Miami Avenue and N.W. 24th Street, it’s an actual brick-and-mortar shop devoted to graffiti — errr, street art — supplies, with a large online presence too. This Saturday marks the opening of its Graffe Cafe, a place for artists and enthusiasts to hang out with no need for a surgical mask, gloves, and aerosol fumes. Beats come courtesy of DJ Illmantik, and there’s live painting by arguably the city’s best and most infamous graffiti crew, MSG. For more details, visit the 004Connec website.
Pancakes and Booze @ Fusse Studios
First things first — yes, this massive group show, a bit northeast of the beaten art paths, offers exactly what its name suggests. Your $5 entry gets an all-you-can-eat pancake bar, and the “booze” in the title refers to the cheap cash bar on premise. But, yes, there is art here, too, and plenty of it. The concept originated in L.A. to showcase that city’s underground creators, but, appropriately, this traveling version features 75 artists from our home turf, many from across the street/”lowbrow” spectrum. To cap it off, organizers also promise a live “art battle,” bands, DJ sets, and body painting. Because of the whole “booze” aspect, this event is only for those 21 and up. Doors open at 8 p.m. For more details, visit the Facebook event page.