Written by Miami Today on November 26, 2009
Touting itself as the smallest art fair in town, "Little Sister 09" showcases the works of both veteran and new-to-the-scene Miami artists. Spinello Gallery, 155 NE 38th St., 101, Miami. Ends Dec. 10. Details: www.spinellogallery.com.
"This is it," a photo exhibit of Miami’s celebrity life in the 1990s by photographer Manny Hernandez, features pop icons Madonna, Gianni Versace, The Bee Gees and more. The Palms Hotel and Spa, 3025 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Ends Dec. 6. Details: www.mannyhernandez.com.
The Jewish Museum of Florida exhibits Judy Chicago’s "Jewish Identity." This retrospective examines the impact of the artist’s Eastern European and Jewish upbringing on her perception of life. Ends Feb. 7. Jewish Museum of Florida, 311 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 672-5044 or www.jewishmuseum.com.
"Black Crossroads: The African Diaspora in Miami" explores the impact of African-Americans, Africans, black Caribs and black Hispanics on Miami through historic photographs, oral histories, memorabilia, film and artifacts related to black pioneers, families, laborers, communities and organizations spanning the 100-year history of black migration to Miami. Ends Jan. 24. Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-1657 or www.hmsf.org.
Florida International University’s Frost Art Museum shows "The Missing Peace." The exhibition, the result of collaboration between the Committee of 100 for Tibet and the Dalai Lama Foundation, focuses on art as a medium for promoting peace. It also includes more than 40 works created by such artists as Chuck Close that interpret the life of the 14th Dalai Lama. Ends Jan. 10. 10975 SW 17th St., Sweetwater. Details: (305) 348-2890 or www.thefrost.fiu.edu.
A LATIN AMERICAN MASTER
Miami Art Museum hosts what it calls the most comprehensive survey of the works of Argentinean painter Guillermo Kuitca. The exhibit, in the museum and the Freedom Tower downtown, features more than 50 canvases and 25 works on paper. In his work, Mr. Kuitca explores the intersection of public and private spaces. Ends Jan. 17. Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-3000 or www.miamiartmuseum.org.
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University will exhibit "Styled for the Road: The Art of Automobile Design." The collection examines automobile design’s effect on American culture through rendered artworks of 1940s and 1950s cars of all shapes and sizes. Ends March 14. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: www.wolfsonian.org.
The Lowe Art Museum hosts the exhibit "Kitchen Dreams" by artist Ricky Bernstein. The exhibit catches moments of frustration and silliness in the media of aluminum, wood, plastic, acrylic paints, color pencils and other mixed materials. The exhibit includes a man playing tug-of-war over a shoe with his dog, a woman cleaning a never-ending stack of dirty dishes and caricatures of over-worked Americans. Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 284-3535 or www.lowemuseum.org.
Start celebrating the coming of Art Basel at a Winwood kick-off party. Free admission includes an open bar and music by The Spam Allstars. Two on-site exhibits will open that evening. 7-11 p.m. Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd St., Miami. Details: (305) 576-2828 or www.bacfl.org.
The Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery hosts an opening reception for its collection by local artist Anne Blazejack. A recent graduate of the Department of Art at Brown University, Ms. Blazejack’s acrylic and mixed-media pieces employ a rich, energetic palette. The evening’s festivities include drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live music by an acoustic guitar duo. 6:30-9 p.m. Shoppes at Mayfair, 3390 Mary St., Suite 128, Coconut Grove. Exhibition ends Jan. 3. Details: www.coconutgroveartsfest.com.
The works of well-known and emerging artists will be showcased during the SATELLITE Art & Design Show Miami ’09. Innovative exhibitions and receptions will be themed "Organica: A Celebration of the Human Body and Nature in Art and Design." Art by Dale Chihuly, Salvador Dali, Diego Rivera and Andy Warhol. Dec. 3-6. Miami Art Space, 244 NW 35th St., Miami. Details: www.satelliteartevents.com.
LAYERS OF EXPRESSION
An exhibit of new works by painter David Michael Bowers opens with an open-to-the-public reception, showcasing his layered oil, glaze and varnish pieces noted for their deep symbolism. 7-10 p.m. 101/exhibit Gallery, 101 NE 40th St., Miami. Details: (305) 573-2101 or www.101exhibit.com.
THE ART OF IMITATION
The Rubell Family Collection’s upcoming exhibition "Beg Borrow and Steal" opens featuring the work of 74 artists. The collection, which will span all 28 galleries of the Rubell Family Collection Museum, celebrates artists’ attempts to carry on the legacy of artistic masters and make it their own. Dec. 2-May 29. Rubell Family Collection Museum, 95 NW 29th St., Miami. Details: (305) 573-6090 or www.rfc.museum.
Discover new trends in contemporary sculpture through the work of more than 30 sculptors on display at Sculpt Miami. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 46 NW 36th St., Miami. Ends Dec. 6. Details: (305) 448-2060 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.sculptmiami.com.
Photo Miami, now in its fourth year, showcases photo-based art, video and new media works from international and American galleries. This year’s theme is "A Year of Magical Thinking." 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 3401 N. Miami Ave. and NW 34th St., Miami. Ends Dec. 6. Details: www.photo-miami2009.com.
At a new venue this year, SCOPE Miami Art Show touts a younger-generation group of curators who have pulled together programming like film showings and an outdoor sculpture garden. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Soho Studios, 2135 NW 21st St., Miami. Ends Dec. 6. Details: www.scope-art.com.
STILL A BIG DEAL
Art Miami, the city’s longest running contemporary art fair, welcomes 80 American and international galleries exhibiting paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography and prints. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The Art Miami Pavilion, NE 1st Ave. between NE 32nd and NE 31st St., Miami. $15-$35. Ends Dec. 6. Details: (305) 663-3543 or www.art-miami.com.
DOT’S THE SPOT
Contemporary art fair Red Dot Miami showcases pieces from 30 galleries. Events include an open-to-the-public cocktail party on Dec. 4 at the Shelbourne Beach Resort in Miami Beach. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Times vary by day. Wynwood Art District, 3711 NE 1st Ave., Miami. $10 for a day pass. $20 for a weekend pass. Ends Dec. 6. Details: (212) 645-2621 or email@example.com or www.reddotfair.com.
"Wynwood Walls," an outdoor street-art mural encompassing 14 primed walls of buildings decorated by artists, launches with an on-site reception. 8 p.m.-11 p.m. 2506 NW 2nd Ave, Miami. Details: (305) 573-0658.
"Like the Boys" showcases the collective contemporary style of a group of artists from downtown New York City, including Nick Poe and Alex Kalman. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 3301 NE First Ave., Suite 106, Miami. Ends Dec. 6. Details: http://theamericanstandardgallery.com/index’liketheboys.html.
Benefiting arts programs at Florida International University, the fourth Master’s Mystery Art Show features original 6" x 9" pieces for $50 each designed by local students and celebrities alike. The mystery is that the names of the artists will be kept secret until after purchase. Past contributing artists have included Madonna, Whoopi Goldberg, Roberto Cavalli and Frank Gehry. 7-12 p.m. Ritz-Carlton South Beach, 1 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Details: (305) 348-0496 or www.mastersmystery.com.