By Carlos Suarez De Jesus
By Ric Delgado
By John Thomason
By Benjy Caplan
By Artburst Miami
Sure to be a South Beach favorite, "Pierced Hearts and True Love: A Century of Drawings for Tattoos" (April 28 to May 26), organized by the Drawing Center in New York, examines the history of tattooing as an art form. From April 25 to June 9, in celebration of the 70th birthday of Robert Rauschenberg, the museum exhibits sculpture by the artist, showing some works publicly for the first time.
At the Bass Museum, "Passionate Visions of the American South: Self-Taught Artists from 1940 to the Present" (September 28 to January 14) offers an extensive display of Southern outsider art, organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art. The paintings, drawings, and objects by self-taught artists are inspired by religion, nature, and popular culture; the work reflects their daily lives in mostly rural areas of the South. From February 10 to May 5, the fat lady sings during the Bass's "Fellini: Costumes and Fashions," which presents set designs, costumes, and accessories from the Italian director's numerous films, as well as clothing by designers inspired by his cinematic style. The show was organized by the Centro per L'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato, Italy.
Soviet-dissidents-turned-American-citizens Komar and Melamid invited Russian and Western colleagues to "collaborate with history" by proposing Soviet monuments as sites for artistic interactions. The responses A by artists including Krzystof Wodiczko, Joseph Kosuth, and Mark Tansey, in the form of texts, drawings, collages, prints, books, and photos -- brainstorm inventive ways to subvert the meaning of the old icons. "Monumental Propaganda" runs at the Bass from May 16 through July 14.
Speaking of propaganda, the long-awaited Wolfsonian Museum opens in Miami Beach with "The Arts of Reform and Persuasion, 1885-1945" (November 11 to April 28, at which time it travels to Los Angeles), featuring 280 works from the Mitchell Wolfson, Jr., collection that, taken together, demonstrate how design -- both revolutionary and conservative -- has been used to help people adjust to the modern world. Its three sections ("Confronting Modernity," "Celebrating Modernity," and "Manipulating Modernity: Political Persuasion") chronologically detail the impact of design on modern experience through objects, furnishings, and posters.
The Art Museum at Florida International University starts its season with works from the collection of Martin Z. Margulies, including paintings and sculpture by Joan Mir cents and sculpture by Isamu Noguchi (September 8 to October 11). Margulies donated most of the outdoor sculpture now placed around the school's south campus. Marsden Hartley's celebrated abstract compositions based on the military emblems worn by German officers were last exhibited as a series in 1915. They will be reunited at FIU (one stop on a three-city U.S. tour) starting October 20, together with pop artist Robert Indiana's series paying homage to Hartley's work. "Dictated by Life" runs through November 29. Also at FIU will be "Neo-Dada: Redefining Art, 1958-62" (January 12 to February 10), which focuses on artists working in the late Fifties who were inspired by the absurdist philosophy of post-World War I European Dadaists. The show proposes an alternative historical view of art that usually is classified in categories such as pop, nouveau realisme, and fluxus.
Closed for renovations until November 9, the Lowe Museum at the University of Miami reopens with "Image and Memory: Latin American Photography, 1880-1992," 141 photographs that reflect social, political, and aesthetic tendencies in the region over the last century. The show runs through January 7. The Lowe also trots out works from its permanent collection (January 8 to June 5), followed by an exhibition of pottery by famed English potter Josiah Wedgwood (June 6 to July 28).
Miami artists Tag Purvis and Christine Tamblyn will show new work on film and CD-ROM at the South Florida Art Center's Ground Level Gallery (September 7 to September 30). In October the gallery will display sketchbooks by local artists, and in November, Ground Level becomes "The Black Box," a monthlong artists' salon hosted by intellectuals-about-town Steve Bollman, Alfredo Triff, and Gene Ray. Coinciding with the city's renovation of Lincoln Road, artists will examine issues of urban renewal in the gallery space in January.
In September the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale beckons with retrospectives of two important Cuban artists: abstract painter Rafael Soriano and the late expressionist painter Antonia Eiriz, a great talent whose subtly critical images branded her a political dissident in revolutionary Cuba. The work of two young exiled Cuban artists, Arturo Cuenca and the artist known as Gory, will be shown simultaneously (all three exhibitions run through November 26). From October 27 to January 14, the museum hosts paintings by turn-of-the-century American impressionists and realists, eighteen of which will be on loan from New York's Metropolitan Museum. Works by famous American folkie Grandma Moses can be seen from February 2 to May 19, while another major show of paintings by a Cuban artist, this time Tomas Sanchez, also opens February 2.
In Palm Beach, the Norton Gallery starts its season on October 28 with early work by Mark Rothko, culled from the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The paintings follow Rothko's evolution from creating expressionist landscapes and still lifes to increasingly calligraphic and abstract works, and proceed right up to the sublime large-scale color fields for which he is best known (through December 17). Worth a trip.