Outside MoCA a group of younger Miami artists seemed definitely taken by Othoniel's show. Others did not agree. One veteran photographer told me: "The whole thing is simply horrible." I wasn't surprised. Othoniel's art is unique and possesses that beauty in which, as Italian writer Mario Praz puts it, "the more bitter the taste, the more abundant the enjoyment."
Othoniel's Mon lit, 2003
By Jean-Michel Othoniel. Through
August 31; Call 305-893-6211.
Museum of Contemporary Art, 770
NE 125th St, North Miami
To address this new development I will host a critics' panel on Thursday, June 24, at 8:00 p.m. at Fredric Snitzer Gallery (305-448-8976). We'll tackle Miami's art scene, critics' objectivity and conflicts of interest, consensus and subjectivity, and the art market. You're all invited.