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Anne Chu: This exhibition begins with a wide tabletop full of short human figures based on funerary guardians from China's T'ang Dynasty. Carved roughly from wood, the figures are then painted with casein in a style that seems to draw from Impressionist watercolors. Indeed Chu's nearby watercolor studies, executed with admirable economy and freshness, clearly informed the carved works. Despite the references to historical art sources, Chu's work has its own distinct personality. The stars of this show are her life-size marionettes, which dominate with their sizable physical and psychological presence. Many of them could be made to work, given a team of strong puppeteers at a high elevation. Chu's watercolor studies for them reflect the best traditions of both the Eastern and Western worlds. This dual-worldly existence that seems to transcend time animates her work with a courageous energy -- energy which makes this exhibit a tour de force. -- Franklin Einspruch Through July 3. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; 305-893-6211.
The Artist's Studio: Paintings, Photographs, and Sculptures by Joe Fig: Fig's miniature constructions of artists' studios encourage voyeurism. Viewers are invited to peek inside the cloistered areas where artists struggle with creativity in isolation, a kind of sacred atelier immune to the outside art world. Fig manages to respect his real-life subjects by crafting delicate and tremendously detailed compositions that don't necessarily infringe on the artists' privacy. Rather they celebrate their talent and the setting in which they create most of their work. Glance into painter Chuck Close's studio, which, like Close's work, is realistic down to the smallest detail (there are even specific art magazines scattered across his desk). In Jackson Pollock's Long Island sanctum we see the artist pondering one of his action paintings laid out on the floor. -- Omar Sommereyns Through July 11. Bass Museum of Art, 2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7530.
Kacamori: Recent FIU master's in fine arts graduates Erika Morales and Carlos Rigau employ inventive strategies in their collectively titled show. They piggyback themes of innocence, compound identity, and coming of age in various media. Morales's inkjet prints are pasted onto foam and suffer from their casual presentation, but her smaller framed inkjet prints channel the nostalgia of the faded-newsprint, elementary school workbook sheets on which they're displayed. Borrowed heavily from children's illustrated storybooks, Morales's solitary figures float in dreamscapes and pose with animals. Rigau's most effective piece is a video installation, comprising a pile of TV and video monitors in various stages of their technological evolution, with each monitor displaying a teenage actor as a talking head. Rigau's three wall-mounted shadow boxes have fisheye lenses through which viewers can study obscure scenes that muddle manhood and boyhood. -- Michelle Weinberg Through July 16. Leonard Tachmes Gallery, 817 NE 125th St., North Miami; 305-895-1030.
marking time: moving images: Science, technology, and the speed with which we communicate today have altered modern-day perception of reality. The world is so much more accessible nowadays that time has become a fluid medium flashing back and forth -- as if we were living inside a movie. Curated by Lorie Mertes, MAM's new show (of mostly videos) centers on internalized time and showcases the works of ten artists, including Janine Antoni, Miguel Angel Rios, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Dara Friedman, and Ann Hamilton. Take home a Gonzalez-Torres piece, talk into Ann Hamilton's installation, or simply enjoy Friedman's offbeat sequences of people making out. Don't miss Paul Pfieffer's metaphysical video concerned with light and color. It will make you feel -- if German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was right about the power of art -- as though you're the sole survivor of a universal flood. -- Alfredo Triff Through September 11. Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-3000.
Robert Rauschenberg: Considered a central figure in late-twentieth-century art, Rauschenberg is also a long-time resident of Captiva Island, Florida. His recent work has begun to reflect distinctively local input: gators, punchy shadows, pink and green. His move to water-based media, inspired by safety and environmental concerns, forced his palette into a gentler range of intensity. This makes his new works more pleasant to look at than the saturated images he became known for, but the oomph has gone out of them as well. They're fun and lighthearted (the man is famous for being the same), but they seem to want for more resolution and gravitas. -- Franklin Einspruch Through July 3. Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-3000.
Structures of the Sublime: Spewed from the hyperactive mind of British import Robert Wyndam Bucknell -- also known as Viktor Wynd -- this show mixes video, paper, rocks, unwrapped condoms, paintings, drawings, stories on tape, and sticks, displayed throughout three rooms, an outdoor patio, and parts of the gallery's adjacent 23rd Street wall. In short, it's a frenzied, awkward mash of information. The work explores various methods of wasting time and the way in which time has decayed Bucknell's life, his work, and the viewer's overall experience. The exhibit sends your mind swirling, makes you lament the passing time, and then makes you laugh. Bucknell suggests it's the process of questioning, not the conclusion, that counts. -- K. Lee Sohn Through July 2. Ingalls & Associates, 125 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-790-1797.