By Carlos Suarez De Jesus
By Ric Delgado
By John Thomason
By Benjy Caplan
By Artburst Miami
Enigmatic Figures: This exhibit touts Argentine Mateo Arguello Pitt's breakout appearance at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries. The show also features works by Aurora Cañero, Maria Gamundi, and José Benito, who provide little more than background noise to Pitt's quirky paintings. He, at least, has something to say. The female artists appear to have been included in this show as a snatch at the checkbooks. Benito might be considered bankable by the dealer, but he royally stinks up the joint with his polychrome-on-wood sculptures notable for their Precious Moments-like sappiness. Miller should keep her guard up and put together scrappier combinations. Carlos Suarez De Jesus Through June 30. ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries, 169 Madeira Ave., Coral Gables; 305-444-4493, www.virginiamiller.com.
James Rosenquist: Traveling at the Speed of Light: The New Work Gallery is featuring eight paintings by James Rosenquist. The artist, a pioneer of the Sixties American Pop Art movement, is known for creating massive works influenced by an early stint painting commercial billboards in Times Square. The exhibit includes pieces from 1987 to 2004 and fluidly mixes obscure fragments of imagery in overlapping relationships between the abstract and real, creating a visual experience that toys with perception. This is Rosenquist's first U.S. museum show since his 40-year retrospective at New York's Guggenheim in 2003, and it showcases a pair of paintings that have never been exhibited in the U.S. Carlos Suarez De JesusThrough July 2. Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-3000, www.miamiartmuseum.org.
Opening Show: Lyle O. Reitzel, who has operated a contemporary art gallery in the Dominican Republic for the past decade, opened his eponymously named space in Wynwood with an untitled show. Representing top-flight Caribbean talent, Reitzel said he chose to plant his flag here because it would be the "perfect platform to represent his artists on an international level." Like many other dealers stricken by gold fever in a booming market, he may have been enticed by dreams of boatloads of bigwig collectors washing up on our shores. His inaugural exhibit includes several large-scale paintings by Dominican Republic native José García Cordero. Cordero is known for imagery freighted with allegory, irony, and kick-you-in-the-teeth satire. Sharing a corner with Chelsea Galleria and located next door to the freshly minted DPM Arte Contemporáneo, Reitzel joins the creeping tide of hustlers looking to strike a rich vein in the hood. Carlos Suarez De JesusThrough July 26. Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery, 2441 NW Second Ave., Miami: 305-343-4152, www.artnet.com/reitzel.html.