By John Thomason
By Benjy Caplan
By Artburst Miami
By Carlos Suarez De Jesus
By Daniel Reskin
Ever-changing Spectrums: For $1650 a year, artists clinch fifteen feet of wall space during one of the three-month group exhibits Art Fusion switches out four times a year. The artistic criterion for inclusion in the gallery's stable seems to be a penchant for cranking out wildly colorful stuff in the $500 to $8000 range. Art Fusion's current exhibit features paintings, drawings, and sculptures by the likes of Jordan Robert, whose canvases are a daffy pastiche of Roy Lichtenstein's and Romero Britto's work; and Jacklyn Laflamme, who depicts a Tastee Freez ice-cream cone rendered in antifreeze-green. Art Fusion has isolated Alexandra Spyratos's paintings of herding zebras, depicted mostly from behind, in a back room filled with black lights. The sound of jungle birds cawing splits the air in the space, which exudes a Superfly meets National Geographic vibe. Carlos Suarez De Jesus Through September 28. Art Fusion Galleries, 1 NE 40th St., Miami; 305-573-5730, www.artfusiongallery.com.
I'm So Much Better than You: Magnus Sigurdarson's installation features four tons of Miami New Times papers interlocked like bricks to form a curving hip-high wall. It houses a DVD player and monitor where the artist is seen performing a puppet show in Xiamen, China. Sigurdarson, who was born in Iceland, filmed the performance during a three-month residency there last autumn. Ironically Sigurdarson's installation at Javogue's space, with its imposing mass and volume, evokes a sense of the wall erected to separate China from the rest of the world. The work shares a relevancy with plans for a wall cutting off the United States from its neighbors to the south. Carlos Suarez De Jesus Ongoing; by appointment only. Emmanuel Javogue Fine Arts, 123 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-573-3904, www.ejfa.net.
Various Exhibits at the Bass Museum of Art: With a bushel of blue-ribbon shows, the Bass has embarked on perhaps its busiest programming season. For art lovers accustomed to a lull in activity during the dog days of summer, deciding on which shows to see among the museum's expansive menu might be as slippery as handling a hog in a greased-pig contest. But that is bell-clanging news. The Bass is featuring everything from Renaissance altarpieces to embroidered silk robes from the Chinese Imperial court and, not unlike a country fair, boasting a little something for everyone. Carlos Suarez De Jesus Ongoing. Bass Museum of Art, 2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7530, www.bassmuseum.org.