Bowled by Cowles

MAM's new photo exhibit is not to be missed

Diane Arbus's 1965 portrait of a Puerto Rican woman with a faux beauty mark penciled on her cheek is eye-catching, as is Garry Winogrand's picture of a couple cradling chimpanzees dressed in winter coats at the Central Park Zoo.

Perhaps the most amazing picture on display is a photo of Salvador Dali, almost lost on a wall near the back of the space, where more than 50 pieces are hung salon-style, floor-to-ceiling, unlabeled.

Dali Atomicus, taken by Philippe Halsman, is one of the most reproduced photographs of all time. It depicts the painter, a chair, a stream of water, and three cats suspended in midair in Dali's studio.

MAM selected 101 works from Charles Cowles's extensive 
collection, including this one of a couple at the Central Park 
Zoo
MAM selected 101 works from Charles Cowles's extensive collection, including this one of a couple at the Central Park Zoo

Details

Through April 8
Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St, Miami; 305-375-3000

This picture and the others surrounding it are from Cowles's personal stash and are not part of his gift to the museum. Rather they serve as an example of how Cowles prefers seeing his collection — "with all its planned and unplanned complements and contrasts."

"Hey, I know that man," a middle-age guy blurted as he motioned to his family to check out the flying surrealist. "I think he's famous," answered his teenage son.

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