Cuban Art

Not all the fighting cocks peppering Little Havana's folksy gallery scene are wretch-inducing boils on the landscape. Beyond the lurid fiberglass monstrosities masquerading as public art in front of restaurants and cigar shops on Calle Ocho — some of the fowls garishly clad in chef toques and rainbow-bright aprons, others pimping spats and straw boaters — there exists an occasional interesting study of the ubiquitous subject that, for baffling reasons, remains the rage with tourists and collectors.

A fine example is Bruno Venier's Gallo Urbano (Urban Cock), on view at the Cremata Gallery's "Summer Exhibition," featuring 40 works from the space's Latin American roster. Venier, who was influenced by his friend Picasso and is known for his bold use of color, is one of Argentina's most acclaimed modernists, and his works are rarely exhibited in South Florida.
Mondays-Sundays. Starts: July 1. Continues through Aug. 1, 2010

 
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