Ballsy Balseros

With Art Basel looming and legions of collectors, curators, and museum honchos preparing to sack South Florida, local dealers have begun breaking out the big guns and marshaling their forces. Wynwood’s Pan American Art Projects has mustered Luis Cruz Azaceta and is unleashing the human howitzer during “Trajectories/Trayectorias,” a major exhibit geared to smite the Baselites gathering at our gates for the December arts skirmish. Azaceta’s withering assault on the peepers includes several works from his recent triumph at the New Orleans Museum of Art and is anchored by a moving, van-size canvas depicting a giant bathtub full of aimlessly bobbing balseros in shark-infested water. Closer inspection of the tiny, frightened rafters reveals they are all self-portraits of Azaceta. The Cuban artist, whose work is riddled with the loss, angst, and isolation of the exile experience, is also known for his searing works illustrating hot-button issues such as inner-city poverty, the AIDS epidemic, and the post-Katrina meltdown in New Orleans.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. Starts: Nov. 3. Continues through Dec. 7, 2010
 
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