The Coral Gables gallery is presenting "Marilyn Monroe: Tribute to a Female Icon," highlighting works by more than 20 international artists remembering the '50s screen bombshell who has become a 21st-century pop cultural phenomenon.

"Marilyn Monroe is unique — she appeals to women just as much as men — and this is why she is an icon," says Gloria Porcella, owner of the Italy-based gallery, which made a splash locally when it brought a collection of giant pink snails to town during Art Basel 2010. The snails were ritually abused on South Beach — graffiti-scrawled and tossed into Biscayne Bay — before finding a more accepting home in the Gables.

The gallery's new exhibit is likely to draw less extreme reactions from visitors, who will find a mixed bag of works ranging from Valentina de Martini's anorexic rendition of the sex symbol to Fabio Ferrone Viola's version made with flattened cans of Coke Zero.

WVO (waste veggie oil) diesel motorcycle built by Billie Grace Lynn, 2012.
Billie Grace Lynn
WVO (waste veggie oil) diesel motorcycle built by Billie Grace Lynn, 2012.

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Aluna Art Foundation

172 W. Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33130

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Little Havana

Galleria Ca' d'Oro

135 San Lorenzo Ave., 130
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Category: Art Galleries

Region: Coral Gables/South Miami

Details

"Concerning the Spiritual in Art": Opening Reception 7 to 11 p.m. August 25. Through September 29 at Aluna Art Foundation, 172 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-305-6471; exodus.94.com; alunaartfoundation@gmail.com. Open Monday through Friday 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Marilyn Monroe: Tribute to a Female Icon": Opening Reception 7 to 10 p.m. August 22. Through October 10 at Galleria Ca' d'Oro, 135 San Lorenzo Ave., Ste. 130, Coral Gables; 305-898-9153; ca.doro.com. Open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment.

Although the exhibit boasts some classic images by the likes of a Warhol, other pieces, such as a vapid painting by Camilla Ancilotto, would inspire the notoriously self-conscious Norma Jeane Baker to turn cartwheels under her tombstone.

In all, 28 works — spanning from paintings, photographs, videos, and installations to sculptures — honor the legend, including a color-immersed nude by Pablo Echaurren and a pop interpretation by Ludmilla Radchenko. The show will also include a live performance by Erika Calesini, who will portray Monroe during the opening reception August 22.

"The viewer will see and feel the timeless beauty come to life through the artists' expressions... most of whom created their tributes to Marilyn especially for this exhibition," Porcella says.

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