Isolated near the rear of the exhibit, Bhakti Baxter's Untitled (Anthropomorphic Artifacts) (2012) engulfs an entire wall. Arranged in a traditional modernist grid, the sweeping work comprises 100 paintings depicting "primitive" figurines and what appear to be talismans or fetishes culled from the pages of art history and myth.
A white leather couch situated across from Baxter's mammoth display invites viewers to sit and meditate how the artist's figures subliminally convey notions of shifting belief systems through the ages and the lost cultures they represent.
"New Work Miami 2013": Through June 2, 2013, at Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-3000; miamiartmuseum.org. Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for seniors, and free for children under 12, students with ID, and MAM members.
MAM's swan song before relocating to its new building on Biscayne Bay, this exhibit not only delivers pride of place to Miami's diversity of talent but, perhaps most important, also does so during a frenzied month when far too many local artists fade into the background.