Subtle Sex

If you’re the kind of art deviant with a hankering for the pictorially perverse, don’t miss Agustín Fernández’s exhibit of psycho-sexually charged works at the Frost Art Museum (10975 SW 17th St., Miami). The artist (1928-2006) was universally hailed as a master of modern Cuban art and traveled from his homeland to postwar Paris to practice his craft. There he hobnobbed with surrealists, who influenced his vivid imagery, before departing during the ’70s for the Big Apple’s grittier counterculture. After moving to New York, Fernández made a splash in mainstream culture when one of his steamier opuses was prominently featured in Brian De Palma’s 1980 movie, Dressed to Kill. At the Frost, “Form’s Transgressions: The Drawings of Agustín Fernández,” features a suite of rarely exhibited graphite drawings from the ’60s through the ’90s, when the visionary talent was experimenting with organic and machine forms to depict his fantasies and yearnings. The tantalizing survey of one of surrealism’s most gifted interpreters, organized in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum of Art, opens a window into the artist’s provocative lexicon, erupting with passion, the erotics of desire, and vulnerability.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 15. Continues through Feb. 17, 2013

 
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