The Final Frontier

Anthony Lister first earned notoriety with his gritty canvases depicting decrepit comic book characters. Considered one of Australia’s top contemporary names, Lister has presented solo shows in London, Milan, and Los Angeles. In 2010, he was included in Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art, an encyclopedic tome with profiles on key players in the genre, published by Gestalten. And not unlike many of his contemporaries these days, Lister has been hankering to visit the Magic City, paint some street murals, and rock a solo show in a Wynwood gallery. Lister’s latest suite of paintings, featuring edgy ballerinas rendered with aggressive, muscular brushstrokes, will be on view during this weekend’s Second Saturday Art Walk beginning at 6 p.m. at the Robert Fontaine Gallery (2349 NW Second Ave., Miami). The show, titled “Never Odd Or Even,” marks his Wynwood solo debut. Lister, who claims to suffer from “multiple creative personality disorder,” says his primary interest is in breaking down the ideals of highbrow and lowbrow. The Aussie calls graffiti art “the final frontier in true artistic integrity,” before adding, “I’m disguising myself as a fine artist until the revolution is fully here.” Robert Fontaine, director of the eponymous gallery, says Lister’s work bleeds from the street into the traditional white-cube setting in an infectious fashion: “To have the opportunity to showcase Lister’s work is hugely important for both the gallery and the Miami art scene.”
Sat., May 11, 6 p.m., 2013

 
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