Wifredo Lam in North America
More than a quarter-century after his death, Cuba's greatest artist is getting his due in the first large-scale solo exhibition. The beautifully encyclopedic show features more than 60 paintings and drawings spanning the breadth of Lam's prolific career. The exhibit is beefed up with nearly 30 works loaned by local collectors. Carlos Suarez De Jesus Through May 18. Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-3000, www.miamiartmuseum.org
Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Paul Morrison
Miami local art
Steering clear of her usual gooey weeping willows, the homegrown artist has tapped into the central nervous system of Sixties minimalist and junk art in her new show. Rodriguez deserves kudos for avoiding her comfort zone. New paintings and sculptures by British artist Paul Morrison are ripe with botanical roots and resonate with muffled gloom. They are gorgeous, immaculately executed works that tweak perception with a skull-humping finesse. Carlos Suarez De Jesus Through May 24. Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, 194 NW 30th St., Miami; 305-573-2130, www.galerieperrotin.com
Botero, Chihuly, and Lichtenstein
With the sculptural works of Fernando Botero, Dale Chihuly, and especially Roy Lichtenstein at every turn throughout its 83 acres, there's widespread whimsy at Fairchild. Chihuly's glass pieces resemble plants and flowers boosted by alien DNA; Botero's languorously bulbous sculptures of people and horses seem pridefully overfed. But it's Lichtenstein who steals the show with works such as Coup de Chapeau II, Airplane, and House II. Frank Houston Through May 31. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; 305-667-1651, www.fairchildgarden.org
Wifredo Lam: One-Man Show
Late in life, Lam incorporated sculptural media into his art. These statuesque, totemlike forms illustrate Lam's association with Picasso and friends, and prove to be the collection's novel elements. Nader is also showing Fernando Botero and Muñoz Vera, but "Frank Stella: Studio" on the second floor steals the spotlight. The work is beautifully organized chaos and the perfect exhibition to fill the high ceilings and vast white space. The garish Day-Glo colors and monumental streamlined forms are pure fun and funk. Steph Hurst Through May 31. Gary Nader Fine Art, 62 NE 27th St., Miami; 305-576-0256, www.garynader.com
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Frank Stella: Studio
This exhibition features eight artists making their U.S. debut: Liang Haopeng, Li Jia, Wang Limin, Liu Qi Ming, Zhu Yan, Liao Yibai, Liao Zhenwu, and He Zubin. Many of the works exude an undeniable political veneer. Li Jia's The Mind of the Rose #2 depicts a lollipop-headed dumpling clad in a skimpy red dress whose tears suggest her crush on socialism has hit a dead end. Carlos Suarez De Jesus Through June 2. ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries, 169 Madeira Ave., Coral Gables; 305-444-4493, www.virginiamiller.com
Under the Radar: Nine Chinese Artists Interpret the Figure
From the Bronx Museum comes the widely acclaimed survey of 17 years of work by Cuban-Dominican artist Quisqueya Henríquez, a design-oriented intermedia artist with impeccable craftsmanship and activist tendencies. The exhibition showcases the artist's proclivity for self-determination and versatility through photography, sculpture, drawing, sound, video, and installation. From her early photographic documentation of seaweed arranged in honeycomb sculptures to found sounds from the streets of Santo Domingo installed in a sofa, her works engage the viewer in a fresh multisensory experience. Steph Hurst Through July 20. Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-3000, www.miamiartmuseum.org