Six 21st-Century Chinese Neo-Pop Artists: Once again, gallerist Virginia Miller has gained access to the as yet restricted, but lucrative, contemporary Chinese art market. The new group exhibition of two-dimensional media at ArtSpace features the work of six young artists based in China. Many of the works are unmistakably political. The exhibition is a joint effort between Miller and curator Pierette Van Cleve, whose exclusive contacts in China enabled the transfer of the art to the States. The show memorializes each artist's individual struggle for expression within a densely populated environment. — Steph Hurst Through February 29. ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries, 169 Madeira Ave., Coral Gables; 305-444-4493, www.virginiamiller.com.
The Real Story of the Superheroes: Mexican photographer Dulce Pinzón's provocative solo show features 10 intimate color portraits of immigrants in the course of their daily work in the Big Apple — only decked out in superhero costumes.The 33-year-old Pinzón has lived in New York since 1995 and once worked as a union organizer. For Pinzón, the true superheroes inhabiting Gotham are the undocumented immigrants who work as waiters, delivery boys, laundromat attendants, taxi drivers, and nannies, yet remain invisible in the din of the bustling city. — Carlos Suarez De Jesus Through February 29. Kunsthaus Miami, 3312 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-438-1333, www.kunsthaus.org.mx.
Inside Out: Jordan Massengale's solo exhibition of new paintings features cropped neo-expressionistic compositions and Fischl-like forms in motion. The Canadian-born figurative painter juxtaposes competing patterns and textures within Hockney-inspired multilayered arrangements of colors and forms. The works reflect a proclivity for randomness and vibrancy in color, movement, and subject matter. The artist strives for compositional complexity and emerges on top, fresher than ever, in one of the best painting exhibitions to hit the Design District this season. — Steph Hurst Through March 1. Leonard Tachmes Gallery, 3930 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-572-9015, www.leonardtachmesgallery.com.
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Jorge Pardo: House: In his first comprehensive museum exhibition, Jorge Pardo's illustrious midcareer survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art features eight sprawling rooms and more than 60 milestone works gathered from all over the world. Each room will leave the viewer stunned with both quiet elegance and bold originality. Pardo's respect for convention and penchant for modern technology offer glimpses of the past, the future, and the ongoing dialogue with the self in relation to the context of creation. From the pinhole cameras installed in his studio garage in the Eighties, to the dazzling hanging lamps created for Mountain Bar in Los Angeles last year, MoCA's well-executed assemblage of Pardo's work is a rare treat and a must-see. — Steph Hurst Through March 2. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; 305-893-6211, www.mocanomi.org.
Group exhibition: Art dealer Cristina Ricci's new 1,900-square-foot space, nestled behind the Bacardi Building on Biscayne Boulevard, specializes in contemporary photography and something else most Wynwood joints can't boast: parking. Ricci's group show features high-end photography by international talent including Domiziana Giordano, Alejandro Garmendia, Pierre Sernet, Emanuela Gardner, and Valdir Cruz, each of whom she plans to give solo exhibits in the months to come. Brazil's Cruz in particular is well known for his Faces of the Rainforest series, in which he created arresting portraits of the Amazon jungle's Yanomami tribe. — Carlos Suarez De Jesus Through April 6. Untitled 2144, 2144 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-576-2112, www.untitled2144.com.
Wifredo Lam in North America: More than a quarter-century after his death, Cuba's greatest artist is finally getting his due in the first large-scale solo exhibition of the master's work. The beautifully encyclopedic show features more than 60 paintings and drawings spanning the breadth of Lam's prolific career. The Miami version of the traveling exhibit has been beefed up with nearly 30 additional works loaned by local collectors, many of them Cuban-Americans. The well-curated retrospective of the modernist painter includes terrific examples of Lam's early, midcareer, and mature periods in works culled from North American collections. Study for the Jungle (1943), a striking oil-on-paper piece mounted on canvas, is on view at Miami Art Museum. Cribbing the artist's masterpiece in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art, the work telegraphs the artist's wide-ranging influences, from Cubism to Surrealism to the Afro-Cuban myths of his childhood that infused his mature work with a singular vibrancy and brought Lam universal acclaim. — Carlos Suarez De Jesus Through May 18. Miami Art Museum, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-3000, www.miamiartmuseum.org.
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