Current Art Shows
Florida Artists Series: R.F. Buckley and Clive King: FIU visual arts faculty members Buckley and King exhibit way too many artworks in a small museum. Overhung inevitably leads to overworked. In the case of Buckley, despite a few serendipitous still life elements, the forged and welded aluminum doesn't reward the effort he applies to its patina. King's totemic wicker sculptures and drawings over photocopies of archaeological/ mythic figures have a jittery, animated quality but suffer from a feeling of being canned. His triptych Dispatches from the Nether Regions conveys his themes more directly, and a spontaneous use of materials makes it immediately more vivid. -- Michelle Weinberg Through August 15. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, University Park Campus. SW 107th Avenue and SW Eighth Street. 305-348-2890.
Latin American Graphics: The Evolution of Identity from the Mythical to the Personal: In an age in which digital media are ubiquitous in the making of art, it is instructive to review works of printmaking (silkscreen, lithography, intaglio) whose commitment to the mass dissemination of art images is an antecedent of today's high-tech electronic media. Some works from this traveling exhibition grapple with the weight of history as it defines ethnic identity, others illustrate folkloric and magical imagery (largely out of fashion today), and many expound on the radical utopianism that occupied Sixties and Seventies expression. The well-organized exhibition features the work of 39 artists, spanning roughly the past half-century, and much of it remains fresh. Of particular interest are Matta's lurid illustrations of A Season in Hell, Antonio Martorell's figure study Gestuario X, and Rodolfo Abularach's Sueño, a giant eye softly peeling itself open. -- Michelle Weinberg Through July 25. Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables. 305-284-3535.
New Talent: Chris Babson, Lorena Cabrera, David Leroi: These three artists are toiling in well-trod territory. Babson's mannerist, naive style is limp. Cabrera's mannequin torsos with scraped and scratched surfaces are dull and familiar. Leroi's small-scale constructions depicting forlorn urban settings move beyond cliché as elements subvert expectations of scale, but the works become muddled in their narrative content. All would benefit from enlarging their respective artistic visions and taking greater risks. -- Michelle Weinberg Through August 30. Barbara Gillman Gallery, 3814 NE Miami Ct. 305-573-1920.
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