This summer the Miami Art Museum beckons you to unleash that inner size queen with Big Juicy Paintings (and more): Selections from the Permanent Collection, a space-gobbling show organizers hope will leave the public tingling with thoughts that bigger is better indeed. How big is big? Try Arturo Herreras When Alone Again III on for size. At 40-plus feet, its almost as big as a Mack truck. Bigger, Peter Boswell, the shows curator boasts. MAMs collection is growing so rapidly that visitors to the exhibition will see a show that is bigger and juicier than we could have imagined even six months ago, he adds. Herreras Kong-size canvas towers over the viewer while referencing Snow White and her seven dwarfs.
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Another highlight includes a gargantuan twelve-by-fourteen foot portrait of Leon Golubs mug. Small children could easily fit into one of the well-known painters pores. Boswell is cranked about the museums expanding collection and says many of the pieces will be making their MAM debut. The exhibition includes a number of new acquisitions, including Fernando Boteros Still Life, Fabian Marcaccios From Raging Aggression to Decoration, and groups of recently donated works by Joseph Cornell and Purvis Young. A reminder that God doesnt endow all canvases equally is Gene Daviss unusual pip-squeak piece, Micropainting. This abstract artists thingy peters out at a half-inch square. The exhibit runs through September 17. Admission costs five dollars. Call 305-375-3000, or visit www.miamiartmuseum.org.
July 1-Sept. 17