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Navigating the tightrope between the figural and abstract, Susan Rothenberg creates dizzying paintings of animals and humans rendered from quirky perspectives, often in midstride. “Moving in Place,” on view at the Miami Art Museum, marks the artist’s first museum exhibit in more than a decade as well as her South Florida debut. The show features a compelling selection of 25 canvases spanning Rothenberg’s 35-year career. They range from her early, wild-horse paintings of the ’70s to more recent works that explore how the artist reconstructs the world with an approach she calls “frozen motion.” When her bold, large-format paintings of dismantled stallions — reconfigured to convey a sense of radial motion on the canvas — appeared on the New York art scene, both minimalism and pop art held sway. And just as the death of paintings was being trumpeted, Rothenberg’s refreshing work received critical acclaim, marking her swift, meteoric rise.
Tuesdays-Sundays, 12:01 p.m. Starts: Nov. 7. Continues through March 6, 2010


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