Hipótesis de la Locura
Ted Larsen New Works
At Pan American Art Projects, Gustavo Acosta's large atmospheric acrylic-on-canvas paintings convey a vision of sprawling urban settings as if observed through the window of an airplane. A Walk in Your City captures the light and buzz of a teeming metropolis after nightfall, in a nearly abstract grid composition where the traffic lights and the neon bubble harmoniously to the vibrant surface. In the project room, Ted Larsen weighs in with an eponymous exhibit that brings what might be described as a Rube Goldberg sensibility to minimalism in his monochrome pieces creaking with immaculate ingenuity. Winger, concocted from found and remilled wood, hardware, and canvas, juts out of a wall like a ship's prow. It almost appears like a wounded box kite awaiting rescue from a power line. In "Jardin Hermético," Carlos Estevez creates enigmatic mixed-media assemblages that are alchemical in nature. His complex constructions wrap around the viewer like tentacles drawing one into Tim Burton's locker or the cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Estevez's mesmerizing pieces are freighted with symbolism he shuffles like a Vegas blackjack dealer, often leaving spectators dizzy from the elusively slippery references of his hypnotic alternate universe. -- Carlos Suarez De Jesus Through April 5. Pan American Art Projects, 2450 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-573-2400, www.panamericanart.com.
Art dealer Cristina Rizzo'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. Rizzo'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.
The Boys Collection
At first blush, the image of a scrawny young man dry-humping a plush Snoopy toy seems to be photographer Melissa Rodwell's effort to shock the viewer. The model in the black-and-white large-scale photo is nude, his body shaven and rail thin. His eyes are downcast and disinterested. His jutting collarbone is suggestive of the heroin chic that plagued fashion photography during the Nineties. The picture is one of 13 in Rodwell's collection on display at the In-Dependant Gallery Space inside Wynwood's District Lab studios. Her images are infused with a slick veneer of glam rock and homoeroticism reminiscent of the work Helmut Newton or Guy Bourdin might have snapped for Vogue during the Seventies. One can't help but wonder, though, just what type of women they are meant to appeal to other than readers of trashy teen magazines. In the end, Rodwell's androgynous lady-killers appear to be more of the same adolescent fetishizing that has become part and parcel of the exhibitionist age. -- Carlos Suarez De Jesus Through April 9. In-Dependent Gallery Space, 175 NW 22nd St., Miami; 305-672-1002, www.in-dependent.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.