Art

Extensive Salvador Dalí Exhibit Hits South Florida: Curator Christine Argillet Takes Us Inside

Dalí: Over the years, he's been viewed by many in many different lights - pioneer, madman, caricature, visionary. But regardless of one's perspective, it's difficult, if not impossible, to deny that the man was one of the most important artists of the 20th century, the mustache-laden, bug-eyed king of the dada-ists and the surrealists, and that with his works he was able to transport the viewer to foreign dimensions that spewed from his mind onto every wall where his prints and paintings hang, dimensions that were beautiful and jarring and bewildering all at once.

Florida is no stranger to the works of Salvador Dalí, with one of the finest collections in the country (and some would argue in the world) found in St. Petersburg at the Dalí Museum. But now, another incredible assortment of the surrealist master's art can be seen in the Sunshine State, and this one is significantly closer to home. The Argillet Collection, curated by Madame Cristine Argillet, daughter to Dalí's longtime publisher and confidante, Pierre Argillet, is going on a touring exhibition around the US. The tour begins at the Wentworth galleries in Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton. While the exhibit officially opens February 1st, you can preview the collection of Dalí's etchings and original drawings right now, nearly all of which are available to be bought.

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Travis Cohen is a writer for Miami New Times and covers subjects ranging from arts and architecture to marijuana and monkeys with herpes. He graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor's degree in English in 2012 and began working with New Times shortly thereafter. He was born and raised in Miami.