Second Saturday Art Walk Guide: Five Unmissable Shows

Andy Warhol was no Nostradamus. But in the current age of social media and reality television, his claim that one day everyone would enjoy their "15 minutes of fame" has made him a bit of a prophet.

"An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have," Warhol once stated. So it's ironic that today Warhol's works account for a huge source of value in the contemporary art market.

"According to recent reports in Forbes and the Economist, Warhol's work is credited for close to 20 percent of the value of today's art market," says Robert Fontaine, owner of the eponymous gallery in Wynwood. Beginning at 6 p.m. during Wynwood's free Second Saturday arts crawl, you can see the pop icon's enduring influence in a couple of new shows -- one giving the bewigged genius his props, another poking fun at his legacy.

Check out several other crisp new summer shows we've dug up for you after the jump.

Warhol Is Over
This group show at the Robert Fontaine Gallery features 11 local and international names exploring the impact of the attention-mongering artist. "Some people think he's too kitschy and too commercial. Others think he was a genius," Fontaine says. "This is a survey of contemporary artists' reactions to Warhol's work from diverse perspectives." Don't miss Troy Abbott's SHIT FACE a scatological ode to the Pop master featuring several hundred toilet paper rolls in a labor intensive installation in which the face of Warhol's Marilyn Monroe is lovingly plastered across the soft ply sheets. "It's a rather intense project made by hand .... the impact in the gallery is going to be ironic and over the top ... showcasing both the feeling of homage of Warhol's subject while also poking fun at the idea of wiping one's ass with the face of Warhol's most iconic colorful image," adds Fontaine.
Robert Fontaine Gallery, 2349 NW Second Ave., Miami. Call 305-397-8530 or visit robertfontainegallery.com.

Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art
If you seek proof that 1960s Pop icons still pay the bills, then venture over to the eponymous dealer's Wynwood digs, where he is unveiling an arsenal of works by the likes of Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, and Tom Wesselmann -- including 10 by Andy Warhol and five by Roy Lichtenstein, among a collection of other blue-chip names not found amassed under one roof anywhere else in town. On display is the iconic diamond-dust-infused screen print The Witch from Warhol's 1981 series "Myths," and Lichtenstein's 1989 lithograph Brushstroke Contest.
Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art, 2239 NW Second Ave., Miami. Call 305-205-9089 or visit gsfineart.com.

Summer Collectibles
This show at O. Ascanio Gallery boasts European and South American talent known for geometric, op art, and kinetic works created with distinct mathematical precision. Some of the works on view are by Carlos Cruz-Diez, Victor Vasarely, Jesus Raphael Soto, and Victor Lucena.  "These are artists whose primary concerns were exploring space and geometry with mathematical exactitude to convey a sense of pure and subtle beauty," says gallery owner Oscar Ascanio. "For example, we will be exhibiting a piece by Lucena, a Venezuelan artist who lives in Italy and has represented his homeland at the Venice Biennale. It's an incredible work from his 'Shock Series,' in which he fastidiously slices exact incisions into copper laminates that are remarkable."
O. Ascanio Gallery 2600 NW Second Ave., Miami. Call 305-571-9036 or visit oascaniogallery.com.

Summer Reading
This intriguing group show is dedicated to text-based art and features works by Italy's Patrizia Giambi, Argentina's Pablo Lehmann, South Korea's Kyu Hak Lee, Miami's own Tony Vazquez, and California-based Ryan McCann. McCann played quarterback for the UCLA Bruins before signing a free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003. But then his career fizzled out after a shoulder injury. He's been torching the art world ever since. Now the former gridiron gunslinger is poised to make his Wynwood debut during this weekend's Second Saturday Art Walk. McCann has created a technique he calls "pyrography," for which he uses a blowtorch to burn images into wood and then layers text over it, creating ambiguous strikes against pop culture while parsing sociopolitical themes. Also standing out at Black Square is Lee's landscape-like wall installation using rolled newspapers and Vazquez's collages on canvas created from pages torn from art magazines.
Black Square Gallery, 2248 NW First Pl., Miami. Call 305-424-5002 or visit blacksquaregallery.com.

Things Beyond Our Control
Curated by Andrew Reed, this group offering corrals 18 artists in a show "that seeks to address questions of agency, structure, and the ability of art, specifically pictorial art, to come into contact with the conditions of its own production." Some of the talent on display includes names like Dan Attoe, Hernan Bas, Naomi Fisher, Keith Haring, Rashid Johnson, Man Ray, Lucas Samaras, Malick Sidibe, Hank Willis Thomas, Michael Vasquez Kara Walker, and Chen Wei. The Snitzer press release also states: "The artworks on display are things -- a term chosen to cite the works in the realm of social relations rather than idealist speculation -- whose purposiveness has run wild. The loss of a 'beyond' forecloses on the spatial and temporal possibility of anything other than 'now' and aligns processes of meaning production with an austere perspective -- one whose reproducibility is its own raison d'être and main criteria for judgment." We're not sure what this all means, other than to remind us that much like Warhol once said, artists make stuff we don't need but sure love to look at.
Fredric Snitzer Gallery, 2247 NW First Place, Miami. Call 305-448-8976 or visit snitzer.com.

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