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Second Saturday Art Walk Guide: October's Eight Unmissable Shows

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Duality
If you think Mitt Romney is suffering from an identity crisis, then you'll love Josafat Miranda's new exhibit at the Robert Fontaine Gallery, where the Mexican artist finds inspiration in The Perfect Crime, a book by Jean Baudrillard, yet another French postmodernist egghead prone to wandering through the esoteric. Miranda's imagery represents the "meeting of two different characters or characteristics found within the same person or thing," or in other words, the qualities that best capture this year's Republican presidential candidate.

In their fragmented nature Miranda's bizarre personages seek to "break free of all constraints and allow them to be what they truly are or what they would like to become," says the gallery press release. For evidence, just take a gander at his opus of what appears to be an X-ray of former corporate pirate Romney fairly bedecked in a floral arrangement as he campaigns for the vote of the ladies.
Robert Fontaine Gallery 2349 NW Second Avenue, Miami. 305-397-8530, robertfontainegallery.com.

Lock Them Out and Bar the Door. Lock Them Out Forevermore
Manny Prieres' solo show takes its title from a phrase uttered by William S. Burroughs as he narrated the 1968 re-release of Haxan, a 1922 movie by Danish filmmaker Benjamin Christensen. The originally forbidden film portrayed sacrilegious rituals and demonic possessions and imagery of self-flagellation, forbidden sexual gestures and Inquisition-sponsored torture.

In his new series of works the Miami-based artist combines drawing, graphic design, printmaking and silk screening to recreate the covers of over 30 once forbidden books ranging from Animal Farm to Slaughterhouse-Five, Tropic of Cancer, Brave New World and Lolita. He will also scare up themes of the occult and the evils of censorship to deliver the Halloween shivers.
Spinello Projects, 2930 NW Seventh Ave., Miami. Call 786-271-4223 or visit spinelloprojects.com.

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