| Art |

Stephen Gamson: More Derivative Pop Art, Just What Miami Needs

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Stephen Gamson's work is "art" like the Herald's puff piece on him yesterday is "journalism." Technically it meets the basic requirements, but we should expect more.

It's not often that our daily does an 850-word feature on a local artist, and in a sense it was helpful, since it introduced us to Gamson. Sure, we've seen his work around town before, but we've never bothered to figure out who was responsible for it. I guess we'll have to get used to seeing a lot more of it.

Gamson is yet another South Florida "pop artist" who used to work for Britto ...of course he did. He's not as concerned with such a silly thing as artistic merit as he is with making people happy ...and making money.

He'll been designing work for Cafe Bustelo, painting luxury vodka bottles, "tooling about town in a Lamborghini he was commissioned to paint for the festival by Lamborghini of North America and Lamborghini Miami." (Ah, art and Lamborghinis, two things people in this town have a habit of buying not really to enjoy, but only as a way to flash their wealth.)

What the Herald fails to mention is that Gamson is also a succesful art dealer and collector whose apartment is decked out in Tromblys, Picassos and Warhols. It makes you wonder, then, why his enviable studio space must be "provided" by arts patron Andres Asion.

Of course, amongst Gamson's favorite artists is Keith Haring. Gamson's figure may actually be the bathroom door symbols, but he says the idea hit him in a Russian bathroom. We have to wonder if the idea hit him while looking at Haring.

We're also a bit surprised that Gamson apparently doesn't have any of Julian Opie in his collection.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.