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November Art Walk

Last Saturday it was time again for the Miami Art Walk and since it was the last one before Art Basel Miami Beach I was quite excited to see what the galleries were showing. The Art Walk of course has become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon and people come out to socialize and have a good time. To some the art walk is about art and to some it is about free wine and beer, food trucks, being seen, music and meeting people. Whatever the reason for attending, there is something for everyone.

I chose to do the Wynwood Art Walk this time around after some amazing pizza at Harry’s! I think the Rock Shrimp Pizza has to be the best pizza in Miami (with the short rib pizza coming in at a close second!).

Actually first of all I went to the Arboleda vintage and craft festival which was an absolute delight. I love markets and being at Arboleda felt like a true treasure hunt with handmade crafts, jewelry, t-shirts, art as well as vintage clothing and craft classes for children. Music and food rounded off the experience while, almost next door, the Stage was setting up for their 1st Anniversary featuring live bands and live mural painting by Miami artists such as Vince Herrera.

The Art Walk itself was the usual mix of absolutely everyone, people who you might not see mix and mingle anywhere else. I checked out quite a few galleries including Locust Project and Gallery Diet as well as Hardcore Art, an interesting space mixing art with furniture, magazines and delicacies such as Romanicos chocolate and Bee Wonderful Honey.

Next up I went to visit the Eleazar Delgado Gallery for the first time, where the Miami-based artist exhibits his own work. The exhibit “Behind the Lights” consists of a series of painting depicting the story of Miami and Miami landmarks in a unique style using layers of paint in geometrical and circular shapes. The outcome are amazingly captivating pieces of art which are straightforward and multi-leveled at the same time. You discover something new every time you take a look.

The walls covered in art behind the Wynwood Kitchen & Bar are a focal point and highlight in Wynwood and there is something new to discover continuously as well. This time it was a new mural by RETNA, some new brightly colored deer here and there as well as a silver trailer hiding a fluorescent neon world inside!

An interesting exhibit was also held at Mosa House. The photography series by young artist David Gray is entitled “Cherished Youth” and deals with conceptions of childhood, beauty and modern culture as well as the changes in growing up in different generations. The young model, age 7, was present herself and proudly pointed out her favorite piece - “The Fairest of Them All”, which alongside “Daydream Believer” was also my favorite. Due to a lot of publicity I decided to also take a look at the Robert Fountaine Gallery but was not too impressed with the exhibit entitled “Sex, Drugs & Profanity”, especially since most of the galley seems to be dedicated to re-prints instead of original work by Warhol, Hirst and De Kooning.

Overall, the Art Walk was yet again an inspiring experience. Ready for Art Basel Miami Beach 2011!

Events in Miami week Nov 14 - 20

Ongoing until Nov 20

Miami Short Film Festival

Tickets $10 - $12 or $80 for VIP pass to all screenings and parties

Colony Theatre

1040 Lincoln RD, Miami Beach

Ongoing until Nov 20

Miami Book Fair International

Featuring hundreds of authors, thousands of books and events for young and old

Confirmed authors such as Opal Adisa, Karen Russell, Chuck Palahniuk, Harry Belafonte, Rosanne Cash, Michael Ondaatje and John Sayles

Miami -Dade College

401 NE Second Ave

For more info check out www.miamibookfair.com

 Tuesday Nov 15

Kanye West and Jay Z - Watch The Throne Tour

American Airlines Arena

7.30 pm

http://www.livenation.com/JAYZ-and-Kanye-West-tickets/artist/1620810

Friday Nov 18

Big Night in Little Haiti

Sketchy Party feat many artists by Beached Miami plus performance by Papaloko & Loray Mistik

Please bring a new unwrapped toy for the Christmas in Haiti toy drive

Food, drinks, art and activities

6 - 10 pm

Little Haiti Cutlural Center, 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami

Saturday - Nov 19

Gallery Dorsch 20th Anniversary

Reception 6-9 pm

Party 10 pm

151 NW 24th St Miami, FL 33127-4413

Earth.Te.Tierra

Yesterday I went to visit the new Little Haiti Cultural Center for the opening of the exhibit Earth.Te.Tierra, showcasing local talents as they celebrate Earth through their individual aesthetic expressions.

The exhibit, curated by Jean Chiang and Marie Vickles features paintings, photography, video installation and multi-media pieces by participating artists Asser Saint-Val, Bayunga Kialeuka, Carl-Phillipe Juste, Christian Hollifield, Diems Joseph, Jean Chiang, Jeffery A. Salter, Justice, Kaelsie Saravia, Marie Vickles, Morgan Lorenzo, Myriame Pierre, Nicole Maddalozzo, Omnia Masoud and Solo.

The theme of the exhibit is Earth and the artistes approached the topic in many different ways ranging from very literal interpretations to the more abstract, dealing with the environment, nature and human life. Exploring those aspects in their photography are Carl-Phillipe Juste (“Man in Mirror”), Myriame Pierre (exotic flowers) and Solo (amazing South African landscapes such as “Between the Rock and the Cloud”) . Co-curator Jean Chiang’s work are mixed media pieces incorporating beading., embroidery and ceramics. Her piece “In the Year of the Rabbit…Bunnies, Birds and Buddha” she incorporates the color green to represent nature as well as animals and she introduces a religious aspect. As a connoisseur of Astrology Chiang has a deep understanding for the balance of Earth, environment and the cosmos.

Artist Kaelsie Saravia approached the topic of ‘Earth” with the watercolor painting “Section/ Details through Landfill” and a set of three oil pastels on silkscreen print entitled “Girl in Grass”. The first two squares are covered in green brush strokes resembling grass while the third reveals a girl sitting in the grass listening to music while writing. With her eyes closed the girl is one with her environment.

Other paintings in the exhibit are by Diems Joseph who paints scenes of women in Haiti (“Machan Joumou”, “”Meditatyon”), Asser Saint-Val and Omnia Masoud, whose subject for her paintings (“Sugar in the Tea”, “Bitter Melon” and “Green Beans and Dishes”)and a video installation was the most beautiful little girl, who was present for the opening with parents and siblings.

Visitors to the Little Haiti Cultural Center for “Earth.Te.Tierra” included the artists, friends, families and art lovers alike, enjoying the music, live drumming and drinks. Everyone mingled, was inspired by the art and some of us also did a bit of shopping. Any lover of one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories would love the pieces by Tigerlily Dreams, all handcrafted using one of a kind gemstones, dyed jade, wood, fabric and gold filled chains (http://tigerlilydreamonline.blogspot.com/). Future Roots Jewelry designer Joyas De Mariposas makes earrings out of real butterfly wings from butterfly sanctuaries in Peru and Colombia (“after they have gone to butterfly heaven their wings are collected from the forest floor”). Finally, non-profit organization Sowin Coop sold head wraps in various West African prints as well as African jewelry.

The Little Haiti Cultural Center is a place of togetherness, creativity and inspiration, offering a unique opportunity for residents and visitors alike to gain exposure to Afro-Caribbean culture and develop new talents . The Center has a lot to offer for children and adults of all ages, ranging from art classes and outreach programs to concerts and events, dance performances and art exhibits.

A special event, “Big Night in Little Haiti”, will take place on Friday, November 18th from 6- 10 pm.

 

EARTH.TE.TIERRA at the Little Haiti Cultural Center

"American People, Black Light - Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s at MAM


The Miami Art Museum is currently home to a very special exhibit - “American People, Black Light - Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s”.

I would be lying if I said I had ever heard of Faith Ringgold before October’s Wynwood Art Fair, when I participated in the painting of a quilt. Faith Ringgold is known as the progenitor of the African American story quilt revival.

I was also unaware that Ringgold’s paintings had been largely omitted from historical and critical art discourse for more than 40 years. This was a stunning revelation to me, particularly after viewing the MAM exhibit last weekend. Faith Ringgold’s work is powerful to say the least.

“American People, Black Light - Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s” is the first comprehensive survey of Ringgold’s paintings. It was organized on the occasion of Ringgold’s 80th birthday and includes two series: American People (1963-1967) and Black Light (1967-1971), as well as additional related murals and political posters.

Overall, Faith Ringgold’s work is a commentary on race, class and gender in the United States in the 1960s and is historically valuable as the art references some of the major political events of that era, including the assassinations of John F Kennedy and Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Where “American People” is more focused on gender issues, race relations, and every day life, in “Black Light” Ringgold takes a more political stance. She introduces the American flag into her paintings and also uses words for the first time to bring her point across. Her work becomes more militant as she more explicitly addresses racial inequality in the United States even though her view remains very wholesome and never takes its eye completely off the struggles of women and the American people as a whole.

In her powerful painting “Die“ (1967) Ringgold creates what the audience can only assume is some kind of racially charged riot in which the participants are black and white, male and female, and old and young. While “Die” clearly depicts extreme violence (knives, guns, gunshot and stab wounds), what sets this painting apart is the sensitivity Ringgold imbues the scene with. The participants’ expressions seem terrified, confused and desperate, rather than bloodthirsty and enraged. Even those actively committing violent acts appear to be victims of something larger and unseen. At the painting’s center are two scared children, a white boy and a black girl, symbols of a nation’s lost innocence.

You can still see the work of Faith Ringgold at the Miami Art Museum until January 1, 2012.

 

Miami Art Museum Presents “American People, Black Light - Faith Ringgold’s Paintings of the 1960s”

What to do in Miami Nov 7 - 13, 2011

NOV 7 - Monday

Miami ArtZine 6th Anniversary Celebration

6 pm

The Stage, 170 NE 38th Street, Miami 33137

Awarding :

Adalberto Acevedo, Teo Castellanos, Reinier Gamboa, Carlos Garcia, Noel Suarez, Kiki Sanchez, Sasha Torres

25 $ donation proceeds for miami beach art trust

Nov 7 - Monday

Dinner and Dialogue - A Gathering of the Like Minded

AE District & Kane Steakhouse brings you the preview of Dinner & Dialogue a weekly dinner (Mondays) of the like-minded…

We will also be hosting a monthly gathering bringing together a group to discuss the world we’re living in. Drawing inspiration from newspapers, magazines, and online content, we’ll unpack what we’ve been told and come up with our own answers.

Never taking ourselves too seriously “Dinner & Dialogue” will be about influential, culturally engaged people, great conversation, amazing food, and great music.

KaneSteakhouse, 431 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

9 pm - 12 am

NOV 9 - Wednesday

Earth.Te.Tierra

An art exhibition showcasing local talents as they celebrate Earth through their aesthetic expressions.

Curated by: Jean Chiang and Marie Vickles

Artists:

Asser Saint-Val, Bayunga Kialeuka, Carl Juste, Christian Hollifield, Diems Joseph, Jean Chiang, Jeffery A. Salter, Justice, Kaelsie Saravia, Marie Vickles, Morgan Lorenzo, Myriame Pierre, Nicole Maddalozzo, Omnia Masoud, Solo

Little Haiti Cultural Center, 260 NE 59th Terrace, Miami

6- 9 pm

Free Admission

Nov 10 - Thu to Nov 14 - Sun

Block Party

at the STAGE 170 NE 38th Street

FOUR DAY ANNIVERSARY BASH TICKETS ONLY $30!
FULL ACCESS TO EVERY ANNIVERSARY EVENT! OVER 25 ACTS!
Get your tickets NOW!

https://tickets.completeticketsolutions.com/STAGE/Online/default.asp

Anniversary Kickoff!
Thursday | 11.10.11 | Doors 9PM | Tickets $7 / $10 Door
The Stooges, Locos Por Juana, DJ Sire Esq.

Media Mixer / VIP Happy Hour!
Friday | 11.11.11 | Doors 6PM | Tickets $15 / $20 Door
Phillip Roebuck, Tristan Clopet, ArtOffical, Cody ChesnuTT, The Stooges, DJ Drop

Thank YOU Miami Block Party Bash!
Saturday | 11.12.11 | Doors 4PM | FREE!
Electric Piquette, PALO!, Lanzallamas Monofica, Conjunto Progresso, Suenalo,
DJ D-Kordes, DJ Manuvers, Live Mural Painting By Trek6

Indoor Stage VIP | Doors 8PM | Tickets $15 / $20
LEBO Live Art Show, The London Souls, The Bright Light Social Hour,
The Stooges, DJ Kitty Glitter

"Laid Back Sunday Blues Party!" (AKA The Hangover Party)
Sunday | 11.13.11 | Doors 3PM | Tickets $5 / $7 Door
Los Bastardos Magnificos, The Wholetones, Albert Castiglia, Big Brass Juke,
Moreland & Arbuckle, DJ Haitian Hillbilly

Nov 10 - Thursday

The Rhythm Foundation present TINARIWEN live in concert

The Clash of the Desert. Tinariwen are nomadic guitar poets from Mali’s southern Sahara.

Grand Central, Miami, 697 N Miami Ave

8 pm

$30 at the door

 

Nov 11 - Friday

Lucky You!

Live music by Angela Laino, entertainment, food, cocktails and an exclusive art raffle of 65+ pieces of original art… by your favorite BAC and local artists. Hosted by Roxanne Vargas of NBC Miami!

This year we’ll be making a collective wish at 11:11 p.m. to a very special raffle prize. To be announced!

Lucky You! is the BAC’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Support the organization and its dynamic programming!

At Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 NW 32nd Street, Miami

7- 11.30 pm

45$ pre-sold, $50 at the door

Nov 12 - Saturday

Wynwood Art Walk and Design District Art Walk

NOV 12 - Saturday

Primary Projects “Kenton Parker -It Takes All This To Be Me”

Closing Reseption 7-11 pm

4141 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 104, Miami Design District

Nov 12 - Nov 20

Miami Short Film Festival

Tickets $10 - $12 or $80 for VIP pass to all screenings and parties

Colony Theatre

1040 Lincoln RD, Miami Beach

Nov 12 - Saturday

Bernice Steinbaum Gallery “Peter Sarkisian” and “Holly Lynton”

2-9 pm

Bernice Steinbaum Gallery

3550 N. Miami Ave.

Miami, Florida33127

Nov 13- Sunday

Indie Craft Market

Featuring crafts, garments, hats, unique jewelry, funky vintage goods and cool paintings & art work

1001 Ocean Drive, South Beach

9.30 am - 5pm

Nov 13 - Nov 20

Miami Book Fair International

Featuring hundreds of authors, thousands of books and events for young and old

Confirmed authors such as Opal Adisa, Karen Russell, Chuck Palahniuk, Harry Belafonte, Rosanne Cash, Michael Ondaatje and John Sayles

Miami -Dade College

401 NE Second Ave

For more info check out www.miamibookfair.com

"Liberation" by Andre Leon Gray at Carol Jazzar Gallery

When I arrived at the Carol Jazzar Gallery I didn’t know quite what to expect as I had never been to the gallery before. I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least, as Carol Jazzar approaches things her way by showing the art in her house. The gallery/home makes for art viewings in a very intimate setting that makes one feel, well, at home! Her personal art collection including Jen Stark and Lilian Garcia-Roig is part of the atmosphere and makes the visitor envision the art in his or her own home.

Last Friday Carol Jazzar opened two exhibits. “Liberation” by Andre Leon Gray and “Silhouette” by Rosemarie Charlene & Susan Weiner. Both exhibits have some outstanding pieces that are very different in style and story.

I got a chance to talk to artist Andre Leon Gray about his work. As an African-American artiste from North Carolina Gray addresses many topics in his work. Gray’s work incorporates African ancestry and the cultures of Black America today. The layers of meaning in Gray’s multi-media pieces, sculptures and assemblages range from race relations to political and social consciousness to personal identity and what it means to be African American today.

Gray refers to his works as “eye gumbo”, instead of mixed media. As he explains, “Eye gumbo is a visual meal for the mind, thickened with a roux of Black culture, marinated in social commentary and seasoned with consciousness”.

According to Jazzar, “Liberation is the self-determination to improve one’s life from a journey of struggle and ignorance to empowerment and enlightenment. The works presented are meant to challenge the viewer to see the world with an open eye; to question the historical and contemporary conditioning we tend to overlook in our busy lives.”

Andre Leon Gray incorporates imagery of Africa and the African Diaspora through the use of calabash, cauri shells and tribal attire. Recurring images such as slaves in a ship and metal chains refer to the Middle Passage while bling, rims and basketball hoops reference urban/hip-hop culture.

The pieces that stand out the most are, first of all, “What Does Revolution Sound Like?“, an elevated throne-like wicker chair placed atop a speaker box, with boxing gloves attached to its arms, and crowned by a huge portrait of Toussaint L’Ouverture, leader of the Haitian Revolution which won Haiti its independence in 1804 . The second piece was dominant in Carol Jazzar’s living room. Entitled “There’s always room, they say, at the top” the piece was inspired by a line from the Langston Hughes poem, “To Be Somebody”. It is a mannequin hoisted on a stool with a chain inscribed with the word ‘master”. The mannequin is headless but adorned with a black and red necklace reminiscent of Massai warrior jewelry. The cauri shells in the necklace can equally refer to female fertility or money and are part of the ambiguity of the piece. It could be male or female, elevated and ready to fight in vintage boxing gloves, the person has risen above slavery and claimed a position of importance. The third stand out piece, “Don’t Sleep On Me (I Have A Shot)”, incorporates a basketball hoop with a calabash stuck inside the mesh. Inscribed above the hoop are the words “I Am A Man” and above that the formula x (N - 3/5 )¹C. When questioned about the equation Gray explains it as his “Southern Theory of Relativity”, dealing with racial inequality in daily life. The formula, as defined by Gray, reads “X amount of Negroes minus three fifths of a man is not equal to one Caucasian”.

Andre Leon Gray’s art inspires and empowers. It instigates dialogue and each piece asks the viewer to engage in its deeper multi-faceted levels. Every piece has many details to be explored and that is what makes art exciting, relevant and beautiful.

Andre Leon Gray at the Carol Jazzar Gallery