Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday - Dali - posted by FFAB

I was looking for a painting to post for Good Friday and I chose the Crucifixion by Dali in honor of the Dali Museum here in Florida.  When I Googled "painting of Crucifixion" or "Crucifixion in the Arts" I was stuck by how many artists through the years have depicted the event.   It must be one of the most represented events ever depicted in the arts.  

Growing up as a Roman Catholic and having attended only religious schools the Crucifixion was very prominent in my childhood.  In both paintings and sculptures the image of a man being tortured and brutally killed was all around me.  Strange to think back on those images and how realistic and twisted some of the depictions were.  GL   

Dali Museum website
Crucifixion in the Arts - Wiki page

Vote For Your Favorite American Art! - posted by FFAB

Choose your favorite pieces of art to be displayed in the largest outdoor art event to take place in the US. Your votes will inform the final selection of 50 works of art that will appear on public displays such as billboards, bus shelters, subway posters, and more throughout August.

Vote and find out more about the Project here

Once you Register you get 10 votes each day until 5/7/2014.  It's a fun engaging format and worth coming back to again and again.  What a great idea.  I guess I'll have to take some road trips this summer to see all the art!  GL 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

IMMEDIATE-ACTION REQUEST from Florida Cultural Alliance- State of Florida Arts Funding in Jeopardy - posted by FFAB

FCA New Logo
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Help restore state funding for the State Touring Program (STP) in Florida's 2014-2015 budget.

The STP directly impacts you and your communities.  Please invest a few minutes this week to follow these simple steps. YOU can make a difference.  Thank you.

Dear State Touring Program Companies and Presenters:
     We have a real opportunity to get the State Touring Program (STP) back in Florida's budget this year. It has been at zero funding for the last five years in the state budget. 
     BUT, this year, the Senate has recommended $200,000 for the STP in Florida's 2014-2015 budget.  HOWEVER, the House still has zero for STP.  This is where you can make a big difference.

Woman pointing at viewer with both fingers     You and other STP advocates can communicate NOW to key Florida legislators who will meet early next week to make decisions if STP will make it in Florida's 2014-2015 budget.

Please see below a list of the key legislators who have the power to fund the STP in Florida's budget.

Please continue after the break to find out the 
3 Simple Steps you can take today 
To Help Restore Arts Funding in Florida. 

Marcus Jansen at Roberta Britto Galeria de Arte - São Paulo - posted by FFAB

Marcus Jansen at Roberta Britto Galeria de Arte
April 30. 2014
Time: 8:00pm

Rua Oscar Freire 562
Jardins, São Paulo

Artist will be in attendance.

Sponsored by HW Gallery


In February 2014, Marcus Jansen received a visit from his Naples dealer Lauren Greenough with Pop Artist Romero Britto’s sister Roberta Britto at UNIT A Headquarters in Fort Myers. Her brother Romero often compared to Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein went from one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in Brazil to an International superstar within just a few years.

This year Jansen was also invited by The Baker Museum director Frank Verpoorten to show at the Museum's "Florida Contemporary" exhibition in Naples, was a finalist at the Fleurieu Art Prize Australia curated by Nigel Hurst, Director and Chief Executive at Saatchi Gallery in London and the first Florida based artist ever to wind up on the cover of the New American Paintings Alumni publication. Jansen was recognized widely as a pioneer for his "socio-political" urban expressionism as critics have often called the work in the 1990's.

After a 30 year career of doing art starting in his graffiti art days in the 1980's, now at age 45, the Gulf War Veteran is collected in eight major International Museums from Russia, the United States to Asia. Museums include the (MMOMA) The Moscow Museum of Modern Art, The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, The New Britain Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian Institution.

Jansen’s upcoming show in Sao Paulo will be hosted on April 30. 2014 at ROBERTA BRITTO GALERIA DE ARTE, Rua Oscar Freire 562, Jardins, São Paulo, Brazil. The exhibition will show a variety new paintings for his first introduction in South America and be accompanied by a show catalog.

Jansen’s show will include a TV appearance on FAUSTAO where Jansen will be interviewed. For information about the exhibition please contact: UNIT A at or T: 239.338.8449


George Lucas Now Eyes Chicago for Art Museum - posted by FFAB

George Lucas Considers Chicago for Art Museum
10 April 2014 - by ArtfixDaily Staff 

Art collector and billionaire filmmaker George Lucas is looking at Chicago as a place to house his vast collection of fine art and movie memorabilia after plans for a museum in San Francisco's Presidio have faltered. 

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is said to be creating a task force of community leaders to identify potential sites and a proposal is in the works for the Lucas museum.

Married to Chicago investment executive Mellody Hobson. Lucas is reported to be worth $5 billion. He has amassed a collection of American art, including many iconic works by Maxfield Parrish and Norman Rockwell.
"The city of Chicago has enthusiastically welcomed me and I consider Chicago to be my second home," Lucas said in a statement. "I look forward to working with community leaders to see if Chicago can become home to the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum."

Lucas had wanted a spot by Crissy Field in San Francisco's Presidio for his musuem, where it would overlook the bay and Golden Gate Bridge. The city rejected his offer, and others, and came up with another location within the Presidio, a national park, that Lucas is considering. 

Lucas has been wooed by Chicago's Emanuel in recent months along with other cities. He and Hobson have given $25 million each to local causes in Chicago in the past year.

Read the whole article here 

I'm glad Mr. Lucus wasn't approved for the space by Chrissy Field, the plans were all wrong. Interesting that no other places in San Fransisco were considered.  I wonder where he will finally land.  If Chicago doesn't work out there are plenty of great spots in South Florida he could consider! GL


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Senator Bob Graham visits PAMM - posted by FFAB

Senator Bob Graham and wife Adele Graham

On March 27, Senator Bob Graham visited Pérez Art Museum Miami to speak at the Harvard Club of Miami and Harvard Black Alumni Society of South Florida Reception. Prior to the reception, Senator and Mrs. Bob Graham toured the museum’s galleries with Director Thom Collins and Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander. 

It must have been exciting for Senator Graham to see the new museum and all the changes to downtown Miami.  Born in Coral Gables, Senator Graham has played an important role in the growth of our State and in Miami.  GL

Art Around the Web - 1934: A New Deal for Artists - posted by FFAB

Tenement Flats 1933-1934 Millard Sheets
1934: A New Deal for Artists celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Public Works of Art Program by drawing on the Smithsonian American Art Museum's unparalleled collection of vibrant artworks created for the program.
Please watch the beautiful show slideshow here; 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Cheap Art: Want to Buy a Warhol? WSJ LIve - posted by FFAB

WSJ Live 
Cheaper, minor artworks by major blue-chip artists have opened up a new market for first-time collectors. An inside look at the Andy Warhol small-works sale underway at Christie's Auction House.

FAU - “Praxis,” the Spring 2014 BFA Exhibition - posted by FFAB

Erica Mohan

FAU Art Exhibition Set, Open To Public
by Staff • April 9, 2014 9:04 am

BOCA RATON, FL ( — The University Galleries in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present “Praxis,” the Spring 2014 BFA Exhibition from Friday, April 18 through Friday, May 2, 2014 in the Ritter Art Gallery,777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, April 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.

“Praxis” is the thesis exhibition for 20 emerging artists and designers working in various media including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, digital media and photography. Themes presented in the exhibition will span social and cultural critiques and conceptual investigations of form and material. Participating artists and designers include Diana Barbolt, Edgard Barbosa, Adrian Beuses, Paige Calkins, Candice Carpentieri, Maria Cerezo, Alvaro Frydman, Monique Hollier, Laetitia Lamalle- Donaghy, Gini Lund, Veronica Metzler, Michelle A. M. Miller, Erica Socorina Mohan, Amanda Montour, Tony Nguyen, Ross Nunez, Scott Rosser, Jo-Mei Smith, Rebecca Swafford and David Thomas.

“Senior Seminar is the capstone course for BFA majors in studio arts and graphic design,” said Amy S. Broderick, professor of visual arts and art history. “This course marks the end of each student’s undergraduate studies in visual arts, culminating in the BFA exhibition. Over the course of this semester, these young professionals have expanded their abilities to think critically and to communicate articulately about their own work, and I have also encouraged them to consider their work in the context of current opportunities and directions in the visual arts and design.”

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is a selective degree program intended for students who plan to pursue a professional career in art or design, or prepare for specialized graduate study.

The University Galleries are open Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Class and group tours are welcome during public hours or

at alternative times by appointment. For more information, call 561- 297-2966, or visit or

A porcelain cup sets Chinese art auction record with $39m sale - posted by FFAB

Allegorical: The Meiyingtang "Chicken Cup", from the 
Chinese Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), sold for $39 million. Photo: AP

Chicken Cup sets Chinese art auction record with $39m sale
by Frederik Balfour

A porcelain cup sold for HK$281 million ($39 million) at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on Tuesday, setting a new auction record for a Chinese work of art.

The sale of the Chengua-era object, nicknamed the ‘‘Chicken Cup’’, follows the HK$214 million auction on Tuesday night of a jadeite bead necklace, which set a record for such jewellery.

Sotheby’s Asia chief executive Kevin Ching made the winning bid for the cup on behalf of a telephone buyer in a packed room, which erupted into applause after auctioneer Quek Chin Yeow announced the record.

‘‘This is the holy grail of ceramics,’’ James Hennessy, a Hong Kong-based dealer, said after the sale. ‘‘People, emperors and collectors have always aspired to own one of these, and the opportunity doesn’t come along often.’’

The cup, which was owned by the Philippines-born businessman Stephen Zuellig, who is in his late nineties, measures only eight centimetres in diameter and earned the nickname for its depiction of a rooster, his hen and their chicks, an allegorical representation of the emperor, the empress and his subjects.

The previous auction record for a Chinese work of art was set in October when Chinese property developer Zheng Huaxing paid HK$236 million for a bronze Buddha at Sotheby’s Hong Kong.

Read more here

Friday, April 11, 2014

David Castillo Gallery moving out of Wynwood - posted by FFAB

Wendy White's "El Clasico." From the "Metabolic Bodies" show 
at David Castillo Gallery through May 10, 2014.

By Anne Tschida
Sunday, April 6, 2014

A decade ago, David Castillo inaugurated his gallery in Wynwood, on Northwest Second Avenue and 23rd Street, becoming one of the anchors that would make this corner of the neighborhood the epi-center of a homegrown art scene. Next fall, Castillo will depart Wynwood to open a new gallery on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, starting another decade that, like Miami itself, has morphed into a different metaphorical place and time than just a few years ago.

Sitting in his refurbished Wynwood warehouse-turned-gallery, Castillo reflects on the transformation of his own practice and of Wynwood as he readies for a group show for April that will be the second to last in this space. His move is not an indictment on this neighborhood, he stresses, but part and parcel of a process that happens in every art community the world over.

Emerging artists and galleries need certain elements that a nascent community, like Wynwood circa 2005, could provide and nurture - cheap rents, exposure through art walks like Second Saturdays, a density of artistic outlets that create a hip atmosphere. But situations shift and with that comes a changing of the guard. (Leading gallerist Fred Snitzer will also transplant his gallery from Wynwood to downtown).

"My intention was always to be here for a decade, and then to open elsewhere," says Castillo. Like the neighborhood itself, both Castillo and his first grouping of artists were emerging on the art scene back in 2005. There were no cafes, parking was free but iffy on the side streets, and the only reason to visit was for the new art. 

More after the Break

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to Expand Photography Center - posted by FFAB

SFMOMA Expansion by Snohetta


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has long been renowned for its photography collection. Now it will have galleries whose size and scope will match the ambitions of that collection.

The museum announced Wednesday that as part of its overall expansion project – it expects to reopen in 2016 after three years of being closed for a $610 million capital campaign – it will create a center with more than 11,000 square feet devoted to photography exhibition, a space it describes as the largest in the country for that purpose. 

The center, to be built on the museum’s third floor, will double the amount of space currently devoted to photographs and will allow curators to triple the amount of pictures from the museum’s own collection that they can exhibit every year.

It is being paid for by gifts from the philanthropists and photography collectors John and Lisa Pritzker, for whom the space will be named, and four more benefactors. Besides additional exhibition space, it will include a print study center, an interpretive center for the study of the history and social role of photography, and new climate-controlled storage facilities for the collection.

“What this is going to allow us to do is make shows from our permanent collection,” said Sandra S. Phillips, the museum’s senior photography curator, “to show it in ways we’ve never been able to do before. We don’t even quite know what to expect yet ourselves, but we think it’s going to be transformative.”
Article found here 
SFMOMA Website

The Museum's capital campaign has raised 95% of its $610 million dollar goal which started back in 2010.  An impressive display of leadership from the Board of Trustees and the great support from the community has made this expansion campaign a success.  GL   

Fort Lauderdale Museum's William Glackens Exhibition Featured in the Wall Street Journal - posted by FFAB

'Cape Cod Pier' (1908) Collection of Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

William Glackens, a Bridge Between Old and New

'The pursuit of color is hard on drawing just as the pursuit of drawing is hard on color." So wrote the American painter and illustrator William Glackens (1870-1938) to his longtime friend Albert C. Barnes, for whose great collection he served as adviser.

Glackens was turning his attention from the magazine illustrations and pen-and-ink drawings with which he began his career to the brightly colored oils on which he lavished attention and love for five decades. His comment echoes the famous Renaissance contest between design, the specialty of Roman and Florentine artists, and color, the supposed forte of Venetians. Glackens managed to do it all.

This exhibit, the first comprehensive Glackens show in almost 50 years, offers 85 works in oil, charcoal, watercolor and other media, plus notebooks and photographs. The Nova Southeastern University's Museum of Art has more than 500 Glackens works, the first installment of which came as a bequest from the artist's son, Ira, in 1991.

Glackens is interesting both as a painter and a historical figure. A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, trained in both drawing and painting, he allied himself early with John Sloan, and then with Robert Henri, with whom he made his first European trip in 1895. It changed his life.

When you enter the exhibition, the first things you see represent both aspects of Glackens's talent. On the right wall, sketches for McClure's magazine during the Spanish-American War prove his gifts as an illustrator adept at handling groups of people and bringing out individual details within a mass. On the other wall, his first oils look like muddied, darkened imitations of the Northern painters and the Impressionists he saw on that European trip. 

Not without relevance, Glackens helped organize the American part of the 1913 Armory Show, which first brought the works of Impressionists and Post-Impressionists to this country. Five years earlier, he had exhibited pictures in New York. His star was rising.

Great national press for the exhibition.  The Nova Southeastern University's Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale has a whole wing dedicated to Glackens.  Nice to see the museum found a way to use that collection to its advantage.  GL

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Coral Gables Museum exhibit depicts an architectural coming of age in Miami - posted by FFAB

Coral Gables Museum exhibit depicts an architectural coming of age in Miami
By Andres Viglucci

Does architecture, finally, matter in Miami? 

And, if it does, can a new wave of skillful, interesting, even dazzling buildings foster greater attentiveness to that seemingly arcane but critically important craft in a place where so much has been thrown up on the cheap in the face of public indifference?

Those are the intriguing questions posed by Marking the Millennium: 21st Century Miami Architecture, a new exhibit at the Coral Gables Museum whose reach seeks to exceed its modest scope. 

The answer to both questions, based on the evidence of the 33 civic, commercial, educational and public buildings on display in an array of sparkling architectural photographs, is a tentative yes, says the show’s guest curator, critic and author, Beth Dunlop.

The survey, augmented by a handful of architectural models, spotlights what Dunlop believes to be some of the most significant publicly accessible buildings — no condos, homes or offices — erected in Miami since 1999, when Arquitectonica’s AmericanAirlines Arena made its debut.

What it all underscores, Dunlop said, is what many increasingly believe: The young city is forging a distinctive architectural identity that markedly raises the design bar for new buildings.

“Isn’t it exhilarating?” Dunlop says, almost to herself, as she guides a visitor through the exhibit. “Gosh, when you put it together like this, it’s quite something.”

The exhibit, along with a recent show on the Miami Marine Stadium, also cements the 2-year-old Gables museum’s own identity as an outlet for local urban design and architecture that has long been lacking. Along with the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ new headquarters in downtown Miami, the museum is trying to create and engage an audience for what it calls the civic arts.

Refreshingly, the survey mixes buildings by a roster of 18 Miami architects, including Rene Gonzalez, Allan Shulman, Duany-Plater Zyberk & Co. and Rodriguez and Quiroga Architects, in among the big, attention-grabbing commissions by imported stars of the caliber of Herzog & deMeuron and Frank Gehry, and the locals more than hold their own.

The lineup includes the prominent and familiar, like the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts by Cesar Pelli and the new Marlins Park by Popolous, among some lesser-known worthies, including sunny park pavilions in Sunny Isles Beach and South Pointe by Miami Beach’s William Lane that thrust the forms of mid-20th century Miami Modern beachside design into the new century.

The styles are heterogeneous, ranging from the elegant Modernism of Gonzalez’s CIFO art center on the edge of downtown to the neo-Mediterranean of DPZ’s visitor center at Fairchild Botanic Tropical Garden, and the bold neo-MiMo of new Miami Beach Walgreens outlets by Robert Brown and Frank Demandt.

“You have this very interesting continuum,” said Dunlop, an occasional freelance writer for the Miami Herald. “You have a handful of buildings that call up the spirit of the past.”

Arranged thematically by building use, the lineup ends chronologically with Herzog & deMeuron’s new Perez Art Museum Miami, which opened in December to near-universal praise. 

Like the best of the new Miami buildings by internationally famed architects, the PAMM building is steeped in Miami’s climate and building traditions, the result of careful study by the architects, Terry Riley, the architect and former Miami Art Museum director, said at a forum at the Gables museum last week. Riley’s own Garden Building, which houses the new Hermes shop in the Design District, is in the show.

Implicitly, though, the survey raises a third, unanswerable question: Will developers’ increasing infatuation with star architects snuff out opportunities for the talented locals? It’s a real concern, Dunlop says. It’s the locals who have been quietly carrying the city’s architectural traditions forward, and the development of a broader roster of local firms capable of doing interesting work is critical to Miami’s future, she said.

After all, as the show’s introduction puts it, “Cities are defined by architecture, and Miami is no exception.” 

Miami Herald article
Coral Gables Museum website

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