Friday, March 22, 2013

Reflections: Paintings of Florida 1865–1965 - posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

Charles Christian Eisele, Evening on the Suwannee River, 1885, Collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown

Reflections: Paintings of Florida 1865–1965,
From the collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown at the Museum of Florida History

The Museum of Florida History is excited to host the special exhibition Reflections: Paintings of Florida 1865–1965, From the collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown. The exhibit opens November 16, 2012, and closes May 6, 2013. The Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach organized the exhibit.
This exhibit features eighty-five works of art that highlight Florida's unique and beautiful landscape. The paintings were created by many of the most influential artists who have painted Florida’s natural environment and famous landmarks in the past 150 years. Among the notable artists whose work is in this exhibition are Martin Johnson Heade, Herman Herzog, Laura Woodward, N. C. Wyeth, George Inness, Jr., and A. E. Backus.

Former Curator of The Morris Museum of Art Jay Williams notes, "While beautifully expressing the uniqueness of Florida, 'Reflections' transcends the usual limitations of regional art because of its extraordinary quality and the importance of art in shaping Florida's image."

Reflections: Paintings of Florida 1865–1965, From the collection of Cici and Hyatt Brown by Gary R. Libby, the exhibition catalogue, is available for purchase in Florida’s History Shop. Plan now to view these extraordinary paintings.

Museum of Florida History website found here

I was in Tallahassee this week for a meeting of the Florida Council on Arts and Culture (more on that later) and made sure to visit this incredible exhibition.  One of the most important collections of Florida Art the Brown collection has paintings from every major landscape painter that visited our State between 1865 - 1965.  I was blown away at the selections in the show and encourage everyone to seek out this traveling exhibition.  Like the famous Vickers collection before it the Browns have amassed a world class collection that depicts our State before all the development.  Many of the important northern landscape painters at the turn of the last century came down to Florida for health or adventure reasons and while they were here they painted the wild landscapes they encountered. Wyeth, Homer, Heade, Herzog and many others painted here.  I was encouraged that the collection even included A. E. Backus, showing that the native Floridian belongs in the same conversation as the other important American landscape artists.  Back in the early 90's these Florida paintings began showing up in the American paintings auctions in New York.  Because the subjects were Florida and not the Huston Valley or other more know Northern views the paintings were often sold at a 1/3 of the price of what the northern paintings commanded.  Astute collectors like the Browns and Vickers snatched them up knowing their true value to our State.  We thank them for their dedication, for preserving and most importantly sharing the works with us.  Our State is rich with history and these paintings are an important part of telling that story to generations to come.  GL


Monday, March 18, 2013

Art Around the Web - Artspace - posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

"Our mission is to make art more accessible to broader audiences, whether you're an experienced collector or a novice just getting started, and to support museums and cultural institutions and artists across the globe," 

Artspace is an e-commerce site where members can browse and purchase limited-edition prints and original works from world-renowned artists. The company's curators list artwork being sold by partner museums, galleries and cultural institutions, including the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The website also offers art news, information and education.

Artspace doesn't carry any inventory. It instead facilitates the transaction between the seller and the buyer for a commission.

CNBC Article about Artspace website found here

Artspace website found here

Friday, March 15, 2013

Nominations sought for top arts teachers - posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

Nominations sought for top arts teachers
Sun Sentinel
By Chris Guanche, Forum Publishing Group

Giving a teacher an apple is an old cliche, but Broward's four top art teachers will each win one made out of crystal.

The Broward County Cultural Division has been running the Arts Teacher of the Year program for 27 years, singling out one teacher for its top honor, which also includes a $1,500 cash prize and a $500 contribution to the winning school's arts department. Finalists for the award attend a ceremony at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts' Amaturo Theater in Fort Lauderdale.

But things are a bit different this year, as the award is being expanded to include a winner in four categories: visual arts, dance, music and theater. The program was previously limited to public and charter schools, but this year it's being widened to include private schools.

"We created [the award] so that we can celebrate the exceptional art that teachers are doing in school," said Jody Horne-Leshinsky, a community development director with the cultural division.

Each category will include three finalists. Teachers can nominate themselves or have their principal nominate them by the May 31 deadline. Nominations are examined by a subcommittee of the Broward Cultural Council, but that's not the end of the process. Committee members will go out into the field and evaluate teachers in class. They also seek feedback from students and principals.

"It lets them see how the teachers relate to their children," Horne-Leshinsky said. Taking the evaluation into the classroom is an important part of the process, said Deborah Kerr, chairwoman of the cultural council. "It takes the process off flat paper and puts it into three dimensions," Kerr said.

The four winners won't be announced until Nov. 6. The long time between the deadline and the ceremony is due to the evaluation process and summer break, Horne-Leshinsky said. After selecting teachers, the committee will begin its evaluations in the fall at the start of the 2013-14 school year.

Kerr said the expansion of awards will be a boost for competition. "We want to highlight the quality of teachers," she said.

For more information, visit  or call 954-357-7869.
Chris Guanche can be reached at

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Dali Loves Pi (3.14) - posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

Happy Pi Day!

Dali Loves Pi (3.14) at the Dali Museum March 14, 2013 (Thursday)
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Dali loved the irrational numbers Pi and Phi, often using them and other mathematical principles in his art. Pi Day at the Dali is marked by fun Pi and math-inspired experiences, films and treats for sale in the Cafe.

Pinellas & Hillsborough math teachers enjoy free admission all day. Tours of the galleries & gardens are math-themed after 5pm. Teacher resources available in the Education Classroom as well as Pi-Day specials in the Store.

Do you have a math-art lesson you'd like to share? Submit to and we will have copies on-hand to share.

Pi Day Film Schedule:

Donald in Mathmagic Land
10 am - 8 pm, on loop in Classroom
In search of big game, hunter Donald Duck stumbles into a strange and wondrous land dominated by numbers. He soon learns, despite his dismissive attitude, that math can be found in beautiful and often surprising ways. This hidden world reveals itself to Donald through music, architecture, sculpture, biology, and sports. Oscar-nominated documentary.(1959, 27 min.; NR probably G)

The Story of 1
10:30 am - 11:30 am, Theater
Terry Jones (Monty Python's Flying Circus) goes on a humor-filled journey to recount the amazing tale behind the world's simplest number. The Story of 1 reveals how civilizations used One to develop their culture; where our modern numbers came from; and how the invention of zero changed the world forever. (2006, 60 min.; NR probably G)

The Code, episode 1: Numbers
11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Theater
What do the precise proportions of Chartres Cathedral have in common with the life cycle of the lowly cicada, with how we hear sound, and with the intricately designed shell of a small marine animal called a nautilus? In their work on the great gothic cathedrals, medieval masons had glimpsed a deep truth they believed echoed God's creation. Host Marcus Du Sautoy identifies the key to understanding the universe in their sacred numbers and, in examples ancient and modern, the amazing power of pi.

The Code, episode 2: Shapes
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm, Theater
Professor Marcus de Sautoy travels to the Giant's Causeway, the amazing collection of hexagonal basalt columns off the coast of Northern Ireland. Folklore explains this geological formation in a tale involving a local giant eager to get to grips with a Scottish rival 80 miles away across the Irish Sea. But Du Sautoy finds written into these rocks a fundamental truth about the universe - a hidden geometric force that underpins all nature, from the structure of honeycombs, soap bubbles, and salt crystals to the work of visionary painter Jackson Pollock and the virtual worlds of Pixar movies.

The Story of Math, episode 1: The Language of the Universe
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, Theater
Traveling from Mesopotamia to Egypt and then to Greece, host Marcus Du Sautoy shows how mathematics evolved from a practical problem-solver for weights and measures to a truly conceptual science.

YouTube Celebrates Pi Day
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Theater
A collection of YouTube short films that demonstrate a love for math and all things Pi.

Cost: Films are free and screened in the Theater. General Admission for gallery admittance (Thursdays are $10 after 5 pm). Pinellas & Hillsborough math teachers admitted FREE all day. 
Dali Museum website found here

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Purvis Young Retrospective at New River Fine Art - posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

New River Fine Art Announces Major Purvis Young Retrospective

In a major art world event, Lisa Burgess, owner of New River Fine Art at 914 East Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is opening an exhibition and offering for sale works from her personal collection of Young's art consisting of more than 700 constructions, paintings and drawings from the 1970's to 2001. 

"We are very excited with this unique opportunity to unveil such a magnificent collection," Mrs. Burgess said. "The exhibition will debut at New River Fine Art on Friday, which coincides with the release of 128 page full color catalog." The exhibit runs through April 22nd. The public is invited with advance reservations.

"We feel the time is right to begin offering works from our personal collection", stated Burgess. "With major museum collections growing, auction records being set for the artist's work and galleries asking higher and higher prices, the depth of the New River Fine Art's collection means we can offer real value to collectors for an artist whose reputation will continue to grow for many years. Many art professionals believe major works from Purvis Young will soon regularly be valued at over one hundred thousand dollars." Prices in the exhibition range from a mere $150 to $50,000.

Purvis Young was an American artist from the Overtown neighborhood of Miami, Florida. His work was a blend of collage and painting, utilized found-objects and the experience of African Americans in the urban America.

Call Lisa Burgess (954) 524-2100 or visit New River website here.

Marcus Jansen - Finalist at The International Art Prize Arte Laguna 2013 – Venice Italy - posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

Marcus Jansen - Finalist at The International Art Prize Arte Laguna 2013 – Venice Italy

The Italian Cultural Association MoCA (Modern Contemporary Art), in collaboration with Arte Laguna, organized the Seventh Edition of the International Art Prize “Arte Laguna”, aimed at promoting and enhancing contemporary art.
List of Finalists:

This important event will take place in Venice in March 2013 and will contemplate prizes in money, a collective exhibition in Venice Arsenale, a special exhibition at the Romanian Institute for Arts Culture and Research, a number of exhibitions in art galleries and an official catalogue.

Opening reception:  03/16/2013 at 6:00pm at
Tese di San Cristoforo Arsenale

This makes Jansen's third International participation and selection for a major Internationally curated exhibition in less than six month's.
Marcus Jansen is the only American Painter invited to show in the painting category at the 7th Arte Laguna Prize Exhibition. Recently, the New York City native was selected for the"New American Paintings No. 94" cover and the upcoming "Studio Visit" publication both published by The Open Studio Press. Jansen also won "The Dave Bown Project" International Award at the 5th Semi- Annual and was awarded "The Aesthetica Art Prize", in York, UK.  

Marcus Jansen's work at Unit A can be found here

Highwaymen paintings from the Brewer Collection at MIA’s Central Terminal Gallery - posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

A special presentation by author and photographer

in conjunction with an exhibition in MIA’s Central Terminal Gallery
featuring Highwaymen paintings from the Brewer Collection

Friday, March 15, 2013, 12:00 Noon
Miami International Airport
North Terminal Auditorium

Refreshments will be served after the lecture.
The author will be signing copies of his books.

Dolphin Garage is closest to the event.
Parking Validation will be available.

Attendance is limited, please RSVP: Michelle Charles, 305 876-0852

Find out all about the galleries at Miami International Airport here

Gary has been instrumental in telling the Highwaymen story.  His first book on the subject, "The Highwaymen: Florida's African American landscape painters" published in 2001 was followed by "Harold Newton: The Original Highwayman" and "The Highwaymen Murals: Al Black's Concrete Dreams."  These books represent the most complete and factual account of the famed group of artists.  I have attended Mr Monroe's lectures in the past and highly recomend them.  GL

MOD Weekend - 3 Days for Modern Architecture - posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

Glavovic Studio presents

MOD Weekend - 3 Days for Modern Architecture
A celebration of Fort Lauderdale's architectural Mid-Century gems sponsored by Tropic Magazine and North Beach Village.
March 15-17, 2013 - Fort Lauderdale, FL. 

Glavovic Studio hosts sightseeing on Fort Lauderdale's waterways_Reduce your carbon footprint and take in our local Architectural Heritage. Polevitzky, Duckham, McKirahan, O'Neil, Stern, Browning Parker, among others, can be taken in from the water in Glavovic Studio docent led boat tours cruising down Fort Lauderdale's Intracoastal during this year's MOD Weekend. 

Glavovic Studio at Girls' Club_ Last stop on MOD Weekend's Fort Lauderdale Mid-Century Bus Tour: Girls' Club Contemporary Art Collection. Girls' Club is a renovated contemporary Art space designed as a resonating presence and new paradigm in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. For more information visit

Tropic Magazine is dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of Florida's unique Mid-Century Modern architecture and design. For more information visit 

FAU School of Architecture Spring Lecture Series
Thursday March 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm - Florida Atlantic University, Fort Lauderdale

111, East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL
8th Floor

Inhabitating the Scrim_Swamp Practice
Margi Nothard, President and Design Director, Glavovic Studio to lecture at FAU as part of the Spring 13' Lecture Series_Presentation will focus on process of exploring and producing contemporary architecture, art and urban design in South Florida. Recent projects to be presented will include Young At Art | Museum Broward County Library, Kennedy Homes and FLOW, Broward County Courthouse Art Project. 


Find Gkavovic Studio here

Art Around the Web - ARTSY - posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

Sebastian Cwilich (left) and Carter Cleveland
(here at a gallery called Haunch of Venison) have constructed an art “genome.” Photo: Eric Ogden

Below are links to two articles about this new art website venture. It’s a Art Genome project for art lovers. I love the idea of browsing works of art you are familiar with and then finding new artists based on your selections. This is already done successfully with iTunes, Netflix, Pandora, YouTube, Amazon and many others. What a great way to expand your knowledge and what a great way for artists to gain exposer! GL

The New York Times Article, “Online, a Genome Project for the World of Art” is found here

Wired Online Article, “’s ‘Genome’ Predicts What Paintings You Will Like” is found here

Go to - ARTSY.NET for the main website.

From the ARTSY website;

Artsy’s goal is to expose as many people as possible to art. Our growing collection comprises 21,000+ artworks by 3,700+ artists from leading galleries, museums, private collections, foundations, and artists' estates. Artsy is honored to partner with 400+ galleries from New York to London, Paris to Shanghai, Johannesburg to São Paulo, and 75+ nonprofit organizations, including: Asian Art Museum, The British Museum, Calder Foundation, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, The Dedalus Foundation, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), The Estate of David Smith, Indianapolis Museum of Art, LAND, Museum of Inuit Art, Powerhouse Museum, The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, The Royal Collection, SFMOMA, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt: National Design Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, and others.

We provide one of the largest collections of contemporary art available online. Thousands of works from diverse cultures and time periods are accessible for study and enjoyment, and select works from our gallery partners are available to collectors. By making all the world’s art freely accessible, Artsy hopes to foster new generations of art lovers, museum-goers, collectors, and patrons.

The Art Genome Project

Powered by The Art Genome Project—an ongoing study of the characteristics that distinguish and connect works of art—Artsy creates new pathways for discovering art through 1211+ characteristics (we call them “genes”). Users can discover works through connections between art-historical movements, subject matter, and formal qualities, creating infinite serendipitous opportunities for discovery and learning.

Go to - ARTSY.NET for the main website.

"Video of the Week" Cayce Zavaglia - posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

Cayce Zavaglia

Portrait and Process
from ZFilm on Vimeo.       Cayce Zavaglia - Portrait and Process from

This artist had some new works at Art Miami during Basel week.  Her work seemed to have a real impact on everyone who attended.  Definitely one of the most talked about at Art Miami.  I love her process.  GL

ZFilm presents a studio visit with St.Louis based figurative artist Cayce Zavaglia.

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Los Angeles MOCA Mulls Pact With National Gallery - posted by Florida Fine Art Blog

Monica Almeida/The New York Times

Los Angeles MOCA Mulls Pact With National Gallery By The New York Times

Struggling to maintain its independence in the face of dwindling resources, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is close to working out a five-year agreement with the National Gallery of Art in Washington to collaborate on programming, research and exhibitions, according to the chairman of the Gallery’s board of trustees.

Any agreement would not include financial or fund-raising assistance for the Los Angeles museum, leaving its fiscal problems unsolved. But an agreement could help lift its own efforts to raise money and ward off, at least temporarily, a merger with a wealthier and more powerful neighbor: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or the University of Southern California.

“The goal at this point is stabilizing them and get them standing as an independent institution,” said John Wilmerding, chairman of the board of the National Gallery. “We’d like to see them survive and thrive, and if we can help them, that’s all we’re doing.”

Link to Article here

More and more museums are looking for strategic partnerships to help in these troubled times.  Like our own Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art partnering with Nova Southeastern University to the sucess of both institutions. These new associations help to bring much needed synergy between our institutions.  Going forward the more partnerships and sharing of resources we can organize the stronger each institution will be.  GL