Second Saturday Art Walk: Six Shows You Shouldn't Skip
|A sneak peek at work on view at Dina Mitrani Gallery this Saturday.|
Every June, many local galleries shift away from solo shows showcasing their top stable ponies, toward offerings more like this Saturday's Belmont Stakes: packs of up-and-coming artists vying to command attention in crowded line-ups. It's a grand opportunity to get a pulse not only on the programming spirit driving these spaces but to survey the rising crop of talent aspiring to snag their own solo show in the future.
Starting at 6 p.m., this weekend's Second Saturday in Wynwood lets you discover hundreds of artists flying their colors in a wide open derby boasting everything from a pair of filly-centric pieces, to a handicap on the salons of the mid-19th century, and even a rare solo show riffing on how we spend more time in bed than racing for the winner's circle.
Here's the line on our favorites to cross the wire at this month's art trot through the district.
If you're hankering for a photo finish to get the blood racing, check out this strapping field of seven international female artists whose works convey the reasons why the medium of photography continues to challenge and enthrall viewers. Each conceived as a series, the photo-based artworks on display vary from groupings that trace a cinematic narrative frame by frame, to pairings exploring how notions of fragmentation can complete a grander idea while illuminating issues of the feminine.
Dina Mitrani Gallery, 2620 NW Second Avenue, Miami. Call 786-486-7248 or visit dinamitranigallery.com.
The Paris salons of the mid-19th century are more famous today for the paintings that were rejected than for those that were actually shown. Ironically, the works that were frowned upon by organizers back then form the canon of modern art history today. That's the spirit behind the sprawling group exhibit spotlighting the painting, photography, sculpture, and installation of more than 46 artists. Expect to encounter close to 400 works stacked floor-to-ceiling at Primary Projects, where "Salon" takes a sharp contemporary stab at the historical "Salon des Refusés" of Paris.
Primary Projects, 4141 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 104, Miami. Call 954-296-1675 or visit primaryprojectsspace.com.