Second Saturday Art Walk Guide: Five Unmissable Shows
|Robert Fontaine Gallery|
"An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have," Warhol once stated. So it's ironic that today Warhol's works account for a huge source of value in the contemporary art market.
"According to recent reports in Forbes and the Economist, Warhol's work is credited for close to 20 percent of the value of today's art market," says Robert Fontaine, owner of the eponymous gallery in Wynwood. Beginning at 6 p.m. during Wynwood's free Second Saturday arts crawl, you can see the pop icon's enduring influence in a couple of new shows -- one giving the bewigged genius his props, another poking fun at his legacy.
Check out several other crisp new summer shows we've dug up for you after the jump.
This group show at the Robert Fontaine Gallery features 11 local and international names exploring the impact of the attention-mongering artist. "Some people think he's too kitschy and too commercial. Others think he was a genius," Fontaine says. "This is a survey of contemporary artists' reactions to Warhol's work from diverse perspectives." Don't miss Troy Abbott's SHIT FACE a scatological ode to the Pop master featuring several hundred toilet paper rolls in a labor intensive installation in which the face of Warhol's Marilyn Monroe is lovingly plastered across the soft ply sheets. "It's a rather intense project made by hand .... the impact in the gallery is going to be ironic and over the top ... showcasing both the feeling of homage of Warhol's subject while also poking fun at the idea of wiping one's ass with the face of Warhol's most iconic colorful image," adds Fontaine.
Robert Fontaine Gallery, 2349 NW Second Ave., Miami. Call 305-397-8530 or visit robertfontainegallery.com.
If you seek proof that 1960s Pop icons still pay the bills, then venture over to the eponymous dealer's Wynwood digs, where he is unveiling an arsenal of works by the likes of Willem de Kooning, Robert Motherwell, Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, and Tom Wesselmann -- including 10 by Andy Warhol and five by Roy Lichtenstein, among a collection of other blue-chip names not found amassed under one roof anywhere else in town. On display is the iconic diamond-dust-infused screen print The Witch from Warhol's 1981 series "Myths," and Lichtenstein's 1989 lithograph Brushstroke Contest.
Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art, 2239 NW Second Ave., Miami. Call 305-205-9089 or visit gsfineart.com.