The Top Ten Miami Art Events of the 2012-2013 Season
|"Unnatural" at the Bass helps kick off a busy arts season this weekend.|
Starting this weekend, you can catch new shows at both the Miami Art Museum and the Bass Museum of Art. The first offers an artist's insightful exploration of identity and race while the second challenges viewer's imaginations fueled by a group of international talent delivering a provocative commentary through an amalgam of technology and our environment in their "unnatural" works.
Then with December arrives the high point of local culture when an invasion of thousands of international creative types, sweaty-palmed collectors, Euro-trash hipsters and sundry art world honchos storm our shores for Art Basel -- or what we like to call a drunken orgy of hedonistic excess.
But for those of you who prefer an art experience of a more sensitive than overwhelming nature, here is a list of the top 10 arts offerings of the coming year.
Marking his first major solo exhibition and his South Florida museum debut, this exhibit covers over a decade of the Chicago-born, New York-based talent's career. Considered one of the rising comets of his generation, Johnson is known for mining issues of identity, race, art history, and metaphysics in his wide-ranging practice. The show boasts photography, paintings, sculpture, and video, revealing Johnson's remarkable eye for employing odd, common household materials including rugs, mirrors, potted plants, CB radios, record albums, melted soap, and shea butter to create conceptually-freighted works that are alchemical in nature.
September 7 through November 4 at the Miami Art Museum, 101 West Flagler Street, Miami. Call 305-3000 or visit miamiartmuseum.org
This intriguing group show places the focus squarely on the natural world, refracted through the filter of bleeding-edge technology while blurring the lines between the real and the imaginary. Participant artists employ diverse strategies to question the conventional means through which we understand our surroundings. Curated by Tami Katz-Freiman, works on display embody an implausible view of ecological wonders spawned from the deepest recesses of what one might call a techno-addled Darwin's imagination.
September 9 through November 4 at the Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Call 305-673-7530 or visit bassmuseum.org.