Second Saturday Art Walk: Five Unmissable Exhibits as Art Basel Approaches
Few photographers captured the toil and turmoil of everyday survival that Parisians faced in the aftermath of World War II like Willy Ronis.
Dina Mitrani Gallery
The French lensman's work, on display in a retrospective at the Dina Mitrani Gallery, is one of a number of shows worth catching at this weekend's Second Saturday Art Walk, the district's final warmup before Art Basel Miami Beach roars into town.
Most of the Wynwood galleries are raising the curtain on their Basel blockbusters early, so it's the perfect weekend to catch some local shows that might get lost amid the impenetrable clamor of the international art circus that will parachute into the 305 during the first week of December.
For lovers of classical black-and-white photography Mitrani's show is a can't miss and offers a compelling look at the work at the first French photographer to work for Life magazine. It's just one of our picks for what's worth a gander this weekend before Baselphrenia sets in.
Willy Ronis: Paris
A contemporary of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau, Ronis created images that helped define life in postwar France and were often quite controversial. As a reconstructing France struggled to project stability, Ronis's pictures of common street life instead showed working-class people in a country humbled by poverty and wracked by social unrest. On view are images of a couple embracing under a bridge along the river Seine and, in the strikingly joyous Le Petit Parisien (1952), a young boy wearing shorts and a vest as he skips giggling along a street while lugging a baguette almost his size. Mitrani, who is collaborating with Peter Fetterman, a Santa Monica, California, gallery owner, calls this exhibit "a dream come true," adding that 25 of Ronis's classic pictures will be on display during the art walk.
Dina Mitrani Gallery, 2620 NW Second Ave., Miami. 786-486-7248, dinamitranigallery.com.
Pablo Lehmann premieres his new text-based series, in which the artist engulfs entire rooms with intricately cut-out words from books, textiles, and plastics.
The Argentine talent's large-scale images depict rooms in Lehmann's Buenos Aires home completely covered with layers upon layers of textile-like pages of language across every inch of every surface. The project marks a departure for Lehmann, who has most recently exhibited drape-like wall sculptures of deconstructed language, weaving words hijacked from original sources into conceptual tapestries. In this show, instead, he has festooned bathrooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, and studies with the remnants of letters in a process that often takes several months. After photographing the results of his meticulously constructed environments, he destroys the original hand-crafted creations before finally digitally altering his rooms to convey spaces fully conceived from literature. In a world where books could become obsolete and language is mangled or reduced to Twitter's 140 characters, Lehmann's three-dimensional play on words is a reminder that language remains key to intellectual analysis, face-to-face communication, and the sheer pleasure of reading.
Black Square Gallery, 2248 NW First Place, Miami. 305-576-0081, blacksquaregallery.com.
2620 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL