Vanitas: fashion and art – Miami – Florida

Iris van Herpen - Ensemble, fall/winter 2011-12 - polyamide Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of the Costume Institute Gifts, 2012

Iris van Herpen – Ensemble, fall/winter 2011-12 – polyamide
Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of the Costume Institute Gifts, 2012

March 13, 2014 to July 20, 2014- Bass Museum of Art

Vanitas: Fashion and Art examines the theme of vanitas as expressed in avant garde ready-to-wear and haute couture as well as in contemporary paintings, sculptures, industrial design and new media.  As a meditation on the ephemerality of earthly pleasures and worldly accomplishments, vanitas artworks incorporate allusive imagery to suggest life’s transience and more explicit representations of momento mori.  Fashion, with its accelerated cycle of obsolescence, explicit manifestation of status and material success, and potential for a narcissistic self-regard, is therefore an especially apt medium for vanitas.

The exhibition will include works by contemporary designers and artists. The installation will also highlight rare examples of the Bass Museum’s remarkable collection of historic frames by incorporating them spatially in the installation to create a dynamic and interactive engagement of artworks and viewer.

Bass Museum of Art

5th Edition of Miami International Art Fair (MIA) – Miami – Florida


From January 17  to January 20 2014 – SeaFair – Bayfront Park
MIA bring together international and emerging artists to the waterfront scene for a five day extravaganza of art and culture. It is held aboard SeaFair, a 228-foot megayacht exhibition venue, complete with 28 gallery exhibition spaces, sky deck bar & bistro, cocktail lounges, and a continuous program of artist receptions. This visionary vessel – which will remain dockside during the event – will be conveniently located at the Bayfront South Dock at Chopin Plaza, downtown Miami.


Alexi Torres – Andy Warhol III” 84″ x 72″ Oil/Canvas – 2013 – Curtesy of Evan Lurie Gallery, Carmel, IN.


Miami International Art Fair – MIA 2013 – Miami – Florida

Trudy Good – Courtesy of Christopher Walker Art – London

January 18 to 21, 2013 – Intercontinental Hotel Dock

Miami International Art Fair is one of America’s most exciting mid-winter contemporary art fairs. Located in Miami’s premiere downtown Art & Entertainment District, MIA will bring together international and emerging artists to the waterfront scene for a five day extravaganza of art and culture aboard SeaFair, the megayacht venue.

he contemporary fair will gather a carefully selected array of 30 international dealers presenting both established contemporary and emerging artists. Works will be composed of contemporary, cutting-edge art of all media including photography, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, jewelry, installation and video. The mission of the fair is to showcase galleries representing the most talented and visionary artists of the 21st century.

Miami International Art Fair

Art Miami – 23rd Edition – Miami – Florida – USA

Chambliss Giobbi — SE7N — The Seven Deadly Sins – Courtesy of 101/exhibit Contemporary Art Gallery – Miami

From December 4 to December 9, 2012

Known as Miami’s premier anchor fair, Art Miami kicks off the opening day of Art Week — the first week of December when thousands of collectors, dealers, curators, and artists descend upon Miami. World-famous for its stylish gallery-like decor, its outstanding quality and extraordinary variety, Art Miami showcases the best in modern and contemporary art from more than 125 international art galleries.

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Art Basel – Miami Beach – Florida – USA

Peter Saul vs. Pop Art, 2012 – Acrylic on canvas – 75 x 72 cm – Courtesy of Mary Boone Gallery – New York, NY


From December 6 to December 9 2012 – Miami Beach
Miami Beach, Florida, will host the 11th edition of Art Basel, the most prestigious art show in the Americas. More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa will take part, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The exhibiting galleries are among the world’s most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers. Special exhibition sections feature young galleries, performance art, public art projects and video art. The show will be a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-caliber artworks.

Top-quality exhibitions in the museums of South Florida and special programs for art collectors and curators also help make the event a special time for encountering art. And every year, a greater number of art collectors, artists, dealers, curators, critics and art enthusiasts from around the world participate in Art Basel – the favorite winter meeting place for the international art world.

Art Basel Miami

Transcultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by José Bedia – Miami – Florida

José Bedia, Utenu Kazaye, 2007. Acrylic on canvas. 180 x 454 cm. Collection of Roger and Mariela Tovar.

From May 24 to September 2, 2012 – Miami Art Museum

A major career retrospective of the work of José Bedia at Miami Art Museum (MAM) explores the influence of indigenous cultures and religions from Cuba, North and South America, and Africa on the artist’s work over the last three decades. Transcultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by José Bedia, featuring 35 artworks including large-scale figurative paintings, installations and drawings, highlights the layering of spiritual, social and historical constructs in Bedia’s body of work—all of which are retold through a highly personal lens. On view from Thursday, May 24 through Sunday, September 2, 2012, the exhibition is the first to comprehensively examine the rich iconography of Bedia’s artistic output. Transcultural Pilgrim is among the last four exhibitions MAM will show in its current building, before making the transition to its new Herzog & de Meuron facility in Museum Park in fall 2013.

“The incredible melding of cultural ideas and symbols in José Bedia’s work has a special resonance in the distinctly diverse Miami community, where so many nationalities, races, heritages and religions come together and Bedia, himself, lives,” said Thom Collins, director of Miami Art Museum. “Transcultural Pilgrim reveals the unexpected parallels between the cultural practices of disparate communities from around the globe and, in doing so, creates new parallels to contemporary life—exemplifying MAM’s dedication to presenting artists and works to which our audiences will have strong connections.”

José Bedia, Mama quiere menga, menga de su nkombo (Mama Wants Blood, Blood of His Bull), 1988. Acrylic on canvas. 139.7 x 200 cm. Collection of Diane and Robert Moss, Miami, Florida.

dia is an acclaimed member of Cuba’s “Generation of the ‘80s,” a group of pioneering young artists who incorporated Cuban vernacular and spiritual references into their work and experimented with eclectic visual forms. Throughout the last 30 years, Bedia has traveled to the Sonoran Desert in Mexico, North American Plains, Amazonian rain forest, Dominican countryside, and the Central African savanna, among numerous other locations, in search of artistic and spiritual peers and to participate in what he defines as “diverse spiritual worlds.” The featured works in Transcultural Pilgrim—with their sacred and autobiographical references, strong graphic quality, and philosophical complexity—represent the traces of Bedia’s artistic and spiritual journeys, which have shaped his artistic practice. The exhibition also includes select objects from Bedia’s personal collection, housed in his Miami home, which have inspired the forms and content of his work.

 Miami Art Museum

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