Homehorn artists in Miami are often associated with contemporary formats such as street art, installations, photography, and multimedia. Three recent exhibits showcase the strengths of Miami-based painters in different ways.
Born in Cuba for the past 50 years, Arturo Rodriguez has lived and worked in Miami, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and especially the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. His current show at the LnS Gallery near Coconut Grove is three ingenious literature: Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, and Louis Ferdinand Celine’s Journey to the End of the Night. It consists of a series of large-scale paintings based on the work. At night. ”
A vibrant and moving work was drawn in response to the pandemic. The overall image can look impressive, but a closer look reveals careful strokes, historical references, and an accurate plan of humor. Many portray his own family life (his wife and partner DEMI is also an artist).
Until April 9th at LnS Gallery in Miami’s 2610 SW 28th Lane. lnsgallery.com.
Eddie Arroyo was a little havana born and raised during the Mariel era. His Colombian mother and Peruvian father sought to avoid the highly political behavior of the time. His father painted enthusiastically, but his practical parents discouraged him from pursuing art as a career.
Still, Arroyo pursued artistic research at FIU. Although he has actually followed his parents (he has worked as an administrator for a long time), his painting talent is the location of the 2019 Whitney Biennial in a protest-focused job. I got it.
His current show, “Talking to Real Americans,” at the Spinello project in Arapata came from his participation in an anti-gentrification protest at Little Haitti. His Chinatown activist-led tour to Whitney’s opening during his trip to New York raised his awareness. He and other artists then withdrew from the show in protest of the business interests of board members.
Today, he says, the expedition extends to land use, environmental issues, wage inequality, white supremacy, and extensive research into empire and fascism. Each of the striking canvases made of acrylic captures the moment of Miami’s protest, and the background is explained behind the scenes.
“I know we can recontext the image,” he said. “History is constantly being revised.”
Until March 19th at Spinello Projects at 2930 NW 7th Ave in Miami. spinello projects. com.
At first glance, the airy work of the Cuban-born Julio Lullers, one of Latin America’s most famous artists, is a homage to beauty. Sophisticated paintings look easy. Cubans follow the path that Edward Hopper and René Magritte took.
Some Larraz works portray a dreamlike world of possibilities and possibilities, such as an underwater image of a scuba diver with a briefcase. Others portray a quiet world that we want to remember. On a sunny spring day on the island, the white linen suit was harsh, always untouched, and never crumpled or soiled.
“I’m not a storyteller,” says Larraz in a video that accompanies his first retrospective, “The Kingdom We Carry Inside,” at the Coral Gables Museum.
“In my view, when my painting lasts 200 years later, no one cares where it was or what it is. What I care about is how much the painting is. It’s just beautiful, “he said in another text.
But, like his painting, words may extend the truth. Many of his images depict politically powerful figures and historic moments. The interpretation may be left to the viewer, but the choice of subject speaks for itself. As he himself said, “Painters are essentially protesters. They are rebellious fighters.”
Until April 30, Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables. coralgablesmuseum.org.
ARTS WRITER JOINS HERALD
Amanda Rosa has joined the Miami Herald / El Nuevo Herald as a multi-media art journalist covering both visual and performing arts. This position will focus on bilingual content for social media platforms and storytelling of traditional stories in English and Spanish.
Adding this position makes the Miami Herald / El Nuevo Herald one of the few local newspapers in the country with avid art journalists. It was made possible by a grant from Jorge M. Perez Family Foundation. The Miami Herald / El Nuevo Herald maintains complete editorial control of the work.
You can contact Rosa at firstname.lastname@example.org and @amandanicrosa on Twitter.
John S. and James L. Knight announced their latest winners at Knight Arts + Tech Fellowships, exploring the crossroads of art and technology.They are complicated movements (Detroit, Michigan), Mother Cyborg (Detroit, Michigan), Mary Maggic (Los Angeles, CA), Ryan Kuo (Brooklyn, NY), and James Allister Sprang (Philadelphia, PA).
This story was originally published March 4, 2022 1:18 pm.