Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Selections from ‘100+ Degrees in the Shade: A Survey of South Florida Art’ at Art Palm Beach January 18-22, 2017

Art Palm Beach celebrates its 20th-anniversary with very appropriate selections from “100+ Degrees in the Shade: A Survey of South Florida Art.” An exhibition organized by Guest Curators Noor Blazekovic/Irreversible Magazine, and Jane Hart/Lemon Sky Projects + Editions.

The highly acclaimed, multi-venue extravaganza debuted at (9) nine Miami-Dade and Broward County venues during Art Basel Miami Beach 2015. A carefully selected sampling of the 170 artists in all media in the original show will showcase at the fair. Perez Art Museum’s curator, Rene Morales and Jane Hart will lead a panel discussion on 100+ Degrees during the fair on Friday, January 20th from 2-3pm.

This impressively expansive initiative included an array of works in all media. Some of the South Florida’s finest artists were invited to participate. Sculpture, installations, mixed media, painting, performance, photography, works on paper, and video allowed art lovers and collectors to realize the powerful force of the South Florida creative community.

The show placed emphasis on impact, innovation, and inspiration; with an integration of the lush tropical urban environment inherent to South Florida. A total of 170 participants – including internationally and nationally recognized, mid-career, and established artists – chronicled 30 years of South Florida’s art development and evolution. Art District, Artforum, New York Times, El Nuevo Herald, Miami Herald, New Times, and Sun Sentinel published rave reviews of the exhibition.

Curator and art historian Gean Moreno published a full color, 224-page, hardcover book in conjunction with the exhibition. The book includes texts by Erica Ando, Jane Hart, and Sandra Schulman. The fair will host a book signing by Jane Hart on Saturday, January 21st from 3-6 pm; signed copies are available for sale.

Jane Hart, an award-winning independent curator, organized the show. She has 30+ years of experience in the field of international contemporary art; including Director of the Arts & Culture Center of Hollywood and working with acclaimed artists like Doug Atken, Uta Barth, John Baldessary, Mike Kelley, Christian Marclay, Diana Thater, and Pae White.

The following are the artists selected to participate in Art Palm Beach 2017:
Francie Bishop Good, Broward County
Robert Chambers, Miami-Dade
Matthew Chernoff, Miami-Dade
Dana Donaty, Palm Beach County
Virginia Fifield, Broward County
Gina Cunningham, Miami-Dade
Robert Huff, Miami-Dade
Carol Jazzar, Miami-Dade
Kelly Johnson, Miami-Dade
Francesco LoCastro, Broward
Jean-Paul Mallozzi, Miami-Dade
Rick Newton, Palm Beach County
Jessy Nite Miami-Dade
Brandon Opalka, Miami-Dade
Sri Prabha, Broward County
Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Miami-Dade
TM Sisters, Miami-Dade, and Martin Counties
Kristen Thiele, Miami-Dade
Robert Thiele, Miami-Dade
Mette Tommerup, Miami-Dade
Stephan Tugral, Miami-Dade
Michelle Weinberg, Miami-Dade

The Box Gallery Presents Art Florida 2017: Curator's Choice Exhibition Featuring Artist Patrick Willard

Join us at The Box Gallery in West Palm Beach for Art Florida 2017: Curators Choice when Rolando Chang Barrero brings together 7 of the top curators in South Florida and their choices of artists to keep an eye on.

You are cordially invited to join us at The Box Gallery to pay homage and celebrate the achievements of Bruce Helander, Paul Fisher, Jane Hart, Marisa J. Pascucci, Lee Ann Lester, Debby Coles-Dobay, and Noor Blazekovic in a VIP Reception on January 20, 2017 from 7-10pm. Featuring the work of J.Steven Manolis, Patrick Willard, Andy Marx, Dana Donaty, Karla Walter, Carin Wagner, Sarah Knouse, Stefan Radu Cretu, and Jon Glaser. This exhibition is in partnership with Art SynergyArt Palm Beach and Irreversible Projects.

Renowned curator and gallery owner Rolando Chang Berrero tapped artist Patrick Willard aka W4, to show unique works from his ‘Life’ series at Art Florida 2017 at The Box Gallery. The artist is known for his one-of-a-kind art collages made with his personal collection of rare rock concert tickets, backstage passes & VIP laminates capturing a million magical moments from a lifetime spent traveling the world as a music journalist & TV personality.

One of his most substantial pieces is a tremendous heart being crucified on a 9 foot, solid wood cross, “I made a heart for those whose hearts have been broken, for people who suffer, or who are in pain. The creation of the cross symbolizes crucification of the heart; metaphorically crucifying my art, giving it life again.”

Patrick Willard, aka W4, is a French-born American artist who resides in Miami Beach. He has lived an uncommon life that allowed him to enjoy countless musical experiences across the globe, attending over 4,000 concerts and music events over the course of his career. He kept every shred of music memorabilia and precious concert memories, which he uses in the creation of his unique art pieces. The artist fashions his artworks into rock n’ roll inspired designs such as skulls, guitars, motorcycles, angel wings, hearts & more.

One of the pieces in this exhibition is a powerful faceless self-portrait known as ‘Restart‘. Through this piece, along with the complete LIFE installation including the cross, heart and coffin, the artist allows for life to be experienced by the individual viewer; to become aware of the transformation and cycle of life and death, rebirth and starting anew. Exploring the symbolism and deeper meaning of the work. The heart on the jacket is the same as the art that has been crucified and has fallen into the coffin, filled with concert tickets and hearts of different colors denoting emotions on the spectrum; happiness, love, sadness, memories, melancholy, etc.

Representing new life, these “petals” in the coffin grow into new art. “le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît point.” –Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher. “The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.”

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Miamians Invited to Submit Sights & Sounds From the City, Helping to Create an Audio/Visual Symphony of Miami

Composer Ted Hearne and Filmmaker Jonathan David Kane to Lead Creative Team for the Audio/Visual Symphony of Miami.

MIT Media Lab and Composer / Inventor / Educator Tod Machover To Work With Miami Community on 'Project 305', a large-scale community effort funded by the Knight Foundation.

What does Miami sound like? Look like? What sounds and sights represent home? This January, Miami residents will be invited to share their impressions of and emotions for Miami by submitting audio and video clips to the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), as part of Project 305

Those submissions will be used to compose an orchestral work and partner video reflective of the city as seen through the eyes of its people.  In capturing the visuals and sounds of Miami, residents will be asked to draw from their own personal experiences of living in the city, submitting creations of their own.

The collaborative project – a partnership between the New World Symphony, MIT Media Lab and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation - will invite all of Miami’s communities and cultures to work alongside composer Ted Hearne, filmmaker Jonathan David Kane, and MIT composer, inventor and educator Tod Machover through community events, workshops and gatherings for 100 days, from January 31 to May 12, 2017.  Hearne and Kane will work with NWS Artistic Director and co-founder Michael Tilson Thomas, who will be responsible for the overall artistic direction of the work.

The resulting audio & video work will be premiered on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 at the New World Center, with subsequent presentations in communities and neighborhoods throughout Miami.  The premiere performance at the New World Center will be a WALLCAST™ concert. 

Submissions can be made from January 31 - May 12.  Contributions for the final work can be made by:

Submitting sound and video clips using the iPhone or Android app Project 305, designed by MIT Media Lab, or on the project website

Hyperscore workshops – The Media Lab’s Hyperscore composition software will be used in schools and other educational settings, and at the New World Center, to encourage the public to create compositions that might be part of the final symphony.

Web-based online applications: Media Lab apps such as Constellation, Cauldron, Repertoire Remix and others allow users to explore and influence different aspects / sections of the symphony during the creation process by shaping music created by the composer or other collaborators / members of the public.  

The project website will include tutorials and a toolkit for those who would like to explore specific themes and / or organize outings and workshops to capture and produce sound and video submissions for the project. “This project allows residents to participate in a creative experience using the tools they carry with them every day — their phones and mobile devices,” said Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation. “Living in Miami is always a sensory experience. We’re excited to discover which sounds and sites participants are moved to record.”

The New World Symphony will host an introductory “ambassadors” event at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 12, at the New World Center in Miami Beach for those who would like to learn more about the project and meet with project organizers (500 17th Street).  For information or to RSVP to the event, which will include breakfast and beverages, contact Stephanie Torok at 305-428-6722, or via email at

Additional project details, along with a call for submissions, will be announced in 
late January, 2017. More information about the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy, is available at  

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

In Love With The Amazing Magda Love

Known for her colorful street art murals and large-scale public works, Magdalena Marcenaro, aka Magda Love, forms deeply textured and colorful narratives, joining joyful and nostalgic images with emotional moments. The artist was born in Argentina, but she has lived and worked in New York City for more than a decade now. Her aim is to inspire dialogue about personal experience and prompt a thoughtful pause in the roller coaster of life. Her work wishes to inspire us through her travels, her memories; exposing vulnerability, strength, nostalgia, sorrow and joy.

Magda Love at Extra Butter with "All in The Golden Afternoon"

There is power in the juxtaposition of both media and individual pieces of Magda’s oeuvre. The global street artist has painted murals in Buenos Aires, Guadalajara, Mexico City, New York, Cuernavaca, Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Wynwood Miami, the list goes on. Gallery works include her solo exhibition at Gowanus Print Lab, group shows at the Scope Foundation, Vice Gallery Miami, Freshly Baked Gallery, RoX Gallery, Exit Room, IFAC New York, Residency Unlimited at Cutlog Art Fair, Miguel Paredes Gallery, Peanut Underground, BOOM and The Urban Folk Art Gallery. 

Magda Love pictured in front of one of her murals in the Wynwood Arts District, 2014

She has participated in numerous mural festivals such as Muros in Blanco, Welling Court, Meeting of Styles Mexico and Wynwood Block.
Muros En Blanco, Mexico

Magda Love teamed up with Extra Butter to create a playful, art installation and interactive mural. “All in The Golden Afternoon” is an invitation to the viewer to create their own wonderland. Inspired by the movie Alice in Wonderland, Magda takes us on a journey of childhood, vision, and invites us to be part of their magical dreamland. Extra Butter is a minimalist boutique in New York City featuring on-trend men’s & women’s streetwear clothing, sneakers & accessories from top urban clothing and streetwear brands.
Magda Love ‘Alice in Wonderland’ mural at Extra Butter in NYC

In 2015 she was invited to participate in TedX Fulton Street, where she painted on stage. She is an ongoing collaborator with a variety of educational institutions such as City As High School, where she instructs workshops and mentors students.
Magda Love instructing an art workshop in Cambodia

Love has been invited to teach workshops and create a mural in partnership with Arts in Motion and Beauty For Freedom in Cambodia.

Mural Installation at Fort Tilden National Park of NYC’s Breezy Point

She has worked and collaborated with several companies including Brooklyn Industries, Shut Skateboards, Nu Hotel, Modern Sky Music Festival in Central Park, Governors Ball Music Festival, Vidiots TV, The Surfrider Foundation NYC Chapter, Build it Green NYC, Burger Joint Buenos Aires, The Library (NYC), Elemental Store Miami to name a few.
‘Killing Me Softly’ street art 2013

Her work has been featured in a plethora of magazines and publications, some of which include Complex Magazine, New York Ink, Artphibia art series, 12 Canvases documentary, Art is Life Documentary, News 12, Time Out NY, Vandalog, ArtNerd New York, Brooklyn Street Art, 12oz Prophet, Brooklyn Eagle, The Brooklyn Paper, Street Art NYC, All City Canvas Blog, Buenos Aires Street Art, DNA Info, The Brownstoner, XO Magazine and more.
‘Foreign Ecosystems’ from the artist’s Your Present Is Still A Virgin series

Most recently the artist was published in The Source for the launch of one of Red Bull’s latest art offerings, a three-part web series surrounding the inspiring narratives of three powerful women making significant marks in the realms of entertainment and the arts. The project features global street artist Magda Love, and the aptly-titled MAVENS series gives viewers a glimpse into the ordinary journey of the extraordinary women.
‘Taming – La Domadora’, Mixed Media on Canvas, 28″ x 29″, 2012. From the artist’s Your Present Is Still A Virgin series

“Powerful content and storytelling about strong women today is very critical,” said Love to The Source. “Media in general usually portray female power only through sexuality and not through our talents, our commitments to our communities, our struggles, our intelligence or our journeys.”
‘Think With Your Heart’ on Pacific Street in Brooklyn, New York

We had the pleasure of meeting this talented artist a couple of months ago at the Blank Canvas Gallery in Wynwood where she was painting an exquisite mural during an opening reception. Guests and collectors were able to experience the artist live in action.

Magda Love’s mural at the Blank Canvas Gallery in the Wynwood Arts District, August 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

ICA Miami: The Everywhere Studio

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami will open its new permanent home on December 1, 2017 with a major group exhibition exploring the significance of the artist’s studio, from the post-war period to the present day. The exhibition will be on view from December 1, 2017 through February 12, 2018.

Encompassing some 100 works in painting, sculpture, video, and installation, 'The Everywhere Studio' brings together over 50 artists from the past five decades to reveal the artist’s studio as a charged site that has both predicted and responded to broader social and economic changes of our time.

'The Everywhere Studio' interprets the works of post-war artists and emerging practitioners through the lens of the social and historical conditions in which they were made. Organized chronologically, the exhibition examines the changing relationships that artists have had to their sites of production. From the studio as a site of labor, to one that blurs production, performance, and spectacle, to a concept that defines the artist’s own identity, the exhibition features artists who, in response to changing socioeconomic influences, represented new modes of working and living that would subsequently spread across society.

'The Everywhere Studio' is organized by ICA Miami and curated by Deputy Director & Chief Curator Alex Gartenfeld, Curator of Programs Gean Moreno, and Assistant Curator Stephanie Seidel. Exhibition design by MOS Architects. This exhibition will inaugurate the museum’s new permanent home in the Miami Design District.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Enjoy Concept Art Fair, 'The Waterfront Fair in the Round', During Art Basel Week in Miami November 30 - December 4, 2016.

CONCEPT FAIR, November 30 through December 4, 2016 will coincide with Miami’s Art Basel fair week. The new “waterfront fair in the round” focusing on modern and contemporary works will be held in a spectacular waterfront fair venue in the heart of downtown Miami’s Arts, Museum and Entertainment District during America’s largest international fair week. Just steps from world renowned restaurant dinning, five star hotels and luxury shopping the fair offers abundant parking and shuttle service.

Attendees and guests will enjoy a juried section for “fresh to market” of today’s newest international artists artworks. Selection process by the fair’s Curatorial and Dealer Selection Committee will offer collectors new and intriguing works each year incorporating new media, video, art performances, urban art and public sculpture. 

Public Art: Bare Sky, Installation by Antuan Rodriguez

The fair's Reimagining Public Sculpture Exhibition is an outdoor exhibition space offered to Art Concept exhibitors to display public monumental sculptures, installation projects and Urban Art by today’s most renown graffiti artists adjoining nine acres of Bayfront Park lush green tropical landscaped gardens. Bayfront’s adjacent Tina Hills Pavilion will allow invited artists state of the art stage environment for art performances. This unique setting will allow collectors to enjoy a full schedule of art experiences only at Art Concept and not available at other satellite art fairs. 

Public Art: Stainless steel installation by Miguel Prypchan

Concept Art Fair is operated by Next Level Fairs, owned by Lee Ann and David Lester. Since 1990, the Lesters have organized more than 110 major international fairs in Miami, Palm Beach, Naples, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, and Greenwich. Many of their fairs have been acquired by major media companies. Art Miami was purchased in 1998 by Advanstar Communications and the Palm Beach International Art & Antique Fair, ArtPalmBeach, Palm Beach Town and Country, and the Texas International Fine Art Fair were purchased in 2001 by DMG World Media. IFAE later reacquired ArtPalmBeach and the Palm Beach International Art & Antique Fair. 

Long known as innovators in the fair industry, the Lesters established their most ambitious art fair venture, SeaFair - The Megayacht Venue, in 2007. Expoships’ $40M specially designed and constructed art exhibition vessel, offers art dealers and luxury lifestyle purveyors access to many affluent communities along the US East Coast in a unique, smaller, club-like fair format. The Lesters will continue Art Concept November 30 - December 4, 2016 at Bayfront Park during Miami Art Week, Art Palm Beach January 18 - 22, 2017 and Art Boca Raton March 15-19, 2017.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Renowned Global Artist Vito Bonanno Teaches Us the Art of Autism

Vito Bonanno lives and works in New Haven, CT. He has exhibited in solo exhibitions at Spectrum Miami during Art Basel in Miami, FL, Umbrella Arts Gallery, NYC and Akus Gallery, Willimantic, CT. His numerous group exhibitions include a sold out exhibition at Metro Curates, NYC in 2014, Uarts & CT Places, Hartford, CT, New England ADA, Boston, Ma, The Outsider Art Fair, NY and Intuit Outsider Art Fair, Chicago.

'Red' 2016. Dead Trivia series, 

In 2009, Bonanno won an Award of Excellence in a juried competition for young people with disabilities, produced by VSA Arts and sponsored by Volkswagen in 2009. He was named one of 15 emerging young artists with disabilities and was honored during the artist reception in Washington, DC. His winning pieces, “Ghost Town on Davenport Avenue” was exhibited at the S. Dillon Ripley Center of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. and then was part of a traveling exhibition that went on a two year nationwide tour of university and independent galleries. Additionally, a second winning piece titled “Southhaven People”, was on exhibit at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. before also partaking in the nationwide traveling exhibition that ran through September 2011.

Akus Gallery, ECSU 2012 "unfiltered V: Vito Bonanno Riding with the Train Girls"

In January 2012, Bonanno unveiled his first SOLO EXHIBITION, “Unfiltered V: Vito Bonanno Riding with the Train Girls”, at Akus Gallery at Eastern Connecticut State University which included works on paper, canvas, video pieces, a student-artist interactive mural project and installations. Akus Gallery Director, Elizabeth Peterson stated, “The characters, objects and ideas that inhabit Vito Bonanno’s work act and interact in striking ways. Caught within the grids and map-like structures he imagines, they are often in a struggle between multiple worlds. He has found a way to tap in the intensity of focus and insight afforded him through autism to unleash a formidable creative power and vision”.

'Skate Park Krusty' 2014. Obsessions & Meditations series. 1st in Show, Art Olympia Competition Tokyo, Japan 2015.

This was the start of an incredible journey that launched the beginning of a successful art career spanning the global landscape from New York, Miami, Los Angeles, London to Tokyo. This is the story of Vito Bonanno, learn more at: