Sunday, June 16, 2019

Art Workshop: Made at PAMM

Experience Made at PAMM on Thursday, June 20th from 6-8:30pm at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Every Thursday, enjoy art after dark at PAMM. Participate in hands-on art-making, centered around the museum’s current exhibitions, and explore the galleries until 9pm. Outside, visit Verde restaurant and bar for happy hour specials and dinner. Open to the public. Free with general museum admission.

Laurence Gartel, "The Father of Digital Art", Has Boldly Gone Where No Artist Went Before

Laurence Gartel is a living legend. Hailed as the first graphic artist of the digital age, Laurence Gartel stands at the top of his artistic niche as the acknowledged “Father of Digital Art”. A born and bred New Yorker, he perfected his iconoclastic style with the likes of Andy Warhol, whom he introduced to computer artistry even before Mac and the PC came on the scene. Like Warhol, Gartel blurred the line and created a bridge between fine art and graphic artistry. 

“Self Portrait of the Artist” (c) Laurence Gartel 2017

Gartel’s trailblazing in digital art was unthinkable when he started his career in 1975. He was working at the University at Buffalo, Media Study Department on analog system computers when he met video guru Nam June Paik.

Nam June Paik went on to write the Introduction to what is thought to be the first book on digital art: “Laurence Gartel: A Cybernetic Romance” published by Gibbs Smith in 1989. The same year, Gartel created the first cover of Forbes Magazine and held an exhibition of works titled, “Nuvo Japonica” made on a Commodore Amiga Computer that replaced Van Gogh’s “Irises” at the Joan Whitney Payson Gallery in Portland, Maine.

Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, 1995. Cibachrome Print, 40″ x 30″

Gartel’s vision was to create electronic images by capturing them with a still camera off a monitor, as there were no saving devices or software to store the created picture. In 1985, he delivered the keynote speech at the First Pan Pacific Computer Conference in Melbourne, Australia predicting the future of the world, which landed him on the front page of The Australian Newspaper. This was the same year he taught Andy Warhol how to use the Amiga Computer to create the album cover for Debbie Harry (Blondie). It was a moment when “Pop Art met Digital Art”.

In the true innovative sense, Gartel received the commission to produce ABSOLUT GARTEL for Absolut Vodka, utilizing the first digital camera by Canon. The “file” itself was 900K – less than a megabyte. This astounded everyone as to how something with “low” resolution could command the attention of the advertising and art world. He was also featured in Apple’s famous “Think Different” ad and has created works of art for Coca-Cola, the National Basketball Association, and other top brands and personalities.

Warp, 1996. Ink-Jet Print, 11″ x 8 1/2″
Collection: Coca Cola Company, All Rights Reserved

Gartel achieved the prodigious accomplishment of having his work hanging in the Museum of Modern Art before he turned 25, and he remains on the cutting edge of his profession today. His resume includes exhibits at Palm Beach Photographic Center, a museum retrospective at the Norton Museum of Art, Joan Whitney Payson Museum, Princeton University Art Museum, Bibliotheque Nationale Paris, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern History at the Smithsonian to name a few.

Clown Cuzin, 2000. An ink jet print, this collage was made in Painter and Photoshop running on an IntelliStation. It was exhibited at the Edison College Gallery of Art.

His work has also graced the pages and covers of many well-known magazines such as Forbes, ART-IN-AMERICA, Artforum, Sotheby’s, Art and Auction, Art and Antiques, ArtByte, Scientific American, and NY Magazine.

Double Disguise, 1989. This R Type print selection was created on a Commodore Amiga, first exhibited at the Joan Whitney Payson Museum of Art in Portland, Maine

The artist’s 40-year career has touched all points of the globe: from creating a Bollywood-style video and music multimedia work commissioned by Universal Studios; to delivering the keynote speech at the Fotographica Congress in Orvieto, Italy to receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Globus Family Trust; official artist of the 57th Grammy Awards; artist of the Newport Jazz Festival; NASA MMS Launch at Kennedy Space Center; official artist of the Monaco International Film Festival, to being the feature of the Oslo Motor Show in Norway.

Coney Island Baby, 1999. Giclee print, 13″ x 9″

These days, Gartel, who now calls Miami home, has shifted gears taking his art to a whole new frontier – car art. His commissioned creations include a Tesla Electric Art Roadster, a Ferrari Scuderia 430, a 1984 Rolls Royce Spirit, a 1957 Lincoln Premier Convertible, a 1959 Fleetwood Cadillac Limousine, and a 1963 Chevy Pickup among other fine or classic vehicles. Each iconic paint job tells a story.

For instance, Gartel says, “On the 1959 Cadillac I depict the space race against the former Soviet Union as well as Castro’s influence and the addition of Hawaii as America’s 50th state.”€ His ‘Auto-Motion’ exhibition has been captured on film for the big screen in Britain, Australia, and many other countries around the globe, as well as in a luxury edition of a hard-bound coffee table book. He followed that up with his ‘Supercar’ series and then, in 2012, with the Fireball Run: Northern Exposure film and live streaming event.

Gartel earned a BFA degree in Graphics at the School of Visual Arts where he interacted with renowned graffiti artist Keith Haring. He studied for an MA in Photography under Arthur Leipzig at CW Post College and later began his electronic career working side by side with video guru Nam June Paik at Media Study/Buffalo in upstate New York in 1975.

Gartel’s recent installation “Welcome To Miami” at Virgin MiamiCentral

For more information about this fascinating artist, for sales, exhibitions and project inquiries, to commission an art piece or an art car, please visit

Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Delightful Four-Legged Sculptures Of "Dog Artist" Skip Hartzell

South Florida artist Skip Hartzell creates unique art inspired by man’s best friend. His inspiration comes in the form of a morning walk, accompanied by a furry friend.

The canine-inspired artworks that he creates are figments of his artistic imagination and creative vision. Hartzell creates directly from his emotions and instincts, his work is inspired by dogs of all shapes, sizes and varieties.

Hartzell creates large paintings and works on paper that capture the essence of “dog”. He is best known for his unique sculptures recognized immediately by their distinct form and style that only Hartzell can produce.

“Dogs are always in the moment. Although nothing in life has held my attention longer or has been more fascinating to me than dogs, my work is about much more than that. It is about form, movement, color and texture."

Happy Skip Hartzell Collectors

"The dogs are a recognizable common denominator that allows me to communicate my joy of living, passions and sentiments,” explained Skip Hartzell.

Wall Dog Sculptures made with Resin, Paper, Concrete. Various sizes available.

Skip Hartzell is a longtime supporter of no-kill animal rescues and donates proceeds from the sale of his artworks to animal-rescue, no kill shelters. For sales, commissions, general inquiries or future show information, email: / visit

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Cornell Art Museum in Delray Beach presents Unshaped, a group exhibition of LGBTQ artists

The Cornell Art Museum in Delray Beach presents Unshaped, a group exhibition of LGBTQ+ artists exploring the confines of mediums and concepts, asking for conversation on the physical and psychological boundaries we create and inherit.

The show will take place in the museum’s Spotlight gallery for the month of June in conjunction with Pride Month opening on Friday June 7th with a reception beginning at 6pm in tandem with the First Friday Art Walk. Unshaped will be on view until the June 29th, 2019. 

The featured artists identify as LGBTQ+, a demographic still marginalized both in public and in the museum space. This show is a reaction to a large part of art exhibitions still showcasing nearly exclusively white/male/heterosexual-identifying artists. Just as importantly, it wishes to bring focus to up-and-coming artists using out-of-the-box approaches to their practice. 

Unshaped continues the Spotlight Gallery’s mission to foster connection and conversation amongst the artists and their community by allowing underserved and unseen art to be “spotlighted” and given a chance to be appreciated. 

The Cornell Art Museum works to the collaborate with local are groups to curate, manage and promote art exhibitions to support and benefit non-profit children’s groups, student groups, art education groups, art scholarship organizations and other artists groups. 

Friday, May 31, 2019

Internationally Collected Visual Artist & Filmmaker Cheryl Maeder's New Video Installation 'Simulacra'

Internationally collected visual artist and filmmaker Cheryl Maeder's new video installation 'Simulacra', is a reflection, an imitation, of who we have become in this social media age. "As observer & narrator of the film, I become another one of the subjects in this social commentary on our filtered reality. Special thanks to Artist Mary Tidy-Coyle for our wonderful collaboration & editing, and Brandon Martinez, Datzi Media, who will be creating an Interactive 3D APP for this installation." -Cheryl Maeder.

Vimeo: 'Simulcra'

"Since 2008, I have been exhibiting as an artist during Art Basel Week at art fairs such as Art Miami.  I have noticed that social media has transformed our daily lives. In the first years of exhibiting, when viewers would come to the exhibit, they would ask to take photos with their phones. As the years progressed, fewer people would engage directly with the art. They instead use their phones as their lens to the world. Having observed this evolution, I thought it would be interesting to use my own iphone to film the viewers, so that I become an active participant, and we all become the 'Art'." 

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Miami-based Artist Jamie Jones' Ladies of the Garden

Jamies Jones

Jamie Jones was born in Hong Kong and raised in South Florida, much of her art is inspired by the natural surroundings. She has been painting over the last 17 years, her sensibility of expression is focused on acrylic paintings, including enamel, and collage, evolving with her unique variety of mixed media on stainless, plexiglass and canvas.

Ladies of the Garden: 'Ivy', Diptych, 24" x 48" and 24" x 24", mixed media reverse painting on plexiglass with acrylic, enamel, various materials such as dried, flowers, feathers or fabric combined with vintage LIFE magazine collage.

Jamie has had numerous exhibitions throughout South Florida, some of which include a show at Wynwood Blank Canvas Gallery during Art Basel Miami beach, a solo exhibition at the Hublot Galerie in the Miami Design District, and The Palace, presented by Luxury Living where Jamie’s work was installed on two of the floors of the magnificent 25,000 sq ft building in the design district.

Ladies of the Garden: 'Sophia', Diptych, 24" x 48" and 24" x 24", mixed media reverse painting on plexiglass with acrylic, enamel, various materials such as dried, flowers, feathers or fabric combined with vintage LIFE magazine collage.

The artist's recent collection is a series of seven known as 'Ladies Of The Garden'. Each one is two-pieces, the body is 24" x 48" and the head is 24" x 24". These pieces are created in a reverse painting on plexiglass style, using acrylic, enamel, various materials such as dried, flowers, feathers or fabric combined with vintage LIFE magazine collage.

Ladies of the Garden: 'Sophia', Diptych, 24" x 48" and 24" x 24", mixed media reverse painting on plexiglass with acrylic, enamel, various materials such as dried, flowers, feathers or fabric combined with vintage LIFE magazine collage.

"I collect hundreds of LIFE magazines, mainly from the 50s, 60s & 70s. I love the content and photography found during these decades and appreciate the risk and significance found in the oversized pages of LIFE magazines. In this series, Ladies Of The Garden, I'm drawn to the perfection of the women found within the LIFE magazine pages, combined with the graininess of the images. The body is created first. I hand tear the images selected for each piece in order to obtain a whimsical feel to their placement when scattering them to create the dress. I then decide color palate and where to layer paint combining the magazine images. The smaller face panel is created secondly, following the lead of the painted torso. The Ladies Of The Garden were inspired by my 'Art In The Garden' exhibition that took place on May 11th and each one was presented on the old Jamaican coconuts that tower the landscape of the Crawford Lodge in Coconut Grove. They are $2800 each and can be purchased through me and are also found on Artsy and Saatchi Art." explained the artist.

Ladies of the Garden: 'Sophia', Diptych, 24" x 48" and 24" x 24", mixed media reverse painting on plexiglass with acrylic, enamel, various materials such as dried, flowers, feathers or fabric combined with vintage LIFE magazine collage.

For more information about this fascinating artist please visit / For sales inquiries, commissions or upcoming event info, email

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

PAMM Scholl Lecture Series: Christine Binswanger of Herzog & de Meuron

Experience the Scholl Lecture Series on Thursday, May 30th from 7 – 8:15pm with Christine Binswanger of Herzog & de Meuron at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. In celebration of the museum’s 35th anniversary, PAMM welcomes the lead architect of the world-renowned building, Christine Binswanger, senior partner of Herzog & de Meuron. Binswanger will detail the key principles of the building and discuss its successes and challenges with PAMM Director Franklin Sirmans.

Admission: PAMM Members Free. $16 adults and $12 seniors/students. RSVP