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 www.Project305.org.

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 Stephanie.Torok@nws.edu.

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 www.NWS.edu.  

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: www.vitobonanno.com

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sirona Fine Art presents “I Believe in Miracles”, a solo exhibition by renowned artist Brian Keith Stephens – Opening Reception Saturday, November 5th

The Whimsical Fantasy World of Brian Keith Stephens is Back For a Second Solo Exhibition at Sirona Fine Art

Sirona Fine Art presents “I Believe in Miracles”, a solo exhibition by renowned artist Brian Keith Stephens – Opening Reception on Saturday, November 5th from 6-9pm. The exhibition will be on view from November 5th through December 2nd, 2016.

Stephens paint strokes are applied in energetic, staccato bursts of thick, intense layers of color. Simplified, heartfelt images of both pastoral and intensely personal subjects are of equal importance to the ambiguous, charge color fields that surround them. Join us at Sirona Fine Art Gallery located at 600 Silks Run #1240 in Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009 - The Village at Gulfstream Park.

Pick up the November Issue of American Art Collector to preview Brian Keith Stephens solo exhibition "I Believe in Miracles" or view the works via Artsy. RSVP here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Macaya Gallery presents American Banned, an art exhibition featuring three renowned contemporary artists, Chor Boogie, Stuart Sheldon, and Ashley Reid.


Chor Boogie, one of the world’s foremost masters of the spray paint medium, will premier original paintings and multimedia works from his critically acclaimed series In God We Trust.

JustU$ 2014 by Chor Boogie - 96 x 96 Mixed Media, Spray Paint on Canvas

RSVP : info@macayagallery.com


Stuart Sheldon will showcase a new series of artwork I’m With The Banned, an ensemble of intricate works of mixed media on canvas and paper, featuring strong shapes and piercing political statements. Mediums include acrylic, vinyl, oil crayon, gunpowder, glass bottles, spray paint, found objects, shredded pay stubs, and the artist’s own blood. Sheldon will also feature an installation and limited edition video addressing violence in society with first grade chairs, bullets, and chain.

I'm With The Banned 2016 by Stuart Sheldon - 8x8ft Mixed Media

RSVP : info@macayagallery.com


Ashley Reid presents White Power, a passionately, anarchistic photographic and performance representation of social and authoritative culture; what the artist has perceived as the zeitgeist of this generation. With a perspective that is both critical, loving and transgressive in its kitschy approach, subjects of instant gratification, protest, police brutality, appropriation, empathy, and accountability are questioned visually through self-portraiture and her community. Performance self-portrait Privileged, Please Helppresents a white man who is sitting and acting as a homeless man, but is asking for help in being privileged as opposed to being disenfranchised.

African American 2016 by Ashley Reid - 3x4 Photograph

RSVP : info@macayagallery.com

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Keep Your Eyes On Global Art Sensation Vito Bonanno

New England and New York-based artist Vito Bonanno’s mix of hyper-focused Autism inspired work is a blend of street art, pop culture and dreams from his unfiltered world.

'Red', Dead Trivia Series, 2016.

Bonanno is an internationally recognized artist who taps into the daily emotional and social challenges of living with autism, placing his innermost feelings onto canvas. The work is image and concept driven and imbedded in his personal philosophy. His art contains the essence of his life, feelings, thoughts and dreams, coupled around objects or topics that “get stuck in his head”, including traffic lights, grids, ceiling fans, graffiti and pop culture.

'Dream Girl', Anxiety & Dreams Series, 2014.

His work is collected by art world luminaries such as Joey Arias, Robert Galinsky, Supermodel Monica Watkins, and the owner of Azucar Ice Cream Company in Miami, Suzy Batlle, to name a few.

'Airplane Crashes into Aerosol Building', Airplane Series, 2015.

Bonanno began his artist representation with veteran NYC Art Dealer and co-owner of New York City based Umbrella Arts Gallery, Margaret Bodell. Bodell helped define and expand the outsider movement during the 90’s in her East Village gallery by including artists with autism alongside contemporary artists, bringing to light the unique visual arts gift that only the autistic can tap into such as Michael Madore, Jessica Park and Ricky Hagedorn.

Bodell encouraged Bonanno to collaborate with “mainstream” artist’s one-on-one-in order to help him round out his artistic voice and philosophy, as well as to encourage him to continue to explore additional artistic mediums. These collaborations have resulted in a discovery of the wide range of artistic styles that Bonanno is capable of and have furthered his independent and unedited artistic voice. Bodell believes Bonanno has a rare form of extreme talent.

'Daffy Goes To Waterbury with a Ninja Turtle', Obsessions & Meditations Series, 2014.

Exclusive Art Installation by by Ivan Toth Depeña at Spotify's 'Clarify' Miami Exhibition

Spotify presents Clarify, a series of exhibitions that explore the connection between music, art, and politics. Enjoy an Opening Reception + Talk on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 6:30pm featuring a conversation about the intersection of art, music and climate change. Leading up to the November election, there will be 8 exhibitions in 8 cities around the United States, each one taking on one of today’s key political issues. Join us in Miami for an exclusive art installation by Ivan Depeña plus a conversation about the intersection of art, music, and climate change.

"Reflect" 2012.

Ivan Toth Depeña is an artist who is currently living and working in Charlotte, North Carolina. With a Masters Degree in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Depeña’s production is informed by his experience in art, architecture, technology and design, and encompasses a range of media. Depeña pursues the intersection between different disciplines with the aim of choreographing the moment when these aspects come together seamlessly. Using traditional avenues such as drawing, painting and sculpture then interweaving interactivity/responsiveness, video, light and high-tech methods of fabrication, Depeña explores the fine line between chance and intention.

Although Depeña has been working increasingly in the public realm, he maintains a rigorous and experimental, self directed studio practice. He has exhibited extensively, nationally and internationally, in both solo and group exhibitions, including at the McColl Center, NC; Praxis NY, NYC; New Britain Museum of American Art, CT; Miami Art Museum, Frost Art Museum, and the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, FL. Depeña has recently completed large-scale public commissions in New York, NY; Denver, CO; Albuquerque, NM; Gainesville, and Miami, FL. His work is held in numerous public and private collections.

“Inside/Out” Public Art Responsive/Interactive Light Installation 2015 at PAMM

In early 2014, he was awarded a prestigious Knight Arts Challenge Miami Grant for his proposal for a first of it’s kind series of augmented reality public art projects throughout South Florida called “Lapse”. Depeña is also currently a finalist for the renowned Cintas Fellowship 2016-2017.

“Prisoner’s Cinema” (Series) Ongoing.

Combining many sources of media, technology, form and materials, Depeña seeks to blur boundaries and create work that exists within a new and amorphous hybrid of various creative disciplines.

“Fail Safe” (Fallen Sky Chronicles) 2013.

Past exhibitions include, ‘Aesthetics and Values 2011’ at the Frost Museum in Miami, ‘Miami in Transition’ at the Miami Art Museum and various group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States. Depeña is the recipient of several grants including the ‘South Florida Visual + Media Artist Fellowship Grant’. He has completed residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida and the Digital Sculpture and Public Art Residencies at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

“Fail Safe” (Fallen Sky Chronicles) 2013.

Join us for Spotify’s Clarify exhibition at 11 11 Lincoln Road on Miami Beach opening on Tuesday, October 18th at 6:30pm. 11 11 is a unique shopping, dining, residential and parking experience located at the gateway to Lincoln Road’s pedestrian promenade. The exhibition features an exclusive art installation by Depeña plus a conversation about the intersection of art, music, and climate change. Free Admission and Gallery Hours are 12noon-10pm.