Friday, January 23, 2015

EXHIBITIONS: Snowbirds take note! Winter art museum offerings in sunny South Florida

Calder, Untitled, 1945, gouache on paper

Abstraction on Paper
January 26 - April 5, 2015
Delving into the Museum’s rich collection of works on paper, and featuring significant loans from generous members of the community, the exhibition presents a variety of media by American and European artists from the 1920s thru the 1950s. Superb works by American Abstract Artists and other Modernists such as Alexander Calder and Wassily Kandinsky. While all 20 works were created on paper, the media used range from ink, gouache, pencil, and watercolor to etching and drypoint.

 Patkin, You Tell Us What to Do [detail], 2010, ink on pleated tulle curtains

Izhar Patkin: The Wandering Veil

January 26 - April 5, 2015
This survey of works by Israeli-born, New York-based artist, Izhar Patkin will fill the museum's main gallery space with spectacular mural-size paintings on tulle fabric. The mesmerizing display chronicles the history of modern-day Tel Aviv and Israel at large. Grand yet touchingly intimate, The Wandering Veil resonates with personal narrative, emphasizing memory, loss, love, exile and redemption.

• at the Wolfsonian in Miami's Art Deco district:

Downtown Miami in the mid-1920s

Boom, Bust, Boom: Downtown Miami Architecture, 1920s-1930s
Ends March 08, 2015

Miami's first skyscrapers, including the Miami Daily News building (now Freedom Tower), were built during the city's "boom" years following World War I. A destructive hurricane in 1926, however, dealt a devastating blow to the city's economy, worsened significantly by the onset of the Great Depression. Recovery was slow, but with the 1939 completion of the magnificent Art Deco-style  Alfred DuPont building, things started looking up. 

At the 75th anniversary of the DuPont building, The Wolfsonian reflects upon this architectural legacy and its role in transforming a seaside town into a vibrant modern metropolis.

Also at the Wolfsonian:

Rose colored mirrored glass and wooden radio with horizontal struts design
Sparton, model 517, Walter Teague designer 

Art and Design in the Modern Age: Selections from the Wolfsonian Collection
This exhibition explores the ways in which art and design have both influenced and adapted to the modern era, a time of unprecedented experimentation and innovation. Design became a critical issue for producers and consumers at a time when machine-made objects were replacing those crafted by hand. The works on display demonstrate designers’ responses to profound social and technological changes of the modern epoch. They reveal how people living in this tumultuous period viewed the world and their place in it, as urbanization, mass production, and new transportation and communication systems revolutionized modern life.

Floor lamp, desert motif, Wendell August designer

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