National YoungArts Foundation promotes YoungArts Week—a week that has been happening for the past 35 years—as a life-changing experience.  With 12,000+ artists from around the country ages 15 to 18 applying to be part of YoungArts Week, only 170 winners have been selected in the visual, literary, performing, design and cinematic arts. 

Categories Art
TAGS youngarts

Ahhhh, December in Miami. Winter for the locals and a break from frigid temps for most visitors. However the weather isn’t the only thing that makes Miami so desirable in December. The common dominator? Miami Art Week.  The annual art extravaganza takes over the city the first week of the month and just like the artists who have been carefully curating their exhibitions, those attending the shows and parties are busy organizing what they plan to wear. We caught up with some of the boldface names that will be hopping from fairs to parties and events in between.

Primary Projects returns to the Design District with Unfinished Gem: Intrinsic Beauty a show by Miami-based artist Karen Starosta-Gilinski, her first solo show with the gallery.  Positively moving in its simplicity, empty glass jars, found objects, and tiny bits of metal –screws, scraps, nuts, and bolts– are elegantly displayed on pedestals and clear Plexiglas shelves throughout the Primary Projects pop-up space.  The throwaway jar of a gourmet jam once enjoyed at the breakfast table, or a plastic container picked up somewhere along Starosta-Gilinki’s travels, are given a second life in this exhibition. 

Set under Sou Fujimoto’s glass facade in the Miami Design District’s Palm Court Plaza—an allegorical ode to South Florida’s seasonal downpours and blue skies—Mad Hatter, Mouse, March Hare, and the usual suspects from the Miami Center Theater hosted an interactive social in the neighborhood, transporting guests through the rabbit hole for a reenactment of Alice in Wonderland’s famed tea party. While kids from the neighborhood gathered at a table singing “Twinkle, Twinkle,” the dreaminess of a breezy October evening under the stars was not lost on the rest of us, who have been waiting for this weather since March. 

Categories Art, Events, Music

As the De la Cruz Collection’s 2014 – 2015 exhibition comes to a close on Saturday, it’s worth reflecting on its origins: as described, Beneath The Surface was a selection of pieces from “a generation of artists redefining post-war art movements.” More specifically, Beneath The Surface contains a cross-section of new abstraction and figurative painting, their set-up alone often blurring the distinction between the two disciplines. Examining the American landscape through a lens both jaded and transformed by a lack of boundaries between the organic and technological selves, the works of this exhibition are loaded: existing in this particular century is to be equally technologically over-stimulated and wonderfully connected. If the self has shifted into something more self-referential than ever before, then so too has the figure, its setting, and its meaning.