The Magic City is known as a place of excess: where glitter, rhinestones, tie-dye, loud color and louder music never seem to fall out of style. There are artists in Miami that have followed in this outrageous trail through their respective bodies of work. One artist whose work has proven to be a marked reversal of that aesthetic is Emmett Moore.
Recognition never comes too late. In Betty Tompkins' case, the timing is a bit tardy but certainly not unwelcome. For over thirty years, the New York-based artist has created paintings that peel away the taboos and discomforts that surround anatomical painting; specifically, one or more bodies in the throes of sexual pleasure or stimulation. In the 1970's, Tompkins produced visual dialogues that, at the time, belonged exclusively to men. A woman's genitals, a man's expression as his partner satisfies him, or intertwining naked bodies at the moment of orgasm were all images that were proliferated through the male gaze. Tompkins clearly took issue.
So now that Art Basel has passed, the Christmas weight is bearing down and the New Year's taxes are upon us, where on earth could we find anything to challenge our minds without challenging our wallets? How about a stroll into internationally-renowned multidisciplinary artist Xaviera Simmons' first solo exhibition with David Castillo in Wynwood...stimulating, colorful, and free. Everyone wins. Or do they?