Remember those wacky, giant pink snails that lined 5th Street in South Beach during Art Basel week three years back? Yeah, you do. Galleria Ca' D'Oro (meaning 'House of Gold' in Italian) first opened in Rome in 1970 and will relocate from its Coral Gables location to its new home in the 4141 Building. But rather than planting oversized pink creatures into the Miami landscape, the gallery will inaugurate its new space with a rich cultural offering of visual art and music, together. Says co-owner and curator Gloria Porcella, "We are very excited to move to the 4141 Building and form part of the renaissance of the Miami Design District. This is Miami's future as [an] arts, fashion, and design destination."
Normally, Locust Projects' programming is designed to challenge and engage the most advanced, mature collectors and contemporary art enthusiasts. Internationally-renowned and local artists have come to roost, flexing their creative muscle in a hands-on way. But the biggest sources of curiosity and artistic enthusiasm often come from the smallest people...
Miami is known as the gateway to Latin America, and this is no different in terms of its repositories of contemporary art. With prominent locals such as Jorge Pérez, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz and Ella Cisneros-Fontanals, it follows that at least one or two commercial galleries will fill the need for others to discover the richness of both historic and current works sourced south of the Magic City and beyond.
With a long history of working and showing in Florida, Karen Rifas shows no signs of slowing down in her continuous creative giving to the community. On Saturday, September 21st, Rifas will show Works on Paper at the Arevalo Gallery in the Design District. For years, Rifas was represented by Bernice Steinbaum at her eponymous gallery in Midtown. Her most recognizable work (with Steinbaum) consisted of installations where small leaves were seemingly suspended in mid-air by a series of taut wires pierced through walls and floors. On a larger scale, Rifas engages poetry and language in linear shapes, revealing multiple possibilities in something as (not quite so) simple as a drawn line.