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Riedel welcomes Doug Frost as Sommelier of the Month.
Doug Frost is a Kansas City author who writes and lectures about wine, beer and spirits. In 1991 he passed the rigorous Master Sommelier examination and two years later became America’s eighth Master of Wine. He was the second person…
Gone, but Not Forgotten
Gravity and Grace, Monumental Works by El Anatsui
The first time I experienced the art of El Anatsui was in 2011 at Art Basel Miami Beach. As you may know, attending an art fair is, by far, not the intimate gallery or museum experience. So why among so many works of art could any one particular piece stay on my mind, I cannot answer.
Soon after returning home that day, I opened a bottle of wine, pressed a fragment of the seal flat, and wrapped the band around my finger to form a ring. I wondered, how much time and how many seals would it take to create such a large work? And, that question would be stored deep in my memory because I had no idea who the artist was.
Fast forward, three years later — I decided to challenge myself and complete the Miami Art Museums Alliance passport and visit 7 Miami museums within four months. My third stop would be the Bass Museum of Art and, yet to be discovered, El Anatsui’s first solo show to tour the U.S. I first saw structures made from milk can lids arranged on the floor and, after examining it closely, I looked up at a blue and silver tapestry-like piece hung on a wall. The security guard told me that she could not understand how a work that was visibly much larger in a brochure photo, could fit on a much smaller wall.
A walk up the ramp led to what I imagine was a monumental experience for anyone who attended. I finally made the connection.
On the Bass Museum’s website, you will read: “As the exhibition travels, each installation of Anatsui’s artwork will be quite different. The artist encourages museum staff to “sculpt” each metal piece as they install it, and so the works are condensed, expanded or reshaped to fit the space and sensibility of each institution. Derived from a communal process, the beautiful metal pieces displayed as part of Gravity and Grace transcend the artist’s particular cultural influences to embody a universal meaning.” (If you are curious about the installation process, I encourage you to watch this video.)
To think about the craftsmanship involved in creating many colossal works is impressive. However, the message is powerfully didactic. Massive waste, poverty, social and political turbulence – it hits you, but then retracts into visual splendor.
Unfortunately, the exhibit has ended. However, should you be in New York, visit the Jack Shainman Gallery that has represented El Anatsui since 2005. I will definitely go one day. Gone, but not forgotten.
- “Garden Wall,’’ 2011 - Jack Shainman Gallery, NYC
- A work by El Anatsui at Art Basel Miami Beach 2011
- "Ozone Layer," 2010 - Jack Shainman Gallery (At the Bass Museum, this piece was hung under the air conditioning vents causing it to gently chime.)
- "Gravity and Grace," 2010 - Jack Shainman Gallery
- "Black Block," 2010 [Jack Shainman Gallery]; "Red Block," 2010 [Collection of The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica]
Getting to Know George Goodridge and his Wonderful “Wondergarden”
Lisa’s Lunch Time Chat with a South Florida Artist [#1 10.10.14]
While taking a quick, lunch-time tour through one of my favorite spots, Art Center South Florida my eye caught a glimpse of some colorful pieces that seemed to say, “Tropics, South Florida style.” And, to my delight, the creator of these marvelous works, George Goodridge saw me peaking into his studio and spoke to me briefly about his most recent art —- three dimensional stretched canvases. His works, “blur the line between sculpture, painting, and installation.” Some are meant to remain indoors, while others are treated with marine resin and automotive clear coat, making the art perfect for your garden or any exterior space.
These seemingly whimsical works of art are not to be taken lightly though. In his description of Studies for Wondergarden, Mr. Goodridge states: “As this body of works develops the content may vary from questioning acceptance, turbulence, class systems, gender, race and more by creating a kind of visual language that transcends linguistics. To be considered as both non-figurative and figurative simultaneously, it might be possible to symbolize the relationships between select societal issues such as the 1%, street life, popular culture, immigration, ecology and/or fashion. As I indicated before, these works will be complex, open-ended offerings and will be open to varied interpretations.”
I like that, and it seems to match perfectly with #MyArtEscape. I am not an artist or an art critic – I just enjoy art. We need to respond emotionally to it and then acquire a better understanding of it. We can insist upon interpretation or find comfort with open-endedness. Most importantly, it should just please us.
Of course, I won’t give any more away. The next time you visit Lincoln Road, stop by and visit. Discover what pleases or moves you!
A sneak peak of works that will be on display in Wynwood at Galleria GUM — exclusive representative for the Wondergarden Series
Art by George Goodridge in the display window of South Florida Art Center on Lincoln Road.
Here’s our @ipcvisuallab #photooftheday by Anthony Harris. Join us Oct 25/14 7pm with the students & Miami Herald’s Carl Juste #ACNDGallery #MiamiDesignDistrict “Harris enjoys capturing a moment in time and preserving the image for the beauty that moment. ” #photojournalism #visualstorytelling #picofthday #miami #instaphoto