With the excitement of the recent virtual edition of Frieze art fair in London and announcements about the pending, pared-down version of Miami art week, art is definitely alive and well. South Florida’s premier galleries are also in full swing with fall shows. Here are five hot exhibits to check out.
Lyle Ashton Harris
Having hopped from Wynwood to Miami Beach during its 15-year run, David Castillo Gallery recently landed in the Miami Design District. New works by Lyle Ashton Harris inaugurate the space through November 21. The exhibit’s title, “In these shadows,” comes from Harris’s unique “shadow” dye-sublimination technique for collages that assemble images from his personal archive of family snapshots and ephemera.
Pakistan-born Ryan Johnson lives and works in Brooklyn. On view at Nina Johnson Gallery from October 15 to November 14, “Ryan Johnson: Dear Shadow” presents new sculptures of epoxy clay-covered cardboard depicting animals and figures from a suspended bird to a reclining woman. Dark, polished surfaces gleam and cast shadows, while bold shapes give a false sense of density.
For his third solo show at Gavlak Palm Beach from October 15 to November 29, Maynard Monrow created new neon sculptures under the timely theme “Vox Populi.” The show’s title borrows from the Latin phrase for “the people’s voice.” Monrow is known for his witty outlook via hilarious, provocative text that mines current events, what he dubs, “the immediate here & now.”
Beloved, Miami-based artist Clifton Childree has worked in a range of mediums such as antique-inspired films; vast, narrative installations, and offbeat, comedic performances. For “Storm Inn,” his solo exhibition at Emerson Dorsch Gallery through November 7, he turns to painting for the bulk of new works. Many are reminiscent of the style and palette of highway billboards.
Miami Design District developer and art collector Craig Robins has transformed a couple spaces in the neighborhood’s Palm Court into makeshift galleries. An exhibition of 16 mixed-media works by Polish artist Paulina Olowska acquired over two decades is displayed through November 10. Her main motifs combine female protagonists and the belief that “art can change the world.”