Opening Reception of Intrepid WORK: Solo Exhibition of Debra Yates

Congratulation Debra on a beautiful Exhibition!  Thank you to all who attended!

Intrepid WORK runs until Jan 21, 2013.

Winners of the Juried Competition, “TAP into Miniature”

Congratulations to all 26 artist who were selected to participate in “TAP into Miniature.”  In the end, the work was so great that the Juror chose 5 Honorable Mentions and awarded one Best in Show.  The Exhibition will be on display until Nov 27th, 2012.  Thank you for your support and participation!

Cat Del Buono – Best in Show for “Equal/Unequal”   ***click image to watch video

Annette Jaret – Honorable Mention for “Fog Reboundat Dawn”

Dale Stryker – Honorable Mention for “Wading in the Watuga”

Esther Mendoza – Honorable Mention for “White Man”

Toa Castellanos – Honorable Mention for “Pretty Face I”

Diana Unterspan – Honorable Mention for “Pupu Lips”

More photos of the Exhibition.

Visual Dialogue – Wynwood ART BASEL Week

The Art Place Wynwood, presents Visual Dialogue, a showcase of 12 artists during ART BASEL WEEK 2012. Exhibitions runs from December 1 – 17th, 2012. The gallery is hosting an Opening Reception on Wednesday, December 5th, 6-9 PM.

Director, Danilo Gonzalez, has this to say about “Visual Dialogue”.

“When I arrived in the Wynwood Art District four years ago the future of Wynwood was far from certain. Today, we see that the Art District is at a crucial point in its development process. My position as both an artist and a gallery director has provided me an unique perspective on these changes. I have witnessed the area transform itself into the interesting and stylish community that it is today. This has given me the opportunity to work with international artists such as Sara Roitman, the impressive photographer from Ecuador; Ada Balcacer, Eliu Almonte and Grimaldy Polanco from the Dominican Republic; extraordinary German expressionist Horst Kohem; and established artist, Delia Solari from Argentina. Wynwood has attracted Florida talents too, including sculptor, Deborah Gregg, environmentally conscious painter, Molly Bo, painter and spacial designer Debra Yates, abstract painter, Lauren Fogg and prominent artist, Carol Fryd. It is obvious that the Wynwood Art District has become a meeting point in the global art community for artists and art appreciators alike. I am proud to present “Visual Dialogues,” an exhibition whose objective is to expose the interconnection between different generations and the perspective of each artist that are connected yet different.

Together we are carving a space in the art world for the future of Wynwood.”

Learn More about the artists by viewing our Visual Dialogue Catalog

MIAMI MIX 2012

The Art Place Wynwood, presents Miami Mix 2012 opening in their second location THE WAREHOUSE PROJECT.

Opening Reception is Saturday Nov. 10 , 6-10 PM during the Wynwood Art Walk.

The Art Place Wynwood is thrilled to announce the Grand Opening of THE WAREHOUSE PROJECT! After 4 years on NW 2nd Avenue we have acquired a 7300 square foot warehouse in the Heart of Wynwood. This is our second location, we are NOT moving, we are growing! Now with two locations we can continue to provide a multitude of opportunities to local and international artists. Join us next second Saturday to witness the launching of Miami Mix 2012, our artist showcase for ART BASEL WEEK!

We will also have a live musical performance by ANIMAL SPOUSE!

THE WAREHOUSE PROJECT  |  450 NW 27th St. Miami, FL 33127  |  850-499-4755

ARTISTS

Marcela Garcia Bonini / Rishona Cann / Toa Castellanos / Claudia Di Paolo / Sol Gersh Mark Gonzalez / Cory Hunter / Carolina Llano / Maranesi / Scott MarsicanoAlexis Martinez / Beatrice McClelland / Lauren Ashley Munoz / Michelle OravitzMiguel Payano / Christy Perez / Judy Polstra / Juan Restrepo / Dlynn Roll / Santiago Rueda / April Saler / Dale Stryker / Sacha Suarez

Marcela Garcia Bonini Opening Reception

The Art Place Wynwood, proudly presents Recent Work, paintings by Argentinean artist Marcela Garcia Bonini in The Project Room.  Opening Reception is Friday Nov. 9 , 6-9 PM; Wynwood Art Walk,  Saturday Nov. 11, 6-11 PM.

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she lived until 2002, Bonini now in resides in Miami, Fl, since December 2011. The Art Place Wynwood is pleased to introduce the Wynwood Art District to the metaphysical paintings of Marcela Garcia Bonini.

Bonini has this to say about her latest works, “Miami has so much to offer in terms of color, sounds, scents, a rich culture and warm and friendly people. What I love the most to reflect on my paintings is the luxurious vegetation: the trees, the orchids, the parks, the lawns. I have my own vision of these and I have tried to reflect it on the works in the show. My idea is to show the power I see beyond the trunks and leaves, the energy that the trees have and transmit through their colors, shades and movement. I hope that my paintings can transmit the positive vibes that I feel when I immerse myself in nature.”

If you are intrigued, Bonini is offering an Artist Talk at 7 PM on Friday during the Opening Reception where we will learn more about her inspiration and techniques.

Miami Salsa II: Carol Fryd

The Art Place Wynwood, presents Miami Salsa II, paintings and collages by prominent Miami based artist Carol Fryd.  Opening reception is Wednesday Oct. 10 , 6-11 PM; Wynwood Art Walk,  Saturday Oct. 13 , 6-11 PM.

Miami Salsa returns home from the Museo de las Casas Reales in Santo Domingo DR. Curated by the country’s top art critic, Abil Peralta Aguero it opened March 20, 2012 with a gala reception attended by  the Israeli ambassador to the DR, Members of the Dominican Government and Dominican artists and collectors.

A native Floridian who moved to Miami Beach at age two, Fryd co-founded Miami’s first women’s art coop, The Continuum Gallery.  There on fifty first street on Miami Beach ten fiercely serious women artists brought such top art luminaries as John Chamberlain, Betty Parsons, Professor Tom Banshoff of Brown University, Jack Flam , Matisse expert, Walter Darby Bannard , Peter Kahn,  and the famous photographer Roman Vishniac to Miami Beach.  Women’s issues remain a motif of Fryd’s work.  Goddesses and self portraits dot her collages.

But, it is the bright colors and salsa rhythms that are front and center of this show. Diane Camber, Director of the Bass Museum from 1980 until 2007 referred to her work as a “transcendent feast” and Elisa Turner said “Fryd has pagan grace and power.” Danilo Gonzalez, Director of The Art Place Wynwood describes Fryd as “a pioneer of digital art, fearlessly creating a language of sublime constructivism uniquely her own.”

Carol Fryd hails from the Hans Hofmann tradition, having studied extensively with his New York star pupils James Billmyer and Nieves Billmyer. A colorist, the excitement and hot juicy hues of her palette are matched only by the intensity and heat of the Miami Sun. Twentieth century artistic influences include Bonnard, Stuart Davis, Picasso and Matisse, but her voice is distinctly her own.  Fryd continues to push the envelope by exploring the use of computer generated drawings that find their way into her large works on canvas. Upcoming Museum shows include a one person show, Bible Stories Reexamined at the Jewish Museum of South Florida, May 20 through November 2013 and Master and Student: James Billmyer and Carol Fryd at the Museo del Arte Moderno in the DR.

Contact: Molly Bo, Gallery Manager at theartplacewynwood@gmail.com

Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 1-6 PM

Juried Painting Show Jurors Announced

We are please to announce the jurors of The Art Place Wynwood’s First Annual Juried Painting Show.

DIANE CAMBER

Director Emeritas, Bass Museum of Art

Diane Camber has worked for decades as a curator, fine arts administrator, art advisor and consultant, mounting more than 190 exhibitions, some of which traveled nationally and internationally. She served as Director and Chief Curator of the Bass Museum of Art for twenty-seven years and more than quadrupled the institution’s permanent collection and renovated and expanded the museum facility. The Museum’s trustees named her Director Emerita upon her retirement.  Prior to joining the Bass Museum, Ms. Camber held various positions at the Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  She has taught art and art history and has extensive experience in preservation and development of historic architecture and cultural tourism.

In recognition of her international cultural contributions she was made  Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture recently, after having been made Chevalier de l’Ordre in 1987.  She is a past president of the Florida Art Museum Directors Association and is an Emeritus Member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, a national organization for the directors of the top American art museums.   Ms. Camber is a graduate of Barnard College and studied art and architectural history at Columbia University.  She also studied applied art at  Massachusetts College of Art.

President of Diane W. Camber & Associates, LLC, Ms. Camber works as an independent curator and consultant, advises private, public and corporate clients on collections management, programming, strategic planning, grantsmanship, facilities development and publication. She has extensive experience developing programs to stimulate cultural tourism and is an accomplished speaker and writer on various aspects of the visual arts, including the marketing and business of museums and galleries.

DANILO GONZALEZ

Director/Art Consultant

The Art Place Wynwood

Danilo Gonzalez was born on May 26, 1963, in the Dominican Republic where he began his life and education. Then he lived in Paris, France, New York, Caracas, and Mexico, before returning to the United States to establish with the West Branch Gallery & Sculpture park, in Stowe, Vermont and then in Wynwood Miami Florida. He has worked in many mediums over his 30 year career, including performance art, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and painting. He is in constant search for new techniques and ideas to integrate to his future body of work, focusing mainly in the industrial and recycling materials. His work has been awarded and honored in several biennials and art contests, and has been shown extensively across the United States, France, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Belgium, Cuba, Mexico, Colombia, Canada, Ecuador, Italy, Japan, England, Morocco, Martinique, Guadalupe, Chile, Spain, amongst others. His work can be found in several private, government and corporate collections around the world, which includes the permanent collections of the Housatonic Museum of Connecticut, Musèe du Colombie in France, Museum of Modern Art in the Dominican Republic, el Centro Leon, Museo del Hombre Dominicano, Museo de Historia y Geografia, la Casa Consistorial de Santiago, el Centro de Arte de la Victoria in Venezuela, Museo Soto, and Museo del Dibujo, among others. Gonzalez has acquired a great amount of experience working with artists like Cruz Diez, Robert Blackburn, Mario Cruz, Susy de Pellerano Geo Ripley, Fernando Urena, Roberto Gonzalez, and others. He was selected to participate in the ‘Ninety Sculptors of the Twentieth Century’ at the Housatonic Museum of Connecticut with such sculptors as Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, and Isamu Noguchi. Danilo Gonzalez is an artist with international sensibility, who strives to create art work that addresses viewers across boundaries of culture and nations. His constant, responsible and creative search has made him one of the most influential painters in the Dominican Republic and one of the most active in the Wynwood Art community of Miami, Florida where he established The Art Place and participated in the last four Art Basel.

EMILIO ADAN MARTINEZ

Emilio Adan Martinez was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba, in 1954. In 1961 at the age of six he immigrated to Miami with his family. He earned his BFA from Florida International University in 1995.

As a child, Martinez was always making art– creating toys, sculptures and other pieces from the humblest of found objects. With the Cuban revolution came strife, separation and finally flight. Martinez, who has but few memories of that time, recalls very distinctly his grandfather preparing a bomb shelter adjacent to the family property in Las Villas. Images of trenches, tunnels, and caves – with the one spot of daylight coming from above – find expression in his work even today.

Though originally known for his heavy sculptural pieces that pair the warmest of wood with the coldest of metal, Martinez is currently exploring other media including paper, string, paint and pine branches. These light, floating pieces bring to mind kites and boats and travel – from the earthbound to the unbound, from the ephemeral to the eternal. An installation of these pieces, titled “Andan Volando,” is currently on view at Miami International Airport, Concourse D, in Miami, Florida.

Emilio Adan Martinez’s work can be found in public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Miami Mix

Miami has long been a multicultural city. With the arrival of Art Basel, it has quickly become the center of the Art Scene. This shift has attracted the attention of emerging and established artists alike. Curiosity, drawing in artists like a moth to the flame, has motivated artists from all around the world to relocate to Miami. Inturn, generating a diverse environment where people of many cultural backgrounds are living, interacting, and inspiring one another. With differing languages and cultures, the Artists share the goal of expressing their uniqueness and similarities through their art.  The Art Place Wynwood’s “Miami Mix” will bring together a group of nine Miami artists whose differing nationalities and cultural backgrounds are united by their expert use of a universal language that speaks for itself.

ADA BALCACER

Ada Balcácer left her native country, Dominican Republic in 1951, after four years of academic training at the National Fine Art School of Santo Domingo from European teachers who migrated from Spain and Germany during World War Two. She then studied and worked in New York City for twelve years. After Balcácer’s return home, her work became well known and is present in art collections of: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, USA, Canada, Brazil, Spain, and Italy. In the year 2000 she returned to the USA, and settled into her new studio in Miami, Florida, to broaden her international performance.

MARCO BERIA

Marco Beria is a multidisciplinary artist who has worked as an actor, producer and director in theater, film and video in the USA and Venezuela. As a visual artist and curator, he has had a number of individual and group exhibitions in New York City, New Jersey and Madrid. He has recently relocated to Miami, Florida.

MOLLY BO

Born in Germany on an Air Force base, Molly Bo has had the privilege of living in many places. Although she has experienced many of America’s landscapes she considers herself a Northwest Floridian. Molly Bo graduated from the University of West Florida with her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in 2008. Her emergent career has already earned many merits ranging from highly competitive juried exhibitions such as the 60th Annual All Florida Exhibition, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida, to the private office of House Representative Dave Murzin, in Tallahassee, FL. In addition, her paintings have been selected for public commission such as Taminco Chemical Intermediates Facility, Pace, Florida with works entitled “Gestalt Studies” & “Interactions”. Currently, Molly is represented by The Art Place Wynwood in Miami, Florida where she acts as Assistant Director. She continues to be endlessly fascinated by oil paint as a substance and it’s ability to mimic the patterns and surface qualities of nature.

MÁXIMO CAMINERO

Maximo Caminero was born in Dominican Republic in 1962. His work is supported in the ancestral Taino culture, (first settlers of Antilles) its forms has a resonance in the present with a modern view. The versatility of his paintings goes through the Caribbean horizon, touching without hiding the African legacy. His work does not have the spiritual and religious support that other renounced artist like Wilfredo Lam had studied. He only captures the physical essence of far away desires. His work in the same way he defines it: it’s a reflection of the thought were he wonders through a more real universe, further away of what was created by men. Everything is philosophy, he tells us, and adds, nothing is proven, men creates his dreams and unrealities and supports himself in fictional worlds, I do not escape from it, I create my own world, my language. Even though my history is recreated in the day by day, in the struggle of the human being, in his faults and effects, I   express the subconscious as this one shows sovereignty  and unknown, my religion, concludes, is the uncertainty, because I also know that I know nothing. Supported by a number of critics of great prestige, his works have been auctioned in prestigious houses of America and some have been acquired by North American museums. 

CHARLOTTE FRANCHISEY 

Charlotte Franchisey was born in Paris, France. She earned a masters degree in art at the renown Olivier de Serres. Charlotte embraced at the age of twelve sculpture as her means of expression. She spends most of her time between studios in Miami and in Paris. Noted for her sculptures in steel and plexiglass. “The fusion between steel and plexiglass, roughness v.s. Softness”. Using a sub-tropic palette with European linear abstract designs. Her work has been exhibited and bought into important collections around the world. Charlotte has won several awards and has had numerous publications. The artist has collaborated in several theatres, ballets and performances linking drawing with music and dance.

CAROL FRYD

Carol Fryd hails from the Hans Hofmann tradition, having studied extensively with his New York School star pupils Jame Billmyer and Nieves M. Billmyer. A native Floridian, the vivid hues of the Miami sun inform her palette. Twentieth Century artistic influences include Stuart Davis, Picasso and Matisse, but her voice is distinctly her own. Hugely prolific, her current style shift is from geometric abstractions to the figurative imagery of her own personal feminine mythology. A pioneer in the Miami Beach art scene, Fryd was one of the founders of the first women’s co-op art center in Miami Beach in the mid sixties, the Continuum Gallery. Created to foster an intellectual and artistic dialogue between like-minded women artists, it brought such New York luminaries as sculptor John Chamberlain, art dealer Betty Parsons, Matisse scholar Jack Flam and Holocaust photographer Roman Vishniac to lecture and chair shows.Today, Fryd works extensively with collage on canvas, watercolors, and mixed media on paper. She continues to push the envelope by exploring the use of digitally realized art via her computer-generated drawings, that lately find their way into her large works on canvas. Fryd is represented in the permanent collection of Miami Beach’s Bass Museum. Her work is also in the permanent collections of the Museo de la Galeria de las Casas Reales and the Museo de Arte Moderno in the Dominican Republic.  She recently had a solo exhibit, “Miami Salsa” in the Museo de las Casas Reales and will have  one person shows in 2013 in the Museo del Arte Moderno in Santo Domingo and in the Jewish Museum of South Florida in Miami Beach.

DANILO GONZALEZ

Danilo Gonzalez began his life and education in the Dominican Republic. He lived in Paris, New York, Caracas, and Mexico working with artists such as Cruz Diez and Robert Blackburn. He has worked in many mediums over his 30 year career, including performance art, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and painting, focusing mainly in the industrial and recyclable materials. His work has been awarded and honored in numerous Biennials and Art contests. He participated in the ‘Ninety Sculptors of the Twentieth Century’ at the Housatonic Museum of Connecticut. His work belongs to several private, government and corporate collections around the world, including the permanent collections of the Housatonic Museum of Connecticut, Musèe du Colombie in France, Museum of Modern Art in the D R, el Centro Leon, Museo del Hombre Dominicano, Museo de Historia y Geografia, Lasa Consistorial de Santiago, El Centro de Arte de la Victoria in Venezuela, Museo Soto, and Museo del Dibujo DR, among others.

EMILIO ADAN MARTINEZ

Emilio Adan Martinez was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba, in 1954. In 1961 at the age of six he immigrated to Miami with his family. He earned his BFA from Florida International University in 1995. As a child, Martinez was always making art– creating toys, sculptures and other pieces from the humblest of found objects. With the Cuban revolution came strife, separation and finally flight. Martinez, who has but few memories of that time, recalls very distinctly his grandfather preparing a bomb shelter adjacent to the family property in Las Villas. Images of trenches, tunnels, and caves – with the one spot of daylight coming from above – find expression in his work even today. Though originally known for his heavy sculptural pieces that pair the warmest of wood with the coldest of metal, Martinez is currently exploring other media including paper, string, paint and pine branches. These light, floating pieces bring to mind kites and boats and travel – from the earthbound to the unbound, from the ephemeral to the eternal. An installation of these pieces, titled “Andan Volando,” is currently on view at Miami International Airport, Concourse D, in Miami, Florida.

SERGIO PAYARES

Miami artist Sergio Payares was born in Havana, Cuba, 1962. He studied at National School of Art (ENA), and at the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA). He perfected his training at the Rene Portocarrero Serigraph workshop. In 1990 he travels to Venezuela where he resided for a short time, then moved to the states in 1992 where he since resides and works. His work evokes the solitary reflections of the human condition. Graphite markings, minimal lines, abstract motifs, words and shapes appear to emerge into a world of play. Airy spaces form Zen voids. Disembodied heads hover into empty spaces combined with natures predicaments symbolized by leaf or flower forms. “With signs to guide the way and the brush to bring it to reality, it is also a passage to his very soul”. Dr. Carol Damian, Director & Curator, The Frost Museum, Florida Int. University, Miami, Fl. His work is in museum, corporate and private collections in the U.S. and abroad. He received several awards and honors and has been the subject of numerous articles and major publications.


Parody Video

The Art Place has produced a Parody video to bring a little happiness to our friends.  Please take a look and also share it with your friends.  We hope you have as much fun watching it as we did making it.

http://youtu.be/gKpMQ3ZX5eA?hd=1

NPR / WLRN Interviews Our Artists!

WLRN’s Christine DiMattei interviewed The Art Place’s artists, Donna E. Natale Planas, Alexia Fodere & Danilo Gonzalez, about their exhibition, Black & White: Mi Miami, Not for Tourists on Friday, January 13th.

Listen to Danilo’s interview with WLRN’s Christine DiMattei http://blog.wlrn.org/index.php/2012/01/miami-homeless-inspire-art/

Listen to Donna Natale Planas’ and Alexia Fodere’s interview with WLRN’s Christine DiMattei http://blog.wlrn.org/index.php/2012/01/miami-vice-art-exhibit/#comment-476

In the process of establishing The Art Place in Miami’s Wynwood Art District, I started to notice the passerbys. At the time of my arrival I found lingering rumors of violence spread throughout the community. However, in getting to know the locals I began receiving a warm welcome. Some of the passerbys began offering to help me on occasion, promptly followed by the question “can I have a buck man?” I began noticing that many of them in the end have the same intention, to ask you for a buck. Instead of a single buck, I asked them to allow me to take their pictures in exchange for a few bucks. Most agreed some did not; those who did explained to me that they were a part of Wynwood too. Most were concerned with being ignored and displaced from the new community developing in Wynwood. While listening to their concerns it occurred to me to dedicate an exhibition to some of the true locals of Wynwood, The Buckman. Coincidentally, this is how they now refer to me, Mr. Buckman.

Donna E. Natale Planas and Alexia Fodere’s passion for photojournalism brought them together while working for the Miami Herald. Photovision is a reflection of their friendship. Alexia Fodere transformed 80’s TV sets into art by using photographs taken by well known photojournalist Donna E. Natale Planas during that same decade. The photographs are of Miami Vice, Grand Prix, drug busts and more from these unique times in Miami. In a conversation with Alexia we discovered that a clear and powerful connection exists between our work. We understand that the exhibition talks about Miami, past and present. It is a review of the evolution of Miami and the Wynwood Art District, which has transformed quickly in the last three years. Photovision and The Buckman Series are pieces well worth being seen. The opening reception will be January, Friday the 13th at 6PM at The Art Place, 2722 NW 2nd Ave. Miami, Florida 33127 Wynwood Art District.