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Balance in Times of Crisis

His work clearly calls attention, but more so it creates tension. Colombian artist Jose Olano uses everyday life spaces in the way a painter uses their canvas to make art with whatever objects he finds. He either sings to equilibrium or screams to instability. By Jairo Dueñas “Balance in Times of Crisis”. Video performance of [...]

The Art of Memory

Memories are fleeting, they change over time. Sometimes they are unreliable, often they form part of what we call history. The notion of memory as something ephemeral which can be constantly influenced, reshaped and redefined by circumstances is the subject of Nigerian artist Victor Ekpuk’s artwork titled “Meditation on Memory”.   Born a few years [...]

Don’t Ever Give Up Beauty

“History Keeps Me Awake at Night”, David Wojnarowicz’s large and impressive retrospective exhibition evokes strong feelings of injustice, rage and beauty. It also brings sadness, for it reminds us of a desperate time in American history when AIDS took the lives of friends, lovers, strangers. Wojnarowicz lived a short life. He had a difficult childhood [...]

Labor of Art

by Christina Chow   The other day a nice college art student approached me at a gym in Miami. He heard I was a professional artist so he shared with me his passion to draw on a computer. As a member of the X generation, he did not feel confident to draw with his hands. [...]

Debris of Light – When photography becomes a field of demolition

by Jairo Dueñas   The hands of a philosopher trying to capture time frozen in an old family photograph can turn it into an excavation site. This is the work of the Colombian artist Andres Vergara. Portraits of memory and oblivion. Anyone hammering on a large photograph against a wall is without a shred of [...]

Quietly Radical

Every two years art lovers all over the world pay attention to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and expect to see a most radical, shocking, daring and controversial exhibition in the United States. Since the museum founder Gertrude Vanderbilt introduced the idea in 1932, the Whitney Biennial event has become the [...]

A Social Revolution

Abstract Expressionism, which in the 50s revolutionized painting and veered art towards a new direction of experimentation and individual freedom, now strikes again with new impact at the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida, United States. Under the title of Abstract Expressionism: A Social Revolution, a selection of 25 paintings loaned by the famous art [...]

Surrounded Islands

A city gains its reputation rightfully or erroneously, but to change that perception in people’s hearts, it needs a good idea. A great idea. A monumental idea. Miami is known for many things, a retirement paradise, a passageway for drug trafficking, a hurricane magnet. A clichéd image of sun, fun and stupidity. A cultural wasteland…until [...]