April on Art and Design
In South Florida and Beyond
ArtBocaRaton is coming to town--an exciting new contemporary air fair to be held in the International Pavillion of the Palm Beaches at Florida Atlantic University. Don't miss this opportunity to see contemporary artists from this region and around the world at over 50 galleries. There are also a number of lectures and demonstrations all included in the price of a ticket. To be held March 18 to 21.
ARTWORK ABOVE: Landscape by Russian Artist Boris Chetkov.
The Met Breuer is one of the best art spaces in Manhattan. So it is only natural that everyone was holding their breathe to see what the Met would put in it after signing an eight year-contract. Well, it's finally clear. The first exhibitions have opened. The Met Breuer has opened with two "ho-hum" exhibits, and I have to ask, "What is it all about?" Can't the Met do better than that?
One part of the exhibition contains the work of contemporary India Artist Nasreen Mohamedi (now passed away). Well fine. Perhaps that is warranted. But then rooms and rooms devoted to unfinished works of "the greats" of Western Art. Is that what we were waiting for? Is this really needed by the public? And is this the best the Met can do?
So much artwork needs to be displayed--both from the United States and abroad. Artists, sculptors, living and dead. The public needs to see these artists work. The Met has the expertise. But somehow, it can't see, "Outside the Box," as that headline writer for Roberta Smith's review in the NY Times Sunday Arts Section suggested. That headline was "Thinking Inside the Box," and that is just what the Met has done. So now we are still left with the question of, what will be the role of these wonderful space? The Met has not answered that question with these two ill matched exhibitions. Please do better next time, Met.
The art in the "Flowers" exhibition at the Ann Norton Sculpture Garden's Exhibition displays a wide range of imagination in paintings, sculpture, and photography. As you pull up to the Norton home, you'll see a giant sized tulip, balanced on a thin stem, that is the work of Robert St. Croix (West Palm Beach).
Called "Grande Prima Flora," that amazing tulip welcomes you to the exhibition. Inside, you'll find smaller sculpture, photography and also varied paintings. The acrylic portrait of Churchill, "Brush with History," by Edwina Sandys (New York and Palm Beach) is one of the most engaging.
Back inside the house, photo-realist Ben Schoenzeit has three artworks. The large canvas against the far wall is the most stunning. It consists of a horizontal row of roses against a gray and black striped background--exuding both beauty and romance. Make sure you don't miss this exhibition which only runs until Sunday March 6. For the more detailed review I wrote, use the search feature in the online version of Florida Weekly; a link may be found below. (Palm Beach Garden Edition, Feb. 25, 2016)
My review of "Flowers" at the Norton Sculpture Garden.http://palmbeach.floridaweekly.com/news/2016-02-25/Arts_%28and%29_Entertainment_News/Ann_Norton_Bloom.html
Akunyili Crosby is an exciting young Nigerian artist. Read the detailed review I wrote for the March 2016 issue of The Palm Beach Arts Paper of her exhibition at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. The online address of the article: http://palmbeachartspaper.com/index.php/3134-young-nigerian-artist-explores-dualities-in-norton-show.html
"Art washes away