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"Nepotism: The Art of Friendship" -- The Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale continues its slow, steady comeback with this small exhibition curated by Edouard Duval-Carrié, the museum's first official artist in residence. The Haitian-born artist drew on the work of two dozen other artists he knows and/or admires for this group show, which includes 35 paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, videos, and installations. You'd be hard-pressed to uncover any sort of artistic agenda here, and that's the point. A show like this -- its misses as well as its hits -- attests to the artist-curator's taste and sensibility, which in this case are characterized by a healthy eclecticism. Duval-Carrié's MoA exhibition includes another contribution, an atmospheric, mixed-media installation called "The Indigo Room or Is Memory Water Soluble?" Displayed in a little elevator foyer, it's an ambitious affirmation of the artist's roots in a country steeped in mystery, ritual, and social and political turmoil, created to commemorate the bicentennial of Haitian independence. It's also a near-hermetic, highly personal work that gives up its secrets only grudgingly. (Through November 7 ["Nepotism"] and December 31 ["Indigo Room"] at the Museum of Art, One E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-5500.)

Genesis Fine Art -- The gallery carries original paintings and limited-edition bronze sculptures made by dozens of international artists, ranging from the neo-romanticism of Stuart Glazer to the gracefully sculpted figures of Mario Jason. The latter, a dance devotee who was schooled in anatomy, produces bronze ballerinas and jazz dancers, capturing the elegant movement of his subjects with all the precise details of the human figure. It probably helps that, in addition to his artistry, Jason is a master of the bronze process; he's in charge of the molding, the foundry, and the finishing of each piece. Glazer's paintings stretch the human body, aiming for underlying emotion rather than outer form. The distorted, rhythmic figures -- all with closed eyes -- evoke a sense of inner attentiveness. More on the impressionist side is Argentinean artist Patricia Boyd. Her lively brush strokes hardly betray their soothing subject matter, often comprised of idyllic scenes of women and young girls leisurely frolicking in the outdoors. (Genesis Fine Art, 803 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-467-6066, or visit www.genesislasolas.com.)

 
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