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WED 20

The pan pipes are fired up, and Eva Ayllón is smokin'.
The pan pipes are fired up, and Eva Ayllón is smokin'.

"Everyone wants to understand painting. Why is there not an attempt to understand the song of birds?" O-kaaay... With a statement like that, you're dealing with either a true-blue artist or your average LSD casualty. In this case, thankfully, it's the former -- Tunisian-born artist Benny Narkis. He likes birds, to be sure. But his Picasso-like paintings are primarily of human subjects with doves (or even fish) embedded into the portraits as open-ended symbols. Even without such symbolism, Narkis' fauve-inspired color schemes are enough to convey a palette of emotions. Oh yeah: Narkis served in the Israeli Army, so this is hardly the work of some Starbucks-patronizing hippie. "Shades of Life: The Benny Narkis Collection" opens today at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale (1799 SE 17th St. Cswy., Fort Lauderdale). The exhibit runs through October 31. Call 954-463-3000.

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