Where the Rubber...

... meets the rhododendrons. That's where photographer Alex Heria finds art.

But it's mostly a first-class production illustrated with more than 125 images, the majority in color. There's a foreword by the great Bonnie Clearwater, executive director of North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA); an introduction by former Picasso Museum director Gilbert Brownstone; and an essay by William Warmus, a critic, curator, and biographer. More than half of the pieces deal with exhibitions in South Florida venues, with an emphasis on MoCA (nine reviews), the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach (four), and the sadly defunct Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art (four); this adds welcome local flavor. There are also reviews of shows in places as far-flung as New York, Boston, Chicago, even Jerusalem. Such major artists as Louise Bourgeois, Willem de Kooning, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Jasper Johns, Yoko Ono, Roy Lichtenstein, Malcolm Morley, Dennis Oppenheim, Jack Pierson, and Andy Warhol put in appearances.

Heria stakes out a unique place where 18-wheelers whiz past beds of flowers.
Heria stakes out a unique place where 18-wheelers whiz past beds of flowers.

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On display through October 5 at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood. Call 954-921-3274.

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I don't always agree with Helander's assessments, which hardly matters. He has come into contact with many important people in the world of contemporary art and has had the good sense and taste to know what's worth looking at and writing about. That counts for a great deal.

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