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The Art of Politics

During the Second Saturday Art Walk this weekend, you can catch a whiff of the angst-ridden orchestrations of the GOP's top presidential aspirants at a pair of Wynwood exhibits mining themes of mass manipulation or Cold War-era annihilation. 2012 seems like it's going to be a bad year for Republicans.

At the Black Square Gallery (2248 NW First Place, Miami), Victor Sydorenko's provocative solo show, "Levitation," features large-scale paintings of male figures stripped down to their pants and floating off into the ether -- reminders that those living in totalitarian societies should stay level-minded or risk becoming the puppets of the powerful. Call 305-424-5002, or visit

Meanwhile, across the asphalt at the Charest-Weinberg Gallery (250 NW 23rd St., Ste. 408, Miami), Fernando Mastrangelo sears the peepers with his solo show, "Black Sculpture," featuring a series of explosive works rendered from compacted gunpowder. The New York-based artist, known for once creating a life-sized statue of a Colombian coca farmer cast from pure cocaine, was inspired by the post-WWII work of Frank Stella and Ad Reinhardt to create pieces conveying notions of impending extinction. Call 305-292-0411, or visit
Sat., Jan. 14, 2012

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