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  • Breakthrough Glass

    published December 23, 1999

    The introductory essay in the fine catalog for "American Glass: Masters of the Art," now at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, gets... More >>

  • Lending Street Cred to Blaxploitation

    published December 9, 1999

    Gordon Parks was already a renowned photojournalist when he first stepped behind a movie camera. He worked for Life magazine from 1948 to... More >>

  • Hibel and Yawn

    published December 9, 1999

    When it comes to hype and ego, the New York art world has nothing on South Florida. Consider, for example, Edna Hibel, the 82-year-old artist who... More >>

  • Real to Real

    published November 25, 1999

    When art is in trouble, realism comes to the rescue. -- Stendhal Realism rushed to the rescue like the cavalry in an old western... More >>

  • A Fair Way to Present Grass

    published November 11, 1999

    I was ambivalent about going to an exhibition with the prosaic title "The American Lawn: Surface of Everyday Life," only to discover a... More >>

  • Women and Dramas First, Part II

    published November 4, 1999

    After its customary "minifest" screenings of the past couple of weeks in neighboring Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties as well as in Broward, the... More >>

  • Women and Dramas First

    published October 28, 1999

    The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is upon us, once again promising "over 100 films from 30 countries worldwide," unreeling at... More >>

  • Gold and Gadgetry

    published October 28, 1999

    A little more than a year ago, artist William Bock and his wife, Christy, were settling into their new gallery in the Fountains Shoppes of... More >>

  • The Naturals

    published October 14, 1999

    Although nearly 100 pieces of art, some quite large, are on view in the fall exhibition at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, the works have been... More >>

  • The Master of Alabaster

    published September 30, 1999

    After circulating several times through the art on display at Gallery 421 in downtown Fort Lauderdale, I began to feel a little like the... More >>

  • Making the Grade

    published September 16, 1999

    Last year's faculty exhibition at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale got mixed but generally promising grades. Although some of the instructors... More >>

  • Well Hung

    published September 2, 1999

    A year ago there wasn't a gallery at Steven F. Greenwald Design, just a suite of interlocking offices, work areas, and cavernous... More >>

  • Antiques Sideshow

    published August 19, 1999

    Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it. Jasper Johns' famous exhortation is one of the most succinct statements of... More >>

  • Variety Show

    published August 5, 1999

    Like the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, which is currently showcasing pieces from its permanent collections in an exhibition called... More >>

  • Davids and Goliaths

    published July 22, 1999

    The big summer show at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, which began in late spring and runs through early fall, is called "Scale... More >>

  • The Abbreviated Tour

    published July 17, 1999

    "A View of the Contemporary: Latin American Artists" is on display through July 18 at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St.,... More >>

  • The Abbreviated Tour

    published July 8, 1999

    The title of one of the exhibitions on view at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is oddly grand, vague, and somewhat misleading, all at the... More >>

  • The Eyes Have It

    published June 24, 1999

    I went to the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale expecting to sift through yet another juried group show. This time it was the "1999 South Florida... More >>

  • He's a Back Door Man

    published June 10, 1999

    It's best to approach the "48th Annual All Florida Juried Competition & Exhibition," now at the Boca Raton Museum of Art, from the show's end.... More >>

  • Portraits of the Artists

    published May 27, 1999

    No development in the history of art changed the nature and function of portraiture as dramatically as the invention of photography. Before... More >>

  • To the Manors Born

    published May 13, 1999

    Wandering into a neighborhood art gallery can be a demoralizing experience. What begins as a quest for a rising star or an unsung talent usually... More >>

  • Chairman of the Board

    published April 29, 1999

    You might think that an artist who spent most of his life around blackboards would be weary of them. Not John O'Connor. The Idaho-born painter has... More >>

  • Swamp Water in the Veins

    published April 15, 1999

    What's most striking about "The Water's Edge: A Painting Installation by Margaret Ross Tolbert" when you first view it is not so much the content... More >>

  • The Dali Drama

    published April 1, 1999

    When he died a decade ago at the age of 85, Salvador Dali left behind an output vast enough to make him one of the most prolific artists of the... More >>

  • Herbal Essence

    published March 18, 1999

    The Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale has been abuzz with excitement since last month's opening of "Herb Ritts: Work" and understandably so. South... More >>

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