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  • Lord of the Dancers

    published December 26, 2002

    How can we know the dancer from the dance?" Irish writer William Butler Yeats wondered in a 1927 poem. And indeed, there's a sense in which dance... More >>

  • Keep on Horttin'

    published December 12, 2002

    Two years ago, Fort Lauderdale's Museum of Art (MoA) shocked South Florida's art community when it unceremoniously dumped the 41-year-old Hortt... More >>

  • Yoko? Oh, Yes.

    published November 28, 2002

    When I arrived at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in North Miami to see "YES YOKO ONO," there was already a contingent of security... More >>

  • Heavy Duty

    published November 14, 2002

    Let's begin at the end: "Fat Painting," the small but excellent show now at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, culminates in a short... More >>

  • Go FLIFF Yourself

    published November 7, 2002

    As the 17th-annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival nears its end -- oh, wait a minute! Just because the "closing-night film"... More >>

  • Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, Part 2

    published October 31, 2002

    Now that the Boca Mini Fest and the Asian Film Festival are out of the way, the main body of the 17th-annual Fort Lauderdale International Film... More >>

  • Ghost of a Chance

    published October 31, 2002

    Not long ago, this paper did a cover story on the plight of three Broward County art galleries that had closed after a relatively short time in... More >>

  • Bigger, Longer, and Uncut

    published October 24, 2002

    I'll start with a disclaimer: The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival has grown so gargantuan -- more than a hundred movies and... More >>

  • Identity Crisis

    published October 17, 2002

    An air of melancholy hangs over much of the work in "Reality and Figuration: The Contemporary Latin American Presence," one of two... More >>

  • Sea Changes

    published October 3, 2002

    It's not unusual for the Coral Springs Museum of Art to run three very different shows simultaneously. What is unusual is the way museum... More >>

  • Mixed Without Match

    published September 19, 2002

    No doubt, Oscar Wilde would have hated Harmony Isle Gallery. The man who so famously declared that "all art is quite useless" would find... More >>

  • Leave It to the Penis Gallery

    published September 5, 2002

    "Hot enough for you?" The next time some smart-ass tosses that tired one your way, direct him or her to Gallery 421 in downtown Fort... More >>

  • Bowowow --yippyoyippyay!

    published August 22, 2002

    If you haven't been to the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach in awhile (mea culpa), brace yourself. The museum, which underwent a... More >>

  • Off the Mark in the Off-Season

    published August 8, 2002

    Summer is the off-season in South Florida, so museums often take advantage of the lull to showcase works from their permanent collections. A few... More >>

  • Carving a Niche

    published July 25, 2002

    I've often cited Gertrude Stein's complaint that the problem with sculpture is that one can walk around it. It's a somewhat bizarre assertion, but... More >>

  • The Jury Is In

    published July 11, 2002

    The first floor of the Boca Raton Museum of Art this summer is sort of like the South Florida weather lately: When it rains, it pours. I spent... More >>

  • No Piss Christ here

    published June 27, 2002

    Art has always had the potential to shock. Some artists shock inadvertently, while others shock by design. Pretty much the whole point of Dada --... More >>

  • Shutter to Think

    published June 13, 2002

    Don't go into "María Martínez-Cañas: A Retrospective," now at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, expecting anything... More >>

  • Paintings from the Edge

    published May 30, 2002

    Two older couples -- fairly typical South Floridians -- were making their way through "Richard Pousette-Dart: The Living Edge" at the Boca... More >>

  • What's a Matta?

    published May 16, 2002

    Normally, my jurisdiction as art critic for New Times Broward-Palm Beach extends no farther south than North Miami's Museum of Contemporary... More >>

  • Blog and Pony Show

    published May 2, 2002

    Several months ago, I surveyed the Websites of nearly a dozen South Florida museums, only to find... not much of interest. The sites provide such... More >>

  • Something Old, Something New

    published April 18, 2002

    The last time I visited New River Gallery, in the heart of the busy Las Olas Boulevard area in Fort Lauderdale, the gallery was showcasing... More >>

  • Re-installing Dalí

    published April 4, 2002

    Somehow, it's not surprising that Salvador Dalí was one of the pioneers of an art form that didn't even have a name until near the end of... More >>

  • Picture Imperfect

    published March 14, 2002

    The introduction posted at the beginning of "Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives," now at... More >>

  • Different Strokes

    published February 28, 2002

    Last year, the Boca Raton Museum of Art opened in its new location with "Picasso: Passion and Creation -- The Last Thirty Years." Now, almost a... More >>

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