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2003 Stories by Michael Mills

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  • You Can't Keep Art Down

    published December 18, 2003

    When I bought my first few pieces of Haitian art a dozen or so years ago, I knew zilch about Haitian art. What I learned very quickly, however, is... More >>

  • Diving for Dreams

    published December 4, 2003

    If you've never visited the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum, you should, even if you're not a fishing... More >>

  • Bodily Dysfunction

    published November 20, 2003

    One of the first things you may notice upon entering the Schmidt Center Gallery at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton is a grand piano in... More >>

  • Out of the Dark

    published November 6, 2003

    Wouldn't you know it? I finally saw a selection from the "18th Annual Fort Lauderdale Film Festival" that really knocked me out, only to discover... More >>

  • Imagine a Museum

    published October 30, 2003

    My most recent foray into the western suburbs of Broward was prompted by news that there was a La Monte Anderson show at the Coral Springs Museum... More >>

  • Cinematic Sprawl

    published October 23, 2003

    You may notice this year that, for the first time in the history of New Times Broward-Palm Beach, reviews of selections from the... More >>

  • Art Light

    published October 16, 2003

    If you're a regular or even occasional visitor to the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (and if you're not, you should be), you'll probably... More >>

  • Architecture on Exhibit

    published October 2, 2003

    To declare Frank Lloyd Wright a great architect is to overstate the obvious -- sort of like saying Catherine Deneuve is a great beauty (and... More >>

  • Let There Be Lamps

    published September 18, 2003

    I'm into lamps lately. Not just lamps as décor but also lamps as art. Let me explain. It all started innocently enough. While relatives... More >>

  • Painting the Sunshine

    published August 14, 2003

    You may think you recognize the ingredients of typical paintings by a group of Florida artists now widely known as the Highwaymen:... More >>

  • Beautiful Entrails

    published July 31, 2003

    Upon first encountering the art of Carol Prusa, I wondered if I'd stumbled across work by the deranged offspring of a botanist and a biologist --... More >>

  • Déjà New

    published July 3, 2003

    I stepped into the "52nd Annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition" and it was déjà vu all over again. At the... More >>

  • Gay Pride -- De-Sexed and De-Politicized

    published June 19, 2003

    You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone to challenge the notion that America's gay liberation movement started with the Stonewall riots, which began... More >>

  • Jumble Boogie

    published June 5, 2003

    On a recent Saturday morning, the sole employee on duty at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood rushed around turning on audiovisual equipment... More >>

  • Kitsch Me Not

    published May 22, 2003

    I dragged my feet about going to a trio of exhibitions with religious content, all three currently at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. The titles of... More >>

  • They Say, 'Balls!'

    published May 8, 2003

    There's a lovely paradox at the heart of some recent works by Pérez Celis. The Argentine artist anchors his mixed-media canvases in... More >>

  • Crosscurrents

    published April 24, 2003

    A recent quintessential Fort Lauderdale experience -- squiring visitors from out of town down Las Olas Boulevard -- yielded an unexpected... More >>

  • Powerful Pulp

    published April 10, 2003

    After assuring the desk attendant and the first of three omnipresent security guards that I was equipped only with pencils, not the dreaded ink... More >>

  • Freaky Dignity

    published March 20, 2003

    One thing's for sure: "The Sideshow of the Absurd," which has taken over the entire first floor of the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood,... More >>

  • Glass Touched by Genius

    published March 6, 2003

    For a long time, the notion of taking glass seriously as contemporary fine art made me a little nervous. It was at best decorative and at worst... More >>

  • Magic Realism No Mas?

    published February 27, 2003

    Having ragged on Fort Lauderdale's Museum of Art (MoA) a few times recently, I figured it was only fair to check in again to see how things have... More >>

  • Everybody's an Art Critic

    published February 6, 2003

    Last year, the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University contacted more than 200 art critics across the country, inviting them to... More >>

  • Keeping Up with the Smiths

    published January 23, 2003

    There's a gimmick at the heart of "The Smiths: Tony, Kiki, Seton," but it's a good one: Combine wildly disparate works by two generations... More >>

  • A la Modus

    published January 9, 2003

    Strange how the cultural currents in Broward County shift. Not so long ago, Fort Lauderdale's Museum of Art (MoA) went from being reliable,... More >>

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