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  • Whistler's Mutter

    published December 29, 2005

    Let's engage in a little free association. I say Whistler and you say — what? The word that springs to mind is most likely... More >>

  • The 'Toon Age, Embalmed

    published December 15, 2005

    An exhibition of art inspired or influenced by cartoons, in the broadest sense of that word, sounds like a surefire winner. Its well of potential... More >>

  • In the Ruinations

    published December 1, 2005

    Having done a post-Wilma update on three of my favorite places in the Gateway Shopping Center in Fort Lauderdale a couple of weeks ago, it seemed... More >>

  • Bugs Are Beautiful

    published November 17, 2005

    Every once in a while, I like to stop by galleries I´ve previously written about to see how they´re faring. Given the precarious... More >>

  • Capsule reviews of current area art exhibitions.

    published November 10, 2005

    Everything about the Artist Known as Wyland — from his singular name to his bio, which touts him as "artist of the sea" and "the most... More >>

  • Jurassic Parque

    published October 20, 2005

    After learning that the Coral Springs Museum of Art was hosting its third Clyde Butcher exhibition, I wondered what was left to say about the... More >>

  • Fruitful Reverie

    published October 6, 2005

    A word of warning: It is inadvisable to have a heavy lunch immediately before taking in an art exhibition featuring an abundance of food. Or at... More >>

  • The Anti-Sequel

    published September 22, 2005

    About three years ago, the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood's then-new curator, Samantha Salzinger, organized an exhilarating exhibition called... More >>

  • Artbeat

    published September 15, 2005

    If you think furniture can't or shouldn't be thought of as art, a visit to E Coleccion might persuade you to reconsider. This latest... More >>

  • I've Been Searchin'

    published September 1, 2005

    Late summer in South Florida is hardly the most hospitable time for art. Heat, humidity, and hurricanes conspire to keep people at home or perhaps... More >>

  • To Be a Ringmaster

    published August 25, 2005

    Call it a noble experiment. Call it seeing how the other half lives. Call it a lesson in humility. Call it whatever you want, but when I was... More >>

  • Artbeat

    published August 25, 2005

    "Beauty's where you find it," as that great pop philosopher Madonna observed in her dance classic "Vogue." So, too, with art. And if that means... More >>

  • The Winner Was Huh?

    published August 11, 2005

    Over the years, I've come to approach group exhibitions, especially juried group exhibitions, with a wary mixture of excitement and dread. On the... More >>

  • Have Paint, Will Travel

    published July 28, 2005

    What makes a Highwaymen painting a Highwaymen painting? That's one of several questions posed by the provocative if prosaically titled... More >>

  • Artbeat

    published July 28, 2005

    As Rick and Ilsa moonily agreed at the end of Casablanca, "We'll always have Paris." The rest of us will as well, as long as there are... More >>

  • Artbeat

    published July 21, 2005

    Sometimes art turns up in the most unexpected places. Take, for example, "Into the Light: A Group Showing." This miniature exhibit of sorts... More >>

  • Rockets Red Spiel

    published July 7, 2005

    "A Salute to America," now at ArtServe, is the aesthetic equivalent of a television ad for a Fourth of July sale. Imagine some hammy... More >>

  • Accidental Teapots

    published June 30, 2005

    There are teapots and there are teapots. There are the sleek stainless steel teapots designed for Italian manufacturer Alessi by architect Michael... More >>

  • Artbeat

    published June 23, 2005

    The best reason to visit Art Expressions right now is a small but powerful one-woman show, "Selene Vasquez: In No Strange Land." About two... More >>

  • In the Fold

    published June 16, 2005

    What do you get when you cross the flora and fauna of Florida with a room full of paper? If the person doing the crossing is an artist, you might... More >>

  • Artbeat

    published June 16, 2005

    If Artbeat were handing out an award for Unsung Exhibition of the Season, it would surely go to "Painters of Cap Hatien: Haiti's First 200... More >>

  • Impeach the Judge

    published June 2, 2005

    There's nothing like a feisty group exhibition to usher in another long, hot South Florida summer, and so the "Hollywood All-Media Juried... More >>

  • Artbeat

    published June 2, 2005

    It's so much easier to forgive someone for having a family fortune when the money is put to good use, as Artbeat discovered on a recent visit to... More >>

  • Pale Faces

    published May 26, 2005

    On a recent Sunday-afternoon visit to the Boca Raton Museum of Art, I discovered quite a few people competing for viewing space at "Seeing... More >>

  • Of the Duality of Bears

    published May 5, 2005

    The spacious galleries of the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, recently home to the haunting inhabitants of "Louise Bourgeois: Stitches... More >>

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