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  • His Sky, His Home, and Her Soul

    published December 28, 2006

    Don't be put off by the clunky title of artist Tin Ly's current exhibition at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, "Morphing Forms: Selection of... More >>

  • Wagging the Dog

    published December 7, 2006

    When most people dress up their pets in outrageous outfits and/or put them into unusual situations, then photograph the hapless animals, the... More >>

  • Seeing Ain't Believing Anymore

    published November 16, 2006

    From its very beginnings — even, for some, right up until the present — photography has been both revered and reviled for its uncanny... More >>

  • Sharkwater

    published November 9, 2006

    Sharkwater. Even if you don't completely buy into the premise of this riveting documentary — that sharks are among the most... More >>

  • Local Color

    published November 9, 2006

    Local Color. One of the festival's official closing-night features is this maddeningly uneven coming-of-age story, set in 1974, about an... More >>

  • Purvis of Overtown

    published November 2, 2006

    Purvis of Overtown. This straightforward but penetrating 2005 documentary traces the life and career of Purvis Young, a self-taught... More >>

  • Things That Hang From Trees

    published November 2, 2006

    Things That Hang From Trees. Although this moody Southern gothic from first-time feature director Ido Mizrahy never quite comes together,... More >>

  • Art You Can Use

    published November 2, 2006

    The line between decorative art and fine art grows ever fuzzier, with some declaring that it no longer even exists at all, if it ever did. I... More >>

  • Ride the Moving Mountain

    published October 26, 2006

    Shark Park: The Heaviest Wave in California. There are no sharks in Shark Park, a surfing documentary in which the only killers are... More >>

  • Nothing But an Artist

    published October 19, 2006

    For so many years, people have been calling me all different kinds of names to describe me as an artist: outsider, black artist, ghetto artist,... More >>

  • Bank Shots

    published October 5, 2006

    "GEOMETRIC, why not?" the new exhibition at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, is an austere counterpoint to the current Latin... More >>

  • Mr. and Mrs. Coleccionista

    published September 21, 2006

    The Boca Raton Museum of Art has a well-established, mostly noble tradition of showcasing art from local collections, usually in the gallery at... More >>

  • Artbeat

    published September 21, 2006

    It's tempting to joke that Robert Perry incorporates everything but the kitchen sink into his art. Then again, he may well be working on a piece... More >>

  • Lean on Me. Please.

    published August 17, 2006

    There's a great deal to be said for an exhibition that feels as if it has been installed with just the right attention to flow and contrast and... More >>

  • While It's Hot

    published August 10, 2006

    Whenever word gets out that a new art gallery has opened in Broward or Palm Beach county, I'm usually tempted to drop everything and rush right... More >>

  • Escape From Sterility

    published July 27, 2006

    Do your eyes glaze over at the mention of the term "public art"? Do you stifle a yawn and think, not another heap of tortured metal? That's... More >>

  • Make Yourself Useful

    published July 13, 2006

    When I first stumbled upon Spirit of Asia two years ago, it was called Spirit of Vietnam, and it was a relatively new presence on the 1500... More >>

  • Capsule reviews of current area art exhibitions.

    published July 6, 2006

    It's a sure sign summer has arrived when museums begin delving into their permanent collections. Hence, Miami Art Museum's "Big Juicy Paintings... More >>

  • Jest in Show

    published June 22, 2006

    It's a faintly surreal, even disorienting experience to take in two of South Florida's big juried summer group shows, which run roughly... More >>

  • Cross Street

    published June 8, 2006

    In the catalog for "metro pictures," now at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami and the Moore Space in Miami's Design... More >>

  • Climbing Fences

    published May 25, 2006

    How's this for topicality? Just as the subject of immigration is sweeping the country, getting more heated and complicated by the day, the Art and... More >>

  • Dally With Dali

    published April 27, 2006

    On my most recent visit to the Coral Springs Museum of Art, Executive Director Barbara O'Keefe mentioned that the museum's current exhibitions,... More >>

  • Big Art

    published April 13, 2006

    Once every year or two, I stray outside my assigned territory and venture deep into the heart of Miami to write about an exhibition that promises... More >>

  • Il Duce Does Wal-Mart

    published March 16, 2006

    You can't accuse "Illegal Art" of false advertising. Most of the 40 or so works in this uneven but provocative exhibition, now at the Art... More >>

  • The Long and Short of It

    published March 2, 2006

    Consider the irony: When the first French impressionists began exhibiting their work in the late 19th Century, the occasion marked a fairly... More >>

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