Kehinde Wiley is a New York artist known for his fine art portraits paintings of African Americans in heroic poses.
A New York artist, known for his fine portraits of black Americans in heroic poses, painting on canvas and oil, Exhibited at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016 by the Stephen Friedman Gallery
Gallery One, London, United Kingdom.
One of the best art from the show at Art Basel Miami Beach 2016
William Mark Coulthard and Ana Bikic Photos by Ana Bikic
edited by Alexander Felix Coulthard
On Sunday I went to visit the Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key, Biscayne Bay’s iconic concrete bleacher has withstood neglect to shine as a blaring example of how Miami seems to just loose out on obvious opportunities.
In all these years of development, civic response and ultimately a lack of immediate restoration response the structure’s exposed iron brackets, beam re-bar and drainage systems have continued to deteriorate causing ultimate restoration cost to soar beyond commercial and finance projections. If only all concerned had used a marine rust inhibitor and coating all the exposed metal with a thick layer of grease. A small work order of less than $50,000 would have saved millions.
The stadium’s general integrity is a testament to Hilario Candela’s expert design skill but the current costs of restoration are yet again proof our city just lets things slide. The State’s engineers have visited our Bay bridges regularly and found them woefully wanting on protective coatings and their upkeep. Whether it’s the inspector’s recommendations being ignored or lapse oversight of crews, Miami ends up looking ammeter every time it sticks its hands out asking for money because we haven’t taken care of our toys.
The most recent issue to the Marine Stadium story is the clumsy manner in which the beach clearance was handled, whilst many are glad to see Australian Pine and Brazilian Pepper be eliminated from the shoreline around the stadium.
The loss of thousands of indigenous shoots that have sprouted is another example of the lack of knowledge on the ground shown by crew leaders and un-creative management to handle local concerns. I was alerted to this by fellow environmentalist and Virginia Key activist Blanca Mesa, who I’ve known for many years through the Urban Environment League of Miami and I have to agree with her that our responsibility to doing things the right way, although often more arduous, harvests better results. Perhaps another consideration is the numerous colorful sponge corals’ plight I found in the tidal wash under the stadium. Nature has this wonderful way of tagging along, marine creatures and pioneer organisms quietly attach themselves to our forgotten remnants and in turn are blamed for symbolizing ruin.
The Bay biosphere is under tremendous stress from human activity this year with the dredging, broken sewer lines and invasive species causing local fauna die offs. Many marvel at the beautiful turquoise waters after the Core has barged by, I lament the color to a choking death of the Bay water’s creatures. This circumvention of standard safe torpidity levels would never have been allowed ten years ago, but thanks to some fancy legal footwork development companies and other corporations have sullied any environmental suits. Thus setting a dismal precedence for other bay area projects around the State. Yes we can replant mangroves between the boat slips and design mooring pillars to attract shell life whilst hosting an International boat show but unless the obvious is put to priority everything else we try to do just comes off as contrived, self-invested and ridiculous.
The environment matters, the immediate restorative issues need practical attention and finally a conservative and viable economic plan for growth of the Stadium and surrounding enterprises should be quickly agreed upon. To encourage further important architectural work and Miami landmarks in the future, we should emphasize the value of this unique marine stadium.
Finally I have to address the issue of free shore line access to the public. Biscayne Bay is our playground, we abide by mooring and channel guides while attempting to maintain the Bay’s enviromental health.The State laws governing accessibility should never be altered like the water torpidity levels were, the waters are our refuge from urban life, they let us explore and discover ourselves each weekend by marveling at nature’s omnipotence. The pursuit of happiness I experienced many years ago was a Sunday afternoon listening to a floating live band under the flying bridge concrete canopy of the Marine Stadium. If Miami does this right, it will encourage others to stay and contribute their creativity to our city.
To reiterate ; prohibiting people from visiting an internationally renown structure, with its curious graffiti-ed decoration is not only ignorant but also shortsighted.
Why the Friends of the Marine Stadium have not succeeded in raising enough financial support is symptomatic of a banking and investment industry not willing to venture to a commoners’ pursuit. If the Boat show garners more attention for the Bay, don’t be surprised if the guards double in numbers to deter the Stadium’s curious admirers and our shoreline visits restricted to mask an unwanted compromise designed with excess instead of access.
William Mark Coulthard and Ana Bikic Photos by Ana Bikic
A Call To Artists… How on earth are we going to explain the elephants‘ extinction to our children?Recent news about the destruction of six tonnes of ivory highlighted the global cull rate of elephants at 30,000 per year, with world estimates at 300,000, mankind is set to eradicate the lovable pachyderm forever in less than ten years or sooner yet. In the 1970’s when Pachyderms numbered 10 million, the cull rate for ivory was 100,000 per an-um until a group of artists dedicated their resources and talents with the World Wild Life Fund to change the public’s attitude and the cull rate dropped significantly. 30 years later the Chinese are circumventing the CITES Lusuka arrangement to only use 25 yr or older harvested tusks, The Chinese alone are buying and processing 80% of the murder of the planet’s most beloved creature, right before the eyes of the ECCAS. [Economic Community of Central African States],The Central African Republic estimating only 17% remaining since 2010
The people who consume products from the murdered elephants need to be shamed and ridiculed, they need to be held immediately accountable before the elephants become extinct. If we are not found to be poking fun, embarrassing them and using our freedoms of speech to show our utmost contempt for the nuevo rich Chinese using African animal products for vanity and superstition what should these freedoms be for ? If a particular country, region or town significantly consumes, processes or trades in these murdered animal products, whether for health, wealth or happiness, we have to sanction them with all artistic rhetoric at our means and as often as possible. Our politicians will only act on our behalf if we are unified in creating a stink about Ivory and Africa’s agony. otherwise…
We will all have to answer to the very distrusting eyes of the next generation when they ask; ”What happened to all the free elephants ?”
Miami Art reviews calls on South Florida Artists to consider this challenge and work together to raise a stink about Blood Ivory and all it’s relative sins.
Brian Curtis Stonehenge Series I&II
UM Gallery Wynwood. Miami Florida July – Sept. 2013
Miami Art Reviews.
Brian Curtis is the head of under graduate studies in Painting and drawing at University of Miami, Coral Gables. The Stonehenge Series is a departure from his life and figure paintings.
The ancient (6500yrs) megalithic stone circle of England set against a tropical sunset may seem like a remarketing tool of artistic juxtaposition but a few days after meeting the artist ,looking west from Miami Beach’s Green Diamond towards Miami’s downtown skyline. “how much alike the set sun on these new Miami megalithic towers are to Brain’s recent series”. The use of the ancient symbol “Stonehenge” has proved to be very universal this side of the Atlantic. Miami has its own mini circle, dating from a similar time in man’s history, the symbol has always been associated with the psyche,spirit and meeting place.
Brian Curtis’s Stonehenges are keys to personal spaces,each sky appealing to each destiny, the brush work delivers only as much as is required with light’s fluidity and life’s color against stone cold realism. The paintings are accompanied with mythical tales, ancient stories and ancestral traditions of ritual. It would be easy to imagine any of these paintings being a subliminal morning flash or returning welcome in many people’s homes.
Brian has succeeded in fusing two specific joys into one language, he is after all a professor of Fine Art and his use of universal symbols to evoke emotion and mind is in complete tradition of the visual language of symbols that defines Fine Art from art in general.
Miami Beach Art Basel 2012.
Design by Snarkitecture Projects.
Snarkitecture is a collaborative work Art incorporating architecture, exploring and experimental with the element off surprise working within existing spaces or in collaboration with other artists, architecture and designers.
Snarkitecture was established by Alex Mustonen and Daniel Arsham and is represented by Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin.
Opening Day for the Art Basel Miami Beach 2012. Dec 6-9 Miami Art reviews 12/11/12
Chairman of the Miami Beach Host committee for Art Basel 2012 is Norman Braman, the county’s most popular and dynamic figure talked about the international reach he personally has witnessed. Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower was delighted to have Collins Park active encouraging the Art Basel crowd to explore. Guy Morin, Canton President of Basel_Stadt and Jason Chandler, UBS committed to the audience the expansion of the Art Basel market with an all year presence on Miami Beach announced by Annette Schönholzer and Marc Spiegler. It was an exciting start to the event and Miami officials were beaming to host this very lucrative and culturally prestigious show once again. The layout, sections and comfort needs fit well into the Miami Beach Convention Center and finding an alternative venue on the Beach would be hard. Mr. Norman Braman is correct in praising the lift the region has with the Basel partnership, Miami was also ready for a major art show or Biennial at the end of the 90’s. Now our region will have the Asian art market to attract visitors and investors.
South Florida is blessed with warm sunny climes when the rest of the world is either beginning to shiver or tired of it.
Miami Beach’s artistic history continues by hosting Art Basel for another decade.