Dominique Labauvie‘s Material Catch has been featured in the art section of Wall Street International.
Material Catch is on view through March 4th, along with Michael Conrads’ Celebrating Opposites.
The openings of “The Flaunting of Youth” by Einar & James de la Torre and “Raw Horse Power” by Generic Art Solutions were among the first events to sample the new mezcal. Cheech Marin owns a “prized Chicano Art collection, one of the most extensive in the world.” Read more about his passion for supporting and elevating Chicano art in this Miami.com article.
“The Flaunting of Youth” and “Raw Horse Power” are on view at the gallery through January 14, 2017.
We are thrilled to present Osamu Kobayashi and Paul Pagk in a vibrant exhibition of color at texture, complemented by Lauren Mabry’s exquisite new sculptural body of work ‘Contain or Deliver.’ Don’t miss the rare opportunity to talk with all three artists at our Opening Reception! Lauren Mabry also gives a talk Saturday at 6pm at the gallery, to the MIAMI MATERIAL ART ALLIANCE, generously sponsored by Abby Chase.
Mindy Solomon Gallery is pleased to present ‘The Way We See It,’ a new exhibition of photography by Scot Sothern and Muir Vidler. Both artists exemplify the photographer as observer and reporter by choosing subjects that are unique and fully authentic, living lives that exist in some instances outside of the cultural mainstream, finding comfort in neighborhoods and communities where individuality can be embraced.
Opening Reception with the artists: Friday, October 23rd, from 6-9pm.
A reading from ‘Curb Service’ and ‘Sad City’ with Scot Sothern: Saturday, October 24th, from 1-2pm.
Artist Scot Sothern states in his memoir Lowlife: “I know a place not far from here where I can take your picture. I can give you twenty bucks.” Sothern is inextricably bound to the street. He follows the comings and goings of the unnoticed with his eyes and his heart. In Lowlife, we learn through his photographic narrative to understand and empathize with the struggles of a community of people often harshly judged and overlooked.
His newest body of work, ‘Sad City’ focuses on not just the women and she-males of the night, but the discarded and disenfranchised that dwell in plain sight: “It’s 1978 and I’m renting a clapboard dump high on a Silver Lake hill looking out toward Hollywood. The guy next door, on the other side of the wall, tells me he used to be a Black Panther and he did time for murder and he steals cars for a living. I ask him if he can get me a car in the two hundred dollar price range and he tells me he’ll keep an eye out. He lives with his sister who is a whore and totally blind. I ask her if she’s ever accidently climbs into a cop’s car but she doesn’t have much of a sense of humor.
Late one quiet Friday night I’m reading and have the door open when the sister next door starts screaming. It’s not my business but it continues for a while so I go next door and knock. The Black Panther opens the door and apologizes for the noise. His sister is on the floor in the middle of the room pulling her hair and beating on her head and screaming. I ask him if she’s alright and he says she will be in a little while. I go back to my place and open a beer and a little while later she stops screaming.”
What inspired the shift in Sothern’s newest works, changing focus away from photographing prostitutes in hotel rooms to examining the often unseen parts of life through another lens? He says: “After years of dark one-on-one impromptu portraits it was time for a change: technologically, by spurning film for digital—and physically, by moving to the periphery of the action. My task now is to find from a distance what I previously found in eye contact and my own interference with my models. I’m looking for single-frame noir movies in Technicolor with bittersweet endings.
The words accompanying the images should open an interior dialogue like a flashbulb opens shadow. Personal confessions and bare-naked exploitations are used to elicit empathy with bright and pretty colors to soothe the guilt. Sad City is a place where no one wants to live and the population never stops growing.”
The particulars of each image and story might be unappealing to those of us who live in communities of affluence or even middle class comfort, but the struggles of life on the street have a logic and a grittiness that is all around us. Sothern cares about his subjects, legitimizing their histories of anger and frustration.
Muir Vidler loves humor and irony. A photojournalist by profession, he observes locals while on assignment—searching for the real rather than the staged. He likes to contradict preconceived notions about what we (the outsiders) view a culture to be. One example: while traveling in Thailand, he visits Pooky’s Salon on Soi 6 in Pattaya. This is a place where transexual prostitutes go to have their hair and make-up done. They pay a set fee for the initial work in the morning and a couple of touch-ups during the evening. Vidler embraces the vibrancy and beauty of his subjects. He highlights their efforts to embrace hyper-feminine sexuality, allowing them to be provocative and demure simultaneously.
The challenges of each subject’s daily life become less apparent through the humanizing lens of our visual guides. Mindy Solomon Gallery is pleased to present the work of these talented and compassionate photographers.
MADA Talk with Todd Levin
A Bipolar Art Market: Manic Prices, Depressed Values
Monday, October 26th, 2015 at 6 PM
At Mindy Solomon Gallery, 8397 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33138
(Doors open at 5:30pm, Lecture starts promptly at 6pm)
Sponsored by Mitrani Warehouses & MADA (Miami Art Dealers Association)
The Miami Art Dealers Association (MADA) is honored to present the second MADA Talks lecture with Mr. Todd Levin on Monday, October 26th at 6pm, hosted at Mindy Solomon Gallery and sponsored by Mitrani Warehouse, C1 Bank, Lyon + Lyon, and MADA. The lecture is free and open to the public, all MADA members, and Friends of MADA.
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The premise for Mr. Levin’s lecture is based on his belief that “…If we only discuss Art as an asset class and divorce it entirely from why it was created in the first place, then Art and money exchange roles: money becomes ‘divine’ by being translated into Art, and Art becomes commonplace by being translated into money…” He will delve into the current conditions of the international market where the price and value of works fluctuate heavily and seem disconnected from the body of work itself.
Todd Levin is the Director of Levin Art Group. Regarded as an expert from old master painting through emerging contemporary art and also as an authority on the art market, Levin has more than 25 years experience advising some of the world’s most influential and sophisticated collectors in forming their collections, both individually and in conjunction with major museums. Levin is also widely respected as an independent curator, most recently with Another Look At Detroit (Parts 1 and 2), a large historical exhibition spanning over 150 years and featuring the work of 70 artists shown concurrently at both Marianne Boesky and Marlborough galleries in NYC.
The Miami Art Dealers Association (MADA) is a non-profit organization founded in 2009. MADA was established to promote excellent professional practice and to develop awareness of the visual arts in our community. Through advocacy of education, connoisseurship, ethical business, MADA members are responsible, credible and knowledgeable, and are held to a high standard of professional accountability.
Learn more at their website.
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Christina West‘s recent interview with CFile‘s Garth Clark offers revealing insight into the sculptor’s methods and process. The artist speaks about her relationship material and how her influences have changed throughout her career.
We are thrilled to host Christina West’s first Miami solo exhibition at Mindy Solomon Gallery next week! Don’t miss the opening reception of Intimate Strangers on Friday, May 29th from 6-9pm.