On View: Miami

A quick round-up of museum exhibitions to see in Miami.

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“La Longue Marché, Étape n° 6 (The Long March, Step n° 6),” 1974, Julio Le Parc, Acrylic on canvas, 78 3⁄4″ x 78 3⁄4″
Photo: © Julio Le Parc / Atelier Le Parc Courtesy: of the artist

Argentine artist Julio Le Parc creates work that is at once formally subversive and visually dazzling, blending a brilliant aesthetic sensibility with an affinity for questioning deep-set institutional presumptions for viewing art. After he moved to Paris in 1958, Le Parc began his investigations into Op Art and Kinetic Art, using art as a social laboratory, and employing color to disorienting effect. This show marks his first US survey. With its utopian aspirations and emphasis on immersive sensual experience, his engaging work should be a natural fit for Miami. “Julio Le Parc: Form Into Action” runs November 18, 2016 – March 19, 2017. At Pérez Art Museum Miami.

“Early Morning May 20 1986,” 1986, Donald Sultan
Latex and tar on tile over Masonite, 96″ x 96″
Photo: © Donald Sultan, Private Collection, NY Courtesy: Lowe Art Museum

Painter Donald Sultan is best-known for his boldly silhouetted depictions of subjects such as lemons and poppies, which blurred the line between representation and abstraction. Yet the artist always courted a certain industrial aesthetic, through his use of materials like tar and masonite tiles. “The Disaster Paintings,” organized by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, focuses on a series of works created from 1984-1990. Offering gritty scenes of adversity and destruction, based on real-world calamities, these grimly evocative works offer a different side of Sultan, as a critic of industrial society. At University of Miami, Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables. September 29 – December 23, 2016.

“Yu-Ichi (Atari Faces),” 1991, Thomas Bayrle
Offset print on paper, 33 3⁄4″ x 24 1⁄2″
Photo: courtesy Harald Pridgar and the artist

Another artist whose work constitutes an alarm, of sorts, German artist Thomas Bayrle uses a gamut of mediums to examine how systems of technology and mass communications mold the human landscape, and the human experience. His subjects range from the infamous terrorist Carlos the Jackal to consumer icons, to sex acts. In his first American survey, Bayrle will be represented by 75 works spanning fifty years, including a site-specific installation in the ICA’s Atrium Gallery. The exhibition also marks the last show in the ICA’s landmark Moore Building, before it relocates next year. At Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. On view from November 29, 2016 – March 26, 2017.

“Untitled Dummy/Beach 1,” 1990, Laurie Simmons, C-print
NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale; Promised Gift of David Horvitz and Francie Bishop Good. Photo: © Laurie Simmons. Courtesy: Serge Sorokko Gallery

When collectors Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz made a promised donation of 100 contemporary artworks to the NSU Art Museum in Fort Lauderdale, they instantly enhanced the museum’s already ample collection. With a focus on works made by women and multi-cultural artists, the gift includes pieces by Cecily Brown, Tracey Emin, Teresita Fernandez, Barbara Kruger, Ana Mendieta, Catherine Opie, Lorna Simpson, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others. “Belief + Doubt: Selections from the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Collection” juxtaposes 70 of the couple’s works, interweaving mediations on postmodernism, feminism and identity, gazing back at society with a critical but wondering eye. August 26, 2016 – January 22, 2017.

“Untitled,” 2008, Solange Pessoa, Oil on canvas, 63″ x 63″
Photo: courtesy Rubell Collection

Its pioneering Wynwood district viewing space aside, the Rubell Family Collection is known for its adventurous and in-depth collecting program. The RFC’s end-of-year show harks to the Southern Hemisphere with a survey of “Contemporary Brazilian Artists,” highlighting works which they acquired over several recent trips to the country. Including installations, paintings, sculpture and photographs, spread across the building’s first floor, the show features a dozen mostly younger and emerging artists, addressing such themes as post-colonialism and indigenous people’s rights. The exhibition will be paired with a concurrent show called “High Anxiety,” showcasing new acquisitions from the past two years. “Contemporary Brazilian Artists from the Rubell Family Collection” opens December 1, 2016.