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Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Articles, Articles: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Free Art

Free Art

        “Put that in your story, bro.  Put that in your friggin’ story.  I do this for free, you get me?  Free.” I had just fallen off the top of a 9-foot ladder while helping Hec One Love, a local Miami artist, paint one of the walls in the Wynwood Art District — an expansive wall with an abstract background and lettering that read, “Love Harder.” We had been working since 9:00 am, putting up chalk lines and painter’s tape to create straight, crisp, and clean white lettering on an abstract spray-painted background. ...

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Arquitectonica Now (2016): A Video Conversation with Bernardo Fort-Brescia

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Arquitectonica Now (2016): A Video Conversation with Bernardo Fort-Brescia

Arquitectonica Now (2016):  A Video Conversation with Bernardo Fort-Brescia

  INTRODUCTION: 1:11 min. Introduction to Bernardo Fort-Brescia.   Bernardo Fort-Brescia is a founding principal of Arquitectonica.  A native of Lima, he did his early studies in Peru and Europe where he learned multiple languages which would later prove useful for his international career.  He studied architecture and urban planning at Princeton University and received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, where he later taught.  He moved to Florida in 1975 to teach at the University of Miami.  In 1977, he co-founded...

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A Video Chat with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Political Cartoonist Jim Morin

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on A Video Chat with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Political Cartoonist Jim Morin

A Video Chat with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Political Cartoonist Jim Morin

  INTRODUCTION: 2:22 min. Introduction to Jim Morin.  Music: Tri Tachyon, Little Lily Swing.   Jim Morin, whose work is distributed by Morintoons Syndicate, won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1996 and shared the Pulitzer with other members of the Miami Herald editorial board in 1983. He was a Pulitzer finalist in 1977 and 1990. He has also won the 2007 Herblock Prize, the 2000 John Fischetti Award, the 1999 Thomas Nast (international) Prize, the 1996 National Press Foundation’s Berryman Award, the 1992 National...

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The Insightful & Inspiring David New

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on The Insightful & Inspiring David New

The Insightful & Inspiring David New

  INTRODUCTION: 1:07 min. Introduction to David New.  Music: Carmen Cicero.   Sixteen years ago, a rare disease rendered David New deaf, blind and paralyzed from the waist down. Rejecting his doctors’ terminal diagnosis, defying all odds, David learned to walk again and gradually regained his hearing, though he did not regain his sight.  He has since become a steadfast advocate for people with disabilities, creates works of art in glass, founded several companies and non-profits, and has recently embarked on a new venture, the South...

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Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Articles, Articles: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)

Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)

      The week of November 7th, 2016, was a startling week in America.  An unlikely candidate ascended to the presidency of the United States, and an unlikely Canadian troubadour ascended to heaven. As a teenager in the early 1960s, I was a fan of Peter, Paul & Mary.  I actually saw them perform in a tiny bowling alley bar in Cincinnati, Ohio.  When I arrived for my freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania, I was greeted on my first day of dorm life by the jarring sounds of Bob Dylan, who changed my notion of what...

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The Paintings of Rodolfo Arellano

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Articles, Articles: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on The Paintings of Rodolfo Arellano

The Paintings of Rodolfo Arellano

    The paintings of Rodolfo Arellano are like him – joyful and roaring, but without sacrificing their serenity.  The lines are sensual and gentle, never sharp.  Each work denotes a long and happy effort with no other aspiration than to participate in the enjoyment of beauty. “I paint things as I wish them to be,” he says, sitting in his wheelchair directly across from me.  We are in his studio, a modest wooden rancho on the island of La Venada, part of the archipelago of Solentiname in Nicaragua’s great Lake...

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Remembering Zaha Hadid

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Articles, Articles: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Remembering Zaha Hadid

Remembering Zaha Hadid

    Reflections by Alastair Gordon   Architect Zaha Hadid (1950-2016), who died in Miami in March, was a complex woman who made complex designs and introduced a sometimes baffling disregard for gravity and everyday conventions of Euclidean space. In many ways, she was just starting to find her rhythm as a designer while simultaneously balancing her role as global design diva. I remember the 2014 groundbreaking for 1000 Museum Tower in downtown Miami. She entered the throng like a rock star and was quickly swarmed by fans who...

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Stephen Kinzer:
Our Man in Istanbul, Berlin, and Nicaragua

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Interviews, Interviews: 2015, Literary Arts, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Stephen Kinzer:
Our Man in Istanbul, Berlin, and Nicaragua

Stephen Kinzer:Our Man in Istanbul, Berlin, and Nicaragua

      Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than fifty countries on five continents. Stephen worked at the New York Times for more than twenty years, serving as bureau chief in Turkey, Germany, and Nicaragua. He previously worked as Administrative Assistant to Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, and then as Latin America correspondent for the Boston Globe. Stephen has written nine books on foreign affairs. The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire...

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Arquitectonica Then (1981)

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Articles, Articles: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Arquitectonica Then (1981)

Arquitectonica Then (1981)

  Editor’s Note:  The Miami News was an evening newspaper in Miami, Florida, for most of the 20th century.  The paper started publishing in May 1896 as a weekly called The Miami Metropolis. In 1925, the newspaper moved into a new building called the Miami News Tower. This building later became famous as the Freedom Tower.  The Miami News ceased publication on December 31, 1988. On Monday, October 12, 1981, the Miami News began publishing a five-day series of stories about Miami architecture, with the following introduction:  “Beginning...

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The Sculpture of Alexander Krivosheiw

Posted by on Aug 20, 2016 in Interviews, Visual Arts | Comments Off on The Sculpture of Alexander Krivosheiw

The Sculpture of Alexander Krivosheiw

    As a boy, Brooklyn-born (b.1976), Alexander Krivosheiw (“crev-o-shay”) was drawn to movement and natural forms.  He spent hours drawing and constructing pieces from “found objects” in his father’s garage.  Experimenting, letting his mind wander and his imagination soar, he learned to realize his concepts, first in sketches and later in sculpture.  He earned a B.A. with honors in sculpture from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He studied Greek mythology, social anthropology and archeology on the island of Crete.  An...

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