On view after Miami Art Week 2021: Maryan, Bob Dylan, Yayoi Kusama

Earlier this month, Art Basel and Miami Art Week returned to near pre-pandemic pandemonium levels. Perhaps the winner of the week was the hype around non-fungible tokens. Seriously, the number of NFT-based activations that took place in Miami was absurdly comical. Only time will tell if these were wise investments or if this was just another part of the long line of get-rich-quick schemes that Florida is famous for.

Corn New times is going to tell you a little secret: Locals only had to worry about the holidays last week, because any true Miami Art Week veteran knows the best time to check out art is after everyone went home.

After the fairs have packed their bags and the hangover subsides, there is a lot of art left in the city. And best of all, you’ve got it all.

Local museums were buzzing with exclusive parties, panels and exhibits. Most of the shows created during Miami Art Week will run until at least spring 2022.

Highlights include the Museum of Contemporary Art “My name is Maryan,” a comprehensive exhibition that spans four decades of work by Polish Jewish artist Maryan S. Maryan (née Pinkas Burstyn). Organized by Alison M. Gingeras, the exhibition features previously unseen works by the artist and is on view until March 20, 2022.

At the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, don’t miss “Serious moonlight”, studying the work of Betye Saar, with in situ installations created from 1980 to 1998. Known for its radical black feminist work, ICA has several pieces that have not been shown to the public for decades. It is visible until April 17, 2022.

Further west, the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum-FIU has over 180 works of art and other ephemera by singer-songwriter and Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan. “Retrospectre”, on view until April 17, 2022, spans six decades of Dylan’s career in the visual arts. If you’re only familiar with Dylan’s music, the show is a great way to immerse yourself in the other 80-year-old talent.

Many Miami private collections have also reopened in time for Miami Art Week. At De la Cruz Collection, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz welcome the public to “There is always a direction.” The group exhibition takes its name from the play by Gabriel Orozco Four bikes (there is always one direction), which is on display in the couple’s Design District gallery. Works by Hernan Bas, Vaughn Spann, Christina Quarles and Christopher Wool are also on display.

Click to enlarge Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror Room - Let's Survive Forever - PHOTO BY CHI LAM / COURTESY OF RUBELL MUSEUM

by Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrored Room – Let’s Survive Forever

Photo by Chi Lam / Courtesy of the Rubell Museum

In Allapattah, the Rubell Museum “Overflow rooms” presents the immersive work of contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Only two “Infinity Rooms” are currently on display in the Southeastern United States. The museum also shows the Narcissus Garden, with 700 stainless steel spheres circulating along the 200 foot central hall. Also attend the solo exhibitions of Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Reginald O’Neal and Cajsa von Zeipel.

Miami Galleries have put on some amazing shows for Miami Art Week, and most will be on display until the end of the month. Primary group exhibition “OMGWTF” presents the work of Oona Brangam-Snell, Tim Brawner, Andrej Dubravsky, Loren Erdrich, Gao Hang, Cody Hudson, Ted Lawson, Mía Lee, Tuilelaith-Fionnuala Onòra, Ryan Schneider, M. StarCity and Wade Tullier. The show is unpredictable, built on the instinct and intuition of the artist exhibited.

Mindy Solomon Gallery has “Caroline Larsen: Le Lys Doré” and “Super Future Kid and Yvette Mayorga: a walk in the park” on view for the rest of the month. “The Gilded Lily” is the first solo exhibition of the Canadian artist known for his portraits of vases with a colorful explosion of flowers. Meanwhile, m “A Walk in the Park” features the work of German artist Super Future Kid and Chicago multidisciplinary artist Yvette Mayorga, both using color to explore childhood nostalgia.

“Petropies” at LnS Gallery presents the work of Venezuelan-born and Miami-based artist Tony Vazquez-Figueroa. The exhibition is the culmination of three years of work by the multimedia artist, with paintings, photographs and sculptures. The artist hopes to immerse the viewer in his work which explores the global impact of the oil industry.

If you want to go out, the Miami Mural Festival brought together artists like Ron English, Case MaClaim, Queen Andrea, Magnus Sodamin, Finok, Hoxxoh, Krave and Ryan the Wheelbarrow to paint over 500,000 square feet of wall space in Wynwood and downtown. The event officially ended on December 5, but the murals don’t disappear overnight. The festival website offers a handy interactive map of all the street arts on display. Take a bike and walk around the neighborhoods and make it a day.

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