“Helmut Newton” A Liberating Focus”
The path of the World Erotic Art Museum (yes we have one) has been a little erratic, but lately it has produced some serious shows, such as the one of original photographs of Marilyn Monroe. Now, in association with the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, Austria, the quirky museum will present the first Miami solo show of the works of Helmut Newton. It will feature major works from 1982 to 2000 of the Berlin-born, internationally famous fashion photographer known for his erotic black-and-white images. From Dec. 3-9 at the World Erotic Art Museum, 1205 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; www.weam.com
Primary Projects is at the forefront in bringing street and mural art to Miami, and its pop-up show for Art Basel is a great example. Asif Farooq has created a “gun store” in Wynwood, with 300 hand-crafted firearms made from cardboard – from revolvers to M16s. Our gun-culture, in movies saturated with violence, in children’s toys, in real life tragedies, in a pride in ownership, is a unique American phenomenon which the Miami-born artist who grew up in a gun-friendly family, explores. From Dec. 6-9 at Primary Projects’ pop-up space, 167 N.W. 25th St., Miami; www.primaryprojectspace.com.
“Miami Says ‘Art’”
Say cheese, er, Art! The JW Marriott Hotel Miami Presents: “Miami Says ART by Martin Kreloff," the photographer and artist who first snapped some of the people who would become art movers and shakers here in Miami, back in 1976. Over 30 digital prints of the originals will be on display, photographs of people who first sat down to say “art” back when there was very little here to even much talk about. People such as collectors Ruth Shack and Marty Margulies; early gallerists such as Virginia Miller; artists such as Lynn Golob Gelfman; musical presenter Judy Drucker. Thirty five years later, these early pioneers have been joined by myriad of others, and the cultural landscape is unrecognizable. This photographic trip down memory lane is part of our history, but for the most part the original “cast” is still all here. Through Dec. 9 at the JW Marriott Hotel, 1109 Brickell Ave., Miami.
“Willy Ronis: Paris”
Although the Dina Mitrani Gallery focuses mostly on contemporary photography (one of the few in Miami to do so), it is taking a break by exhibiting much older works from famed French photographer Willy Ronis, who shot life in Paris from the 1930s through the 1950s. While these were turbulent times, including World War II, Ronis is known for the simple pleasures he pictured; Paris in love, laughing, enjoying life. He would become known to an American public as the first French photographer for Life magazine. The exhibit is a collaboration with the Peter Fetterman Gallery, the long-time photography gallery in Santa Monica. Through Jan. 11 at the Dina Mitrani Gallery, 2620 N.W. Second Ave., Miami; www.dinamitronigallery.com.
“The Black Lords by Desi Santiago”
This is some public art that may draw real gasps. The inflatable installation will transform a building on Collins Avenue in South Beach into a giant, menacing black devil-dog. New York artist Santiago will create a creature whose floating head looms over the courtyard, whose paws flank the entrance, mostly all black with some pink claws. Its name is Gypsy, and through smoke and panting, it may respond to your questions. Santiago is indeed a performance artist as well. From Dec. 3-9 at the Lords South Beach Hotel, 1120 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; www.boffo-ny.org.