At Pan American Projects booth at Art Miami, 3101 N.E. 1st Ave., Midtown Miami; Dec. 5-9.
The conceptual artist has always made his art with a big dose of wit. He also was one of our first local participants at the Whitney Biennial; unfortunately, he is also one of the latest artists to decamp to Los Angeles. He is still represented here by the Fredric Snitzer Gallery, and as his Cuban roots are deep, returns often. He will be appearing with his new L.A. gallery OHWOW, as part of that organization’s It Ain’t Fair (another departed artist Daniel Arsham is also in the exhibit). Rodriguez has always been known to add commentary to his work – whether literally in neon lights, or in the titles. His latest self-portrait photography – this time as a creepy Joker-like face — in this fair is no exception. It’s called The Man Who Laughs from the “It’s Not You. It’s Me” series.
At It Ain’t Fair, 1601 Drexel Ave., Miami Beach; Dec. 6-9.
A long-time New World School of the Arts instructor whose works have regularly appeared in local galleries and museums, Wischer recently become a professor in Salt Lake City. But her imprint remains. Having shown with Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts and David Castillo Gallery, along with permanent pieces in collections and the Miami Art Museum, this time around one of her shimmering works will be on display in the window of the new ArtCenter/South Florida space. Known for working with mylar and glass, with light and reflection, a piece in that line will be visible on Lincoln Road. The nine-foot sculpture will loosely resemble a flock of birds, flitting and swirling above the pedestrian zone. Part of a group show called “Migrating Inwards,” the exhibit will also include sculptor Luis Garcia-Nerey and performance and video artist Antonia Wright.
At ArtCenter/South Florida Project 924 space, 924 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; Dec. 5-26.
This long-time Miami artist and teacher sometimes gets overlooked, and shouldn’t be. He takes inspiration from our literal surroundings, from the chaotic and eclectic building blocks of the neighborhoods and streets of this unique city. He then builds his own structures and collages, without shying away from their often-decaying states (he recently had a large outdoor sculpture at the Deering Estate made from channel markers from Biscayne Bay). Represented by the Diana Lowenstein Fine Art gallery, he will be part of that gallery’s booth show at Pulse.
At Diana Lowenstein Fine Art booth in Pulse Miami, the Ice Palace, 1400 N. Miami Ave., Miami; Dec. 6-9.
Enrique Martinez Celaya
The Cuban-born painter and sculptor was likely better known across the globe than he was here, until he transplanted to Miami several years ago. Since then, his work has been exhibited all over town, from a Beethoven-inspired singular installation piece at the Miami Art Museum, to a prime wall at the Sagamore Hotel and at his local gallery, the sprawling space of Gary Nader. His works are often melancholic and wistful, of times and places that are impossible to return to (youth, the Romantic Era, or an island to our south). Now, an outdoor sculpture has just been unveiled in front of the iconic Freedom Tower, called The Tower of Snow (it actually has nothing to do with snow, but a version of it was also installed in St. Petersburg, Russia). It is in fact a giant bronze sculpture of a boy on crutches carrying a house on his back, a reference to the Pedro Pan exodus of children from Cuba to the United States back in the early 1960s.
Outside the MDC Museum of Art + Design, Freedom Tower, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; permanent.