For Solomon’s first exhibition, she will be showcasing Renaissance Men, a photography exhibition by New Orleans art collective Generic Art Solutions. The photographs are all modern recreations of famed paintings throughout history with the two members of the collective Matt Vis and Tony Campbell representing all of the people depicted in their works. The results of mining iconic works of art and placing them in a contemporary context are sometimes humorous, other times mordant and often laced with political and cultural critiques.
For their modern reinterpretation of Gericault’s famed painting The Raft of the Medusa, the collective reimagines the work as a raft of survivors from the infamous BP oil spill that ravaged the Gulf of Mexico. Another work reworks the image Michelangelo’s Pietà (the depiction of the crucified Jesus lying on the lap of Mary) by replacing the two Biblical figures with two soccer players after an arduous match.
Her upcoming shows, Solomon says, will continue to showcase the same caliber of art that she exhibited in St. Petersburg. While the gallery specializes in South Korean painting and ceramics, her new exhibits will showcase works in all mediums from around the world, including works by Florida artists.
While Miami’s art market is crowded and competitive, Solomon has no doubt her gallery will succeed. Although her decision to move was abrupt, she has no doubt she made the right decision as she says her quick intuition has steered her well in the past.
She tells an anecdote about the time she told her grandmother she was going to marry her husband after a four-month engagement, her grandmother replied to her by saying “he who acts in haste, repents at leisure.”
“It seemed to work out OK on the marriage side, so hopefully it will be OK on the gallery side.”