The landscape genre falls within most viewers’ comfort zone. There won’t be spilled viscera, terrifying grimaces, jolting automatons or other assaults on delicate sensibilities. Fittingly, the Norton Museum of Art’s exhibition, Pastures Green, & Dark Satanic Mills: The British Passion for Landscape offers pristine skies, pastures and lakes, but those “dark satanic mills” do project shadows.
Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, one of the most devastating events in human history, with millions of casualties on several continents. To mark the occasion, the Wolfsonian-FIU has staged a blockbuster exhibition that examines how the war was depicted through the visual mediums of the time in what is arguably its most ambitious show in recent memory.
Artworks credited to Nelson Mandela are on exhibit at the Miramar Cultural Center through February. A Florida artist has challenged the authenticity of the works, but their owner — a foundation created by one of Mandela’s daughters — says they’re genuine.
As the three-day festival returns for its 52nd year, organizers of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival hired the firm Republica to spearhead a new marketing campaign, rebranding the festival with the acronym CGAF. Attendees can look forward to a culinary pavilion showcasing acclaimed South Florida chefs, as well as more young artists and live music to attract a new crowd.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is looking to fund this year’s brightest ideas for bringing the community together through the arts. Beginning Jan. 26, South Floridians can apply for the Knight Arts Challenge. The deadline to apply is Feb. 23.