Season of the Arts

Top visual arts events for 2014-15

1. Margulies Collection at the Warehouse: “Fifteen Year Anniversary Exhibition,” Oct. 29-April 25, at 591 NW 27th St., Miami; www.margulieswarehouse.com; $10.

Every year since 1999, an exhibit has been mounted featuring work from the collection of Martin Z. Margulies, heavy on sculpture, installation and photography, and considered one of the best contemporary art collections in the world. This year, in honor of the collection’s 15th year open to the public, new works from sculptors Mario Merz, Hans Josephsohn and Richard Long, along with paintings from Jeff Elrod and Gregor Hildebrandt, will be unveiled, joining the amazing permanent installations from Anselm Kiefer, Donald Judd, Olafur Eliasson and Isamu Noguchi in the massive Wynwood kunsthalle.

2. ArtCenter/South Florida: “Thirty Years on the Road,” Nov. 19-Feb. 1, at 800 and 924 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; www.artcentersf.org.

The ArtCenter celebrates its 30th anniversary with a group show of current and former art residents curated by one of the first ArtCenter residents, Edouard Duval-Carrié. Works from some long-familiar names on the local scene will show up, such as Carlos Betancourt, Xavier Cortada, Pepe Mar, David Rohn, Vickie Pierre, Michelle Weinberg and Vicenta Casan, along with many other alumni, spread across both exhibition spaces on Lincoln Road. Says Duval-Carrié: “The show will tell a story of the relationship between Miami Beach and the ArtCenter, showing how it has evolved.”

3. Pérez Art Museum Miami: “Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botanico,” Sept. 19-Jan. 11, at 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; www.pamm.org.

The first major U.S. retrospective of the contemporary Brazilian painter, whose brilliantly colored, tropically infused, large-scale pieces vibrate with influences from pop culture, European Modernism and even the styles of Carnival. The opening will feature — appropriately enough — the sounds of the psychedelic samba band Alma Tropicalia.

4. Bass Museum of Art: “One Way: Peter Marino.” Dec. 4-March 29, at 2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach; bassmuseum.org.

The Bass sets itself apart from other contemporary museums by having a focus on design and fashion, and an exhibit of cross-disciplinary artist Peter Marino is a perfect fit. As an architect and designer, he has worked closely with visual artists to come up with unique installations, such as the ones to be shown from Gregor Hildebrandt, Jean-Michel Othoniel and Erwin Wurm.

5. Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale: “Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection,” Feb. 26-May 31, at 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; www.moafl.org.

There’s little argument that Kahlo and Rivera were two of the most significant artists of the 20th century, their art and their lives firmly planted in history. More than 30 works from the Mexico City collection will be combined with the museum’s own Mexican Modernism collection to form the exhibit, which will include such gems as Kahlo’s Self Portrait With Monkeys.

6. Rubell Family Collection: “20th Anniversary Exhibit,” Dec. 4 through August, at 95 NW 29th St., Miami; http://rfc.museum.

Dovetailing with the 50th wedding anniversary of collection founders Don and Mera Rubell, the first private collection that opened to the public and helped put Miami on the cultural map marks its 20th birthday with a blockbuster exhibit that will include works from Maurizio Cattelan, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman, to name a few.

7. Boca Raton Museum of Art: “Izhar Patkin: The Wondering Veil,” Jan. 26-April 5, at 501 Plaza Real in Mizner Park, Boca Raton; www.bocamuseum.org.

This survey from the Israeli-born Patkin is arriving after rave reviews from its showing at MASS MoCA. These lyrical, wall-length works, made on gorgeous, undulating curtains, tell tales from personal memory of loss, love and exile — a real coup for the Boca museum and a treat for Florida.

8. Art and Culture Center of Hollywood: “Bhakti Baxter: Returning What Was Borrowed,” Nov. 15-Jan. 18, at 1650 Harrison St., Hollywood; www.artandculturecenter.org.

Local artist Baxter, who has shown locally and internationally for more than a decade, gets his due with a solo exhibit of works created from 2011 to 2014, inspired by his Miami neighborhood of Little Haiti. Using found objects and repurposing materials, he plays with the dynamic between the organic and man-made world, where day-to-day objects take on new roles.

9. Art Basel Miami Beach and Satellite Fairs. Main fair Dec. 4-7, at 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach; www.artbasel.com/en/Miami-Beach.

Anyone who thought Art Basel Miami Beach and all that is included in the frenetic first week in December would peter out has been proved wrong. The main fair in the Miami Beach Convention Center continues to attract the top galleries from across the globe — more than 250 this year — while the ancillary fairs continue to proliferate, on both sides of the causeway. Every year a fresh fair makes a splash — last year it was Miami Projects, featuring a lot of work from the Midwest and West.

10. The Girls’ Club: “The Moment. The Backdrop. The Persona.” Nov. 7-Sept. 26, at 117 NE Second St., Fort Lauderdale; girlsclubcollection.org.

The yearly featured exhibit of works culled from the collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz usually is a great barometer of contemporary trends, with a strong 21st-century aesthetic. This exhibit examines storytelling in art, heavy on new media and work from female artists, and the long run of the show will incorporate talks, film screenings and readings from local and national artists and writers.

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