Miami’s newest art space debuts Monday — and you’re invited.
Uruguayan sculptor Pablo Atchugarry and his son Piero will open an airy, 25,000-square-foot art space in a former warehouse just north of the Miami Design District. Atchugarry Art Center includes both a commercial gallery and an expansive exhibition wing designed to showcase historic and contemporary works and present cultural programming.
“It’s a bet on Miami as a cultural center,” said Piero. “We have had a very welcoming feeling from people who in live in Miami. We like to add our little grain of sand to the community.” Entry and events at the privately-funded space will be free.
After three years of design, planning and construction, the 12,000-square-foot interior and garden opens just in time for Art Basel and Miami’s annual art week.
The art center’s inaugural presentation includes a rare exhibition of five early surrealist paintings by Afro-Cuban artist Wifredo Lam. Their only previous showing was in Madrid’s Reina Sofia museum in 2016.
Also on display is a retrospective of work by the late Uruguayan artist Jose Pedro Costigliolo, whose work ranged from post-War graphic design to geometric abstracts so precise they seem almost machine rendered. One series uses only triangles, rectangles and squares in compelling arrangements that are at once strict and free-flowing.
Both shows will be on display through Feb. 16.
Its commercial gallery is presenting “Tension and Dynamism,” a selection of works by Italy’s Riccardo de Marchi and Arcangelo Sassolino; Brazilians Artur Lescher and Tulio Pinto, and Uruguyan artists Joaquin Torres-Garcia and Marco Maggi. Each work reflects a clean, minimal influence and deliberate uses of materials that invite closer inspection. Also available are Pablo Atchugarry’s marble sculptures, which can sell for $100,00 at auction, and limited editions in bronze created in homage to artist Richard Chamberlain.
The center’s goal, said Pablo, is to facilitate connections between U.S. artists, particularly those of Miami, and Latin American artists, particularly those of Uruguay, moth emerging and established. “Artists contribute to the society of raising their voyages and sharing their messages. “
The message conveyed by his own drapery-like sculptures is one of possibilities, Pablo said. “They are meant to inspire, to show that we have no limits. Even the dream that does not seem to be attainable could be real.”
IF YOU GO
Atchugarry Art Center, 5520 NE 4th Avenue, opens Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.; events are free and open to the public. Musical performances are scheduled throughout the opening week. Information at www.atchugarryartcenter.com.
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