Art Basel and Miami Art Week have dominated South Florida’s visual arts world, but there’s more news to note.
▪ The Bass Museum of Art formally launched its interior expansion program last week with the closure of a temporary 800-foot fence surrounding the site. The fence is artwork in itself: a custom design by artist Sylvie Fleury, whose neon sculpture Eternity Now is installed on the museum’s façade. The construction will result in 50 percent more space for exhibitions, classes and programming. For more information, visit www.bassmuseum.org.
▪ Local culture blog Tropicult teamed up with St. Louis-based artist Michael Powell to present The Visit, a Web-based artwork in which users can come together to create and share. Users are invited to collaborate through January on an appropriated and altered looping video of Pablo Picasso painting on a large sheet of glass that is overlaid on the online canvas. Picasso appears to paint onto the screen from the virtual world, and the user paints back. To participate, visit www.tropicult.com/canvas.
▪ Coral Springs Museum of Art is hosting a winter exhibition featuring works by Sandra Muss, Tom De Vita and Daniel Itzler. A special reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the museum, 2855 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs. Admission to the event is free. Call 954-340-5000 or visit www.coralspringsmuseum.org for more information.
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▪ Valeria Fiñana and Miguel Ullivarri opened FU Gallery in Little Haiti with a solo exhibit by Mexican artist Ciler. His use of collages, paintings, drawings and installation work are generally filled with death, drama and violence as a way of analyzing today’s dysfunctional world. The gallery, also known as Galería de Barrio (Neighborhood Gallery), will feature homegrown and Latin American artists in the coming months at 8373 NE Second Ave., Miami. For more information, visit the FU Gallery Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1j8rjp1.