ARTOPIA: Palm Beach to Miami

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Above, LEE QUINONES, Resistance, 2021. Commissioned tag, spray paint. Far right, KARL HAENDEL, Perched Bald Eagle, 2015. Below, EBONY G. PATTERSON, Made for Kicks, 2018. 150 hand-embellished toy guns. From the sublime to the sensational, these works are among the many sparks, beams, flashes, and enlightening compositions I found in collector Beth Rudin DeWoody’s current exhibition at The Bunker ArtSpace, West Palm Beach.

Is it possible that even with Palm Beach’s influx of bespoke art galleries, the best art at the moment, the most stimulating and captivating, is in West Palm Beach? There is a showstopper at The Bunker ArtSpace.

Along with guest curator Franklin Parrasch’s All Roads Lead To More Roads exhibition for the ground floor’s East Gallery and the Resistance gallery of more than 70 pieces spanning from the Vietnam War to the Present by a mix of multi-generational artists with various cultural viewpoints, resident co-curators Laura Dvorkin and Maynard Monrow have assembled a kaleidoscope of themed tableaux, among them, Hair, Eyes, Celebrity, American Magical Realists & Their Circle, Feral Friends, The Puppet Saloon, and Celebrity, a gallery of photographs by and of Andy Warhol. For Parrasch, his selections are “a celebration” of DeWoody’s Collection that he believes are “… an absorption of history. Not as a fixed document, but as a morphing, breathing entity.”

The Bunker ArtSpace. Left, 2nd Floor, West Hall; Right, Mezzanine.

Then in Miami, two disparate artists, a sculptor and a painter working at different ends of the aesthetic spectrum.

Palm Beach – Middleburg dweller and sculptor Hubert Phipps was joined by former racing partner, motorsports icon and Walk of Fame honoree Danny Sullivan for a gallery reception at the Ares Design showroom in Miami’s uber-Now Design District where Phipps’ work was highlighted as well as Ares’ refined custom S1 model making its North American debut priced in the $700,000 range.

In 2019 artist and activist Eddie Arroyo was at The Whitney Biennial. In February 2022, Arroyo has opened an exhibition of recent paintings at Spinello Projects in Allapattah. Veteran gallery owner Anthony Spinello has apparently fled Wynwood’s parade of cement trucks and symphony of air hammers as the onetime warehouse art district transforms into 21st century mid-rise and hi-rise luxury development. Spinello has resettled on the raw Right Bank of I-95 among Allapattah’s storefronts.

At The Wolfsonian-FIU on Miami Beach, research curator Lea Nickless has assembled Aerial Vision, an exhibition documenting the 20th-century’s passion for skyscrapers and airships utilizing museum’s founder Mitchell Micky” Wolfson’s incomparable collection of archival materials, artworks, photographs, and objet d’art.

Sculptor Hubert Phipps, left, and auto racing legend Danny Sullivan, right, at last week’s reception for Phipps’ exhibition at Italian coachmaker Ares Design’s showroom in the Miami Design District.

On with the show!

The Bunker ArtSpace – Part I
444 Bunker Road- West Palm Beach


LISA ANNE AUERBACH. Did You Hear What Bush Said About Roe v Wade, 2005-2007.
OTIS KWAME KYE QUAICOE. David Theodore Cowboy, 2019 (I of 3).
GUERRILLA GIRLS. Do Women Have To Be Naked To Get Into The Met Museum? 1988.

All Roads
Lead to More Roads
Curated by Franklin Parrasch

JONATHAN LYNDON CHASE. Trying On Shoes In Their Bedroom, 2019.
Above, CHANNING HANSEN. Square Root of Distraction, 2014. Below, ANDRE CADERE. Cubic Bar of Wood, 1971.
MAYNARD MONROW. Quote Me, 2015.
Salon Wall (1932-2020), including the works of Allan Darcangelo, Stuart Davis, Exene Karos, Llyn Foukes, Ben Sakoguchi, Peter Dreher, Jessie Homer French, Ken Price, Nikki de Sant Phalle, Maddy Parrasch, Lenore Tawney, and Ed Ruscha’s work Range, 1972.

Screening Room

JUDITH BERNSTEIN. Hot Hands (Black Lives Matter), 2020.

Lobby Gallery

MILDRED HOWARD. Ten Little Children Standing In A Line (One Got Shot And Then There Were Nine), 1991. Mixed Media Installation, Brass bullet casings and copper glove molds. Detailed view.


JIM LAMBIE. Oven Ready, 2006.
CHITRA GANESH. Yamari, 2018.

The Puppet Saloon

JOHN WATERS. Control, 2009.

THE HAAS BROTHERS. Jack The Lipper, 2015.
Among these works, artists Dan Fischer, Laurie Simmons, Morton Bartlett, Greer Lankton, and far right, Matthew Rolston’s Jasper, 2010, a pigment print on rag paper.


ED PASCHKE. Hopkins Park, 1984.
HOWARDENA PINDELL. Till Birnam Wood Remove to Dunsinane (MacBeth, Act 5, Scene 3), 1991. Mixed Media oil on canvas, detailed close-up view.


ARNOLD J. KEMP. Untitled (From The Series Played Twice), 2000.
DAVID HAMMONS. Untitled (Spade), 1974.
EBONY G. PATTERSON, Made for Kicks, 2018. 150 hand-embellished toy guns. Detailed view.
The Bunker ArtSpace, 2nd Floor, East Gallery. Resistance. With Howardena Pindell’s mixed-media work in the foreground, at the east wall, Eduardo Sarabia’s handwoven tapestry Narcomanta 3 (La Venganza de Moctezuma), 2013.

Ascending: The Sculpture of Hubert Phipps
Ares Modena – Miami Design District

ARES Design Miami, established in Modena, Italy as one of Italy’s premier Italian luxury car manufacturers, welcomed as many as 75 guests to a recent private reception for the first exhibition at its Miami Design District showroom. The event combined the design of its bespoke sports cars with the art of former American motorsports race driver and sculptor Hubert Phipps, with special guest motorsport icon Danny Sullivan, a 17-time race winner in the Indy World Series including the prestigious Indianapolis 500.

Ares Design Modena where Hubert Phipps’s artworks were featured encircling one of only 24 of the ultimate custom coachbuilder’s latest collectible S1 Model.

Ares Design specializes in limited editions of automobiles priced in the $700,000 range inspired by the design philosophy of the racing prototypes of the 1970s and 1980s with up to 715 horsepower and 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds. Ares latest model was the centerpiece of this exhibition in which it appears surrounded by the works created by Phipps, who after retiring from American and European auto racing circuits turned to another of his passions, art. With his paintings and sculptures inspired by speed and aerodynamics, Phipps is known for his pigment drawings and abstract sculptures. As well, Phipps experiments with steel, bronze, wood, glass, and marble for specific artworks.

The S1’s significant presence provided perspective for Phipps’ work. Above, left to right, a cast stainless steel piece Sky Temple, 2018, stainless steel sculpture Arch 2016, and one of his framed paint pigment on paper pieces, far right.
Hubert Phipps, left, with Vivian Donnell Rodriguez and her family.
HUBERT PHIPPS. Sky Temple, detail.
Hubert Phipps monograph. Journey Continued.

A Motorsport Walk of Fame honoree, Danny Sullivan’s remarkable checkered-flag racing career spanned the US, UK and Europe. Pictured above, Sullivan arrives at the reception in the Design District.
Hubert Phipps, Danny Sullivan, and Mo Elarishy, Ares development director.
Danny Sullivan and Barry Lederman.
Leslie Herrero, Hubert Phipps, and Peter Nalepa.
Andy Kostas.
The event attracted a select gathering of Miami’s “visual journalists” and an eclectic mix of art and culture writers, sports writers, and global automotive columnists.

HUBERT PHIPPS. Africa, No. 1. 2019. Steel.

Ares Design’s latest!

Tim Murphy, Maryanne Richter, and Hubert Phipps.
Danny Sullivan sits down with former UK sportswriter Charles Bradley, Global Editor of Motorsports International.
Robin Esterson & Mo Elarishy.
Daniela Gould and Grisel Severgnini with the Ares Modena S1 Model.
Franco Valli, Mo Elarishy, and Brandon Kallman.

Miami’s Design District is several passport cultures away from Allapattah’s Seventh Avenue, an up-and-coming Arts District. Among the gallerists who have resettled on 7th Avenue, Anthony Spinello who recently opened a show of Eddie Arroyo’s painting.

“We come to this country, or in my case, born into it, but never really fit in. Despite my best efforts, there will never be that feeling of being absolutely home. And so here we are talking about what it means to be a grateful immigrant, a worthy citizen, and of course a Real American. It seems like the guidelines shift but there are consistencies, one being the absolute acknowledgment of law and order.” — Eddie Arroyo.

Arroyo memorializes the architecture, character and culture of the rapidly disappearing streetscapes in Miami’s ever-changing downtown and mid-town neighborhoods being supplanted by hi-rise luxury condos. As well, Arroyo focuses on painting the protests and rallies that too often divide the nation. In 2019 Arroyo was selected for the Whitney Biennial. Upon learning of the controversial livelihood of a Whitney board member, Arroyo and five other artists withdrew their work from The Whitney.

EDDIE ARROYO. Cordons Law Offices.
Arroyo’s work also captures the political upheavals of the past several years, customarily reserved for television videos and iPhone cameras. In 2018, he was the recipient of the 2018 South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists Fellowship.
A Black Lives Matter demonstration in downtown Miami.
EDDIE ARROYO. Say No to Burnett Oil.
Noted Israeli curator Tami Katz-Freiman and gallerist Anthony Spinello who founded his gallery in Wynwood in 2005.
The Community is Watching. Eddie Arroyo’s work is on exhibition at Spinello until March 5.

… And Justice For All. Anthony Spinello decked in a Whitney Biennial sweat shirt. Among Spinello’s recent offerings, shows for artists Clara Varas, Jee Park, Mateo Nava, Bernadette Despujols, and Reginald O’Neal.

Eddie Arroyo.

Aerial Vision
The Wolfsonian-FIU
1001 Washington Avenue – Miami Beach
Lea Nickless, curator

The Wolfsonian-FIU @ 1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. November 2021 – April 24, 2022.

Aerial Vision explores the 20th century’s development of changes in altitude — airplanes and skyscrapers as embodiments of human achievement and harbingers of a better tomorrow. Both technologies introduced vertical perspectives for living, working, and traveling, utilized by artists, designers, urban planners, engineers, and everyday office workers with hi-rise views.

The exhibition of paintings, posters, furniture, and archival materials was drawn from the Wolfsonian’s collection “to examine these heightened positions of power and privilege, revealing connections between newly available viewpoints and their impact on the artistic imagination.”

A cast aluminum bust Extraordinary Micky Wolfson by sculptor Dorothy Haase resides in the museum’s first-floor lobby.
The Wolfsonian-FIU, south elevation.
Wolfsonian, entrance lobby. Mural titled Shameless by Dutch artist Bas van Veek.
The Wolfsonian-FIU. Entrance hall, east wall. Mural, Shameless.
The 6th floor exhibition gallery opens with the aerial perspective from when it was first imagined by developers’ artists who created these fantasy landscapes as if they were from the air.
A trophy for a women’s air race at the Miami All American Air Maneuvers. K. K. Culver Trophy: Miami All American Air Maneuvers, 1938. Viktor Schreckengost (American, 1906–2008), designer Gorham Manufacturing Company, Providence, Rhode Island. The Wolfsonian–FIU, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection of Decorative and Propaganda Arts, Promised Gift, 83.6.5.
From The Wolfsonian-FIU Collection, this striking 1940 portrait by Veronese artist Renato Di Bosso of Futurist artist and aviator Albino Sivieri expresses the era’s fascination with altitude.
Aerial Art.
Aerial Vision, A New Domain Gallery.
Left: Curator Lea Nickless’ exhibition captures the era’s “Things are looking up” zeitgeist. “When Every Skyscraper Roof Is an Airport” predicted a future complete with an urban flying autogiro. In 1939 artist Nicholas DeSantis presented his concept for an “aerotropolis,” an air terminal occupying eight city blocks. Having an airplane in every garage — a personal flying machine — was another aspiration.
Right: Rendering, The Waldorf‐Astoria Hotel, New York, New York, c. 1929. Lloyd Morgan (American, 1892–1970) Schultze & Weaver, New York City, architects. Watercolor and tempera on paper. The Wolfsonian–FIU, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection, TD1994.445.45.
“High Anxiety.”
ERNEST FIENE. Mural study, 1932. Tempera on Masonite. The Wolfsonian-FIU Collection.

The Bunker Artspace, Part II

The Bunker ArtSpace Library, East shelf.


PEGGY JARREL KAPLAN. Andy Warhol (with Frame), 1985.
A room full of Warhols, by the likes of photographers Gerard Malanga, Helmut Newton, Dennis Hopper, and Firooz Zahedi, among them.
ANDY WARHOL. Liza Minnelli, 1977; Truman Capote, 1977; and Halston, 1974. Polaroids.


ALFONSO GONZALEZ JR., Faded Wave, 2018.
GENEVIEVE GAIGARD. My Fair Lady, 2017.
KATHIA ST. HILAIRE. 100% Kanekalon, 2018.
KATHIA ST. HILAIRE. 100% Kanekalon, 2018. Oil-based relief collage. Detailed view.
WILL COTTON. Croquembouche, 2010.

American Magical Realists & Their Circle

PAUL CADMUS. The Aviator, 1941.
JARED FRENCH. Shelter, c. 1944.

Library Shelf, West wall

HILARY HARKNESS. Untitled, 2019. Detailed view.


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