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’sAll 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.”
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.
All Roads Lead to More Roads Curated by Franklin Parrasch
The Puppet Saloon
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 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.
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.
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.
Aerial Vision The Wolfsonian-FIU 1001 Washington Avenue – Miami Beach Lea Nickless, curator
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.”