“Pérez Art Museum Miami”

Say Hello to PAMM

This is the contemporary art museum of the city. The Pérez Art Museum Miami, better known as PAMM, opened its doors in 2013. The building was designed by the Herzog and de Meuron agency of Switzerland and is the architectural jewel of Museum Park, Miami’s new cultural spot. A conceptual guided tour.   Miami is becoming one of the highest profile art destinations in the world. But almost all that status comes from the attention it receives during just one week of the year: Art Week. More than 100,000 art spectators descend on Miami every winter to attend the two major Downtown art fairs, Art Miami and Art Basel Miami, as well as more than a dozen smaller satellite fairs that operate concurrently all around the city. But when Art Week ends, the art world all but turns a blind eye toward South Florida as the collectors, dealers, art stars and art media disappear in search of the next big fair or exhibition. Happily, that is starting to change as dedicated Miamians are focusing more on what is needed in order to make their city an important art destination year round. So what, you ask, is the number one thing Miami is lacking that cities like Paris, New York, Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong are not? The answer is museums. But wait, you might say. Miami has several wonderful museums and private collections that are open to the public. And that is definitely true. However, there is no Miami equivalent to MoMA, the Tate, the Louvre, the Met, or even LACMA. And that is a serious problem for a city hoping to compete with the biggest players in the international art world. But that is not to say there are not passionate, serious people working hard to change...

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Julio Le Parc, a tireless creator

The Brussels fair is paying homage to a founding member of the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (GRAV) by welcoming four of Julio Le Parc’s monumental works. An opportunity to look over the career of this indomitable artist.   Julio Le Parc had to wait a long time before institutions began to recognise him in the way that he deserves. Today, the Argentinian artist is finally being given his dues, now acknowledged as “a living legend” in the art world, as the Galerie Perrotin hastens to describe him. Having decided to represent him since November 2016, this gallery has kicked off its collaboration with the artist with a solo exhibition in its space in New York – a city where Julio Le Parc has not been shown since 1973. “It was time to rectify this error,” notes the Parisian gallery. Offering an interesting bridge towards the retrospective prepared by Pérez Art Museum in Miami (visible until 19 March 2017), the Perrotin exhibition presented both recent works and iconic pieces, already seen in major monographic shows such as the one at the Palais de Tokyo in 2013. It was the latter event that truly marked Julio Le Parc’s return to favour. The institution, having undergone a makeover, reopened with this retrospective organised by Jean de Loisy: 2,000 m2 devoted to the artist and gathering historic works including Continuel Mobile from 1963, today visible at BRAFA. Drawing 180,000 visitors, the Palais de Tokyo show met with success amongst critics and the general public alike. It followed up “Le Parc Lumière”, organised by the Daros Latinamerica Collection in Zurich in 2005, and the Centre Pompidou Metz exhibition in 2011-2012 titled “Erre”, a collective show which devoted an entire room to Julio Le Parc’s works… after 20 years in purgatory. Julio Le Parc...

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Nicholas Lobo at the Pérez Art Museum Miami

Currently at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, is the exhibition “The Leisure Pit” by Nicolas Lobo, running until 13 December 2015. The exhibition is showing new works made by Lobo. Commissioned for one of PAMM’s project galleries, The Leisure Pit is a site-based installation encompassing a group of mixed-media sculptures, which the artist cast inside a swimming pool using an experimental process. The ensemble relates to Lobo’s interest in the intersections among cultural, technological, and corporeal systems of consumption. Lobo (born in 1979, in Los Angeles) lives in Miami. Lobo’s inspiration for his productions range from fringe subcultures and hidden networks—the Raëlian movement, the Go-Go dance scene, illicit pirate radio—to points of contact within the urban milieu— illegal drug fabrication sites, informal...

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