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Untitled (Turntables) from Urban Myth, Part I by Luis       Gispert

Green is the color of my quotidian space, but I hear brown by Adler        Guerrier

Kissin Cousins by Gean       Moreno

The Discovery and Use of the Fake Ink Blot by Jacin       Giordono

The Discovery and Use of the Fake Ink Blot by Jacin       Giordono
Miami Art Center,
Dec 08, 2003 - Feb 01, 2004
Miami, FL, USA

10 Floridians' at Miami Art Central
by Bill Kelley Jr.

Another artist well represented at Art Basel was the Cuban born, Glexis Novoa at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery. Novoa's work which was included by MALBA curator Marcelo Pacheco in this show is ominously sublime. A long graphite landscape flawlessly rendered on the walls of a small circular room within the museum looks like a fantastical sci-fi cityscape seen from afar, the viewer as a witness to a new horizon-an outline reminiscent of Miami itself.

Taken individually the selection of works for each artist in the exhibition was exact and interesting. Sergio Vega's Tropicalounge included photographs from his series entitled Modernismo Tropical which worked well within the space and the selection of works by Rosa Martinez were exceptionally well integrated.

After seeing José Bedia just about everywhere during Art Basel I found myself walking, not running, to go see his work here at the MAC, however Victor Zamudio Taylor's timely selection of oil paintings reminded me why Bedia is one of the most important artists working today. In a series of epic landscapes Bedia uses warships and aircraft carriers as the symbolic vessels on which our spiritual battles will be waged, expressing their messianic and apocalyptic character with both his use of scale and talent with the brush. In both the spiritual and material realms, the act of war today is very much a part of our consciousness and these particular works openly display on large beautiful canvases, the sublime and spiritual power Bedia works so well...a quiet and forceful implication for the world to contend with. It's this kind of quiet personal engagement that makes art so important amongst the media blitz of an international art fair. The fact that so much talent is gathered together in one show, not to mention, one city for so many to enjoy is a nod to the Venezuelan patroness Ella Cisneros for whom the MAC owes its existence. We hope that her family's legendary support of artists from Latin America translates to artists working here as well.

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