Experience Miami Art Week at MIA

Andrew Antonaccio’s (2alas) installation, (You) Wish You Were Here, at the International Greeters’ Lobby in Concourse J.

Airport opens four new art exhibits ahead of Art Basel Miami Beach

This month, passengers traveling through MIA can have a Miami Art Week experience without even leaving the airport – thanks to four new exhibits by Miami-based artists opening just ahead of Art Basel Miami Beach.

Anastasia Samoylova’s Landscape Sublime, on display until mid-January at gates D22 and D25, features a variety of nature-themed images assembled in a still life. To create the series, the artist gathered digital images from the web and grouped them by the types of subject they depict. Once printed, these were sculpted into temporary installations and re-photographed. The final compositions presented by the Russian-born artist give these environments a sense of materiality. Samoylova’s work integrates notions of environmentalism, consumerism and the picturesque, and explores how photography is used to illustrate concepts of beauty and nature in contemporary visual culture. During Miami Art Week, Samoylova will be part of Transform, a group exhibition at Alfa Gallery that will showcase the work of 30 artists.

Evelyn Politzer’s Knitting as Poetry installation at MIA’s The Eye Has to Travel gallery.

10,000 Years of Miami by painter John William Bailly, on display in the Central Terminal Gallery just past MIA’s Concourse E security checkpoint, is the artist’s reflection on his journey of self-discovery and his rediscovery of Miami’s rich and diverse history. With this exhibition, consisting of paintings and works on paper, Bailly challenges the popular perception of Miami, engages viewers in self-reflection, and raises awareness of mankind’s interconnectedness.

With Knitting as Poetry: Reflections on the Natural Environment, on display near gate D29 until May, artist Evelyn Politzer celebrates fiber arts and the techniques of knitting and crochet as artistic forms. The Uruguayan-born artist’s creative expression offers a bridge between the history of craft as “women’s work” and modern concerns regarding the natural environment.

Lastly, the Andrew Antonaccio (2alas) site-specific installation (You) Wish You Were Here, unveiled last week, pays tribute to the traditional postcard, which (before social media) used to be the quick, popular way to share one’s location with friends and family back home. The mixed-media collage features Antonaccio’s distinctive black-and-white linear composition combined with digitally manipulated archive images such as Art Deco hotels, a palm tree promenade on Ocean Drive, chrome-bejeweled vintage cars cruising past the beach, and even the iconic neon sign that once welcomed travelers to MIA on N.W. 36th Street. During Miami Art Week, 2alas will be part of Juxtapoz Clubhouse, a partnership exhibition between Juxtapoz Magazine and adidas Skateboarding that will include art installations, activations, murals, site-specific projects and a special adidas Showcase.

“In addition to enhancing the travel experience, the goal of our rotating exhibition program is to give passengers a sense of place as well,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Department Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Director Gendry Sherer. “Our four new exhibitions certainly accomplish that and more, by showcasing local artists whose work is also on display outside of the airport at Miami Art Week events.”

Together, these exhibitions continue the primary mission of the Aviation Department’s Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Division to humanize and enrich the airport environment through the commission of contemporary artwork and the presentation of exhibitions in various media that communicate culture, environment and art resources of an international scope. To learn more about other exhibits in the MIA Galleries, visit http://www.miami-airport.com/mia_galleries.asp.