Artistically Social

Toby Lerner Ansin and Miami City Ballet

Amy Rosenberg is an attorney and arts advocate who founded the Overtown Music Project and the Arsht Center’s young patrons group. She is the co-founder of the environmental non-profit Dream in Green. Amy is a member of Art Basel’s Junior Host Committee and sits on the Board of the Funding Arts Network. She also serves on the New World Symphony’s Friends Committee as well as The Wolfsonian-FIU’s Visionaries Committee.

Aaron Podhurst and Walid Wahab at MAM lunch

Break out the habaneros: The Wolfsonian-FIU has published Mexico, a theme issue in its beautiful and highly-praised Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts. The Journal should be on your bedside reading table if only for the truly stunning illustrations. The Mexico issue explores new perspectives on 20th century Mexican art and visual culture, and brings together research on understudied developments in architecture, painting, decorative arts and propaganda. Publication of the Mexico themed issue coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. Viva la revolucion!

The Miami Art Museum hosted its Corporate Luncheon at the Four Seasons on Brickell Avenue and celebrated the impact of the private sector by awarding Northern Trust Corporation the 2010 Miami Art Museum Corporate Honors. For the first time, a Special Recognition Award was presented to Shutts & Bowen for its outstanding service to Miami Art Museum. Guests dined on chicken with yuca and espresso creme brulee with melt- in- your- mouth chocolate cookies. Ambassador Paul Cejas, Rafael Miyar and Pedro Fernandez served as honorary luncheon chairmen. All event proceeds from the luncheon will support Miami Art Museum’s education and public programs.

Verso girls at Lemon Yellow Anniversary

The Funding Arts Network had its annual Grant Awards and Membership Luncheon. FAN is a grass roots organization that funds Miami’s arts non-profits through member donations and has given upwards of $2 million to local arts organizations. This time around, a chic set of more than 100 of Miami’s finest awarded museums, symphonies and organizations like the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival with thousands of dollars.

Jujyfruits, grenades and Parisian models share space in Jason Galbut’s large-scale paintings. Galbut’s paintings are merely colorful on the surface; but look deeper into the narrative of a painting like Racetrack and suddenly things get complicated: an elegant couple – two women arm-in-arm calmly walk amidst the fiery inferno of burning sports cars and floating roulette wheels to an unknown destination. Who are the women? Why is there so much fire? In Galbut’s world, all that is beautiful is ephemeral and can suddenly become perilous and destructive. The Miami-based painter and FIU graduate is now showing his eight foot work Restaurant in situ in the Saatchi Gallery in London. Galbut’s painting was picked from amongst 40,000 works to hang in the Gallery.

Racetrack by Jason Galbut

For those of you looking for the ideal gift, the Lincoln Road outpost of Taschen, my new favorite spot for presents, is having a major sale on slightly damaged and display books. From June 18th to the 20th, the literate and non-literate alike should stock up, if only for the pictures. My birthday is in July. Ahem.

Lemon Yellow, a full-service creative agency that’s been slugging it out in the sunny trenches of Miami for five years, celebrated their anniversary in style at Charcoal Studios (past home to a few Gen Art events- RIP). Verso synchronized swimmers performed in and out of the water (the space has a small pool) in matching suits reminiscent of bumblebees. Revelers tore up the dance floor.

Until next time…

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