BISCAYNE NATURE CENTER
ART MEETS SCIENCE
Art Store: Legendary Pearl Paint Resurrected in Miami
Barry Fellman’s Art Store recreates the central core of the last remaining Pearl Paint Art Supply Store. Art Store is a life size installation comprised of the original paints, inks, pastels, brushes, supplies, display cases, and store fixtures from Pearls largest store, all rescued from the company’s liquidators. The 25 store chain became an icon of the art world shortly after opening its first store in New York over 80 years ago. Its loss has caused many tears to be shed throughout arts communities nationwide.
Art Store extends Duchamp’s seminal “Readymades”, sourced from consumer culture, to a collection of mass produced objects used to create art. The installation provokes questions about the availability of art supplies and how their use is changing as artists adopt digital technology and new forms of presentation. In Miami Art Store challenges the community to support its students and schools by serving as a rallying point for the donation of art supplies for classroom use.
Miami New Times Review Installation Photographs Press Release
Art Store Creativity Workshop Photos and Video.
Darby Bannard: A Tribute
CVC celebrates Darby Bannard’s life and his enduring spirit with an exhibition of the bold, color saturated, abstract paintings made during his last year in the studio. Bannard died after a brief illness two months ago at age 82. The paintings are at once a reinvention and a synthesis of work and ideas the artist explored through his six decade long career as a prominent painter and thought leader in contemporary art. Bannard was called one of the six best living artists by Clement Greenberg, the influential New York art critic who ushered in the modern art aesthetic and put Abstract Expressionism on the map.
The exhibition focuses on Bannard’s new series of works which come from his reinvention of the painter’s working methods and innovative use of acrylic mediums. The paintings are exuberant, saturated with color and palpable to the touch with a new found geometry that pushes into the third dimension. This new work challenged Bannard to connect his visceral textures and organic forms with the hard edge and rectangular shapes of one of Bannard’s heros – art world icon Ad Rinehardt. Known for challenging convention and provoking creative responses from his colleagues and the art world, Bannard continued to explore new directions up until his last days in the studio.
Bannard received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1968 and exhibited widely in museums and galleries for over 50 years. His articles and art reviews have appeared in over 200 publications and his paintings are in the permanent collections of Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MA, Guggenheim Museum, NY, Museum of Modern Art, NY, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, National Museum of American Art, Washington DC, and Whitney Museum, NY as well as most other major US museums.
See press release here.
CVC Sponsors Photography Program at Biscayne Nature Center
CVC designed a new photography curriculum for Biscayne Nature Center’s month long summer camp for 4th graders that tied into the camp’s science and ecology themes. Students used 20 new Canon digital cameras donated by CVC to make photos of the diverse ecosystem areas of Key Biscayne that surround the Nature Center. This pilot project will serve as a model for year-round programs at the Nature Center. We are pleased to report that the program was the subject of a full page feature in the Miami Herald and that an advanced photo program for next year’s summer camp is already in the work.
See student photography here.
The Best of Bunny at Bunny Yeager Studio
Celebrating Yeager’s Most Famous Models and Photographs
Our memorial exhibition celebrates Yeager’s iconic images from her early career to recent photo shoots at her new studio. Included are previously unseen self-portraits remarkable for their originality and directness and vintage photographs from Yeager’s archive made on location in South Florida and Mexico.
Bunny Yeager is the legendary model, photographer, writer and swimsuit designer whose pictures of Bettie Page catapulted both Page and Yeager to fame in 1954. The publication of Yeager’s centerfold photo of Bettie Page in Playboy launched Yeager’s photographic career and began a lifelong friendship with Hugh Hefner, the magazine’s publisher.
Yeager defined a new genre of portraiture with her sensual images of the girl next door and with her self portraits. Beginning with her early photographs for men’s magazines in the 1950’s she produced compelling images both in the studio and on location. Her groundbreaking work inspired and influenced a new generation of photographers from Cindy Sherman to those who shoot swimsuit models outdoors for Sports Illustrated.
Press release here.
From mountain waterfalls to lush green jungles, from grassy swamps to sandy beaches Butcher’s photographs reveal the seductive beauty, subtle grandeur and majesty of America’s landscape and now Cuba’s untouched heritage. Butcher’s photographs seem larger than life, like the artist himself, and compel us to step into the places he depicts. His unique talent is that he sees and feels vistas that sing the spirit of place.
Paola Gracey’s vibrantly colored paintings share formal qualities of line and rhythm with the pours of Morris Louis and Helen Frankenthaler, incorporating ideas and media she has been exploring for over a decade. The paintings are rooted in the compounds and chemicals that describe the materials, liquids and gases that are part of our everyday world.