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ICA Miami and the Miami Design District launch their public sculpture program by rebuilding Sol LeWitt’s concrete towers. AT THE INTERSECTION of conceptual art and innovative architecture—where the colossal images of John Baldessari meet the Fly’s Eye Dome of Buckminster Fuller— the minimalist towers of Sol LeWitt now greet visitors entering the Miami Design District from the east. The resurrection of Tower (Frankfurt) and Tower (Lodz), early-1990s examples of LeWitt’s groundbreaking concrete block structures, inaugurates a new public sculpture program by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, in partnership with the Design District. “Making art more accessible is part of what the district and the ICA strive to do, and that’s why we’ve joined forces to integrate more public art into the fabric of the community,” says Craig Robins, CEO and president of Dacra, whose development of the creative hub has included acquisitions and commissions. As part of the program, another newcomer to the Design District will be extending its stay. Located in the Moore Building, in the heart of the district, Wire Madonna is a monumental work by Thomas Bayrle. The German artist’s largest sculpture to date was a site-specific commission for the ICA’s recent Bayrle retrospective, the museum’s last solo show before it moved out of the Moore Building and into its new home around the corner. THIS IS 40 Pioneering Miami gallerist Fredric Snitzer celebrates a milestone in his support for diverse contemporary art. By Margery Gordon As a young MFA graduate in 1977, Fredric Snitzer had no grand plan upon opening one of South Florida’s first contemporary art galleries. “I never intended to be doing this,” he says, “just as Miami is not what it looked like it was going to be.” Snitzer has further influenced the city’s artistic development as the only regional representative on Art Basel in Miami Beach’s Selection Committee since its inception. The eclectic local and national artists in the Fredric Snitzer Gallery program, many from Latin America and ranging in age from 19 to 85, are well-represented at Art Basel this week, and all of them are helping to kick off the gallery’s 40th year. Now located downtown, after Snitzer led the artistic migration from Coral Gables to Wynwood, the gallery is currently presenting a solo show by Enrique Martínez Celaya, whose “still wet” narrative seascapes evoke the Cuban-American exiles whom Snitzer buoyed in the 1980s and ’90s. Yet this accidental gallerist doesn’t like to dwell on the past: “I always think about what’s next.” “Enrique Martínez Celaya: Nothing That Is Ours” is on view at the Fredric Snitzer Gallery from December 1 to January 14, 2018. A rendering of the Mwabwindo School, recipient of the 2017 Panerai Design Miami/ Visionary Award. Opening in 2018, the school will offer arts-based education to primary students in rural southern Zambia. This collaborative project was developed by 14+ Foundation and designed by Selldorf Architects, with artwork by Rashid Johnson and commissioned furniture by Christ & Gantenbein.
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