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Energizing Art Abounds Around Coral Gables

Energizing Art Abounds Around Coral Gables

December 5, 2017

If you notice more spring in your step in Coral Gables these days, it’s probably because of all the art energy. The designs of renowned Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez were painted on eight downtown pedestrian crosswalks in his characteristic op-art style and thirteen banners depicting various Cruz-Diez installations around the globe are installed on the … Read More

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Must-See Art Guide: Miami by artnet

Must-See Art Guide: Miami by artnet

December 1, 2017

Miami’s art week opens just in time to nip that seasonal affective disorder in the bud. Galleries all across North America, Europe, and Asia flock to the sun-drenched city December 5–10 to make their statement on what is now and necessary about art in this moment, with Pulse, Art Miami, and Scope providing them with … Read More

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Mateo Blanco: Colombian Artist Switches from Food as Art to Honor Madonna

Mateo Blanco: Colombian Artist Switches from Food as Art to Honor Madonna

November 29, 2017

Mateo Blanco, the opera-singer-turned-visual-artist, has once again attracted international attention, this time for his kinetic portraits of Madonna being exhibited at ArtSpace/ Virginia Miller Galleries in downtown Coral Gables, Florida from December 1, 2017 through January, 31, 2018. Illustrated articles about the exhibit appeared in the Los Angeles Times; El Universal, a leading Venezuelan newspaper; … Read More

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Creating Art From Food Builds Another Audience For Opera Singer

Creating Art From Food Builds Another Audience For Opera Singer

November 29, 2017

Although he’s only 35, Mateo Blanco already has checked off more ambitious goals than most people dream of. An opera singer, he has performed with major opera companies, recorded his own album, and sung by request for the families of both President George Bush and his father, President George H. W. Bush. He also has … Read More

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CitiTower at Eola Park by Israel Guevara

CitiTower at Eola Park by Israel Guevara

November 24, 2017

Fans of geometric abstraction now can view works by gallery artist Israel Guevara in a super-sized version. The Venezuelan-American artist recently dedicated eleven monumental aluminum panels painted in his brilliant color compositions on the exterior of CitiTower, a new 21-story luxury residential condominium on the shore of Lake Eola in Orlando. Florida. Other paintings by … Read More

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Color + Geometry by Israel Guevara

Color + Geometry by Israel Guevara

October 25, 2017

‘COLOR + GEOMETRY’ TO OPEN NOV. 3RD AT ARTSPACE/ VIRGINIA MILLER GALLERIES See Exhibition installation here > “Color + Geometry,” an exhibition of paintings, assemblage and sculpture by Israel Guevara, will open at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries with a reception for the Venezuelan-American artist from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3rd. Born in Maracay, Venezuela in 1961, … Read More

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Leon Berkowitz:  Cascades of Light, Paintings from 1965-1986

Leon Berkowitz: Cascades of Light, Paintings from 1965-1986

November 19, 2015

By Richard Speer Taking in the Technicolor orgy that is Virginia Miller’s affectionate and nuanced 21-year survey of the paintings of Leon Berkowitz (1911-1987), one confronts just how thoroughly the metastasis of post-ironic eye candy has been assimilated into visual culture since Berkowitz’s heyday. In entire sectors of contemporary art (Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Peter … Read More

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Suzan Woodruff: Cracks in the light

Suzan Woodruff: Cracks in the light

December 2, 2014

Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by Moby. Suzan Woodruff’s most recent body of work involving multiple and various painting series she has worked on since the Burning Woman Project is created through a self-invented and designed “Gravity easel,” which though gravitational forces allows control of water and paint, creates echo’s and spectacles of nature, … Read More

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PAMM, Virginia Miller exhibits explore abstraction

PAMM, Virginia Miller exhibits explore abstraction

March 24, 2014

By George Fishman Special to The Miami Herald The coincidence of distinctive, but kindred, exhibitions at the Pérez Art Museum Miami and ArtSpace/Virginia Miller in Coral Gables, one of the region’s longest established galleries, provides a valuable opportunity to “compare and contrast.” Besides opening its doors to the community during Art Basel with such international … Read More

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The Silent Shout: Voices in Cuban Abstraction 1950-2013 by Richard Speer

The Silent Shout: Voices in Cuban Abstraction 1950-2013 by Richard Speer

March 4, 2014

By Richard Speer ARTnews March 2014 Historically significant and visually rich, this exhibition showcases paintings and sculpture by three generations of Cuban artists. The “Silent Shout” of the show’s title refers to the 1997 exhibition “Pinturas del Silencio” (Paintings from the Silence), mounted during the sixth Havana Biennial to illuminate the lineage of Cuban abstract … Read More

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Abstraction and the Once-Silenced Shout

Abstraction and the Once-Silenced Shout

March 2, 2014

Visual Art Source Editors’ Roundtable by Richard Speer “The Silent Shout: Voices in Cuban Abstraction 1950-2013,” installation view at ArtSpace Virginia Miller Galleries, Coral Gables, Florida. Recently I took in an exhibition in Miami that documented an era when abstract art was thought so radical and dangerous that it incited censorship. “The Silent Shout: Voices … Read More

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Leslie Lew: American Memories in ARTPulse Magazine

October 2, 2013

Leslie Lew: American Memories ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries – Miami By Margery Gordon ARTPulse (May 3 – October 25, 2013) Entering Virginia Miller’s survey of Leslie Lew’s paintings is like traveling back to a simpler time to reunite with childhood companions. These are not just personal memories, but universal icons that have illustrated American life for … Read More

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Leslie Lew, un pasaje de regreso a la infancia

August 18, 2013

by Janet Batet Especial / El Nuevo Herald La primera reacción que provocan las pinturas de Leslie Lew es la misma tentación que experimentan los niños frente a una torta de cumpleaños: quieres, subrepticiamente, meterle el dedo y arrasar con el merengue en un santiamén, mientras los demás están entretenidos en el jolgorio de la … Read More

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Leslie Lew: American Memories

Leslie Lew: American Memories

August 11, 2013

Featuring some of America’s most iconic images, Leslie Lew’s “sculpted oils” offer an emotional journey back to childhoods ranging from the 1930s to 1970s. In this interview, Lew talks to ARTDISTRICTS about her career, her unmistakable style, the projects she is working on at the moment and her recent exhibition “American Memories” at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries, the … Read More

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‘American Memories’ Depicts Favorite Comics, Primers, Cereals and Cookies

‘American Memories’ Depicts Favorite Comics, Primers, Cereals and Cookies

June 4, 2013

Fans of comic books will find some familiar covers at “American Memories,” the exhibit at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries in Coral Gables. Superman Classic No. 1, Spiderman, Batman No. 27, Batman and Robin, Dagwood and Blondie, Wonder Woman, Mighty Mouse, Lil Orphan Annie, Dick Tracy, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Popeye, Curious George, Felix, Nancy & Sluggo, … Read More

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Artistic Stroll by Key Biscayne Magazine

May 17, 2013

Published by Key Biscayne Magazine – May 2013 P32 With Coral Gables Gallery Night, gallery owner Virginia Miller helps get people out of the house and into some of the city’s hottest art spaces. Love art? Then head to Coral Gables on the first Friday of every month for the city’s Gallery Night. During this regular … Read More

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Leslie Lew: American Original Follows a 3,500-Year-Old Tradition

April 21, 2013

American Pop artist Leslie Lew, who has been creating her unique “sculpted oils” for 30 years, actually is following a 3,500-year-old artistic tradition that art historians believe began on the island of Crete, site of the earliest known frescoes. Unlike paintings done onto walls, frescoes are painted while their plaster base is wet—thus the term, … Read More

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Leslie Lew: American Neo-Pop Artist

April 13, 2013

The Pop art movement, thought to have originated in 1947 with the painting “I Was a Rich Man’s Plaything” by Scottish artist Eduardo Paolozzi, emerged in the mid-1950s in Great Britain and by the late 1950s had begun to upstage Abstract Expressionism. Characterized by such subject matter as mass-produced objects, advertising, comic characters and other … Read More

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Bassmi

September 30, 2012 Bassmi, Awareness 10, Mixed Media on Canvas, 48 x 60 inches, 2006 Bassmi, Awareness 17, Mixed Media on Canvas, 60 x 48 inches, 2008 Bassmi, Awareness 6, Mixed Media on Canvas, 60 x 48 inches, 2006 Bassmi, Isness 19, Mixed Media on Canvas, 36 x 60 inches, 2005 Bassmi, Isness 2, Mixed Media on Canvas, [...] Read More

California Dreamin’ in Miami By Elisa Turner

August 4, 2012

ArtPulse Reviews California Dreamin’ in Miami By Elisa Turner The exhibit “IMPACT: Emotions of Color” at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries in Coral Gables does indeed pack a stunning, colorful impression. Expertly hung and lit, with plenty of room for the 32 paintings by five artists to breathe so that viewers are not bombarded with a surfeit … Read More

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Suzan Woodruff

August 2, 2012 Suzan Woodruff, Black Pearl, Acrylic on Panel, 40 x 52 inches, 2011, SWO17 Suzan Woodruff, DarkLight, Black Pearl Series, Acrylic on Panel, 40 x 52 inches, SWO16 Suzan Woodruff, Green Flash Returns, Acrylic on Panel, 40 x 52 inches, SWO14 Suzan Woodruff, Little Gold Dragon II, 12 x 12 inches, Acrylic on Panel, SWO23 Read More

Casper Brindle

July 16, 2012 Casper Brindle, Purple Stratum, 29 x 59 x 2.5 inches, Acrylic, Wood, Resin, 2010, CBR3 Casper Brindle, Stratum 1.2, Acrylic, Wood, Resin, 39 x 59 x 2.5 inches, 2011, CBR1 Casper Brindle, Stratum 10, Acrylic, Wood, Resin, 29 x 49 x 2.5 inches, 2010, CBR5 Casper Brindle, Stratum 4, Acrylic, Wood, Resin, 17 x 21 [...] Read More

Lisa Bartleson

July 10, 2012 Bartleson, Sphere XXII, Mixed Media and Resin on Panel, 37 x 37 x 3 inches, 2011, BAR6 Lisa Bartleson, Scale XXXX Sphere X, Mixed Media and Resin on Panel, 29 x 29 x 3 inches, 2011, BAR2 Lisa Bartleson, Scale XXXXI Sphere XI, Mixed Media and Resin on Panel, 29 x 29 x 3 inches, [...] Read More

Vincench vs. Vincench. A Dissident Dialogue from Cuba

May 1, 2012

By Margery Gordon Posted on Art Districts Jose Angel Vincench’s first solo show in the United States is a contradiction in terms-literally. Beneath a surface concern with the semantics of dissent, the paintings and sculptures installed at ArtSpace Virginia Miller Galleries defy simple definitions. Outlining charged epithets atop abstract compositions, he creates canvases that are … Read More

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ArtSlant Review on José Angel Vincench

February 9, 2012

ArtSlant – Text and Context by Eduardo Alexander Rabel Writing in ARTslant Miami, the online magazine, critic Eduardo Alexander Rabel calls “Vincench vs Vincench: A Dissident Dialogue from Cuba,” an “outstanding solo exhibition,” noting that “to be an artist in Cuba and to make work that focuses directly on the themes of dissidence and exile…takes … Read More

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José A. Vincench Interview by Coral Gables Television

February 1, 2012

During his visit to Miami, Jose Angel Vincench was interviewed in the gallery by Veronica Hernandez of Coral Gables TV. The artist describes his art, which has focused on Cuba’s “Women in White,” political prisoners, and other sociopolitical issues as “an extension of myself.” According to Vincench, the current exhibition–“Vincench vs Vincench, A Dissident Dialogue … Read More

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Vincench vs. Vincench: diálogo de un disidente responsable

November 7, 2011

ESPECIAL/EL NUEVO HERALD Publicado el domingo, 11.06.11 Por Joaquin Badajoz Una isla tomada estará siempre contenida y definida en su a(isla)miento, como un quiste en medio de la geografía mental, una Numancia amurallada por la retórica de turno. Esa “resistencia” ya ha sido documentada por José Angel Vincench (Cuba, 1973) en una obra temprana, De … Read More

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Christie’s Latin American Art Auction Includes Works Shown at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries

October 25, 2011

Christie’s Latin American Art Sale scheduled for Nov. 15th and 16th,, 2011 includes two paintings previously exhibited at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries. Gunther Gerzso’s “Verde-azul-blanco,” a 36 1/2 inch by 28 7/8-inch oil on canvas shown on page 79 of the auction house’s sale catalog, was featured in “Gunther Gerzso: Defining Mexican Abstractionism,” from February to … Read More

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Artists In “Portal: Contemporary Chinese Paintings, Prints, Photographs and Sculpture” Set Sales Records; Show Extended Through May

April 28, 2011

As the gallery’s current exhibition enters its final month two of its artists set international sales records for Contemporary Chinese works and the show was recognized in both national and regional art magazines. “Portal” drew positive reviews in the April issues of Art News and Art Districts magazines. Writing in ArtNews, Margery Gordon calls it … Read More

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Virginia Miller

January 4, 2011

Gallery owner Virginia Miller is quoted in the new biography, “Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty,” by Phoebe Hoban (St. Martin’s Press, NY). In 1978 Miller gave Neel a retrospective of works on paper along with two oils, her recently completed full-length portrait of Miller and a 1958 head-and-shoulders portrait of John Rothschild, … Read More

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Ned Evans

March 1, 2010

When a surfer catches a wave perfectly, for a few ecstatic moments his body, the surfboard and the sea become one, flying with the wind toward the implacable beach. Malibu, Baja, El Salvador, Hawaii: the Meccas of surfing have been the classrooms of Ned Evans for nearly a half-century, just as were the art classes … Read More

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Five Abstract Visions

March 1, 2010

By Margery Gordon Published in ARTnews The quintet of abstract painters sharing this space use distinct techniques that complement one another’s work and ultimately amplify the impact of each individually. The compositions of Andy Moses and Linda Touby share a motif of horizontal bands of color. Touby’s thick swaths of primary and earthy hues come … Read More

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Virginia Miller Participates in Louisiana Museum Symposium

February 2, 2010

Gallery director Virginia Miller was one of five speakers in a symposium on “East/West: Visually Speaking” the first group exhibition of contemporary Chinese art curated from the artists rather than from private collections. Being held at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana at Lafayette from Jan. 22 through May 1st, … Read More

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Joyas Latinoamericanas

November 29, 2009

By Janet Batet Posted in Art Pulse Magazine Under the suggestive title “Joyas Latinoamericanas” (Latin American Jewels), Art Space Virginia Miller Galleries, in Miami, offered us a balanced account of the contemporary art in the region. The presence of great figures, such as, José Clemente Orozco and Francisco Toledo (Mexico); Gina Pellón and Wifredo Lam … Read More

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Wang Niandong

November 24, 2009

As with so much Chinese contemporary art, the sensuous women depicted by Wang Niandong are more than meets the eye, according to one critic. Chinese artist Wang Niandong frequently superimposes a young woman against an urban background with butterflies, gazelles or other symbolic references to nature. Most critics think the butterflies refer to a transformative … Read More

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Visiones abstractas: cinco caminos a la imaginación

November 22, 2009

By Janet Batet Published by El Nuevo Herald El Arte abstracto como lenguaje visual tiene la peculiaridad de haberse desprendido del pesado fardo de la representación visual. Así, línea, color y textura se confabulan para crear universos disímiles donde el espacio y la tensión entre elementos constitutivos es fundamental. Del efectivo manejo de estos componentes, … Read More

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Christian Science Monitor Features Marco Tulio

November 1, 2009

A major article in the Christian Science Monitor (The heart of Latin art By Gloria Goodale) on the unprecedented number of major exhibitions of Latin American art around the nation features a painting by Marco Tulio and quotes a museum director who singles it out as an example of magical realism. “La Montera” (The Bullfighter’s … Read More

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The Art of Recession at Virginia Miller Galleries

October 4, 2009

‘Straw turns to gold in the Gables’ By Carlos Suarez De Jesus, published: June 18, 2009, Miami New Times Leave it to Virginia Miller to find the silver lining in an economic storm. Despite the tribulations of the art world in an increasingly stagnant sales environment, the Coral Gables dealer is putting on an eclectic … Read More

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Alice Neel, Arnaldo Roche-Rabell Featured at the Phillips Collection

April 14, 2009

An exhibition at the Phillips collection in Washington, D.C. this summer of 33 internationally renowned figurative painters will include works by Alice Neel and Arnaldo Roche-Rabell. “We presently are offering truly outstanding works by both Neel and Roche-Bell,” noted gallery owner-director Virginia Miller. “These may be seen on our web site, virginiamiller.com, by clicking under … Read More

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Josephine Haden

February 22, 2009

Gallery artist Josephine Haden continues to rack up impressive awards and exhibitions.  Her work will be featured in a one-person exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, from June to September 2009. Haden also was awarded  the prestigious Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship for 2008-09, juried by Jeffrey Grove, Curator … Read More

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Alice Neel

February 20, 2009

During the early years of the Great Depression, Alice Neel was one of the 3,749 artists who participated in the predecessor to the Federal Arts Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the Public Works of Art Project, which operated during 1933-34. During that period, Neel was among the artists who were given a free … Read More

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Alfredo Arcia, El Arresto

February 14, 2009

Mystery! Sex! Religion! Politics!  Military maneuvers! Surrealism! All those and more are found in the Latin American magical realism of Venezuelan painter Alfredo Arcia, whose subject matter often defies explanation or analysis but never fails to jolt the imagination. In “El Arresto,” one of the artist’s least complicated compositions, armed soldiers in combat gear debark … Read More

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Soledad Salamé

February 13, 2009

Gallery artist Soledad Salamé will open a one-person exhibition that explores how global warming is changing the Maryland coastline at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore on March 26th. Marianne and Robert Taylor will hold a champagne brunch fundraiser for the project on March 8th in their waterfront home in Pasadena, Maryland. The artist will speak … Read More

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Colombian Surrealist Marco Tulio

February 2, 2009

ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries regularly exhibits the work of Colombian painter Marco Tulio in its group exhibitions of Latin American artists as well as at such expos as the 2008 Bridge Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach and at Arteaméricas, the annual Latin American art fair. Tulio’s stylized, surrealistic paintings have been described as “magic … Read More

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Kyle Wins First Place in Valdosta National 2009 Juried All-Media Competition

January 28, 2009

Kyle topped more than 200 entries from across the nation to win first place in the Valdosta National 2009 Juried all-Media Competition at Valdosta State University at  Valdosta, Georgia. The winning entry, “Future Site of Everything,” typifies the artist’s ongoing concern about the loss of natural habitat to development: a sign bearing its title, surrounded … Read More

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Li Xiaofeng

November 12, 2008

Li Xiaofeng, a 43-year-old Beijing artist, has found a way to link his  contemporary work with traditional Chinese art stretching back to the 10th Century.  In his art, the links are literal: he sews shards of porcelain from the Song, Ming, Yuan, and Qing dynasties on a leather undergarment to created full-length dresses and men’s … Read More

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Cao Xiaodong

November 12, 2008

The career of Cao Xiaodong, whose dot-pattern paintings contrast cultural icons of China with those of the United States, “has always been marked by a keen interest in history,” according to critic Yang Wei, who notes: “If there is a creative impulse driving every artist’s career, then the search for the vestiges of time is … Read More

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Contemporary Fables – Humberto Castro

October 24, 2008

Humberto Castro’s latest exhibition, “Contemporary Fables,” launches a new direction in his work, visual metaphors based on the concept of fables and of historic immigration as the foundation for today’s society. The new series is an extension of the concept behind many of the paintings and drawings in the Cuban artist’s first 15-year retrospective, held … Read More

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Humberto Castro: lo socialeconómico y político del símbolo

October 13, 2008

by Alfredo Triff ARTES Y LETRAS Especial/El Nuevo Herald Fábulas contemporáneas es la última muestra de Humberto Castro que acaba de abrir en la ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries, de Coral Gables. Además de sugestiva –por el alcance de su material temático–, la exploración simbólica de esta serie de óleos, ofrece la oportunidad de contrastar el trabajo … Read More

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Stainless Angels of Liao Yibai

September 25, 2008

When asked where he grew up, Liao Yibai answers “Mailbox 5.” Born in the hospital of a top-secret chemical engineering factory that made missile propellants, Yibai attended the factory school, where he was told by his teachers that if he studied hard he could attend the Military Industry University and then work in the propellant … Read More

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Humberto Castro

August 22, 2008

por Irina Leyva ArtNexus No. 64 – Dic 2006 Read English version here Una retrospectiva de la obra de los últimos quince años del pintor cubano Humberto Castro se inauguró en la Galería Virginia Miller de Coral Gables. Titulada “Humberto Castro: pinturas y dibujos, 1990-2006”, la muestra consistió en diecisiete obras; de ellas, catorce pinturas … Read More

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Elmar Rojas

July 28, 2008

Elmar Rojas is a leading Guatemalan painter whose works regularly are featured in sales of major international auction houses, in prestigious Latin American exhibitions, and in such art fairs as those associated with Art Basel Miami Beach. Rojas’ paintings have been compared to the literary works of Gabriel Garcia Márquez, the renowned Colombian author whose magic … Read More

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Aaron Karp's Paintings Compared to 'Visual Jazz'

July 28, 2008

Recipient of a dozen prestigious international grants and residencies, including one from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Karp was artist-in-residence in Mojacar, Spain when he visited the Alhambra. Its intricate domes inspired this series of paintings, whose abstract shapes are surmounted by an interleaved grid of tubular forms. Karp’s fractured, multihued surfaces—termed “visual jazz” by one critic—present … Read More

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Revista en 'El Nuevo Herald' de 'artistas emergentes de China'

May 16, 2008

Artes y Letras Publicado el domingo 11 de mayo del 2008 By Adriana Herrera Especial/El Nuevo Herald La exhibición “Nueve artistas emergentes de China,” en Virginia Miller Gallery, se inscribe dentro de ese despertar del dragón que es la vanguardia artística china y la creación de un fenómeno de mercado que supera el furor que … Read More

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Six "Under the Radar" Artists Included In Major Art Book

April 29, 2008

The 2007 Chinese Contemporary Art Document, which lists 275 leading Chinese artists with their biographies and illustrations of their work, includes six of the nine artists in the current ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries exhibition, Under the Radar: Nine Contemporary Chinese Artists. Along with their photo and biographies of Li Jia, Cui Jin, Wang Limin, Zhu Yan, … Read More

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Hot and Sour

April 20, 2008

By Carlos Suarez De Jesus Published on April 16, 2008 at 11:09am Miami New Times China’s booming art parade makes a second stop in Coral Gables. With a market that’s giving off more heat than Beijing‘s Tibetan crackdown, Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction of contemporary Chinese art shattered expectations last Wednesday. A wild bidding spree sent … Read More

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Liang Haopeng: The Art of Confrontation

March 28, 2008

Liang Haopeng’s works are mostly paintings of unruly beheavior, chaotic gatherings often depicting verbal and physical arguments. He deliberately paints the figures in his canvases with oblique lighting and rimmed in red, so they appear violent and sinister. By capturing his subjects in peak action ”what the renowned photographer Henri Cartier- Bresson called the decisive … Read More

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Anime-inspired Paintings of Li Jia

March 27, 2008

The paintings of Li Jia, whose work has been exhibited in the United Kingdom and the United States as well as in Shanghai and Beijing, are highly regarded in Chinese art circles: the “2007 Chinese Contemporary Art Document” gives her a full three pages and includes four half-page color illustrations. Two of the paintings shown in … Read More

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Cui Jin's Enigmatic Brides

March 26, 2008

The enigmatic brides-to-be in paintings by Cui Jin seemed wrapped in crinkled cellophane, like gifts that have been opened, crumpled, and re-packaged. Two full-page color illustrations of her work are included in the definitive catalog, “2007 Chinese Contemporary Art Document.” Their elbow- length lace gloves as well as the fringed shawl covering their heads traditionally … Read More

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Symbolic Portraits of Wang Limin

March 25, 2008

Born in Handan, Hebei Province in 1974, Wang Limin has participated in 15 group exhibitions in China, Japan and Korea as well as a solo show at the Pickled Art Centre in Beijing. Two of his large-scale portraits of attractive young women dressed in military-style uniforms of the Mao Zedong era from the “Under the … Read More

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Tenuous Lives by Liu Qi Ming

March 24, 2008

According to Liu Qi Ming, “Art is rooted in life, but from the very beginning of the history of civilization, what influences our life most is politics, from which we can never escape! The politics of our society keep us dangling above a mysterious future, leaving us all at the mercy of the hands that … Read More

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Zhu Yan's Cultural Commentary

March 21, 2008

Zhu Yan, represented by two 57-inch-square oils, paints in the style of China’s “new cartoon movement” that began in the 1980s as a spinoff from the internationally popular animated Japanese comics. His paintings of groups of identical, emotionless male performers on a stage appear devoid of ulterior content until viewers read their exquisitely sarcastic titles: … Read More

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Liao Zhenwu's Gritty Motorcyclists

March 19, 2008

Born and educated in Sichuan, Liao Zhenwu often paints the ubiquitous motorcycles of his mountainous homeland. With a backdrop of winter’s gray skies, his gritty black-and-white paintings capture the smoky atmosphere of hordes of motorcyclists with their innumerable passengers. According to critic Gao Ling, Liao’s recent series of paintings reflect his impressions of the interactive … Read More

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Graceful Relationships of He Zubin

March 18, 2008

Considered a quintessential Chinese artist, He Zubin is among the leading artists cataloged in the prestigious “2007 Chinese Contemporary Art Document.” His stylized figures, gracefully curved like the subjects of Thomas Hart Benton, suggest the relationship between the characters portrayed. In “Bad Guess,” an older girl, possibly a sibling, holds her hands as if playing … Read More

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Unconventional Criticism of Li Bo

November 8, 2007

Li Bo disregards the conventions of composition and scale and depicts his subjects in the same size along a linear path. According to the artist, the string of apparently unrelated objects in Li Bo’s enigmatic painting should be viewed in context of television, other media outlets, and particularly the Internet, where random “surfing” can provide … Read More

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China's New Generation: Xiong Lijun's Flamboyant Young Women

November 7, 2007

According to a review in the “Guangdong Province News,” Xiong Lijun is an outstanding example of the generation of artists born around the 1980s. “Hoo Girl Girl Girl,”  a 62-by-78-inch painting done in 2003, is typical of her work–three dancing young women, decked out in very trendy clothes and shoes, their orange hair contrasting sharply … Read More

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Kang Can's Infants in Peril Represent an Emerging Nation

November 6, 2007

This 25-year-old Chinese artist clearly sees his swiftly evolving nation and its soaring economy as in its infancy, its traditions coming under the influence–not always for the better–of the decadent United States, with its icons of Coca Cola, cigarettes, hamburgers and orange juice. Coming at a time when China’s widespread industrial and manufacturing abuses are … Read More

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Yang Na's Sexy Dolls: Penultimate Portraits of 'Big Face' School

November 5, 2007

One of the more unusual developments in postwar contemporary Chinese art is the so-called “big face” school, with exaggerated heads and doll-like eyes and expressions inspired by Japanese comics. Yang Na, 25, grew up during a period when these comics, known as manga, and their animated versions, or anime, became extremely popular throughout the world. … Read More

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Lu Peng's Colorful, Animated Commentary on Past Culture

November 4, 2007

“Artists who grew up in Beijing tend to have a deep relationship with traditional Chinese culture, as well as a subtle and accurate understanding of everyday political life. Both of these are seen clearly in Lu Peng’s art…(he) has been deeply affected by traditional drama, martial arts fiction, electronic games, and Hollywood films…His works enable … Read More

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Liu Yan Merges Chinese Traditional Art with Western Imagery

November 3, 2007

“Liu Yan’s works combine the materials and techniques of traditional Chinese painting with Western representational modes and imagery,” according to Dr. Lydia Thompson of Thompson & Martinez Fine Art Appraisals, Inc. In creating “a collage-like painting surface from China’s cultural detritus,” the artist’s “pastiche of imagery and icons from traditional China and contemporary international popular … Read More

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Dramatic Video Produced In Gallery

October 30, 2007

A thrilling two-minute video on the gallery’s “Panorama Latinoamericano” exhibition by an independent Miami TV producer, Luis Fernando Sosa, has been posted on univision.com. The dramatic scenario features dizzying zooms and a familiar musical theme, with Sosa playing a wild-eyed art enthusiast who tries to make off with several works of art. He is thwarted … Read More

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Arnaldo Roche-Rabell, Master Artist of Puerto Rico

October 26, 2007

Arnaldo Roche-Rabell, internationally known as one of the leading artists from Puerto Rico, actually launched his career in Chicago. While living there as an art student, he began showing his work in university galleries and alternative spaces. At one of those shows in the Art Institute of Chicago he took a first prize of $5,000, … Read More

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Spiritual Canvases of Heriberto Mora Stimulate Imagination

October 15, 2007

Picture it in your mind: thousands of multihued dabs of paint filling two-thirds of a four-foot canvas, fading into pale oblivion at its top. In the right corner, a bevelled window opening into bright light that flows through the window onto an artist’s palette furnished with an array of colors. Framed in the window opening … Read More

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Dreamy 'Mindscapes' of Guillermo Londoño Stretch Mental Horizons

July 10, 2007

Fans of the dreamy imaginary landscapes of Colombian painter Guillermo Londoño are in for a treat: the gallery just received seven handsome new canvases. Londoño’s work reflects his travels and international education. After studying art in Colombia and receiving a degree in fine art from the University of California, Berkeley, Londoño was one of several … Read More

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Our Gallery Website Now Offers Easy Searches!

July 6, 2007

Finding art in any category just got effortless! Click on Artists and then Categories to see a wide selection of Abstract, Figurative, Photographic and Sculptural works. Mousing over any illustration brings up a larger image of a work by that artist and clicking on the illustration takes you directly to other works by that artist. … Read More

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Travelocity Names Virginia Miller Galleries a 'Top Insider Spot'

July 5, 2007

TRAVELOCITY AND IGOUGO NAME VIRGINIA MILLER GALLERIES A TOP INSIDER SPOT FOR FLORIDA IN ITS 2007 EDITION OF LOCAL SECRETS, BIG FINDS SELECTED FROM MORE THAN 10,000 TRAVELOCITY MEMBER ENTRIES, VIRGINIA MILLER GALLERIES MADE THE TRAVEL COMPANY’S LIST OF FAVORITE LOCAL FINDS Coral Gables, Fla. (July 9, 2007) The votes are in! Travelocity and IgoUgo’s … Read More

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Richard Woldendorp's Award-winning Aerial Art

July 3, 2007

Born in the Netherlands in 1927, Woldendorp decided to emigrate to Australia after spending three years in Indonesia while serving in the Dutch army. He had studied art and painting as a young man in Holland, and when he acquired his first camera in 1955 he saw its artistic potential at once. After honing his … Read More

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Impressionistic Nudes and Portraits by Maria Gato

July 2, 2007

Among the recent arrivals are figurative works by Maria Gato, a Spanish painter whose warm palette and broad, impressionistic strokes evoke a romantic ambience around her portraits of various women, a conductor, a surgeon and several reclining nudes. Born in Brazil, the artist has exhibited widely in Europe, Latin America, the United States, and recently … Read More

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Ld Lawrence Links Our Common Ancient Origins With Contemporary Life

June 25, 2007

Appearing like graffiti superimposed over a background of runic and hieroglyphic inscriptions, paintings of Ld Lawrence are as unique as the artist’s name. Like poetry, they define explication, but somehow they suceed in symbolically linking our common ancient origins with contemporary urban life. “Her sources,” according to art critic Eleanor Heartney, include “…that class of … Read More

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Outstanding Works by Antonio Henrique Amaral, Master Artist of Brazil

June 22, 2007

Several outstanding examples of paintings by leading Brazilian artist Antonio Amaral are on the gallery web site under Artists, Masters. Photographs can only indicate the subject matter of works by Amaral, whose astonishing range of intriguing techniques and subtle blending of colors always prove fascinating. One of the gallery’s new acquisitions, “Antagonic Fields or Fields … Read More

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Drama, Emotion from Colombian Master Artist Alejandro Obregón

June 1, 2007

Unquestionably one of the most important Colombian artists of the century, Obregón was born in Barcelona in 1920 and grew up in Colombia and England before studying art in Boston. He returned to Barcelona when he was 27 to serve as the Colombian Vice-Consul for a year. When he was 28 he was named director … Read More

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Paintings, Photos Etched on Aluminum, and Works on Paper by Leading Chilean Artist Soledad Salamé

May 30, 2007

Soledad Salamé, whose works range from monumental museum installations to 16-inch photos etched into aluminum, now has a more extensive presence on the gallery web site. Along with three-part section of Salamé’s works divided into Paintings, Photographs and Works on Paper, there also are essays on the artist’s solar sculptures by the Venezuelan art historian … Read More

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Tremain Smith: 'Spirit Beneath the Surfaces'

May 21, 2007

Tremain Smith, whose work is included in the Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan and other prestigious collections, views multiple strata of oil glazes, collaged elements and transparent beeswax of her paintings as “mappings of the unseen where the physical and spiritual meet,” a medium for communication with the souls of the living and those of our … Read More

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New Works by Award-Winning Glass Artist Linda Behar

May 17, 2007

A graduate civil engineer who always wanted to be an artist, when Linda Behar switched careers she attended a series of schools in photography, blacksmithing, metal casting and finally, glass fabrication at two of the nation’s leading schools for artists working with glass, Pilchuck Glass School and Penland School of Craft. Behar’s mixed-media constructions contain … Read More

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Beyond Geometric Abstractions by Argentine Artist Ernesto Berra

April 2, 2007

One of the newest additions to the gallery’s extensive inventory are paintings and assemblage by the renowned Argentine artist Ernesto Berra. With more than 60 solo exhibitions and a dozen top awards, Berra is one of the leading artists in a nation known for its outstanding plastic arts. Berra’s geometric abstractions, which evolved from a … Read More

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James Tyler's Sculpture 'Revel in Motion and Rhythm'

March 26, 2007

Writing in “Sculpture Review” magazine, Dena Merriam calls Tyler’s sculptures “art of an exciting new direction that may sweep the art world into the next century.” She noted that “Stylistically, Tyler’s works are evocative of the pre-Columbian terra-cottas of the ancient Americas, yet his figures revel in a motion and rhythm that is perhaps more reminiscent … Read More

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Luminous Layers of Ricardo Mazal Result From "Idiosyncratic, Focused, Innovative’ Process

March 21, 2007

Mazal’s work is the subject of the book, “Ricardo Mazal: La Tumba de la Reina Roja: From Reality to Abstraction,” by Elizabeth Ferner and Arnoldo González-Cruz. According to New Mexico magazine, “Mazal’s work is luminously beautiful. In the tradition of abstract expressionism it demonstrates what the painter Kandinsky decribed as the need for the ‘spiritual … Read More

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Gallery Selected to Exhibit in Arteaméricas 2007

March 20, 2007

For the fifth consecutive year, ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries participated in this nation’s leading Latin American art exposition, arteaméricas.This was the first time the event was held in Miami Beach Convention Center, site of Art Basel. The fair featured seventy leading galleries exhibiting more than 300 artists. Miller has been exhibiting Latin American works since shortly … Read More

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‘Panorama Latinoamericano’ Showcases Fourteen Master, Mid-Career Artists

March 2, 2007

Superb talents and finely honed techniques unite the widely varied personal statements featured in “Panorama Latinoamericano,” the new exhibition of paintings and sculpture at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries. Two paintings by the Mexican master Francisco Toledo are in the exhibition, along with works by thirteen mid-career artists from Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and … Read More

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Landscapes by Tomás Sánchez Transcend Reality

February 21, 2007

Considered one of the most important living Cuban artists, Tomás Sánchez is a Latin American painter whose work reminds us of the Hudson River School; he might be termed an allegorical realist, whose meticulous landscapes transcend reality. Born in 1948, he first gained international attention in 1980 when he won the prestigious Joan Miró drawing … Read More

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Gestural Figurative Paintings of Gina Pellón Evoke Emotions

February 8, 2007

Although born in Cuba, Gina Pellón probably is best known in Paris, where she has lived since 1959, and elsewhere in Europe. She has exhibited extensively throughout France as well as in galleries in Norway and Denmark. Clearly influenced by the Surrealists she met on her arrival in Paris as well as the colorful CoBrA … Read More

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New Works by ‘Psychological Realist,’ Kyle

February 6, 2007

Kyle, a conceptual and assemblage artist who works under a single name, recently was featured in a two-page article in Orlando magazine. Writer Lisa Levine notes that “the Florida he knew and loved as a boy was an idyllic, rural landscape that has gradually disappeared as the land has been carved up, parceled out and … Read More

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