At Art Basel, Must-Sees in Wynwood

Two upcoming art exhibits/artists that will be on display from November through Art Basel in Miami’s burgeoning Wynwood Arts District. Although Art Basel, one of the most important annual art show of its kind in the United States, may formally take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, it encompasses the entire city. For Wynwood, it’s a dog and pony show for all the galleries, as they put forth their best exhibits in hopes of luring qualified buyers to their galleries.

Art collector, gallerist and curator Oscar Ascanio is part art buff, part art fanatic and all businessman. The Venezuelan native has been in the industry since he was 14, and is a prominent figure in the world of art. He has been closely engaged with Venezuela’s (and some of Latin America’s) most important art masters like Jesus Soto, Carlos Cruz Diez and Alejandro Otero. In representing them, he mounted incredible shows in notable venues like the Guggenheim Museum, Madrid’s Parque del Retiro and Miami’s Center for the Fine Arts.

He recently opened his third art gallery, first in the United States, named O. Ascanio Gallery. For Art Basel, he will present a collective exhibit entitled The Visionary Eye with more than 20 works from eight distinctive artists and sculptors: Jesus Soto, Carlos Cruz Diez, Alejandro Otero, Victor Lucena, Francisco Salazar, Carlos Cabeza, Victor Vasarely and Bernar Venet. The show will be on exhibit from November 29 through January 2, 2011 with an opening reception on November 29 (open to the public).

Kelley Roy Gallery is soon to present a solo-exhibition with Brazilian sculptor Dolly Moreno (a first prize winner at the 2006 Paris Louvre’s Societe Nationale des Beaux Arts Salon). It is debatable what is more impressive, Moreno’s incredible history and life or her seemingly innate ability to meld the most difficult materials into polished master pieces. Predominantly used by men, the petite Moreno works with equipment more frequently found in an automobile factory, and uses such daunting machinery as a guillotine to construct her refined work.

While Moreno has been recognized for her monumental sculptures in prominent museums and galleries throughout seven different countries, she has been absent from the American art scene for a number of years. She re-emerges in 2010 for an inspiring solo-exhibition entitled Dynamic Instability, featuring over 18 new pieces. The exhibition is available for public viewing Nov. 11-30 with an opening preview on Nov. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. Following the solo show, her works will remain on display through Jan. 30 along with other international prominent sculptors and painters.

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