Caribbean Art is Part of Miami’s Emergence as “Capital of Cool”

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A recent article on the Miami art scene (“Miami is America’s Emerging Capital of Cool” by Judith Ritter) quotes Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrié as declaring the city “the epicenter of the visual world right now.” Miami, the “once kitschy family resort town cum den of iniquity,” the article tells us, “is turning into a centre of culture, an arts-saturated city, a capital of cool, even in today’s rocky economic environment.” The article’s focus is on Art Basel, the international four-day art show (started in 2002 but a major force since 2006) that features about 300 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. More than 2,500 artists, ranging from the great masters of Modern art to the latest generation of emerging stars, are represented in the show’s multiple sections. This year it will take place from June 10 to 14. The link below offers complete information and program.
Art Basel has brought attention to a city that has long had a connection to Caribbean art, especially to artists from Haiti. It acknowledges the centrality of Duval-Carrié to the arts in Miami, where his work is de rigueur in exhibitions and museum collections. The article had this to say about Haitian art and culture in Miami:
Just north of Wynwood and off the tourist radar is Little Haiti (for information on local events, visit haitianalliance.org). Hop a tap-tap (Haitian jitney) along NE 2nd Avenue and explore the neighborhood’s flourishing cultural scene. You’ll find bookshops, music stores with the latest French-Caribbean hits, and the Cultural Arts Alliance, whose shows feature the hippest young artists from Haiti. And don’t ignore Creole cuisine at restaurants such as Chez Le Bebé (14 NE 54th St., 305-751-7639).
Finally, visit The Little Haiti Cultural Complex (260 NE 59th Terrace), the new arts and performance centre that exhibits works from across the Caribbean. Duval Carrie, a pivotal player in this scene, says it offers the opportunity for an annual art exhibit from an overlooked but flourishing Caribbean arts vantage point. “Miami is a showcase for world-class art and now the only piece that’s missing is the immediate Caribbean region. That’s coming soon, too!”
For article go to http://www.vancouversun.com/Travel/Miami+America+emerging+capital+cool/1545459/story.html
For Duval-Carrié’s website go to http://www.edouard-duval-carrie.com/index.html
The illustration above is Duval Carrie’s Sous Marine #2

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