Art Exhibit: “The Visionary Eye”

“The Visionary Eye” features the work of eight contemporary and modern masters, including Jesus Soto, Carlos Cruz Diez, Alejandro Otero, Victor Lucena, Francisco Salazar, Carlos Cabeza, Victor Vasarely, and Bernar Venet. With the exception of Vasarely, who is Hungarian, and Venet, who is French, all artists in the show are Venezuelan and represent some of that country’s biggest international names. The gallery also features an homage to Alfredo Boulton, a photographer, historian, and art critic who was an iconic figure in Venezuela and mentor to many of his compatriots who are exhibiting here. Some examples on view include Otero’s refrigerator-sized Tablón 40 from 1987 confected from acrylic over Formica affixed to wood. The painted-tile mixed-media piece, with its bland blue, yellow, black, white, and brown hues resembles a Brady Bunch-era frumpy housewife’s kitchen backsplash. More imposing is an early ’60s dishtowel-sized work by Cruz Diez in which the artist covers the surface with bristling fissures and sundry nuts, bolts, and what appears to be a giant clothesline pin.

Through January 15 at O. Ascanio Gallery, 2600 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-571-9036; Thursday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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