Must-See Miami Art Exhibits in February
Even with Art Basel nearly a year away, Miami’s arts scene continues to mount high-caliber exhibitions in February.
Is it finally cool to be from Miami? Or was it always, and it just took us this long to realize? The last few months have felt like a clarifying moment for the city’s art scene, where locals and outsiders alike are lining up to acknowledge Miami as a serious destination for art and culture.
I get that feeling, too, but for me, rather than splashy art fairs and wealthy collectors, it’s the community that’s building around the arts that makes me think we’ve got something going here. It’s a community that came out in full force last Thursday to celebrate the reopening of Dalé Zine in the Design District. The art bookstore has moved all over town, fleeing Miami’s ongoing gentrification, but it always ends up in bigger and better premises. It will soon be joined by streetwear brand Andrew, which is moving next door to give the swanky shopping district and island of local irreverence.
It’s critical that they stick around this time — places like Dále are vital in a city with few accessible third spaces. Hopefully, they’ll have a lot of support. Hundreds of people showed up for the opening party, anchored by an exhibition of paintings by Gabriel Alcala, and the optimistic energy was infectious.
Now that I’ve established the positive vibrations floating around Miami’s art scene, it’s time to see where it’ll flow in the next four weeks. February brings new shows from established artists and group shows from up-and-comers. Veteran locals get their shine in a museum show in Fort Lauderdale, while a major figure in the city’s club scene joins up with a working-class artist in Miami Beach. Find our February art selections below.
“Seth Cameron: The Tourist” at Nina Johnson
Joining last month’s presentation of domestically inclined paintings and drawings by Madeline Donahue at Nina Johnson, Seth Cameron offers a darker perspective with a collection of sumi ink paintings. The South Carolina artist draws on writers such as Camus and artists like Manet and reflects on recent global conflicts to create works imbued with grief. On view Thursday, February 1, through Saturday, March 30, at Nina Johnson, 6315 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-571-2288; ninajohnson.com.
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