Artist Carlos Betancourt was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1981 he moved to Miami Beach, Florida. Mr. Betancourt’s artwork is part of public collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, the Miami Art Museum, the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas, the Bass Museum in Miami Beach, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Museo de Arte Ponce, the Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno in the Canary Islands, the Museum of Latin American Art in California, the Museo de Arte Moderno in Santo Domingo, and the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami. Mr. Betancourt’s artwork has been included in multiple solo and group exhibits as well as art fairs such as Art Basel and Arco. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Florida Department of State Millennium Cultural Recognition Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, and the Miami Beach Arts Council Grant. He has been awarded commissions to create artworks for various Art in Public Places programs. Betancourt is co-founder of 801 Projects, an arts studio center that provides studio space for visual artists based in Miami. He currently keeps a studio in Miami while traveling consistently, producing artworks from different countries.
Carlos Betancourt, Let Them Eat Pink (Pop Up at Awarehouse), NE 29 St, March 10, 2012, No longer viewablePosted in Installations, Midtown on March 16, 2012 by artoutmiami
( Coutesy of Betancourt studios)LET THEM FEEL PINK! was commissioned by ABSOLUT® Vodka as part of its series of OUTrageous events that “celebrate 30 years of going out and coming out.” Coordinated by New York-based curator Claire Breukel, the invitation-only event unveiled Betancourt’s spectacular Schiaparelli-pink installation, a 25-foot table covered in hundreds of objects acquired from Betancourt’s travels throughout Florida — a pop-culture- melange of high heels, crowns, flamingos, garden statuary, souvenirs and kitsch — all coated in gallons of shocking pink resin for a delicious, sexy and wonderfully disturbing effect.
LET THEM FEEL PINK! was informed by the artist’s meticulous accumulation of seemingly nonsensical elements, artfully piled into a bizarre table to build a vibrant new cosmology of contemporary art and urban culture. In creating a loopy new strand of aesthetic DNA, Betancourt merges traditional American pop culture with a freshness and relevance that defies current classification through his use of flamboyant use of color and form, and a borderline-perverse inclusion of kitsch and vintage, melancholic references. LET THEM FEEL PINK! evokes Betancourt’s influential works, taking the conceptual art memes of appropriation and deconstruction to unexpected new levels. His artworks are influenced by a multitude of references, including Oscar Wilde, Auntie Mame, Celia Cruz, Jeff Koons, Neo Rauch, The Bauhaus, Morris Lapidus and trans-Caribbean influences. As Robert Farris Thompson (dean of the History of Art department at Yale University from 1978 to 2010) once said about Betancourt’s artwork “the more he mixes, the more you feel his mind.”
DALI MIAMI, THE LARGEST BODY OF WORK CREATED BY
THE INTERNATIONALY ACCLAIMED SURREALIST ARTIST EVER
TO BE SHOWN IN SOUTH FLORIDA, TO BOW IN LIMITED 5-DAY
EXHIBIT MARCH 7 – 11 AT DESIGN DISTRICT’S MOORE BUILDING
MIAMI—Aficionados of the acclaimed and equally flamboyant surrealist artist Salvador Dali will, for the first time in South Florida, have an extraordinary opportunity to view an extensive collection of work, Wednesday, March 7 through Sunday, March 11 when DALI MIAMI will bring more than 200 works of his expansive artistic repertoire to the Design District’s iconic Moore Building.
DALI MIAMI is being produced by Michael Rosen, president and CEO of Colored Thumb, a driving force behind many of the area’s top art exhibits including Art Basel, Art Expo, and RedDot Fair. Curator of the show is Reed V. Horth President and curator of Robin Rile Fine Art, a specialist in Dali’s prodigious output.
Among these treasures will be Dali’s seminal bronze “Venus de Milo with Drawers” (1964- 114cm), the gouache original “Spring Rain” (1949), the full set of “Dix Recette d’Immoralité” (1973), the rare original intaglio “The Grasshopper Child” (1934), and his Daum glass masterpiece “Montre Molle” (1971), depicting his quintessential melting clock.
Taking his vision for a provocative exhibit one step further, Rosen has arranged for a continuous showing of the 1929 film, “Un Chien Andalou,” the iconic 17-minute French surrealist film in which Dali collaborated with friend and director Luis Buñuel. This graphic work explores the destructive elements of the psyche. The film clearly expresses pure surrealism and its relationship to the unconscious.
Rosen has also secured celebrity chef Adrianne Calvo for the opening night reception who will recreate recipes inspired by Dali’s Cook Book. Having recently opened “Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard and Wine Bar in Miami’s ?? section, Calvo appears Thursdays on NBC’s ‘South Florida Today.” Among other projects, Calvo is the author of a cookbook collection, “Maximum Flavor,” has for several years participated in the South Beach Food and Wine Festival and has been featured on The Food Network’s original series, “Chopped.”
DALI MIAMI will be open to the public Wednesday, March 7-Sunday, March 11 at The Moore Building 4040 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami 33137.
Wednesday, March 7: 7-10:30 P.M.
Thursday and Friday March 8, 9: 11 A.M. to 8 P.M.
Saturday, March 10: 11 A.M. to 10:30 PM
Sunday, March 11: 11 A.M. to 6 P.M.
General Admission is $20 on line; $25 at door; Wednesday opening night reception, $80 online, $90 at door? Tickets are available http://www.dalimiami.com. Further information, 720-771-0600
Under the surface, my work explores themes of presence and absence through architectural landscapes found underwater in swimming pools. Walls, ladders, numbers and lines lose their sense of usefulness to attain a symbolic quality. Swimmers are presented as anonymous simple beings, insect like, moving across vast liquid masses. Light is essential, creating surreal and theatrical atmospheres.
Water is an element commonly connected with concepts of freedom and unrestraint. Swimming pools, by means of walls create boundaries and confinement. My intention is to create engulfing environments that enable the viewer to explore not only themes of presence and absence but also the relationship, tension and limits between inside-out, what they can see underwater and what’s above the surface, subject to their imagination.
My series entitled “Visual Fields” which depicts wide green fields and blue skies has been inspired by the Miami landscape. In these green open spaces I place architectural and/or man-made constructions which deal with themes of presence and absence in a sometimes mysterious and suggestive manner. These can also be interpreted as psychological landscapes. In these worlds there is life without life. Even though human beings are absent, their presence is felt by evidence of diverse objects created by them such as chairs, monuments, traffic signs, etc. These objects give up their sense of usefulness to attain a symbolic quality. This quality also allows them to become the central characters of thousands or stories that spectators concoct by looking at them. . These objects create dialogues with one another where the familiar, the architectural, the theatrical and the poetic mixes with the ironic and the surreal. Shadows are always present right next to these elements, like ghost-like figures, representing the inescapable and the inevitable, all that we cannot leave behind. The traditional rules of perspective are not applied to my work. The universes that I create have their own rules of perspective, which are distorted, rendering surreal appearances and forms. These distortions also make a comment on some of the nonsensical aspects of human beings and the world they inhabit. The aerial perspectives allow these worlds to be seen from above. Therefore the spectators of my work are confronted with a god-like perspective examining the different universes that lie beneath their feet. They can see the broad skies and the most minute details of the elements presented.