Archive for March, 2012

Carlos Betancourt, Multi-Media Artist, Bio

Posted in Bios A - E on March 16, 2012 by artoutmiami

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 viewable

Posted 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 at the Moore Building

Posted in OUT AND ABOUT on March 8, 2012 by artoutmiami

An incredible collection of sculptures, paintings, studies, and sketches by the master of the surreal. This is a must see exhibit for any art enthusiast.

Dali Miami

Posted in OUT AND ABOUT on March 5, 2012 by artoutmiami


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.

Hours are:
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 Further information, 720-771-0600