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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.”


Luciana Abait, Visual Fields (Detail), Key Biscayne, Crandon Park Golf Course, 2004

Posted in Key Biscayne, Murals on February 26, 2012 by artoutmiami

Luciana Abait, Visual Fields (Detail), Key Biscayne, Crandon Park Golf Course, 2004

Posted in Key Biscayne, Murals on February 26, 2012 by artoutmiami

Artist’s Statement
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.

Luciana Abait, Visual Fields, Glass Tile, Crandon Park Golf Course, Key Biscayne,2004

Posted in Key Biscayne, Murals on February 26, 2012 by artoutmiami

(Courtesy of Brandi Reddick)

The beauty of Crandon Park Golf Course is celebrated by Miami based artist Luciana Abait in her recently completed glass tile installation entitled Vistas. Vistas, which is located in the breezeway of the new Crandon Park Golf Course Clubhouse, captures the lush and exceptional natural landscape of Crandon Park. All of the eighty-four glass tiles are unique and portray specific references to the golf course area. Composed of a witty fusion of landscapes and structural grids, “Vistas” creates an illusion of windows along the breezeway of the Crandon Park Golf Course Clubhouse.

Abait, who works primarily with paint on canvas, was highly innovative with her choice of medium for this project and was very successful in adapting her work to appropriate the space. She began the project by painting each image on individual canvases. Once the canvases were painted, she then had each image transferred to glass tiles, which allowed the pieces to become much more durable and able to withstand the elements of the partially covered breezeway. This choice of medium creates a slightly luminescent surface and allows the installation to retain the painterly quality of Abait’s canvases.

Crandon Park Golf Course Clubhouse is located at 6700 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, Florida 33149. Crandon Park Golf Course is a championship 18-hole golf course located on the “island paradise” of Key Biscayne, just 10 minutes from downtown Miami. It is the only public course on the Bay. Crandon Park Golf Course has, in many ways, become Miami-Dade’s signature public golf course. For more information about Crandon Park Golf Course, call (305) 361-9129 or visit their website at

Luciana Abait, Artist

Posted in Bios A - E, Key Biscayne, Murals on February 26, 2012 by artoutmiami


Luciana Abait was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1971. From 1993 to 1997 she attended the National School of Fine Arts “Prilidiano Pueyrredon” in Buenos Aires. She also studied Art History at the University of Massachusetts and “Literature and Painting” at the University of Cambridge, England. Luciana Abait moved to Miami in 1997 and became a resident artist of the ArtCenter South Florida in 1998. At the end of 2005 she relocated to Los Angeles where she now lives and works. She is currently a resident artist of 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, California.

Some of her solo exhibitions include Flow, Blue at Rockford College Art Museum in Illinois, A Midmorning Garden Dream and Still Chambers, held in conjunction with “FotoFest” at Mackey Gallery in Houston, Silent Structures at Naomi Silva Gallery in Atlanta, New Works at Jean Albano Gallery in Chicago, Swimming Rooms at the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs in Miami, Into the Blue at 180 Grados de Arte Contemporaneo in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Visual Fields at TaiKoo Place, Hong Kong. She has participated in numerous group exhibits in the United States, the Caribbean and Europe such as Incognito at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in Los Angeles, The Paramilitary Show at the Fire Museum in Houston, the 54th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida and Fresh at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. Her work has been reviewed in publications such as Art Nexus, Ming Pao Hong Kong, The Miami Herald, Arte al Dia, Chicago Reader, Chicago Sun-Times, ArtInvestor, Art in America and Art News.

Her work has been shown in numerous international art fairs such as Art Miami, Merryl Lynch ArteAmericas, Affordable Art Fair in New York, Art Palm Beach, Art Chicago and Arco in Spain.

Luciana Abait has completed various corporate and public commissions among them “Vistas”, a 24 feet mural commissioned by Miami- Dade Art in Public Places for Crandon Park Golf Course in Key Biscayne, Florida.

Abait’s works are held by private, public and corporate collectors from the United States, Europe, Latin America and East Asia. Some of these are: Florida State University, Permanent Art Collection of Neiman Marcus, Colonial Bank, Miami- Dade Public Library, Four Seasons, The Related Group, White and Case, Richard Shack Collection and University of Miami in Florida, King and Spalding in Houston, Lehigh University Museum and West Collection in Pennsylvania, Gerald and Barbara Levin in New York, Sprint Corporation in Missouri, Flint Art Institute in Michigan, the Federal Reserve in Washington D.C. and Freshfields and Swire Properties in Hong Kong.

Luciana Abait will be part of “Sur” Biennial, Los Angeles, in October 2011. Also, her projects “A Midmorning Garden Dream” and “Aquarium” have been selected by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to be exhibited during 2011 and 2012 at LAX.


Tom Sachs, Codependent Fountain Tableau ( Hello Kitty and Miffy), 2007. My Melody, 2007, Collins Park, Miami Beach. On temporary loan for Art Basel from the Lever House Art Collection, NY

Posted in Art Basel 2011, Miami Beach, Sculpture on November 29, 2011 by artoutmiami

Kitty, Miffy, and Melody, Collins Park- Art Basel 2011

The Spindle, Henry Moore, 1981, Incontinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza

Posted in Biscayne Cooridor, Sculpture on September 21, 2011 by artoutmiami

The Spindle, Henry Moore (Pic courtesy of Intercontinental Hotels)

( Courtesy of Intercontinental Hotels)
The InterContinental Miami was built in the early 1980s by Theodore Gould, a developer from Washington DC. At the time, the hotel was called the Pavilion Hotel and built together with the Miami Center office building. The hotel was designed by Pietro Belucci, the famous architect who designed the Pan American building in NYC.

The travertine marble was imported from Italy, the slabs were numbered when cut so when reassembled in Miami the slabs followed the same vein. An entire quarry was emptied to build the hotel and the adjacent Miami Center. They are the largest marble structures in Florida. Precious woods imported from Africa, including the rare Babinga were used throughout the entire hotel.

It is the only hotel lobby in the world to have been built around a work of art. In 1981, internationally renowned sculptor Sir Henry Moore (1898-1986) created the 18-ft, 70-ton Spindle sculpture. Made of travertine marble with a base of ooba tooba granite from Brazil, it was dropped into the lobby space by helicopter and from that point the hotel lobby was built. The Spindle is the largest of the artist’s sculptures in private ownership and is appraised at over $20 million.