Pittsburgh-born abstract painter, David Stephen Johnsons love for the arts stretches back to the 1970s, when he shared a studio space in Chicago with a sculptor from the Chicago Art Institute. Since then, Johnson has been building his own body of work, inspired by the post-war abstract expressionists, and will be unveiling his latest series at the highly anticipated Spectrum Miami art fair to mark his inaugural appearance during Miami Art Week.
Johnson was invited to exhibit his work by Michael Joseph, founder of ARTBLEND, the acclaimed South Florida based organization and one of the longest running gallery exhibitors at Spectrum Miami. Johnson will be presenting his most recent large scale canvas works from his Blue Series and Sono Series as part of this years ARTBLEND collective at booth 720 within the Mana Wynwood Convention Center, from Dec. 4 to Dec. 8. This will mark Johnsons debut and inaugural solo exhibit during Miami Art Week.
Im very excited to be making my debut during Miami Art Week at Spectrum Miami in collaboration with ARTBLEND one of South Floridas most established galleries, said David. Painting is like breathing to me. I am pulled in, to the work, every day. The process is a physical act. I connect to my body and to myself in a sort of visceral dance. The act of painting is unmediated by thought. It starts with a simple stroke or mark that leads to the next one in a continuous flow. Possibility and uncertainty are inherent to my practice. Always a play between anxiety, apprehension and, sometimes, when I get lucky, exhilaration. My language is color. I work with acrylic, house paint, oil, pastels, and graphite, which I apply directly on to the surface and rework with a scraper, paper, and rarely, a brush.
David Stephen Johnson was awarded a scholarship to college as a star quarterback, playing for South Dakota State, and later earned his BA in Business Administration at the University of Minnesota, Carlton School of Business. He fostered his love for art while developing a series of paintings for his first show at Riverside Gallery in Chicago.
While raising his family, David continued a successful career in advertising in both Miami and New York for the prestigious agency Lord, Geller, Federico, Einstein. He embraced his self-taught path in painting, building a deliberately unpublished body of work studying color and shape, partly influenced by post-war abstract expressionists. His natural athleticism and grace led him toward the great action painters, which informs his style and markmaking. In 2017 he retired from the business to pursue his passion for painting. He joined The Silvermine Art Center in Connecticut, a prestigious institute for the arts created in 1908 by the sculptor Solon Borglum. Since then, David has participated in several juried shows, expanding his work to large-scale canvases. He regularly collaborates with interior design firm Wowhaus, and other Greenwich area designers, for commission-based residential and commercial projects. In 2019, David had his first solo show at Southport Galleries in Connecticut.
Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami will take place Wednesday, Dec. 4 to Sunday, Dec. 8 at Mana Wynwood. Tickets for the Opening Night Preview are priced at $50 by purchasing online or $60 at the event. A General Admission 1-day Pass for Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami is $25 by purchasing online or $30 at the event. A 5-day Pass that includes the Opening Night Preview is $75 by purchasing online or $85 at the event. Tickets grant access to both Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami. For further information on the shows or to purchase tickets, please visit spectrum-miami.com and reddotmiami.com.
David Castillo Gallery celebrates a pivotal moment during Art Basel this year, with trailblazing news: for the first tie in more than a decade, Art Basel Miami Beach has vetted a gallery from Miami into the exclusive Galleries Section, where only the leading 200 galleries in the world are showcased. The gallery’s singular success story is exemplified by being chosen for this honor, and this year the stars are aligned.
David Castillo at his art gallery with dog (Harry), works by Pepe Mar. Photo by Mateo Serna Zapata. Courtesy David Castillo Gallery.
David Castillo is recognized in the art industry for his long-term nurturing of artists, many represented by Castillo since the beginning of their careers.
“Our artists help to shape the most current vision of contemporary art,” says David Castillo. “My passion for their artistic evolution, and our gallery’s singular trajectory of success, have led up to this pivotal year. We are thrilled to have been invited to the Galleries section at Art Basel.”
Kalup Linzy, Conversations Wit De Curen: IX XI XII Days of Our Ego
The Strangeness Will Wear Off characterizes the enduring legacy of Modernism as a radical and boundary-pushing form into the contemporary moment. The exhibition probes at how artists break with conventions in uncompromising ways, while borrowing pointedly from the past, the new twenty first century avant garde that looks to history as a catalyst for what is to come.
Eamon Ore-Giron, Infinite Regress LV, 2018, Flashe on linen. Courtesy David Castillo Gallery.
More about the artists at David Castillo Gallery’s Booth in Art Basel 2018:
Belkis Ayon’s visual vocabulary is sober yet sumptuous, capturing haunting ghost-like figures in stark contrasts of bright whites and deep blacks.
Deeply enmeshed within the origins, rituals and teachings of Afro-Cuban religions, the moody penumbral magic of Ayon’s work carries with it the mystical legacies that so fascinated her before her untimely death.
Sanford Biggers plays with the broad scales of time and culture in works that collage histories both far and recent.
His floor sculpture marries his interest in participatory works and geometry: while his quilt constructions tell the uneasy histories of America’s violent racial past through the aspirations of Afrofuturism.
Alder Guerrier, Untitled (longevity has its place), 2017, graphite, color pencil, enamel paint and solvent transfer on paper. Courtesy David Castillo Gallery.
Adler Guerrier’s work across collage and print mines the cultural make-up of Miami–and of the artist’s own background as a Haitian American living in one of the largest centers of the Haitian diaspora–drawing out themes of collectivizing belonging, seeking refuge, and claiming place.
Quisqueya Henriquez, Lyubov Popova/Jackie Winsor, 2014, inkjet print on Dibond and a frame inside a frame. Courtesy David Castillo Gallery.
Quisqueya Henriquez boldly claims the history of art for her own, actively mining and recombining references from Conceptualism and the greater lineage of Modernism to reframe this often staid history along new terms. She inserts herself into pictorial modes that largely excluded the voices of those who are Other: women and Latin Americans.
Pepe Mar, Checkerboard, 2018. Photo by Zach Balber/Courtesy David Castillo Gallery.
Pepe Mar’s fabric paintings tell of a contemporary folklore between past and present, place, and time.
His curiously collaged works that draw from the artist’s own oeuvre; much of the fabrics used in these pieces are printed from photographs from along Mar’s own fifteen-year career, creating new contexts for these past works from combining and re-combining these imageries.
Glexis Novoa, Timba, 2017, graphite on Carrara marble (marble recovered from Havana.) Courtesy David Castillo Gallery.
Glexis Novoa sources fragments of Carrara marble from the crumbling edificies of Cuban buildings and draws upon them aspirational images of future cities; grand and gleaming architectures in stark contrast to the current realities of Cuban life. Novoa imagines urban infrastructure as a broad political message and one that pulls at the opposing tensions of what is and what could be.
Xaviera Simmons, Velvet, 2018, acrylic on wood. Installation view, Renaissance Society, Chicago/Courtesy David Castillo Gallery.
Xaviera Simmons’ new body of text paintings, photographs, and sculptural furniture play with ideas of nomadism and the enduring legacies on which the contemporary American narratives is founded; histories of racial inequality, perseverance and unyielding calls for change. Simmons often inserts herself into her works, aligning with the disparate pasts to obscure the boundaries between them and now, us and them.
Shinique Smith, Sometimes I wonder, 2016, acrylic, ink, fabric, collage, ribbon and objects on canvas over wood panel. Courtesy David Castillo Gallery.
Shinique Smith’s body of work takes form across modes of production that collage found objects, second-hand clothing, and references to the flows of global commerce; how goods are produced in the Global South, transported to the West and then used, discarded, and returned to those countries from which they originated for recycling. Her paintings are often of sweeping swirling forms incorporating Eastern calligraphic traditions.
Vaughn Spann, Siren, 2018, polymer paint, dye, prisma marker, fabric, terry cloth on stretcher bars. Courtesy David Castillo Gallery.
Vaughn Spann creates evocative and at times deeply personal paintings that blend abstract formalism with the today’s uneasy social nuance.
The visual vocabulary of his Dalmatian series, which brings together black-and-white patters, examines the shifting associations of various geometries and forms across his childhood, recent history and deeper past.
More about the David Castillo Gallery:
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David Castillo Gallery opened over thirteen years ago under sole ownership after transforming a dilapidated warehouse in Miami, Florida into a 5,000 square foot gallery. After a decade in the Wynwood Arts district, David Castillo relocated for its second decade to Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road and has produced more than 116 fine art exhibitions to date. The gallery’s focus is on conceptual curatorial models as they relate to art historical, cultural, and personal investigations of identity. The gallery works with artists committed to the integrity of their individual histories and studio practices as agents of contemporary climate.
Since opening in Miami in 2005, David Castillo Gallery has become one of the nation’s preeminent galleries in the identification, development, and presentation of groundbreaking artists of color and queer artists, spearheading a far-reaching national and international impact on cultural and critical spaces.
Jillian Mayer, I Am Your Grandma
Gallery Represented Artists:
Sanford Biggers, Kate Gilmore, Adler Guerrier, Lyle Ashton Harris, Quisqueya Henriquez, Kalup Linzy, Belkis Ayon, Pepe Mar, Jillian Mayer, Robert Melee, Glexis Novoa, Xaviera Simmons, Shinique Smith, Wendy White.
The gallery as effectively advocated for the inclusion of its artists in dozens of museum solo shows and hundreds of museum group exhibitions, including: The Museum of Modern Art (New York); MCA Chicago; Fondazione Trussardi (Milan); Harvard University (Cambridge); ICA Boston; The Nasher (Durham); National Museum of Women in Arts (D.C.); Barnes Collection (Philadelphia); Walker Art Center (Minneapolis); MFA Houston; MoMa P.S.1 (New York); Whitney Museum (New York); Metropolitan Museum (New York); The Guggenheim (New York); and the American Academy in Rome among others.
David Castillo holds degrees in History and Art History from Yale University and the Angelicum in Rome. Since 2000, he has dealt in important Latin American, European, and American secondary market works. Castillo has held positions at museums, including the Yale University Art Gallery’s American Decorative Arts curatorial department. He continues to assist private clients in building their collections in addition to managing David Castillo Gallery And has lectured on various topics in art.
A New Annual Multidisciplinary Festival during Miami Art Week, from December 3-9, 2018.
The First Faena Festival explores the mythologies and narratives of ‘America’ and commissions new installations and performances that reflect the multiplicity of cultures, voices, and people across its physical, conceptual, and political borders.
Faena Festival: This Is Not America features commissions, installations, and performances by Derrick Adams, Cecilia Bengolea, Alfredo Jaar, Isabel Lewis, Luna Paiva, Tavares Strachan, and Wu Tsang and boychild, among others.
Faena Festival, This Is Not America, is keyed to Miami’s enduring role as a port that welcomes migrants, refugees, and tourists from across the US and the Americas, and from countries throughout the world. The festival engages with the multiplicity of communities and cultures and the palimpsest of histories that have created the Americas while responding specifically to Miami as its hemispheric hub. All programming is free and open to the public.
This Is Not America is anchored by Alfredor Jaar’s groundbreaking work, A Logo for America, and proposes a new curatorial format for presentation that occupies and engages the entire Faena District and extends beyond into public spaces of the city of Miami Beach as an experiential platform. The diverse venues of the Faena District Miami Beach will be activated, including the public areas of the street, sidewalk, and beach; the Faena Hotel, including its theater and screening room; and Faena Forum – the OMA-designed cultural centerpiece of Faena District Miami Beach.
“From the beginning my vision for Faena has been to create a cultural epicenter that draws artists and audiences from throughout the Americas and around the world,” stated Alan Faena, Founder and President of the Faena Group. “The annual Faena Festival will provide a new platform to explore ideas in contemporary culture that fosters engagement with the issues that define us individually and collectively. We are interested in site-specificity and universal impact – in creating a cultural movement without borders, we want to speak to the world. Artists are not limited by geopolitical divides, and ultimately, by celebrating these diverse artists and visions we find ways in which we are all connected.”
“This Is Not America addresses America as concept more than a piece, a contested and powerful idea that is greater than the waters and borders that frame it,” noted Zoe Lukov, curator of Faena Art. “Artists in the Festival have been invited to explore the concept of America as a myth and a narrative that has at times bound and divided us but ultimately has the power to unify. By occupying the interstitial zone between land and sea many of these site-specific installations seek to reimagine porous and transitional spaces as places of refuge and safe harbor that are representative of what our ‘America’ is and can become.”
The nation’s leading exhibitions and event production, media, and marketer for the global fine art community, Redwood Media Group, announces a unique and newly formed partnership with Mana Wynwood. Together, they will have a permanent new home for its flagship artshows–two of the longest running independent art shows during Miami Art Week.
With a new and long-term location at Mana Wynwood, Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami will offer an exceptional and elevated world-class experience for both exhibitors and art enthusiasts during this year’s Miami Art Week, which takes place December 5-9.
The venue featuring ‘Two Shows in One Location” during the art week will cover more than 100,000 square feet of exhibition space and be even more accessible for visitors on foot and by car, all within walking distance from Wynwood’s trendiest restaurants, bars, and retail boutiques.
The new and improved features for his year’s five-day fine art extravaganza will include:
low traffic location for easy accessibility
hundreds of paved parking spaces on site
indoor air conditioning and restrooms
café and lounge space with seating
easy access to the adjoining PINTA art fair
“We are excited to announce a unique alliance with Mana Wynwood, one of the region’s most progressive organizations in property development and the creative arts. Returning to the Wynwood Arts District for the first time since 2015 perfectly positions Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami within one of the country’s leading lifestyle and cultural destinations for both residents and visitors to Miami. Our New indoor location and pristine exhibition space will offer a truly premium experience for exhibitors and art enthusiasts alike. This is a strategic and long-term partnership and location for our flagship shows and we look forward to welcoming the art world to our new home,” says the president of Redwood Media Group, Eric Smith.
Red Dot Miami is a curated gallery-only contemporary art show. Now in its 13th year, it will be located inside Mana Wynwood. Red Dot Miami presents ILLUMINATE as the curatorial theme for this year’s show. From works that inspire awe and wonder to sweeping series that reveal fresh trends to artists who throw light on the roots of imagination through unlimited creativity, Red Dot Miami features more than 75 galleries representing over 500 leading contemporary artists from primary and secondary markets worldwide. The Spotlight Program will be included as it offers a focused look at several cutting-edge galleries chosen by the Redwood Media Group selection committee.
On the other side we have Spectrum Miami, which presents more of an upscale and urban curated contemporary art show. Now in its 8th year, it will be located adjacent to Red Dot Miami at Mana Wynwood. Spectrum Miami will offer special programs and site specific exhibitions that showcase the thriving art landscape of the city, informed by the 2018 curatorial theme ALLURE. Atmospheric abstracts, provocative photographs, seductive sculptures–the allure of contemporary and modern art is mysteriously and undeniable powerful. Spectrum Miami includes Art Labs and Art Talks as well as the Spotlight Program, providing collectors with a focused look at a variety of prominent exhibitors.
Both Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami have evolved to become the ultimate destination for the fine art industry where professional and contemporary art enthusiasts who collectively seek a more accessible experience.
The annual Opening Night Preview Party for both will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Mana Wynwood located at 2217 NW 5th Ave, Miami, FL 33127. It will feature innovative contemporary art together with Louis Jadot Wines, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and DJ entertainment. Tickets for this event are priced at $50 by ordering online and will be $60 at the event paying by door,
Redwood Media Group, the nations leader in exhibitions and event production, media, and marketing for the global fine art community, is excited to announce a unique and newly formed partnership with Mana Wynwood, together with a permanent new home for its flagship art shows two of the longest running independent art shows during Miami Art Week.
Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami will return to Wynwood Arts District starting in 2018, with a new and long-term location at Mana Wynwood offering an exceptional and elevated world-class experience for both exhibitors and art enthusiasts during this years Miami Art Week, taking place December 59. The only venue featuring Two Shows in One Location during Miami Art Week will cover more than 100,000 square feet of exhibition space and be even more accessible for visitors on foot and by car, all within walking distance from Wynwoods trendiest restaurants, bars and retail boutiques. New and improved features for this years five-day fine art experience will include:
We are excited to announce a unique alliance with Mana Wynwood, one of the regions most progressive organizations in property development and the creative arts, says Eric Smith, president of Redwood Media Group. Returning to the Wynwood Arts District for the first time since 2015 perfectly positions Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami within one of the countrys leading lifestyle and cultural destinations for both residents and visitors to Miami. Our new indoor location and pristine exhibition space will offer a truly premium experience for exhibitors and art enthusiasts alike. This is a strategic and long-term partnership and location for our flagship shows and we look forward to welcoming the art world to our new home.
Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami form the acclaimed contemporary and fine art experience that collectively presents some of todays most coveted national and international galleries and artists from the U.S and around the world. Redwood Media Group exclusively produces the two art shows housed in one locationconsidered to be the only multi-show production of its kind during Miami Art Week.
Red Dot Miami, a curated gallery-only contemporary art show, now in its 13th year, will be located inside Mana Wynwood. Red Dot Miami presents [ILLUMINATE] as the curatorial theme for 2018. From works that inspire awe and wonder to sweeping series that reveal new trends to artists who throw light on the roots of imagination through fearless creativity, Red Dot Miami illuminates the best the contemporary art world has to offer. This theme forms a common thread throughout the special exhibits and programming that showcases exhibitors, art industry professionals, and select nonprofits and institutions. Red Dot Miami features more than 75 galleries representing over 500 leading contemporary artists from primary and secondary markets throughout the world. The five-day show attracts more than 35,000 visitors and high-net-worth collectors who interact with the specially curated programming, which includes the Spotlight Program, a focused look at several cutting-edge galleries chosen by the Redwood Media Group selection committee; Art Labs, a series of outstanding projects by leading galleries, art institutions, and art collectives within the show; and Art Talks, an inside look at the artistic experience by way of panel discussions, conversations, and provocative artistic discourse with leading artists, curators, designers, and art industry professionals. The complete Red Dot Miami program will be announced in November.
Spectrum Miami, an upscale and urban curated contemporary art show, now in its 8th year, will be located adjacent to Red Dot Miami at Mana Wynwood. Spectrum Miami presents special programs and site-specific exhibitions that showcase the thriving art landscape of the city, informed by the 2018 curatorial theme [ALLURE]. Atmospheric abstracts. Provocative photographs. Seductive sculptures. The allure of contemporary and modern art is mysteriously and undeniably powerful. Spectrum Miami is where contemporary meets extraordinary, featuring the works of more than 160 exhibiting artists and galleries from the Florida region, the U.S. and around the globe. Known for its urban and upscale works of art, Spectrum Miami includes Art Labs and Art Talks as well as the Spotlight Program, providing collectors with a focused look at several prominent exhibitors, each creating a site-specific exhibition, and the LaunchPad Artist Program, showcasing an emerging and unrepresented artist who is selected to create an exhibition at the show, selected from a collaboration among local art institutions, galleries, and Spectrum Miami. Spectrum Miami will also include [FOTO SOLO], a stand-alone exhibit, introduced at Artexpo New York in 2016, that features up to 10 artists from various continents who have been chosen for their exemplary photographic fine art. The complete Spectrum Miami program will be announced in November.
Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami have grown to become the ultimate destination for the fine art industry professional and contemporary art enthusiast who collectively seek a more accessible experience with exhibits showcasing the worlds most progressive portfolios by some of todays elite artists, galleries, and emerging talents. With more than 35,000 attendees flocking to see the artwork of the 1,000+ artists showcased by over 200 exhibitors, these are two non-stop, not-to-be missed destination Miami Art Week shows.
The annual Opening Night Preview Party for Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Mana Wynwood, 2217 NW 5th Ave., Miami, FL 33127, and will feature innovative contemporary art together with Louis Jadot Wines, cocktails, hors doeuvres, and DJ entertainment. Tickets for the Opening Night Preview Party are priced at $50 by purchasing online or $60 at the event. A General Admission 1-day Pass for Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami is $25 by purchasing online or $30 at the event. A 5-day Pass that includes the Opening Night Preview Party is $75 by purchasing online or $85 at the event.. Tickets grant access to both Spectrum Miami and Red Dot Miami.
COLOMBIAN ARTIST DANTE SABOGAL’S FIRST U.S. EXHIBITION TO SHOWCASE AT VALENTIA RESTAURANT DURING MIAMI ART WEEK
During Miami Art Week 2017, colorblindColombian Artist Dante Sabogalwill exhibit for the first time in the United States atValentiaMediterraneanRestaurant, Miami’s newest hotspots on Brickell Avenue known for the best paella in the city. Dante’s work will officially be on view beginning Friday, December 1, 2017 and through January 2018. Inquiries about the paintings can be made firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dante has a form of color blindness called protanopia where he has reduced sensitivity to the color red which allows him to paint masterful portraits that only the imaginative can see. He sees the colors of people in a completely different light and it showcases vividly through his artwork. Only 8% of men worldwide have some form of color blindness and one percent of these men have protanopia like Dante.
When he begins the process of painting, he studies the character before he sketches. If it’s a musician, he’ll listen to the music while he paints. If it’s a poet, he’ll read interviews. He dives deep in to the character and soul of each person he paints as the colors reflect their being.
“Painting for me is an act of freedom and vulnerability. It’s a way to touch humanity. When I paint, I embody all kinds of feelings and emotions to build with my brush, drawing inspiration from my subjects,” said Dante. “Art is a chemical world that strips you of your masks and clothing. In the end, it leaves you totally naked. For a moment, you are free of the weight of your own being and can connect with others.”
Born in Colombia in the city of Santiago de Cali, capital of the department of Valle del Cauca, Dante didn’t know his love for drawing and painting would become one of the most unique techniques seen in the world. He was born in to a middle-class family yet still he fell on troubled times. In order to earn money, he played his guitar and sang on the buses. Still, he continued to sketch and paint privately.
After a friend helped to discover him in Colombia, it was well received by the community and shortly after, Dante became a recognized artist in his own town. Now, he’s venturing to the United States to share his creations beginning at one of Miami’s hottest restaurants.
Valentia Mediterraneanis known for its traditional, yet daring combinations of flavors from all over the Mediterranean. The restaurant’s atmosphere has an inviting and warm vibe which attracts high profile names, community residents and Miami visitors alike. It’s also known for being highly authentic from the dishes it service to the welcoming staff. Owner of Villa Mediterranean,Iván Marzal,is passionate about gastronomic experiences and connecting with people which has resulted in a successful launch in this new city he calls home.
Marzal says “I’m proud to host Dante’s first exhibition in the United States at our restaurant because he understands the powerful impact of human connection through food, art and community, which is exactly what we provide.”
For more information about Dante, follow him on Facebook @DanteSabogalArt, Instagram and Twitter @DanteSabogal. Videos of Dante painting can be found onYouTube.
For more information about Valentia Mediterranean, visitwww.valentiamediterranean.com. Follow the restaurant on Facebook and Instagram @ ValentiaMediterranean, as well as Twitter @ValentiaMiami.
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