The recent rash of artists fleeing the Miami-Dade area was a major bummer — we've always taken pride in our city's ability to nurture and expose emerging artists and creatives. Which is why, when something as international and eclectic as the International Biennale Artists Exhibition Miami appears, we should all do our civic duty to pay attention.
Established in 2009 and celebrating its second year in Miami, the exhibition is founded by Israeli painter Elisha Ben-Yitzhak and hosts 56 artists from about 21 counties, with art ranging from installation to sculpture to sound design. Each artist is recognized in his or her respective country, and all pieces have been selected by curator Matt Anzak, who selected on the basis of their reflection of current artistic trends. Simply put, the event aims to host an international art gathering in Miami that represents the most interesting rising stars around the world — plus a couple of MIA locals (like Alejandro Leyva and Anica Shpilberg). So let's remind the art world exactly why Miami has so much clout, shall we?
Photo: "Como un Angel," by Alejandro Leyva, courtesy of International Biennale Artists Exhibition Miami