New Shows at Frost Art Museum Pave Way for Art Basel

    By Kara Franker

    The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum ushers in Art Basel season 2014 with two powerful shows opening Nov 8, 2014 and running through the new year.

    Wang Qingsong: ADinfinitum (Nov. 8 – Jan. 18)

    Recognized worldwide as one of China’s most innovative artists, Wang Qingsong was born at the start of the Cultural Revolution and is based in Beijing.

    ADinfinitum features giant photographic masterpieces staged in spaces like movie studios and warehouses. These works depict the major changes occurring in China, and the challenges brought about by this accelerated transition. They chronicle the difficulties that such rapid societal change has presented to the Chinese people.

    The artwork can require months of logistical preparation and staging, and recruitment of dozens and sometimes hundreds of models for epic photo-shoots (many are done in one day and with no digital manipulation).

    The exhibition is site-specific, featuring 12 of Wang’s large-scale works, some from the Miami collections of Ella Cisneros, Anthony Japour and Craig Robins.

    Spanning all three galleries of the Frost’s third floor (a rarity for the museum), the show encompasses 2,500 square feet.

    A Global Exchange: Geometric Abstraction Since 1950 (Nov. 8 – Jan. 4)

    Part of the Frost’s longstanding collaborative partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires, this exhibition features 30 works from 1950 until 2014.

    The roster of artists showcases MACBA’s emphasis on crosscurrents of influence in geometric abstraction between artists worldwide.

    The intercontinental cast includes:

    • Tony Costa | Italy
    • Carlos Cruz-Diez | Venezuela
    • Gabriele Evertz| Germany
    • Cristina Ghetti | Argentina
    • Frederick Hammersley | U.S.
    • Tadasuke Kuwayama | Japan
    • Walter Leblanc | Belgium
    • Almir Mavignier | Brazil
    • Olivier Mosset | Switzerland
    • Francois Morellet | France
    • Sarah Morris | U.K.
    • Matilde Perez | Chile
    • Francisco Sobrino | Spain
    • Julian Stanckzak | Poland
    • Victor Vasarelly | Hungary

    If you go... The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum is located at Florida International University: 10975 S.W. 17th Street, Miami, FL, 33199. For more info, call 305-348-2890 or visit Follow The Frost Art Museum on Facebook and Twitter @FrostArtMuseum.