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Post #687 • December 16, 2005, 3:49 PM • 10 Comments

I want to introduce you to my downstairs neighbors.




December 16, 2005, 7:46 PM

The eyeball sees what is in front of it and yet I doubt that what is in front of it is 'the world'.
None-the-less Franklin, your company seems super-cool.

Where is my ' scooter and billboard' or 'sign post and business man' etc.?

Paula has an excellent group of paintings which I'll take pics of for later posting.
Jack bought some.



December 16, 2005, 11:16 PM

Wow, Mr. Eyeball does some intense stuff!

Pretty cool, though. So is your studio in a building with lots of other studios and artists?


that guy

December 17, 2005, 12:03 AM

Paula's paintings are very good. I spent about an hour and a half last night at the opening to let them work on me. The more I looked the more I found.



December 17, 2005, 3:08 AM

Paula Celman's graduate show opened yesterday at MIU (Biscayne and 15th). I found out about it by accident, when I went out of my way to see the femi nine group show (which included Celman) at a nice new space further up Biscayne, and that show's organizer told me about the MIU show.

The femi nine show, by the way, is worth seeing (though it's by appointment only; call 305-439-7527). I also found out about it by accident, at the opening for Real Painting. It introduced me to the work of Marie Marcano, based on invented letters or writing used in an abstract way, which I found very interesting.

Hint: Going off the beaten path tends to pay off. If nothing else, one's much more likely to be surprised (and sometimes delighted) that way than by sticking to brand-name places and their highly predictable offerings. For some odd reason, however, I rarely, if ever, see "major" collectors at "minor" venues and events around here. It must be that they visit when nobody's looking. Maybe. Sort of like the tooth fairy.

As has already been said above by others, Celman's solo show at MIU is good. The work is more recent (and better) than what she had at Real Painting, though it's generally smaller format. She's planning to go bigger, though to me size is a secondary issue. Small and good is always preferable to big and so-so. The Oehlen show now at MOCA is a case in point, but that will wait for another day. I trust pictures will eventually be posted here from the MIU show, at which time I can say more.



December 17, 2005, 8:16 AM

Denise, yeah, that's pretty much it. It's a train hangar that's been divied up into live/work spaces, hence the cinder block and all. The day before yesterday I went around to talk with some of the artists and will report on them soon.

Ms. Celman is a talent. Somebody ought to be jumping on a museum show of all the good straight-ahead painting being made down in Miami. I'm sorry not to see her exhibition, as she has been one of best students to come through MIU.

Jordan, images are coming. Sorry about the delay.



December 17, 2005, 9:41 AM

Franklin, try to be more realistic. I mean, why would somebody do as you suggest when someone like Albert Oehlen (he's German, you know), who's got establishment credentials and makes really BIG paintings, can be shown instead? So what if his stuff's not that good? When did that ever stop anybody? Really, wake up and smell the coffee.



December 17, 2005, 9:13 PM

Is someone going to put up images of Celman's new work?



December 17, 2005, 10:02 PM

How about on



December 17, 2005, 10:35 PM

I can put them on my web page once I take the pictures, maybe on Monday. For your criticizing pleasure, as Franklin says.



December 17, 2005, 11:00 PM

That's a good idea, Franklin, but I need to get the pix first. Let us know when you get them up, Paula, and maybe we can link your page.



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