The Miami Art Expo Review by FUSM

The Miami Art Expo

The Miami Art Expo

The Miami Art Expo brings a wealth of fine art to South Florida

By: Vanessa Martinez – Staff Writer – FUSM.

This summer’s Miami Art Expo was all about contemporary art!

The exhibition featured a week-long roster of artists ranging in a variety of art mediums from all over the globe. FIUSM got up-close and personal with some of the artists such as Daniela Valentini from Chile and Jeff Murray who flew all the way from London.

Valentini acquired her painting skill from her homeland at the University of Chile with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She specializes in bringing aesthetic qualities of realism to come to life in her artworks. Murray’s work reflects his lifestyle as a traveler of seven years through his pen and ink pieces. American artist Annika Banko has a display of pictorials which convey expressive colors and gestural methods as a response to nature and life as an artist. Her techniques involve the mastery of controlled spontaneity by using her body to create the works.

Between canvases engaging in brilliantly colorful detail to intricate abstract expressionism, there is so much to see at the event. The audience is one interested in the prestigious atmosphere of the fine art world. The various pieces emit the human emotions of the idealists behind the artistic exploration. Getting a glimpse from the minds of these talented individuals is sure to promote artistic exposure of the local Miami art scene today.

Keep an eye out for interviews with some of the artists mentioned above, to be posted later this week.

All pics of the event, see here



ART OF DITA at Playboy Club London – Celebrating Creative Freedom!

Dita Omuri

Dita Omuri



26TH MARCH 2015 – 3RD MAY 2015

Dita Omuri, born and raised in northern Albania, escaped her home country running towards the unknown and away from the restricted ways of expressing her emotions through art.

From a very young age, Dita’s sketchbook was her constant companion. By winning a young art competition she secured a scholarship at a traditional Art school aged 14. Learning the “Old Masters Techniques” and becoming aware that the only legal art form in Albania was Social Realism. Her passion for art, freedom and creativity was stifled in Albania.

In 1998 as a single mum, Dita embarked on a journey to the UK in search of a new life for herself and her son. She had so little to lose and so much to gain. Working through a tough few years and her Albanian Art Diploma’s not being recognised she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in the UK whilst working hard providing support for her son, and continuing on painting and exploring the freedom of creativity.

“Today my art is the priority of my life, an expression of my passions and personality. A love of fashion, photography and figurative art are strong influences on my work.” says Dita.

“Sensual, sophisticated and classy paintings with a touch of glamour” – adds Curator, Entrepreneur and award-winning business woman Joelle Dinnage.

Joelle, owner of the InVogue Art Gallery and founder of the Global Art Agency Ltd met Dita at the Oxford International Art Fair where Dita was selected to exhibit her artworks and was one of the bestselling artists there. “Her art stood out” Joelle said and continued “Not only that, also her personality and good spirit reflected in the artworks – the positive energy bounced of it. I was determinate to make Dita a success.”

Dita has since been exhibiting alongside famous names in the art world and has become an international artist, selling through galleries all over the world. And to celebrate the absolute creative freedom, Dita has now got her 6-week solo-exhibiting in London Mayfair represented by the InVogue Art Gallery. at the exclusive Playboy Club London.

The exhibition is open to the public from 26th March to 3rd May 2015.

Dita Omuri Art Playboy Dita Omuri Art Playboy



Bill Leigh Brewer & Osceola Refetoff
Curated by Shana Nys Dambrot

TWO DAYS ONLY April 18-19 12-5pm
Opening Reception April 18 7-10pm

Chungking Studio 975 Chung King Road LA Chinatown, CA 90012

Los Angeles (March 2015): During the historic drought hitting Southern California, two photographers focus their lens on the same topographies of desert and industry. Please join us at Chungking Studio on April 18th and 19th during the Month of Photography LA for an exceptional exhibition featuring the work of Bill Leigh Brewer and Osceola Refetoff.

The curator of the exhibit, art critic Shana Nys Dambrot writes about the exhibition, “The pairing of work by photographers Bill Leigh Brewer and Osceola Refetoff — contemporaries working independently — explores photography’s paradoxical capacity to simultaneously document and interpret the world around us, to elicit fresh details and construct new experiences and narratives from its raw materials. The interaction between their work is particularly well suited to exploring this dynamic, because Brewer and Refetoff are uncannily drawn to many of the same specific topographies of desert and industry, yet they return with vastly different works of art.”

Salvador Dali’s Christmas Card not a hit by the public back in 1960

Salvador Dali’s Surrealist art proved a little too avant garde for the Hallmark shoppers of 1960.

Joyce Clyde Hall, the founder of Hallmark, began reaching out to several companies in the late 1940s to begin reproducing paintings and designs from contemporary artists on Hallmark cards. Hall’s mission was noble: sharing artistic masterpieces with average Americans. “So, through the ‘unsophisticated art’ of greeting cards, the world’s greatest masters were shown to millions of people who might otherwise not have been exposed to them,” Hall wrote in his autobiography.

By 1959, Dali had agreed to join the fold, submitting 10 potential designs to the company. Hallmark felt that two of them might have public appeal. The image above, “The Nativity,” was put into production and sold in stores alongside another of the Madonna. But while Dali’s creations would have been wildly successful in an art gallery, in the card aisle they caused a public outcry, and Hallmark ultimately pulled the cards from the racks. The several hundred that remain have become collectors’ items.

Dali designed a variety of Christmas images for other companies: He created 19 different Christmas cards for the Barcelona-based company Hoechst Iberica between 1958 and 1976, as well a Christmas-themed cover for Vogue in 1946 that is still reprinted as a card today, according to Rebecca Bender, a professor of Spanish at Grinnell College who has compiled a collection of the images.

The image above is reprinted courtesy of the Hallmark Archives, Hallmark Cards, Inc.

The Article is via Washington Post.

Banksy mural appears on Folkestone park wall


A mural by the street artist Banksy, of a woman staring at an empty plinth, has been painted on a wall in Folkestone, Kent.

The image, called “Art Buff” was discovered on Sunday evening in Payers Park during the town’s two-month long Triennial Festival.

The artist confirmed it was his work by posting it on his website.

His spokeswoman said “Art Buff” was a play on words because the piece of art on the plinth at had been “buffed” out.

She said: “It is up there for everyone to enjoy.”

Source BBC.


Barcelona International Art Fair 12-13 Dec 2014 – Now open for submissions

New York Art Dealer Claims that Russian Oligarchs Returned 35 Artworks as Fakes

Condign ArtIn a $62 million lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, a New York art dealer claims that Russian oligarchs returned 35 artworks to him as fakes that he had purchased from another dealer.

The gallerist, Gary Tatintsian, claims that Connecticut dealer Lev Nussberg sold him the fake works along with about 165 other fakes starting in 2006.

Nussberg says that Tatintsian, or the Russians, switched the real works that he sold with fake ones that were returned. Many of the works were by the Russian avant-garde master Kazimir Malevich.

The case will be heard by a Manhattan jury in October


Newly discovered Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, and a new version of ‘the Scream’… Does this sound too good to be true?

Lawrence’s story is that he inherited 200 paintings by such masters as Rembrandt, Picasso, Degas, and Dali Picasso, Degas, Cézanne, Henry Moore and Dalí, from his grandfather… What do you think? Hoax?

Mark Lawrence with an alleged copy of Edvard Munch's <em>The Scream</em>. Photo: via the <em>Telegraph</em>.

After his story and once pressed, Lawrence admitted that the painting was not a family heirloom, and that he had only purchased it two years ago. HOWEVER Lawrence maintained that the work is authentic…

Including Lawrence’s supposedly undiscovered copy of The Scream. Of which curators are highly skeptical that the work could be real.

… What do you think?