Apart from the major institutions here in Miami (MAM, MOCA, Bass and the private collections), it’s rather difficult to get up close to works by internationally established artists, considered masters in their own country. In Wynwood, the Ascaso Gallery breaks that spell.
With locations both in Miami and Caracas, Ascaso presents important works from Carlos Cruz-Diez (presented in a color-frenzy solo exhibition at MAM last year), Victor Valera (who worked alongside Victor Vasarely, Jean Dewasne and Fernand Léger in their Paris studio), Fernando Botero (his ‘fat figures’ have become part of the immediate contemporary art consciousness, and he’s still working), and over 70 other artists from the Latin Americas.
Now the challenge becomes real: with a plethora of artists from an unknown market, how does a gallery make the sacred connection of cultural and monetary exchange at the foundational level? Gallery director Guigui de la Torre answers quite matter-of-factly, “There is no single way to achieve such a task. It is by taking small but firm steps that we can diffuse this information.” Naturally, within months of the gallery’s opening, they elect the most powerful option for new galleries in Miami: the art fairs circuit. “We are constantly evaluating our best options to educate our patrons,” de la Torre continues, “within those options, we are currently coordinating lectures, guided visits and other channels to help promote the gallery and Wynwood.”
Read more at Miami Art Guide