During Art Basel Miami Beach, MOCA Associate Curator Ruba Katrib put together a quiet, sophisticated show about getting back into the studio (and presumably, out of the market). Timed to the opening of the US' most significant art fair, it was a pretty direct statement to the artists, writers, and curators making their annual rounds. Of course, the only time a show like Katrib's "The Reach of Realism" could open and reach a broad audience (and a partysponsored by Vanity Fair) was during Art Basel Miami Beach.
Martin Soto Climent, Rendezvous, 2003–2009. Installation view, The Reach of Realism at MOCA, North Miami. © Steven Brooke, 2009
Excerpt from the profile, on the seriousness of artists:
Attitudes of cleverness and cynicism in art are too easy. We can nod and wink and feel a sense of inclusion (or, more likely, exclusion). But what about artists who actually are seriously considering what it means to be an artist today, what it means to create images and narratives, and what it means to create "art?" Irony features in the exhibition, but it's deployed as a tool to reveal rather than to create distance.
Read the full interview.
THE REACH OF REALISM IS ON VIEW THROUGH FEBRUARY 14. MOCA IS LOCATED AT 770 NE 125 STREET, NORTH MIAMI, FLORIDA.