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EXPLORE THE ARTS Photo Courtesy of Daniel Portnoy and ©Stephen Knapp N E W LIGHT, A SPECIA L E X H I B I T I O N AT T H E L O W E M U S E U M O F A R T BY A R T I S T S T E P H E N K N A P P BY SuSANA BAKE R Beginning January 26, the Lowe Art Museum will feature of the prismatic quality of glass and how glass and light Stephen Knapp's exhibit, New Light. Sitting at the heart naturally paint surfaces. Stephen's works are directed of the University of Miami, the Lowe features an impres- and controlled in such a way as to create a unique me¬ sive 18,000-plus-object collection with strengths in Re- dium that he is fully exploiting. naissance and Baroque, American, Ancient and Native American, and Asian art. The Lowe opened more than 60 What can people expect during the exhibition opening years ago, thanks to the generosity of philanthropists Joe and lecture? and Emily Lowe, making it the first art museum in South Stephen's works are elegant in their complexity and I Florida. Later, the museum was designated a "Major Cul- think the public will be, as we are, mesmerized by the tural Institution" by the State of Florida in 1987. installation. It is always wonderful to invite an artist to explain their work. The viewing public does make some The Lowe's Chief Curator and Director Brian Dursum be¬ assumptions, many correct, others only partially so, and gan at the Lowe in 1975. Since then, he has witnessed the the interaction with the artist is always a stimulating ex¬ blossoming of the Miami art scene and helped to trans¬ perience. form the Lowe into one of the most important collections in the southeast. Below, I've asked him to discuss the What other exciting exhibitions are coming up in the Miami art scene and Stephen Knapp's New Light exhibit. near future that you want our readers to know about? In addition to Stephen Knapp: New Light, the Lowe will How does it feel to be part of Miami's thriving art host the exhibition Infinite Mirror: Images of American scene? Identity, which examines the use of portraiture and figura¬ I remember when the Lowe was the only art museum in tion as symbols for emotional and social issues. Miami-Dade County. While it remains the area's oldest collecting art museum with a global and historically broad The Lowe Art Museum is located at the University of Mi¬ collection unmatched in the area, the growth of the other ami at 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33124. visual arts institutions in South Florida has helped to pro¬ For more information, call 305.284.3535 or visit www. mote the arts overall in the community. The advent first lowemuseum.org. of Art Miami, and subsequently Art Basel along with the many other art fairs associated with it, have catapulted Miami into a major global cultural venue. Susana Baker is a resident of Dade County and a mother Do you find it difficult to keep visitors coming in after of two, Alex and Chantal. For an all-inclusive art tour with a Art Week ends? private Curator/Guide, call Susana Baker at 305.767.5000 No. As exciting and exhilarating as Art Week is, the bulk or visit www.artexperience.com. To learn about art hap¬ of our attendance comes to the Lowe over the entire year. penings in town, tune in to 880AM The Biz every Tues¬ day at 11:30 a.m. for ARTTALK, Susana's segment which What did you think or feel when you first saw Stephen brings you "From the Canvas to the Red Carpet." You can Knapp's "lightpaintings"? also listen live at www.880thebiz.com. I was first attracted to the work because it reminded me 92 J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2013 S O U T H F L O R I D A L U X U R Y G U I D E . C O M


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