An exhibition at the Wolfsonian-FIU tracks romantic and racist stereotypes of native cultures in European tobacco advertising from the 1880s to the 1940s.
Pulp cover artists recognized the American appetite for lurid and violent imagery, and the Wolfsonian is exploring the social issues embedded in their illustrations in a new exhibition.
Here’s a small taste of what this vast country had to offer in art this year.
There are more than 20 fairs in Miami this week, on top of the rich offerings at the city’s museums and private collections. Here’s a handy way to make sense of it all.
MIAMI BEACH — For every skyscraper, zeppelin, airplane, or even lightbulb that demonstrated the progress of technology from the late-19th to mid-20th century, there were countless human bodies mangled, maimed, and electrified along the way.
What significance does a single image have in visual culture? The postcard, that old redoubt of tourists in need of a (semi-ironic) memento to send back home, doesn’t play such an active role in our contemporary aesthetics, but it once did.
MIAMI — In the past year, there’s been a lot discussion about the Chinese workers who make Apple products. Exposés and reports have been written, all of which have presumably made us a bit more aware of the conditions under which those workers labor and live. But we still buy iPads and iPhones and MacBooks. Nothing much has really changed. There’s still a disconnect between the things we buy, the objects with which we surround ourselves, and the people who make them.