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Press Release 2010-2011

Vincent Desiderio, The Triumph of Dysfunction, 1988



Wynwood Art District, Miami, Fl – This November 10, 2010, the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse will open its 12th season of exhibitions to the public with the following:

2010- 2011 Exhibitions

AFRICA: Photography and video

JENE HIGHSTEIN: Large Stone Carvings



Selections from the Margulies Collection including Vincent Desiderio, Oliver Dorfer, Jonathan Meese,  Tal R, Christian Eckart, John Torreano, Massimo Antonaci and Fabian Marcaccio

BRIAN ALFRED: Digital Animation

NEW SCULPTURE: Chris Astley, Martin Boyce, Huma Bhabha, Mark Dion, Max Frisinger and Will Ryman

PERMANENT LARGE SCALE SCULPTURE:  Magdalena Abakanowicz, Williem de Kooning, Olafur Eliasson, Antony Gormley, Michael Heizer, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Joan MirĪŒ, Isamu Noguchi, George Segal, Richard Serra and Tony Smith

About the 2010-2011 Exhibition:

AFRICA: Photography and video

This exhibition will present over 250 works of art by African artists as well as non-African artists whose subject is Africa. Produced over the past 60 years the works in the exhibition explore the complexities of daily life across the vast continent of Africa. Artists in the exhibition include:  Roger Ballen, Peter Friedl, David Goldblat,  Subodh Gupta, Pieter Hugo, Alfredo Jaar,  Seydou Keita, Zwelethu Mthethwa,  Arnold Newman, Jackie Nickerson, George Osodi,  Robin Rhode, Viviane Sassen, Malick Sidibe, Montsikelelo Veleko, George Rodger, and Lyle Owerko.

JENE HIGHSTEIN  Large Stone Carvings

Executed in 1981 and weighing over 15 tons, two carved black limestone forms by American sculptor Jene Highstein fill the front gallery of the Warehouse this season. “One and Blackfish were my first large scale stone carvings and I believe that they are very important works in my overall production” explains the artist.  Minimalist in sensibility, the two gigantic organic forms have a primal presence looking ancient and contemporary at the same time.


Widely recognized in Europe as one of its most influential contemporary artists, Michelangelo Pistoletto created a powerful performance of the Broken Mirror Paintings for the 2009 Venice Biennale.  In the Margulies Collection installation of “Two Plus One” from the series, two large mirrors are installed in a room.  One of the mirrors is broken and the other intact.  The artist explains “the breaking of one of the two mirrors is like a small galactic explosion that multiplies the particles of reflection, and remains as the memory of a precise instant of the past ceaselessly reflected in a new present.”  The dramatic power of the Broken Mirror Paintings brings to focus the innovative spirit and creative force of an artist who has influenced many artists’ performance practices of today.

                                                                                                                                     Vincent Desiderio, The Triumph of Dysfunction, 1988

CONTEMPORARY PAINTINGS:  Selections from the Margulies Collection

 “For the first time we will be exhibiting paintings at the Warehouse” explains longtime curator Katherine Hinds “some of which have been in storage since we acquired the works, others of which we have added to the collection recently. One of the works is a gigantic 30’ diptych from 1988 by the American painter, Vincent Desiderio, which has never been seen since it was exhibited at the Denver Art Museum in 1990.” Included in the exhibition will be works by William Beckman, Oliver Dorfer, Jonathan Meese, Chris Ofili and Tal R.

BRIAN ALFRED Digital Animation 

A new animated video by Brooklyn artist Brian Alfred will highlight the 18 permanent video installations at the Warehouse this season.  Alfred’s work comments on how our perception of the world is altered by the ubiquity of information.  His animations explore how the world has changed through the use of new media technology and in particular the visual manifestation of how information is shared and disseminated throughout popular culture.  For the viewer, Alfred’s works recreate the same powerful hold as the images we witness everyday in the media.  Accompanying the compelling animated images of simmering urban violence is a sound track of eight different musical collaborators which enhances the video’s dreamlike atmosphere. Also included in the video installations this year are videos by Peter Friedl, Cory Archangel, Cristina Petterson,  Fishli & Weiss and Bill Viola.

About the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse

The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse is a not-for-profit institution in Miami dedicated to the presentation of exhibitions and educational initiatives that explore contemporary art.  Since its inaugural exhibition in 1999, the Warehouse has presented seasonal exhibitions of sculpture, photography, and video and installation art from the renowned collection of Martin Z. Margulies. The Warehouse is operated and funded by the Martin Z. Margulies Foundation, a thirty year resource for the study and enjoyment of the visual.  The longtime curator of the collection is Katherine Hinds.

The collection visiting hours are every Wednesday - Saturday from 11:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

Extended hours during Art Basel and Art Miami: Tuesday, November 30th through Saturday December 4th9 am- 4 pm, Sunday December 5th 9 am - 2 pm

Visitors are welcomed at the door for the price of a donation to the Lotus House Shelter for Homeless Women and Children.

Adults $10.00, Miami Dade students are free of charge

For further information please call 305-576-1051 or visit our website at

Contact: Katherine Hinds, curator

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