Juan Lopez's Site-Specific BETWEEN WALLS to Open 11/20 at ArtCenter/South Florida

Juan Lopez's Site-Specific BETWEEN WALLS to Open 11/20 at ArtCenter/South Florida

ArtCenter/South Florida, welcoming more than 100,000 visitors per year, launches its 30th anniversary initiatives during Art Basel in Miami Beach by debuting a new Visiting Artist and Curator Program that begins with Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Spain's international agency dedicated to the promotion of Spanish heritage and culture around the world.

Madrid artist Juan López is the first of five artists from Spain invited to create and present their work in Miami Beach, alongside two Spanish curators. The work López creates during his ArtCenter residency opens the new Visiting Artist Program at the international level with his exhibition "Between Walls" (on view at the Richard Shack Gallery, 800 Lincoln Road, Nov. 16-Jan. 12 and during the week of Art Basel in Miami Beach).

The Opening Reception for "Between Walls" is Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6:00-10:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Concurrently, López will also exhibit a project as part of Temporary Contemporary in collaboration with the Bass Museum, on view at ArtCenter's windows located at Lincoln Road and Meridian Avenue.

Four other artists and two curators from Spain have been invited by ArtCenter for residencies in Miami Beach, each for 4-6 weeks, through May 2014.

The other artists are Hisae Ikenaga, Dosjotas, Rosell Meseguer, and Esther Mañas and the curators are Guillermo Espinosa and Cristina Anglada.

Throughout all of 2014, ArtCenter's 30th anniversary year, the organization aims to continue its new initiatives by inviting artists from other cities and countries for residencies in Miami Beach and plans to send ArtCenter resident artists abroad.

ArtCenter's Executive Director María del Valle says: "This is a bold exchange of art across borders. We have traveled nationally and internationally and conducted extensive studio visits to develop our Visiting Artists Program."

"These international artists bring fresh new perspectives to the art communities in Miami and the United States. We hope that by sending our artists from Miami to work and exhibit in other countries they can also impact artistic landscapes abroad,"
adds del Valle.

"Spain is thrilled to select ArtCenter/South Florida for this new cultural exchange with the United States," said the President of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Teresa Lizaranzu.

"ArtCenter/South Florida helped pioneer Miami Beach's evolution into a global art destination, and continues to shape its future with innovative programming. The unparalleled visibility of its landmark location on Lincoln Road makes ArtCenter the perfect place to launch Spain's new international partnership with the U.S. during Art Basel in Miami Beach," adds Lizaranzu.

Juan López has been featured in many international art fairs, and will be showcased again this year at Art Basel in Miami Beach by Nogueras Blanchard, a prestigious gallery based in Madrid and Barcelona.

López's site-specific work is known for playing with spaces and exploring urban environments via designs of complex iconic buildings, mixing video projections and installation, and even drawing directly on the surface of walls to alter perceptions of space and architecture. In his work lies a deep interest in direct contact to the language developed in the street with different artistic codes - within the scope of both the private and the institutional.

Lopez's productions are filled with elements that reference urban space, including the use of tape, waste, graffiti, placards, posters, stickers, photocopies and fanzines. His work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries including La Casa Encendida (Madrid); Fundació Joan Miró (Barcelona); Centrum Linz (Austria); National Museum of the Republic (Brasilia); Tokyo Wonder Site (Japan); and Liste Art Fair (Basel).

"While ArtCenter strives toward greater international reach, we are proud to continue our legacy of commitment to South Florida-based artists," adds Maria del Valle.