Eclectic, cutting-edge, and brilliant are three words that perfectly describe the works on exhibit at the Prizm Art Fair now in its third year during Miami Art Week. The opening preview on Tuesday, Dec. 1 hosted a truly diverse crowd who at times could be seen in deep thought analyzing the various pieces. That’s because the exhibit had strong themes addressing the current conditions and treatment of people of color globally, including a strong hand of injustice. The socio-political theme was immediately noticeable the minute you walked into the space, and at times you would also find deep spiritual meaning behind the pieces.
There were also works that showed the parallels between the broad expanse of the African Diaspora across the Americas, Africa, and the Caribbean. The curators - Mikhaile Solomon, Rosie Gordon-Wallace, AM Weaver - did a spectacular job showcasing a variety of artists from the Diaspora whose work had strong social commentary on the African Diaspora experience. For example, one piece spoke of what it meant to be both French and Black and another piece contrasted time and how people of African descent related to it. The quality of artwork was truly dynamic ranging from sculpture to painting, photography, and acrylic.
The curatorial committee transformed a space along the Biscayne Boulevard corridor in the Miami Modern District into a world class gallery. Everything from the music and lighting to the narrative was perfectly weaved throughout the space and made strong statements. The preview was also very well attended by veterans in the Diaspora contemporary art world, including African-American artist Deborah Willis and Dr. Leslie King Hammond, Graduate Dean Emeritus at Maryland Institute College of Art and Founding Director of the Center For Race and Culture.
“Prizm is a necessary part of the artistic landscape that is currently not as widely surveyed as it should be,” shares Mikhaile Solomon, the visionary behind Prizm. "This is an entire niche that the arts community is not yet aware of and should rally behind. It’s a must attend fair showcasing a body of work from artists who are still largely unknown."
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