Miami Art Week Opening Reception
Join Us For The Betsy's Miami Art Week Exhibition Opening.
Featuring work by Carlos Betancourt, Paul Saltzman, Alessandro Sarno, and Nuria Richards, curated by Betsy co-owner Lesley Goldwasser Plutzik.
CARLOS BETANCOURT - Intimate Spirit: Collages and Other Works (in the Gallery, Hohauser Wing, enter via 1433 Collins Avenue)
Carlos Betancourt is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Miami Beach, working in a bold and fantastical style, as a painter, photographer, and mixed-media artist. He creates dynamic and fragmented pictures that merge photographic elements with imagined painted and drawn forms, and his pictures feature a personal aesthetic and iconography he describes as “contemporized graffiti;” the works incorporate elements from his Cuban and African heritage, elevating common visual language to the realm of fine art and explore issues of memory and his own experiences, while also dwelling in matters of beauty, identity and communication. In Fall 2020, The Betsy Hotel will debut a collection of never before seen collages, titled by the artist: Intimate Spirit: Collages and Other Artworks from the Collection of the Artist, Carlos Betancourt.
PAUL SALTZMAN - Inner Light: The Beatles in India (in the Carlton Room, Hohauser Wing, enter via 1433 Collins Avenue)
Paul Saltzman is an award–winning Toronto-based film director, writer, and producer of over three hundred dramas and documentaries. In 1968, Paul was in Rishikesh, India, studying transcendental meditation, with camera in tow. There too at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in the foothills of the Himalayas, were (coincidentally) the Beatles. As it turns out, Paul quickly became part of their inner circle and captured some of the most intimate images of John, Paul, Ringo, and George ever taken, a collection called The Inner Light. A documentary of his experience, Meeting The Beatles in India (released on Gathr Films) can be streamed at your leisure before or after your tour.
ALESSANDRO SARNO - The Spirit of a People: Portraits and Slices of Life in the Islands of The Bahamas (in The Boardroom, Hohauser Wing, enter via 1433 Collins Avenue)
Alessandro Sarno, is a Milan-based artist who began his journey into photography in 2008 on the porch of the Betsy Hotel having left his job in London before traveling to The Bahamas for the first time, seeking sunshine and a new life. Before departing he purchased a camera and while there captured images that documented a transformative personal experience as he was introduced to deeply spiritual and colorful Bahamian cultural traditions. As this artist’s muse, it seems fitting that The Betsy will soon present Alessandro’s first (ever) Miami Exhibit, called The Spirit of a People: Portraits and Slices of Life in The Islands of The Bahamas.
NURIA RICHARDS - Empathy Time (on the Orb, located in The Alley between Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue @14th Place)
Nuria Richards has an appointment only gallery at her apartment in Midtown Miami, in a socializing move to build a contemporary art program; a curated community of outsiders that thrive on academic technique as much as coding, curating the views of unexplored feminists, and buffering complex proposals with origin in the Bauhaus residency (to mention one) in a domestic environment. Nuria's work Empathy Time considers the complex way humans experience time and ‘name’ the journey.
DIE-CAST - Temporary Occupancy - a commissioned project taking place at 10 hotels - presented in partnership with The City of Miami Beach (projections in the Alley; live activation at the entrance to the hotel @ 1433 Collins Avenue)
The Betsy Hotel - South Beach 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139
*Please enter through 1433 Collins Ave. Masks mandatory, social distancing protocol will be followed.