Acclaimed artist Carlos Cruz-Diez vibrant installations showcased throughout Downtown Coral Gables
The Allen Morris Company, one of the largest diversified real estate firms in the Southeast, proudly sponsored the City of Coral Gables’ Carlos Cruz-Diez exhibit showcased throughout Coral Gables City Hall, Aragon Avenue and the Coral Gables Museum as part of Art Basel Miami.
Recognized by Art Basel Miami, the City of Coral Gables showcased elements of Cruz-Diez’ artistic talent and illusionary color spectrums throughout the city’s walkways, streets and landmarks.
Internationally-recognized master artist, Cruz-Diez is known for his focus on ephemeral interventions in urban spaces through the use of color spectrums to create illusionary effects and new chromatic environments. Established as one of the key 20th century thinkers in the realm of color, Cruz-Diez is described as a major protagonist in the field of kinetic and optical art. With a focus on movements that encourage “an awareness of the instability of reality,” his work presents color as an autonomous reality that evolves in space and time.
As part of the public display, the second and third floor of City Hall were dressed with thirteen colorful banners hung between each of the columns, bringing a lively transformation to the city, and eight crosswalks were painted with original designs specifically created for this public display. With vibrantly painted pedestrian walkways strategically placed in several cities and states around the world, Cruz-Diez’s main objective is to profoundly change the experience of each passerby through chromatic inductions.
The pedestrian walkways were used as an arrowhead to guide the public through the streets of the city leading up to the Coral Gables Museum, where photographs of the artist’s installations were displayed. Once inside the Coral Gables Museum, the photographic images displayed are references of what the artist has been doing in different cities throughout the world for several years. The Celebrating Carlos Cruz-Diez exhibition is being produced in collaboration with Ninoska Huerta, Logistics Fine Arts, and with the generous support of Atelier Cruz-Diez.
“We are proud to sponsor such an impressive public art display that enhances the beauty of our city during Miami Art Week and Art Basel,” said W. Allen Morris, Chairman and CEO of The Allen Morris Company. “Coral Gables has always been an art destination and has long been recognized for its art galleries and the collaboration with such a visionary artist such as Carlos Cruz-Diez truly changes the everyday experience across the city and surely leaves a memorable impression as we commemorate Art Basel Miami.”
The outdoor chromatic environments will be on view through the end of January 2018.