Miami Art Museum’s Jose Bedia retrospective surveys 30 years of a city icon

Repeating Islands

José Bedia’s stark images are part of the Miami cityscape, but it’s been three decades since a local museum showed his work. Here is John Coppola’s review of the show—curated by Judith Bettelheim—for The Miami Herald.

Cuban artist José Bedia’s stark silhouettes and totemic figures are Miami icons — at the Arsht Center, on Design District murals, in Key Biscayne traffic circles. Among the few places where his Afro-Cuban-inspired images have not been regularly seen are in the city’s public museums.

That gap has now been filled with the opening of Transcultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by José Bedia at the Miami Art Museum. The exhibition was organized by Los Angeles’s Fowler Museum of Cultural History and will be on display throughout the summer. Although Bedia’s work is represented in Miami public and private collections, his last solo museum exhibitions locally were back in the 1990s. MAM’s predecessor…

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