Thursday, May 21, 2009

Weekend arts picks: May 21-25

Freedom of the Stallions, by Purvis Young.

Art: Opening this Saturday at Exor Galleries in Boca Raton is Purvis Young: Raw, which features 20 works by the 65-year old artist from Miami’s Overtown. Young, who has painted on just about anything that he finds, from discarded political signs, doors and plywood scraps to metal sheets and carpet remnants, may be considered the ultimate outsider artist.

After a rough childhood in Liberty City, Young started painting in prison. Now his paintings hang in the homes of wealthy collectors and in museums such as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Studio Museum of Harlem and the American Folk Art Museum. His gestural, abstract-expressionist, colorful paintings express raw emotion while depicting his vibrant, fresh vision of the world around him.

The exhibit will run through July 30 at Exor Galleries, which is located at 291 Via Naranjas, Suites 45A and 50A in Royal Palm Place, Boca Raton Gallery hours are: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit, or call (561) 361-7474. -- K. Deits

Five Angels, by Purvis Young.

Armory reminder: And as we noted earlier, two interesting exhibitions are opening Friday at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach. The Bridging Principle is an exhibition by Florida Atlantic Univeristy master's degree students that explores the relationship between art and science. The artists exhibiting are Joshua Davis, Judith Gehrmann, Adrienne Rose Gionta, Mark MacDonald, Christina Major, Sofia Matsi, Kim Spivey, Jillian Taylor and Jessica Weber. This exhibit will be in the Colaciello Gallery through June 5.

And then there's A Trump in the Dark, originally installed at Trump International Golf Club on April 29. The installations include art created by Bethany Krull, Nicole Seisler, Carolyn Sickles, Sue Stevens, Dennis Svoronos, Ryan Toth and Jesse Walp; Sickles and Toth are the curators. The opening reception begins at 6 pm Friday; musical guests Zombies! Organize!! play at 7 pm. After the reception, there will be an after-party at Propaganda in Lake Worth from 9 pm to midnight. -- K. Deits

Violinist Eugene Ugorski.

Music: This seems to be the year for two pieces of classical music: the Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 6, one of his final works, and the Violin Sonata, Op. 18, of a young Richard Strauss. The Strauss is getting its third outing this season tonight at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale as violinist Eugene Ugorski, accompanied by pianist Konstantin Lifschitz, perform in a recital for the Miami International Piano Festival. On the program in addition to the Strauss are the Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3 (in D minor, Op. 108), Ravel's popular showpiece Tzigane, and the monumental Chaconne in D minor from the Second Partita of J.S. Bach. The two men also will play The Fountain of Arethusa, from the Mythes of the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski. The concert starts at 8 pm in the Amaturo Theater, and tickets are $18. Call (954) 462-0222 or visit

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