Matt Lamb, Focus Of Art
Exhibiting At ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries
New paintings by the internationally acclaimed
self-taught artist Matt Lamb will be exhibited in “Matt
Lamb: Evolution of a Vision” from
March 6th through April 29th at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller
Galleries in Coral Gables.
An opening reception will be held
from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 4th, at the gallery, located
in the city’s business
district at 169 Madeira Avenue, eight blocks north of Miracle
Mile and two doors east of Ponce de Leon Boulevard.
once a successful Chicago business owner, took up painting
some 20 years ago when diagnosed with a terminal illness.
A year later, when he learned he was misdiagnosed, he decided
to continue his career as a painter.
Since then he has exhibited widely in this country and abroad and has been
the subject of two books, with another in the making. His heavily impastoed,
wildly colored paintings have been favorably reviewed by critics and are included
in prestigious collections in Europe, South America and this country.
The painter recently was the focus of international attention as articles in
The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere described the turmoil his work has created
in the hitherto tightly controlled world of “outsider art.”
Although entirely self-taught, Lamb is neither mentally deficient nor poor,
the common traits of leading outsider artists whose work is tightly controlled
by a small group of art dealers specializing in the field. Because they could
not manipulate the market for his paintings, Lamb’s work was banned from
a leading national exhibition of outsider art, despite its having been exhibited
there for several years.
“Whether we label him ‘outsider artist’ or not has no relevance
to his art or to his unique place in art history,” said gallery owner Virginia
Miller. “What is truly significant is that Matt Lamb’s paintings
are powerful and totally original.”
ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries, Greater Miami’s longest-established
contemporary fine art gallery, has presented outstanding public exhibitions of
historically significant art since 1974. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday through Friday and by appointment. For more information, call 305-444-4493.