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Matt Lamb, Focus Of Art World Brouhaha,
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.

Lamb, 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.