The Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts has tapped international artist and Miami native, Hernan Bas, for the second installment of its Knight Masterworks Print Collection. Titled â€œDownhill at Dusk (the Runway),â€ Basâ€™ work, which was created specifically for the Arsht Centerâ€™s collection, will be on public display beginning late November. Handmade impressions of Basâ€™ work will also be sold to benefit the Centerâ€™s ongoing visual art commissioning program.
Basâ€™ addition joins the collectionâ€™s inaugural work, â€œRed Poppiesâ€ by leading American contemporary artist Donald Sultan. Both artists have strong Miami ties, with Bas having graduated from the New World School of the Arts in 1996. Bas exploded onto the art scene a decade ago with paintings that teem with romance and melancholy, embracing both the decadence and nastiness of pleasure. Most recently, he collaborated with luxury handbag retailer Louis Vuitton on â€œA Traveler,â€ a sculpture and video installation featuring the designerâ€™s iconic bags.
Art works commissioned for the Knight Masterworks Print Collection are intended to seek inspiration from three sources: the power of the performing arts to nourish and challenge the human spirit; the Adrienne Arsht Centerâ€™s mission to enlighten, educate and entertain its community through transformational arts experiences; and Miami as the diverse, international crossroads where the creative forces of visual and performing arts passionately connect.
The impressions will retail for approximately $7,500 and proceeds benefit the Centerâ€™s ongoing visual art commissioning program.Â The project is made possible by a three-year Knight Foundation challenge grant totaling $90,000 that is being matched by individual and corporate investments from the community.