The Program

Created by Turnberry Associates, owner and manager of Aventura Mall, Turnberry for the Arts is a dynamic cultural initiative that focuses on contemporary art education and awareness. Recognizing the positive impact that art can have upon people of all ages from all walks of life, the mission of Turnberry for the Arts is to enhance the Aventura Mall experience for local residents and visitors.

Aventura Mall is currently home to a major contemporary art collection that is part of Turnberry for the Arts. This world-class collection incorporates a range of mediums that include sculptures and creative installations by renowned international and local artists. Several of the artworks featured are major site-specific commissions that artists created specifically for the mall. South Florida has become well-known for its thriving art scene, and the collection spotlights works by young artists who have emerged from Miami’s art world to receive international acclaim.

“Turnberry for the Arts recognizes how contemporary art enriches people’s lives by engaging their senses, igniting their imaginations, and creating stimulating environments that they enjoy visiting. We are delighted to present exceptional artworks by leading contemporary artists in the unique and accessible setting of Aventura Mall.”
Jacqueline Fletcher
Director, Turnberry for the Arts

The Artists

Donald Baechler
Walking Figure, 2003-2004
120 x 86.6 x 15 3/4 inches
AP 2

Donald Baechler emerged on the international art scene in the 1980s. He has created a vocabulary for his art consisting of the most simple gestures and shapes, inspired in a large part by the art of children. Fascinated by art created by the non-artist, Baechler imitates these naïve forms with a critical edge. In his Walking Figure, Baechler presents the image of a young woman striding forward as if caught in mid-step, the silence of her expression commands the space.

Baechler’s work is included in the permanent collections of such prestigious museums as the Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Modern Art, and Guggenheim Museum, in New York and Centre George Pompidou in Paris.

Louise Bourgeois
Eye Benches, 1996 - 1997
Black Zimbabwe granite
48 ¾ x 53 by 45 ¼ inches
Edition 8/12

Considered one of the most revered artists of our time, Louise Bourgeois’s first exhibition of sculpture took place in New York in 1949 and she holds the distinction of being the first woman artist to be given a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her work is included in the collections of most of the world’s leading museums.

The surrealistic Eye Benches appear to follow viewers with their disembodied gaze. Bourgeois has said, “Whether it is an eye that sees the realty of things or whether it is an eye that sees a world of fantasy...It is the quality of your eyes and the strength of your eyes that are expressed here. Nobody is going to keep me from seeing what is instead of what I would like.”

Friends With You
Rainbow Valley, 2006
53 feet x 31 feet
Mixed media

Known collectively as Friends With You, Miami artists Sam Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III use a variety of popular culture sources to create a body of work that is universally accessible and sends a positive message to inspire creativity and good will.

Rainbow Valley is South Florida’s first indoor interactive playground created as a site-specific installation by contemporary artists. Inspired by a story of the artists’ creation, the playground is a magical dream world in which children discover Peekoo, the baby mountain, and his adventures with his new friend, Cloudy, in the magical Rainbow Valley. Children play in a sea of vibrant rainbows, clouds, small mountains and water, represented by Friends With You’s inventive designs. The artists’ first solo museum exhibition was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami in 2005.

Gary Hume
Back of a Snowman (White), 2002
Enamel on Bronze
120 x 88 x 88 inches
Edition 1/2

Gary Hume is a British painter and sculptor who graduated from the renowned Goldsmith’s College of Art and was part of the famed Freeze exhibition of the late 1980s organized by Damian Hirst that featured a group who became known around the world as the (YBA) Young British Artists.

The 10-foot-tall, half-ton, faceless snowman stands outdoors amid palm trees. Abstract and figural at the same time, the snowman provides a witty commentary on the state of sculpture, modernism, and Pop art. Hume has described the snowman as “the perfect sculpture, viewable from all sides, immaculate from all angles.” Back of a Snowman was exhibited at London’s Royal Academy, the Irish Museum of Art, Germany’s Kunsthaus Bregenz, and New York’s Battery Park City. Julian Opie

Suzanne Walking in Skirt and Top, 2005
Julian Walking in T-Shirt and Shorts, 2005
Double sided LED monoliths: aluminum, steel and electrical components

Julian Opie culls images from popular culture and transforms them into highly stylized digitized images. The artist also experiments with light and animation techniques to create "walking portraits" that are installed in public environments and interact with viewers going about their daily routines. Drawn with bold simple lines, the figures in these animated portraits appear to walk continuously. Inspired by advertising and mass-media images, Opie’s depictions of people and objects appear generic, yet reveal unique idiosyncrasies.

Julian Opie lives and works in London. His artwork has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world and can be found in public collections such as the Tate and National Portrait Galleries in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan and the Israel Museum, among others.

Tom Otterness
Tree of Knowledge
Bronze, edition of 6
108 x 42 x 24 inches

Tom Otterness is one of America’s premier public artists. His stylized bronze figures explore the range of human experience. Otterness describes Tree of Knowledge, as “a biblical/ judicial mix of story and image.” In this sculpture, the serpent of knowledge entwines a bronze tree. The serpent eyes an owl judge while blind justice weighs two small human figures. A possum engrossed in a law book hangs upside-down, oblivious to the drama surrounding him. At the bottom of the tree, a crafty beaver-lawyer threatens to topple everything.

Otterness lives and works in New York. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), Whitney Museum of American Art (NY), Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), and Israel Museum, among others.

Jorge Pardo
Untitled, 2006-2007
MDF, acrylic, phenolic ply, ceramic

Los Angeles-based artist Jorge Pardo, explores the relationship between functionalism and aesthetics and his work incorporates elements of design, architecture and beauty. The 96 lamps in this site-specific work, take the form of butterflies that are alluring, practical, and question the viewer’s definition and expectation of what is considered fine art. Pardo commented to The New York Times that he hoped the installation would make shoppers stop in their tracks, noting, "A lot of people want to take pictures of themselves in front of the butterflies. In that sense it's really cool, because it works like a traditional monument."

Pardo work is included in the collections of such museums as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami.

Jaume Plensa
Born, 1955, Barcelona, Spain
Florida’s Soul, 2006 – 2007
Stainless steel and stone
107 x 74 x 103 1/8 inches

Jaume Plensa’s work integrates a wide variety of materials and he is inspired by spoken and written texts. Letters created from stainless steel form the framework of the contemplative figure in this sculpture and literally create a vocabulary of the body. Seated upon a rock, Plensa’s universal man, which the artist based on himself, reflects upon the world around him and invites viewers to create their own meaning.

The recipient of numerous national and international awards, one of Plensa’s best-known public art commissions is the 50-foot Crown Fountain at Millennium Park in Chicago. Plensa’s public art commissions are seen throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has recently completed projects in Washington, DC, Seoul, Stockholm, and Jerusalem. He lives and works in Barcelona and Paris.

Lawrence Weiner
Language and materials referred to
Courtesy: Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

Lawrence Weiner is one of the central figures of Conceptual art whose work challenges traditional assumptions about the nature of the art object. In this site-specific commission, Weiner points to the actions and materials that people use everyday; each beam in the work expressing a shift in mood and intention, and representing another stage in the equation that Weiner has set up. In describing the installation in a recent interview he noted, "It's a matter (of) how we give value to things. Everything that can be admired is within the realm of possibility."

The installation is presented in both English and Spanish as a nod to South Florida's international population. A mid-career retrospective of Weiner's work was featured at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 2007-2008.

Jim Dine
The Cloud, 1996
Enamel paint on marble
84 x 30 ½ x 23 inches

Jim Dine is one of America’s best known Pop artists, whose prolific body of work includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, performance works, poetry and music. The Cloud explores one of the iconographic images of Dine’s body of work, the Venus de Milo. This ancient Greek sculpture depicting Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, serves as a muse for Dine. She is the embodiment of the maternal archetype and romantic ideal, although in Dine’s interpretation, Venus de Milo is depicted headless.

Dine’s work is included in such public collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection (NY), Whitney Museum of American Art (NY), National Gallery (Washington, DC) and Tate (London).

Daniel Arsham
Columns, 2007 Steel, wood, drywall
24 inches x 24 inches x 17 feet

Daniel Arsham reworks the architectural and natural forms of our everyday experience into malleable and movable models with surreal and uncanny effects. In his site-specific commission, Columns, broken columns that replicate the mall’s architecture, appear to grow and erode simultaneously.

Arsham has said his work “takes the everyday, the overlooked and used forms of our collective experience into consideration. Whether co-opting architecture, film or sound, my work provides the possibility of having a fantasy within the structure of what we have been provided.” At the age of 25, this Miami artist was selected by legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham to collaborate on a new production for is celebrated dance company, which had its world premiere in Miami in 2007. His first solo museum exhibition was organized by Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami.

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About Turnberry Associates

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