Isolated Memories: solo exhibit, Miami Florida
Plenty of art at the fair addressed the history and culture of Puerto Rico. One artist with a distinct tropical flavor is Carlos Betancourt, the Miami-based Puerto Rican artist whose image of his flower-draped, sun-bathing mami and papi was a centerpiece of Circa’s 2008 marketing (as was a similar image last year [see "Puerto Rican Sun," Apr. 10, 2007]). Betancourt has also produced a tour de force for this year’s show, the 18 x 4 ft. The Hedge (2007), an inkjet photo-frieze-on-canvas of some 24 figures, displayed on the outside of the booth of Miami’s Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts. It reads a little like a pop Puerto Rican subconscious.