Purvis Young is having a moment. The late South Floridian artist is the subject of two solo shows here, including one that opens today at New River Fine Art gallery in Fort Lauderdale. On view through February 16, “Protest and Praise” exhibits his drawings on paper, collages and wood constructions. A self-taught, urban storyteller, he used found objects and debris collected on the streets to start a discussion about social injustice, protests, hope and other factors of inner-city realities. An opening reception honors him. Local collectors Mera and Don Rubell also chose to highlight Young for their annual Art Basel exhibit at their private art space, Rubell Family Collection. The large-scale painting survey with over 100 works is their biggest show to date. It runs through June 29 and features a comprehensive catalog.
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