What’s happening in art: Love Is Calling ending, Myers Fine Art’s popular auction returns and graffiti on display

Thursday is the last day to see Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room at the Tampa Museum of Art, and check out Myers Fine Art’s 600-lot auction and Mergeculture’s showcase of graffiti writers.
Published February 13

By maggie Duffy

Times Arts Writer

Sold: Myers Fine Art Auction

If you’re in the market for museum-quality fine art and antiques, check out Myers Fine Art. They’ve been holding auctions in St. Petersburg, fittingly from their Art Deco landmark building on Fourth Street, for more than 30 years. Their popular 20th Century Decorative Arts Auction happens on Sunday, and this 600-item lot is rich with fabulous and important works of art, including a ceramic pitcher by Picasso. But the headlining piece is an untitled 1956 painting by Czech artist Mikulas Medek. During his lifetime, Medek’s surrealist work was banned by the Communist regime, but he became known through private exhibitions and inspired a generation of European modern artists. The painting is valued at $100,000 to $200,000. The auction begins at 11 a.m. Bidding can be done remotely by absentee, phone and live online through LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable. Previews from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 9-11 a.m. Sunday. 1600 Fourth St. N. (727) 823-3249. myersfineart.com.

Double Down: Graffiti Writers

Tampa gallery Mergeculture has moved to downtown Tampa. As part of their grand opening celebration, they’re featuring the works of two graffiti writers in their new space (1544 N Franklin St.) and in the neighboring Cafe Hey (1540 N Franklin St.) on Saturday.

With “Tampa Meets Broadway,” Mergeculture will showcase pieces from Part One, a veteran subway art painter from the genre’s golden era in New York City. Part One was most active on the No. 1 Broadway line and is an innovator of the “wildstyle” writing of the 1970s. Some of his pieces will be painted on canvas, but the ones on street signs and NYC MTA subway maps, pictured, really capture the essence of street art. The artist will be at the opening, signing his recently published book. Cafe Hey will showcase works on canvas by local artist Tasko. Known as a prominent letterer and wildstyle artist, he was one of the artists in last year’s Shine Mural Festival. 6 p.m.-midnight. (813) 586-4765. mergeculture.com.

Valentine’s Day: Talk About Love

Love Is Calling, Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room at the Tampa Museum of Art, closes Thursday. To send it off, curator Joanna Robotham will give a 30-minute lecture exploring themes of love in Kusama’s work at 12:30 p.m. If you can’t make the lecture and haven’t seen the installation, you have until 8 p.m. to experience it. Remember, tickets are timed and are available on the museum’s website and at the front desk on a first-come, first-served basis. (813) 274-8130. tampamuseum.org.

Another artful meditation on love also happens Thursday during the Dunedin Fine Art Center’s Coffee and Conversation series. Catherine Bergmann, the center’s curatorial director and artist, will present a love letter to the creative community titled “Strange But True: Tales From the Heart.” Expect juicy secrets, music, magic tricks and champagne and chocolate. Noon. 1143 Michigan Blvd. (727) 298-3322. dfac.org.

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