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Miami Beach Style– Spring Lecture Series
March 20, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Andy Sweet was part of a small faction of young artist-photographers who were discovering the creative possibilities of color imagery in the mid 1970s, and his fresh aesthetic would be perfectly suited for his subsequent photographs of South Beach. Andy’s saturated beach-ball hues described the vivid light and lively culture he portrayed with intuition and certainty. He rejected formalist theory and idea-driven imagery in favor of immediate and unmediated responses, of living it up and aligning himself with the people he knew he was privileged to photograph. Andy created in this way until his tragic death in 1982, when he was just 29 years old, leaving behind a remarkably mature and thorough body of work.
Gary Monroe and Andy Sweet collaborated on their South Beach project. Mr. Monroe is a native of Miami Beach, and he grew up in South Beach. After receiving a master’s degree in fine art from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1977 he returned home, where he and Andy Sweet photographed the old world Jewish community that characterized South Beach at the time. In addition to his South Beach opus, Gary Monroe has photographed extensively throughout Florida and Haiti as well as in other countries He also writes, teaches and lectures. His most recognizable title is The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters. He lectures about the Highwaymen and about Florida’s “Outsider” artists, as well as about his own photography, which he continues to practice daily. To see his work, visit www.garymonroe.net and www.floridafolkart.net.