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A lot of my free time is spent doodling. I'm a journalist on NPR's science desk by day. But all the time in between, I am an artist — specifically, a cartoonist.

I draw in between tasks. I sketch at the coffee shop before work. And I like challenging myself to complete a zine — a little magazine — on my 20-minute bus commute.

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Three baby dolls hang from a white canvas at the Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables. The art installation has painted message written in Spanish that reads: "Tu odio no me mata. Soy human igual que tu." or "Your hate doesn’t kill me. I am human the same as you." 

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A couple weeks ago during Art Basel, the news was all about fruit as art — specifically a banana duct-taped to the wall that went for $120,000.

But there was other fruit-related art news in South Florida at the same time that didn't get quite as much attention.

Shepherds in Christmas Nativity scenes that were painted, carved or sculpted hundreds of years ago sometimes have throats with large, abnormal growths.

These are realistic depictions of goiter, an enlargement of the thyroid gland caused by iodine deficiency. The condition was common in those days in northern Italy, where the soil and water are depleted of iodine.

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The artist Georgia O’Keeffe is most famous for her paintings of flowers, New York skyscrapers, and the American Southwest.

A new exhibit at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach turns its eye to a less-studied image O’Keeffe constructed – her own.

It’s the first show to incorporate O’Keeffe’s clothing alongside her paintings and photographs of her. West Palm Beach is the show’s seventh and final stop.

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The now-iconic white wall that once held a duct-taped banana at Art Basel Miami Beach was vandalized on Sunday afternoon, forcing exhibitors to cover up the writing in red lipstick with a white cardboard.

The banana, which has attracted hundreds after it sold to an art collector for $120,000, was replaced with the phrase “Epstien (sic) didn’t kill himself,” written with red lipstick.

The scene confused some who were in the gallery, most who assumed it was just another performance.

Karli Evans

When you walk through the installation, “Black Power Naps/Siestas Negras” you’re automatically sucked into a world of relaxation. There are six embellished beds and a sound track playing where the Afro Latinx artists Navild Acosta and Fannie Sosa explain what the concept of sleep means to them in a deep soothing voice.

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A downtown Miami bar’s beloved late bouncer still watches over the establishment — from a mural across the street.

Katie Lepri / WLRN

For more than a quarter century, the Rubell family has shown its extensive art collection in a building in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. The space, the Rubell Family Collection, was well established years before the neighborhood took an arts-centric pivot over the last decade.

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Billionaire Jorge M. Pérez, known as Miami’s Condo King, is opening a new art museum called “El Espacio 23” in Allapattah this week. The 28,000-square-foot art space is named for its location on Northwest 23rd Street and features thousands of pieces that Pérez had kept away in storage for years, including photographs, paintings, sculptures and videos from around the globe.

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In the background of their morning television program, observant CBS and NBC viewers might have glimpsed a wooden replica 1920s steamboat. 

Via Miami Herald

You’re past patiently waiting, Miami. But finally, “Hamilton” is on its way - and tickets are going on sale soon.

For the first time, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway musical is coming to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts Feb. 18-March 15 in 2020.

Until now the only way to buy tickets was via season subscription. Now, single performance tickets are going on sale at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.

Courtesy of Clifford Ross

In South Florida, hurricanes are a force of destruction, a driver of change and a fact of life.

All those qualities also make hurricanes a good catalyst for art. The power of hurricanes on the surf inspired the work of artist Clifford Ross, whose exhibit “Waves” will open at the Boca Raton Museum of Art on November 5th.

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Hundreds of people each year parade the streets of Fantasy Fest in Key West after having their naked bodies transformed into artwork through detailed body paint design. 

Juan Matos / Courtesy of Department of Reflection

The newest department in the City of Miami Beach is something of a work of art. And, as such, you won't find it in in City Hall but rather closer to the arts. 

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