Miami exhibition confronts gun violence

Show’s message reinforced by California shootings

R. Luke DuBois’s Take a Bullet for This City (2014). Photo: Neil Alexander, 2015

Yesterday’s mass shootings in San Bernardino, California, are the latest reminder of why it is a sadly fitting time for the New Orleans-based dealer Jonathan Ferrara to restage his 19-year-old show Guns in the Hands of Artists at the Miami Project fair (until 6 December). Thirty artists, including Rico Gatson, William Villalongo, Margaret Evangeline and Luis Cruz Azaceta, have made works using 180 decommissioned guns. “This show will continue to be relevant on an almost weekly basis until we… seriously address this epidemic,” Ferrara says. It is due to travel to Chicago and, in 2017, to the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.