Patricia Nix’s new sculpture, “The Magic Mountain,” dances at the intersection of surrealism and madness. A 15-foot-tall wooden collage of random objects gilded in cracked gold-leaf paint, the sculpture contains a bicycle wheel, a domino, a cowboy boot, photographs of Roman sculpture busts, blue Christmas lights, animal horns and furniture parts.
The Palm Beach artist’s massive works will fill the Boca Raton Museum of Art for her new exhibit, “American Baroque,” opening Aug. 8. It’s a pop-art-inspired collection of strange and tawdry paintings and sculptures.
The works of Nix, who worked alongside Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein in 1980s New York, will be joined by three exhibits debuting at the same time.
There is “Deep Line Drawings by Carlos Luna,” a survey of the Miami artist’s Cuba- and Mexico-inspired drawings; “Shirin Neshat: Fervor and Turbulent,” the filmmaker’s series of videos questioning gender equality in her native Iran; and “Photography From the Bequest of Isadore and Kelly Friedman,” the Palm Beach collectors’ rare works by Boudin, Dubuffet, Picasso and others.