Art Basel Exclusive Report: An Orthodontic Art Collection.

Cuban Orthodontist Art
Dolores, no pun intended, a painting by noted Brazilian artist Vania Mignone, looks over the tools used to correct dentofacial deformities. (All photos by Todd Kessler.)

The good doctor poses — with cigar — in front of Anima Sola, a canvas by Mexican-born Carlos de Villasante

The waiting area, where the exhibit changes quarterly. Currently on view: a selection of images from Stories, by Cuban-American writer and photographer Tony Mendoza.

We here at C-Mon HQ generally eschew art fair-related coverage in favor of more productive and enlightening activities (drunk texting and watching the Kimye video over and over again). But we’ve set aside our prejudices for this special report on Dr. Arturo Mosquera, a Miami-based orthodontist and contemporary art collector whose clinic, in the southwestern-most reaches of Miami-Dade County, has been a venue for rotating art exhibits since 2000.

Installed around dental chairs and goose neck task lights, the works extend Arturo and Liza Mosquera’s collection of mostly Latin American artists onto workplace walls more commonly adorned with posters of sunsets and the national parks. This year’s exhibit, provocatively titled From the Religious to Sacrilegious is designed, in Dr. Mosquera’s own words, “to start a dialog with kids and adults who wouldn’t otherwise see things like this.”

The bonus: unlike at Art Basel, you can get your teeth straightened while taking in the work.

Dental Arts in Miami
A work by Argentine Nicolás Leiva, above a dental sink.  The Mosqueras change the wall color annually to complement the exhibit.

Dental Arts in Miami
A photograph by Miami-based interdisciplinary artist Charo Oquet.

Dental Arts in Miami
The main office and exhibition space.

Dental Arts in Miami
And this is the part where we get all Gregory Crewdson. Good night.

The office space, aka Art@Work, is open to the public Monday through Thursday 10 AM to 5 PM.  Visitors to Art Basel can request evening or weekend viewings by calling (305) 264-3355.


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