Icons: Masters of Mod­ern Art

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Here’s a lit­tle-known fact about Salvador Dali, whose paint­ings are part of New River Fine Art’s “Icons: Masters of Mod­ern Art”: In 1957, the Ital­ian govern­ment tapped the sur­re­al­ist to il­lus­trate Dante Alighieri’s “The Di­vine Com­edy” to mark the poet’s 700th birth­day. The Ital­ian pub­lic, riled that the honor had gone to a Spa­niard in­stead of an Ital­ian, prompted the govern­ment to drop the com­mis­sion. Dali made good on his prom­ise any­way, cre­at­ing some 100 wa­ter­col­ors that morph Alighieri’s can­tos into sur­real hellscapes. Dali’s spin on Dante is among the 50 paint­ings, draw­ings and sculp­tures show­cased at the Las Olas gallery, which also in­cludes Pablo Pi­casso, Marc Cha­gall and Joan Miro, paired with more con­tem­po­rary works by Andy Warhol, Roy Licht­en­stein, Alexan­der Calder and Damien Hirst. When: Fri­day through Feb. 13 (open­ing re­cep­tion: 6-9 p.m. Jan. 22) Where: New River Fine Art, 914 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Laud­erdale Cost: Free Con­tact: 954-524-2100 or NewRiverFineArt.com

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