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If Miami was having Art Basel withdrawal, than Art Wynwood must have caused it to relapse. In its second year, Art Wynwood displayed over 70 international and local galleries in a wide range of modern and contemporary art. The show was held February 14-18 at the Art Miami Pavilion tent in the Midtown Wynwood Arts District, the same 100,000 square foot tent that housed Art Miami/Art Context Fair this past December. This year there was a large focus on street art and pop surrealism with works by the likes of Ron English and Kenny Scharf. Jesse Geller created the colorful “tagged” wraparound piece suspended above the VIP Area which served to honor the late Tony Goldman. He was an integral part of developing the show last year as well as helping shape what the Wynwood Arts District is today.
Miami was definitely representing among notable galleries from New York, LA, Argentina and The Netherlands. Art Nouveau Gallery featured geometric and abstract works while the Black Square Gallery displayed cutout texts by Pablo Lehmann. The Robert Fontaine Gallery showcased rather intriguing work by Troy Abbott. His sculptures with digital LCD screens of birds in metal birdcages were drawing crowds of artsy folks, eager to instagram their discovery. Another popular piece was a beautiful textural sculpture of colorful packets by Federico Uribe in the NOW Contemporary Gallery.
The Wynwood Walls had graffiti inspired paintings and merchandise from their Go! Shop and it was a nice change of pace to have items for purchase at affordable prices. The Cernuda Arts in the Gables and Pan American Art Projects featured Hispanic artists with political and quirky work. Miguel Florido painted a tattered Cuban flag entitled, “Por Siempre Hermosa (Forever Beautiful)” while Carlos Estevez created a surreal sculpture of a gun infused to a rotary phone called “Telefono Para Suicidas.”
With the Miami International Boat Show and Coconut Grove Arts Festival happening simultaneously, President’s Day weekend is one of the busiest weekends of the year. That didn’t steal the show’s thunder though since according to their online press release, Art Wynwood was able to attract “more than 23,500 visitors during its five-day run.” Needless to say, with a mix of enticing sculptures, thought-provoking paintings and interactive installations, Art Wynwood was a success.
Written by Kristen Cruz
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