Art Basel is set to whip Miami into a sea-foamy art-star laden froth these next few days, but art on the street is the unofficial engine that will be keeping it real.
No one can doubt that the wave of street art -- this first global grassroots peoples art movement-- is sort of everywhere now, haters be damned. The ugly streets of the Wynwood District easily get as much traffic as the big commercial art fairs even though there is no guest list or ticket price. It feels remarkably different to see the marbled horde exploring art in the public realm, posing for photos with each other in front of pieces, talking with the artists as they paint, sharing their favorite discoveries on Instagram. This is the art of this moment, and there is just something more democratic about it all.
We have sifted through the offerings in Miami for 2012, and made some selections to help you see street art inside and outside, by brand new artists and some with 40 years in the game. Take your camera, take your sneakers, and take your love of the creative spirit. Wynwood Walls
Arguably one of the main reasons that street artists began pouring into Miami in the late 2000s, Wynwood Walls opened the streets to the gallery world and increasingly galleries are opening doors to these artists from street. Wynwood Walls founder Tony Goldman would have wanted it that way and is credited by many artists as the first guy to give their art a chance to be seen.
WW doesn't stop this year even as the recently departed real estate developer will be on many minds, not the least because of the huge wall installation by Shepard Fairey honoring him as a benefactor of the arts.
A well mixed list of internationally known and emerging names are featured on a slightly shorter list this year including: How & Nosm, MOMO, DAZE, Shepard Fairey, Jesse Geller (Nemel, IRAK), Faith47, Daleast, Santiago Rubino, POSE and Kenny Scharf. The out door walls are complemented with an indoor exhibition featuring new works on canvas by AIKO, Logan Hicks, How & Nosm and Futura.
How & Nosm. Wynwood Walls 2011. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
For more information about wall locations and all the artists click here. Fountain Art Fair
A loosely spun ball of misfits and future art stars, Fountain Art Fair always flies just under the radar of it's more tony neighbors with its somewhat haphazard staging and the kind of unpretentious collaborative punk flophouse environment that gives rise to many street artists on the scene today.
If you don't need your art spoon-fed, you'll find a link to the future here in the motley D.I.Y. parade. Also, a few really strong talents. As usual Fountain is making certain to spill outside the white box, onto the streets and onto the walls. This year line up of street artists painting the Fountain Wall include:
Rone, Australia | LNY, New Jersey | PLF, Atlanta | Trek Matthews, Atlanta | Jaz, Argentina | Elian, Argentina | Ever, Argentina | Dal East, China | Faith 47, South Africa | Molly Rose Freeman, Tennessee | Dustin Spagnola, North Carolina | Pixel Pancho, Italy | Never 2501, Italy | Sam Parker, Atlanta | GILF!, NYC | EnMasse, Canada | Lauren Napolitano, Oakland CA | Joe Iurato, NJ | Anne Preece, LA | Nobody, NYC | Pastel, Argentina | Hec One Love, Miami.
RONE. Wynwood Arts District, Miami 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
For more information and schedule of events for Fountain Art Fair click here.
The Factory Art Show
A little more on the commercial tip, Juxtapoz Magazine and its minion are leaders in blasting open minds to help you enjoy delicious tattoo art, graffiti art, street art, pop surrealist and dark pop, erotic art, and of course hypnotically animated gifs.
Here Jux teams up with Mixed Media Collective to bring you an indoor and outdoor exhibition featuring a left coast imbued view of the street with national and international artists including: 131, Abstrkt, Alex Yanes, Myla (of Dabs & Myla), DALeast, Evoca1, Faith47, Jose Mertz, Lebo, Tatiana Suarez, Toofly, and La Pandilla among others.
Tatiana TATI Suarez at The RC Cola Factory in The Wynwood Arts District of Miami, 2009. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
For more information about THE FACTORY art exhibition click here.
Scope Art Fair is a few steps removed from the street, even as it deeply mines that vein and packages it for sale. Big sale. Usually high quality and undoubtedly commercial, the fair aims for deeper pockets and the art trade while still trying to maintain the accessible, challenging works that accomplished GenX collectors are looking for. Not surprisingly, artists once known exclusively as street artists are all up in there too.
Scope's roster of galleries includes many that represent street artists from around the world including: Cory Helford Gallery from Culver City, CA will be presenting D*Face and Buff Monster. Galerie Swanström from NYC will be presenting Gilf! White Walls Gallery from San Fransico, CA. will be presenting C215, Herakut, Augustine Kofie, Logan Hicks and Niels Shoe Meulman. Andenken Gallery / The Garage from Amsterdam, Spoke Art Gallery from San Francisco and Thinkspace from Culver City, CA will also have booths at Scope. Scope Art Fair includes a large variety of programs along with their main exhibition including Red Bull Curates with artists Cosbe and Claw Money among others and Anthony Spinello curates TYPOE.
Buff Monster at Wynwood Arts District, Miami. 2011 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pulse Art Fair insists on paring works on canvas with art installations as a way to engage the public and make the art viewing experience (and hopefully the art buying experience) far less clinical and more accessible. Detailed, immaculate, and approachable, Pulse is always a must to visit if you are doing the fair circuit.
This year as in previous years Pulse has included some of the most important art galleries representing and promoting the work of internationally established street artists. Some examples: LeBasse Projects from Culver City, CA will be presenting Herakut, The Joshua Liner Gallery from NYC will be presenting Stephen "ESPO" Powers, and The Jonathan LeVine Gallery from NYC will be presenting a solo exhibition by French street artist and tilest INVADER.
Invader. South Beach, Miami. 2010 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
For a full listing of exhibitors, programs and other details click here. Miami Project Art Fair
One to watch, The Miami Project Art Fair originates from peeps in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and has about 70 galleries in its inaugural showing with contemporary and modern art offerings. We expect this fair to provide the already charged air with an extra bolt of energy. One worth hitting is the Cooper Cole Gallery from Toronto, Canada will be presenting Brooklyn's own Maya Hayuk.
Maya Hayuk. Monster Island, Brooklyn, NYC. November, 2009. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Context is one of the newest fairs, and will feature French street artists RERO and Speedy Graphito, represented by the Fabien Castanier Gallery from Studio City, CA.
Speedy Graphito "Urban Dreamer" (photo courtesy of the gallery)
Originators of the Wynwood outdoor graffiti (and Street Art) exhibitions that were run on a shoelace and lots of hustle a couple years back, Primary Flight has refocused their scope and present a full installation by multidisciplinary artist Kenton Parker. He is planning to bring his "Taco Shop" to the 8th floor of the Soho Beach House in Miami Beach.
Kenton Parker. "Las Lucky's" Taco Shop. (photo © Peter Vahan)
From the Primary Flight press release: "How do you encapsulate the underground, past-midnight culture of Los Angeles into a single structure? For multimedia artist Kenton Parker, his establishment stationed outside the fashionable Las Palmas nightclub brings the beautiful people back to their basic needs; everyone pays the same dollar for the same after-party, hangover fare. Sharply crafted from tile mosaic, Parker's standalone shop offers patrons everything from sodas to recovered fake Louis Vuitton wallets, from spray paint to Nerds candy boxes"
For a full listing of Primary Projects exhibitions and other details click here.
ALSO HAPPENING IN MIAMI THIS WEEKEND:
In addition to the perhaps 100 or so street artists participating this year in the established art fairs and galleries, there will be dozens of installations outside the sanctioned venues. So far Miami is still in love with it all - both legal and illegal installations provide the essential ethos of an art world invasion. Without these artists and independent stagings away of the glitzy openings and glare of cameras, these art fairs and just feel like "commerce". Some other gigs to check out :
BLADE at Adjust Gallery
Adjust Gallery in Miami will be hosting an exhibition of legendary Graffiti New York artist BLADE. Vernissage: December 6 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Adjust Gallery Miami, 150 NW 24th Ave (305) 458-2801.
Blade in MoCA Los Angeles for "Art in The Streets" exhibition. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
A Box Truck Caravan from Klughaus
Klauhhaus Gallery has been mounting some of the best graffiti/Street Art/tattoo/low brow shows in NYC since the gallery opened in Chinatown in 2011. We give it up for these ruggedly smart idea people who will be making their inaugural trip to Miami.
With a caravan of box trucks parked strategically in the Wynwood Arts District their artists will be live painting on the trucks and the trucks will parade around showcasing a mobile gallery as the trucks will in fact be moving canvases. The trucks will feature art by: RIME, TOPER, DCEVE, WANE, SP, CES, OBLVN, STAE2, GOREY among others.
Rime . Dceve . Toper (photo © Jaime Rojo)
For more information about live painting schedule and locations click here.
Snyder "Urban Pop Up Gallery"
And finally there is Snyder, who is just one of the intrepid D.I.Y. artists who inspire you with their will to succeed - even without being plugged in to the scene. From the artist's press release: "Snyder, a Southern California based street artist, will be installing his 'Urban Pop Up Gallery' in the streets of Miami. With no contacts, no pre-arranged walls, no assistants and in a city never previously visited, Snyder attempts to install 30+ pieces of art in the streets of Miami over a 7 day period, ultimately curating his 2nd large scale 'Urban Pop Up Gallery".
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