ART HASSLE MIAMI 2011
As much as I found Art Basel Miami 2011 to be more of an Art Hassle this year, there were a couple of really cool shows that I enjoyed which I will be posting about this week. A highlight for me was art walk in Wynwood on Friday because whether you love it or not, nothing can move people quite like public art. Public street art can provoke, provide hope, inspiration, controversy, and peace to an entire neighborhood and there is no better example than Wynwood Walls which since 2009 has changed the face of Miami’s art scene.
The Shepard Fairey Wall behind Wynwood Kitchen
Artists such as Shepard Fairey, Retna, Aiko and others from all over were invited by Deitch Projects and Goldman Properties to create murals on warehouse walls turning the former “shady” neighborhood into a lively and artsy hub. The goal was to create a center where people could gravitate to and explore, while developing the area's pedestrian potential which is now home to over 40 galleries and some interesting retail concepts such as Paloma Teppa's Plant the Future, (probably one of my favorite concept boutiques in Miami).
Jeffrey Deitch co-curated the first successful year of the project in 2009, collaborating with Tony Goldman before his appointment as museum director of MOCA Los Angeles. In 2010 and 2011 Tony selected the artists with the help of Goldman Properties Arts Manager Meghan Coleman, and Medvin Sobio of the Visual Arts Collective Viejas Del Mercado, alongside input from a network of artists, curators, and international experts in the street art genre.
the Wynwood Walls Pop up