Primary Flight announces Blue Print For Space for Art Basel 2009 - a collection of contemporary Street Artists and Graffiti Writers hosted by ArtCenter/South Florida.
Key sponsorships lined up including 33Third, Morgans Hotel Group, Ironlak and a number of other noteworthy companies.
This year, Primary Flight broadens its reach with the addition of Blue Print For Space, a collection of contemporary Street Artists and Graffiti Writers, hosted by ArtCenter/South Florida. The art exhibition will showcase over 25 of today’s most active and unique street artists at its Miami Beach gallery. Blue Print For Space proposes that these “Street” artists’ works are not just thought provoking or visually pleasing, but are also the voice of a contemporary generation. Blue Print for Space premieres on Wednesday, December 2 with a Collector and Press Preview from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., and opens to the public from 8:30 to 10:00 p.m. (800 Lincoln Road at Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach). Guests are thereafter invited to join Primary Flight and friends at the Shore Club (1901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach); event is by invitation only.
Supporting Blue Print For Space is a list of prestigious sponsors including Morgans Hotel Group, Ironlak, the leading paint brand among street artists, and 33THIRD, a nationally recognized supplier of street art supplies. 33THIRD will be providing paint supplies, as well as supporting Primary Flight’s partnership and artist relations.
For this year’s event, Primary Flight is also working with some of the biggest names in music and consumer electronics to combine the best in sound and technology with today's most prominent street artists. Beats by Dr. Dre and world leading audio/video accessories company Monster are donating several pairs of Studio headphones from the Beats by Dr. Dre headphone line from Monster. The products will be custom painted by prominent street artists including Retna, El Mac, Typoe, Santiago Rubino, Tes One and London Police and will be on display at Blue Print for Space and then auctioned off to benefit the ArtCenter/South Florida's Arts in Education program.
Since its inception in 2007, Primary Flight has hosted site specific, street-level, outdoor mural and performance art projects in Miami’s Wynwood Art District during Art Basel. This global arts and community collective presents an exciting program of street art exhibitions, parties, and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design. In just three years, Primary Flight has grown quickly from 15 to over 100 artists, doubling the number of exterior wall space throughout the Wynwood. Artists collaborate on strategically located walls throughout the Wynwood Art District. Maps outlining the installation are circulated, providing patrons with an opportunity to view street works in process.
Notable participating artists in this year’s event include Augor, Askew, Bask, Blek Le Rat, Boxi, David Choe, Crome, Cycle, Michael De Feo, Dare, Depoe, Dolla Lama, Ellis G, El Mac, Tristan Eaton, Emit, Ron English, Ewok, Shepard Fairey, Frerk, Logan Hicks, Andy Howell, Kofie, Lady Pink, The London Police, MSG, Kenton Parker, Parskid, Pose, Push, Retna, Revok, Reyes, Rime, Risk, Santiago Rubino, Kenny Scharf, Scribe, Sever, She Kills He, Chris Stain, TCP, Tes One, Typoe, WK Interact, Witness, Marc C. Woehr and Agustina Woodgate.
Primary Flight is a launch pad for some Street Artists, and a homecoming for others, such as Shepard Fairey and Ron English, both of whom transitioned from Street Art to the Fine Art arena.
ABOUT PRIMARY FLIGHT: Primary Flight is a collaborative curatorial organization dedicated to the production of site-specific, street level, mural installations. Since its inception in 2007, Primary Flight has brought together over 100 of the world’s most influential Street Artists to install their bodies of work live in the streets of Wynwood. These projects provide a catalyst for burgeoning arts communities.
ABOUT ART/CENTER SOUTH FLORIDA: Established in 1984, ArtCenter/South Florida (located at 800, 810 and 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach) is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization that provides subsidized studio and exhibition space as well as teaching opportunities for emerging and career artists in their facilities at 800, 810 and 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. The mission of the ArtCenter is to advance the knowledge and practice of contemporary visual arts and culture in South Florida while providing affordable programming and work-space for professional artists. ArtCenter/South Florida is open Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. For further information please call 305.674.8278 or visit the website at www.artcentersf.org.
ABOUT 33THIRD: Established in 2006, 33Third is LA’s premier source of street art supplies, streetwear apparel, and related books and magazines. Their online storefront at 33Third.com (since 2003) is one of the nation's leading street art websites and the largest US retailer of Ironlak paint. Mid-City Arts is their adjoining gallery space that showcases both up-and-coming as well as established street artists from the local, national and international scenes including Retna & El Mac and the first solo show ever from LA’s most notorious graffiti artist Chaka. More info at www.33Third.com
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Exhibitions and programs at ArtCenter/South Florida are made possible through grants from the Miami-Dade county Department of cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs council, the Miami-Dade mayor and Board of County Commissioners; The Children's Trust; the City of Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council; the City of Miami Beach Community Development Block Grant Program; the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners; the State of Florida, Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Arts Council; the Dade Community Foundation and the Chestler Family Fund at Dade Community Foundation; ArtéCity; Target and Walgreens.