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Graffiti was born in protest. Recalling this origin, street, graffiti, and mural artists in Miami are standing up for social justice during this year's Art Basel Miami Beach. Through a series of creative altruistic events some of the city's most prominent artists, curators, and activists will connect with visitors by drawing attention to ways of improving their communities through art. Here's our selection of some of Miami Art Week's best street art projects and events.   Wynwood Walls   The... [more]
Over the weekend of September 19 to 21, 2014, the Miami Downtown Development Authority, in collaboration with various artists, cultural organizations and institutions, presents a three-day art filled event. Various venues including art galleries, theaters, museums restaurants, parks, and cultural centers will host free film screenings, tours, projects, parties, and exhibitions, connecting residents of the city through the arts. In recent years, Miami’s public spaces have grown into a cultural... [more]
“The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different from that from which it was torn.”   T.S. Eliot From graffiti art covering a burnt-out chapel in a Hollywood blockbuster, remnants of a mural etched on a designer shirt, graffiti is a commonplace influence found in popular culture, a far stretch from the underground where it originated. But, recently, there's been a spate of recent lawsuits involving street artists lately, accusing marketers, designers,... [more]
Graffiti art that graces city walls stands resolutely apart from other forms of art: it can’t be purchased, owned and moved into a gallery or private home like a canvased painting (usually). As part of a city’s public landscape, graffiti art belongs to everybody and nobody – just like the streets they adorn. But, many images sketched along the walls of neighborhoods, such as Miami’s Wynwood area, are original creations, conceived by some of the world’s most prominent artists like Shepard... [more]
Yo Miami Hosts the Average Joe Art Sale: Making Art Accessible   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
8bitLexicon, Ramzi Adek, Carlos Alejandro, Rei Ramirez Fine Art, J. Bellicchi (REMOTE), James Brutus, Nate Dee, The Fa1le, Daniel Ferrer, Kazilla, Ernesto Kunde, James Livingston, Ivan Roque, Raul Santos, Jessica Schnur, Lorie Setton, Chy Tea Shoulin, Ill Surge at Yo Space April 6th, 2014 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Posted 5/1/14
At Yo Space, a gallery and artist collective in Miami, FL, a monthly event held on the first Sunday of every month, the Average Joe Art Sale, is making art accessible to everyday people not just established collectors. Art pieces are priced at a maximum of $500; some prints start at just $5. According to founder of Yo Miami, Inc. Yuval Ofir, “The idea is for the event to serve as a way for the general public to see that the art world is accessible to them too and not just people with $10,000 to... [more]
In Wynwood, there are many murals. Onlookers pass the artworks on the streets and admire the creations in good fun, but observers may not realize that there’s a deep, human story behind many of the works. A new mural, next to bustling Panther Coffee, where Miami’s artistic community convenes, is tribute to a recent death. A child with a tear drop in his eye holds a toy grenade, red paint dripping onto his hands. The boy’s shorts are marked with John Lennon’s lyrics, “Give Peace a Chance." The... [more]
Check Out RENDERING THOUGHTS: SUBLIME INTERPRETATIONS OF THE MIND at Brisky Gallery   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Abstrk, Mariflor Basel, Tatiana Blanco, Claudio Castillo, Alissa Christine, Eric Cloutier, Diana Contreras, CP1, Louis Delaville, JOERG DOERING, Faber, Jordi Gomez, Maria Lankina, Ray Mantella, Jose Mertz, LEZA ONE, PIA, Thitz, Karin Vermeer at Brisky Gallery February 11th, 2014 - March 29th, 2014
Posted 2/24/14
Street artist extraordinaire Luis Valle, whose colorful, embellished patterns adorn the walls of Miami’s urban hoods, is curating an exciting exhibit at Brisky Gallery, a central art space in Wynwood where Valle serves as director. The two-year old gallery is showcasing “Rendering Thoughts: Sublime Interpretations of the Mind” open to the public through March 29, 2014.  He writes, “The artists’ mind is a curious enigma, which onlookers ponder. Who, What, Why, Where and How did the artist get... [more]
Art Wynwood 2014: Street Art Hangs High Over a World of Galleries   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Art Wynwood International Contemporary Art Fair February 14th, 2014 - February 17th, 2014
Posted 2/19/14
Street art happens on the street. Shaped by the urban landscape, graffiti draws attention to social injustices; it's a form of protest in art, ephemeral and non-commodifiable. Recently, urban art has been gaining the attention of the mainstream art market, an evolution that was evident Art Wynwood 2014. While the art now happening inside is no longer street art, street artists are moving indoors, adapting the subject of their art to a difference audience. About the strong presence of urban art... [more]
Two prevalent street artists from Miami’s scene, Luis Valle and Buddah Funk, are getting fancy at this weekend’s influential art fair, Art Palm Beach, which takes place off Florida’s Gold Coast at the Palm Beach Convention Center from January the 24th to the 27th, 2014.  Along with other emerging artists from over eighty international galleries, the collaborative duo will display their work in a project spearheaded by Irreversible Magazine. Luis Valle and Buddah Funk are bringing their concrete... [more]
The streets of Wynwood are alive with art and people. Graffiti artists from all over the world are spraying their masterpieces on the walls of local businesses within the perimeter of the Wynwood Arts District for Miami Art Week. Since Sunday afternoon, people have been coming out to walk through the streets, watch the murals being painted live, and attend the various shows, openings and gallery events. For the many pedestrians, local Latin Grammy Nominee DJ/Producer and owner of Pauer Source... [more]
Shoot for the Moon: Group Show Brings International Muralists to Wynwood for Art Basel   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Group Show at Mana Wynwood December 4th, 2013 - December 8th, 2013
Posted 12/3/13
Now that street art is "mainstream," graffiti artists from all over the world are being represented at shows in Miami during Art Basel week 2013. “Shoot for the Moon” is one of the most anticipated group shows. Hosted by the Wynwood Embassy, from December 4 to December 8, photography, installations and musical performances will be presented at the large warehouse space of Mana Wynwood and a long list of artists will create murals along the Wynwood Arts District. Various business are... [more]
With Art Basel in town, all eyes are on Miami and focused on Wynwood, now that street art has gained credibility as real art. Ahol Sniffs Glue is one of Miami’s most prolific street artists. His characteristic, repetitive eyeballs grace the interior and exterior walls of the Magic City’s hippest businesses, like coffee shop and record store Sweat Records. Ahol’s optic images are also seen on murals in the Wynwood Arts District; his eyeballs bubble up from sidewalks, multiplying, spreading, and... [more]
Within galleries and museums hang traditional paintings and sculptures. Objects of permanency, these tangible works of art are visible to those with access to these establishments. Although urban art has gained credibility as fine art, it lacks the permanence that makes these masterpieces immortal. The murals of today’s most talented artists are painted over on the streets within months of going up. In response to this situation, Miami native Robert William de Los Rios is giving a sort of... [more]
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