Saturday night, thousands of people crowded the streets to have a great night out and enjoy the Miami Art Scene. All the galleries are open to the public, showing both well-known and emerging artists. I saw some amazing artwork and some not-so-amazing artwork. The whole evening was a totally unique experience. It was an art festival, a music event, a food event, a dance party, a social scene, and a whole lot of fun! It's like nothing else I’ve seen in my travels. Check out http://www.wynwoodmiami.com
It was fascinating to enter one art gallery that was featuring emerging artists and then walk into the next door and see well established artists and their highly valued art, such as Botero’s sculptures and paintings, and Victor Vasarely’s captivating optical art paintings. I visited the artist, Peter Tunney’s gallery space, called the Peter Tunney Experience. Peter Tunney does some amazing artwork; He and his pop art became well known for his use of positive text as the central, graphic element in his work. Another artist took close-up photos of my eyes and printed it out for me; the experience of getting the photograph taken and being part of the art was exciting and new. What was special was that in the photo of my eyes, you can make out the image of the artist in the center of my pupils, taking the photo, capturing that exact moment in time. And I think that it was this personal connection to the artist that made this experience unique and the visual photograph a unique piece of art.
In addition to the many galleries, street merchants, and restaurants, the area also includes “Wynwood Walls.” The entire area is developed around murals. The street art is unlike anything I've ever seen. I learned that the Wynwood Walls were conceived by the renowned community revitalizer Tony Goldman. He transformed the warehouse district of Wynwood, and used the walls as giant canvases for amazing street art. I’ve learned that the Wynwood Walls program has seen over 50 artists representing 16 countries and have covered over 80,000 square feet of walls. My friend and I had a great time taking some great pictures with the painted walls all over the place, one after the next. I’ve included some photos from Saturday night and a video highlighting the high-energy and social nature of the event.
On a more serious note, I felt that the eclectic nature of the galleries, the diversity of the crowds and the mix of artists and artwork, the mix of young and old, Miami residents and tourists, etc., all blended together in a really perfect way. There is a wonderful diversity of the artwork, the gallery space, and the people that this area attracts.
The Wynwood Art Disctrict has an incredible energy! If you’re ever in Miami, I highly recommend visiting the Wynwood area, and try to make it on one of the Second Saturday Art Walk Events. It’s a gritty, urban, and 100% unique area in Miami with excellent restaurants, galleries, shops and terrific people-watching. Oh, and by the way, I highly recommend Coyo Taco, which was delicious!
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