After December’s Art Basel, Miami was left covered in street art.
Artists from the United States, Brazil, Belgium, Mexico, Portugal, Ukraine, Spain, Germany, France, England, Japan and Singapore have all gathered to Miami’s up-and- coming neighborhood of Wynwood to showcase their art, not on canvases but on old warehouse walls.
Between February 11 and 15, Art Wynwood shook up Miami by showcasing 70 galleries from all over the world. Visitors gathered to see and purchase art from some of the most coveted artists in the world, such as Picasso, Renoir, and Rodin as well as street artists like Banksy and Mr. Brainwash.
Special exhibitions included Shark Tank host-turned-photography-artist Kevin O’Leary’s first international photo exhibition titled “Irreconcilable Images.”
The sale of these images all benefitted the Teenage Entrepreneurs and the Perry J. Cohen Foundation.
The theme of his exhibition was based on objects that seem to be out of place in their surroundings.
“I call them ‘irreconcilable’ because viewing the work alerts our sense of foreboding and you are suspicious of what you are seeing,” O’Leary said.
Another exhibition, “The 1960s Will Blow Your Mind” was both intriguing and stimulating, as it combined art, music and fashion into a study of 1960s work.
This was also a special project presented by Art Wynwood with pieces from seven well-known galleries and artists that presented artwork from the 1960s to contrast with the contemporary pieces in the rest of the show.
The rest of the show was divided into 70 small rooms where individual galleries presented their artists’ work.
One of the most famous ones included Contessa Gallery from Cleveland, Ohio, which is known for being one of the few galleries that directly sells Mr. Brainwash’s work, which customers grab as soon as it is put on sale.
The gallery also owned pieces from multiple famous artists, such as Fernando Botero, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol.
Robert Fontaine also had an outstanding collection of art at the event.
The gallery, located on Second Avenue in Wynwood, had an impressive collection of Peter Combe’s work.
Combe is known for his artwork that encompasses the use of punched and arranged discs of color set at 45 degree angles that extend from the working substrate, giving a three-dimensional optical effect.
Many artists such as Nemo Jantzen of K+Y Gallery imitated the style as well, using different pictures collaged into a grander picture to give off the effect.
My favorite piece of all was a mixed media painting by Gallery Tableau’s Won Yong Kim and Ryca’s colorful works in the Robert Fontaine Gallery.
Overall, I was definitely impressed with the quantity and quality of the art displayed at Art Wynwood this year.
The five-day art fair connected Miami to the rest of the world, helping to call attention to Miami as a future hotspot for artists and art buyers alike.