I was pleasantly surprised to see the thriving art and culture scene during a recent trip to Miami.
We are all well familiar with the chaos and excitement when the international art world descends upon Miami during the annual Art Basel Miami Beach fair in December.
This off season summer visit happened to coincide with the Wynwood Art Walk – a spectacular monthly art event that takes place in the Wynwood Art and Design district.
Galleries stay open late to welcome the hundreds of local Miami residents that come to the area to enjoy the new works on display.
I have seen New York’s Chelsea district on Thursday nights when galleries host vernissages, but the attendance and enthusiasm at this Wynwood Art Walk was like no art walk I had ever seen.
After passing through dozens of galleries the party culminates at the Wynwood Walls, a subset outdoor art project launched by Deitch Projects during Art Basel 2009. The park features 12 massive walls painted by some of the most influential and renown graffiti artists, a live improve band was making music, people dancing, a massive gallery space, and restaurant Wynwood Kitchen & Bar which is entirely wallpapered by Shepard Fairey murals.
The gallery space is currently hosting the Peter Tunney Experiment
Wynwood Art Walk takes place the second Saturday of every month.