More than 70 galleries — local, national and international — will be representing more than 600 artists at Art Wynwood, which kicks off Thursday night (VIP Preview) and runs through Monday, Presidents’ Day.
The fifth installment of this contemporary art fair has something for all tastes, from street art to world-renowned modern art, sculptures, paintings and mixed-media work. As its namesake implies, Miami galleries and artists are heavily featured.
Among the featured works of the fair: a spray-painted Ferrari, by Bronx graffiti artist, John “Crash” Matos; work by Banksy and “Mr. Brainwash”; and photographs of the Wynwood Walls and the Wynwood Arts District by the iconic street art photographer Martha Cooper. She’s been chosen as the recipient of the Art Wynwood Tony Goldman Lifetime Achievement Award.
Shark Tank host and photography artist Kevin O’Leary will display his international photo exhibit, with all proceeds benefiting the Perry J. Cohen Foundation.
One of the themes of the fair is art from the ’60s.
“It was a very strong decade for art,” says Grela Orihuela, the art fair’s director. “So much happened in that era. People sometimes just see it as “Warhol” — that’s what they think of — and there’s so much more. We wanted to bring the ’60s here, now, and have artists that are inspired by that decade.”
Works from the ’60s will be identified by a “flower power” daisy icon to let visitors know it’s from that era. Different colored daisies mean the piece is inspired by the ’60s.
Important works to note include: German Love, a color screen print by Robert Indiana (1968) from Robert Fontaine Gallery; a color screen print by Andy Warhol (1968) from Elizabeth Clement Fine Art; The Beatles Pillow Fight by Harry Benson (1964) from Frederic Got; and Fragment 7, a screen print by Bridget Riley (1965) from Archeus/Post-Modern.
“It’s an extension of Art Miami in a way,” says Orihuela of the fair, “but we get to do it at a time where we can highly highlight Miami. It’s the serious art fair of winter in the Southeast, and it kicks off the season.”
Last year’s fair brought in more than 30,000 visitors. There will also be “Art Talks” from Miami-based gallerists on Saturday and Sunday.
Local art lovers will appreciate the area that houses FOCUS Miami, which brings together work from Miami’s art community and local arts organizations, and showcases artist-run initiatives and publications. A designated section of the fair will include booths for Laundromat Art Space, Locust Projects, Wynwood Radio, Yeelen Gallery and the Miami Rail publication.
In a live performance, titled Disposable Ethic, Christin Paige Minnotte will submerge herself in a clear shallow tub-like fixture, filled with water and empty plastic water bottles. The message: “To illuminate an irony of industrial progress, specifically with respect to plastics in the ocean — the idea that the very triumph of mankind, the ability to transcend natural limits and even improve upon nature, could seal its doom.”
A series of photographs accompanied with a video will also illustrate her message.
If you go
▪ What: Art Wynwood
▪ Where: 2901 NE First Ave.
▪ When: Thursday (VIP Preview) through Monday, Presidents’ Day
▪ Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday
▪ Tickets: One day pass $25; Multi-day pass $55; groups of 10 or more $15; students and seniors $15; VIP pass $200. Purchase at eventbrite.com.