Art Wynwood Showcases 65 International Galleries Presenting World Class Modern and Contemporary Artwork
by Jeanne-Marie Phillips
Art Wynwood, returned in February for its eighth edition at the Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami site at one of the most prestigious and well-known waterfront locations in the City of Miami. The fair will open on Thursday, February 14th with a VIP Preview benefiting the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami),before opening to the public.
Since its inception in 2012, Art Wynwood has become the premier winter destination for contemporary and modern art in South Florida. The fair offers the chance to acquire the finest works from emerging talent from the contemporary market, mid-career artists, and blue-chip contemporary, post-war and modern masters, including a dynamic array of murals, pop surrealism, street art and other genres.
This year, the world-renowned Miami Yacht Show will debut alongside, and in partnership with, Art Wynwood at the One Herald Plaza location. The in-water display of new and pre-owned vessels will showcase the world’s most extraordinary and uniquely designed yachts and superyachts from the world’s foremost custom boat builders.
Each year, Art Wynwood attracted more than 25,500 prominent collectors, curators, art advisors, designers, and art aficionadosfrom around the world, and this year, it continued on the heels of the success of Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami to draw notable attendees to the new waterfront location. The fair offered a diverse selection of artworks presented by over 65 galleries from more than a dozen countries, including Germany, Chile, Russia, Austria, France, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Switzerland, Colombia and the United States.
Special projects and partnerships
● This year’s fair highlights included artist Ron English as honoree with the fifth Art Wynwood Tony Goldman Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award presented by Jessica Goldman Srebnick, CEO, Goldman Properties, The Goldman Family, Nick Korniloff, Director, Art Wynwood, and Asli Unal, Associate Director, Art Wynwood, during a private dinner. Presented in partnership with the Wynwood Walls, the Award acknowledges individuals in art whose careers have changed the industry. English coined the term POPaganda to describe his trademark fusion of high and low imagery, mixing superheroes and comic strips with art history iconography in his prolific and ubiquitous paintings, billboards, and sculptures. English has imagined a vast, and still growing, roster of characters, including MC Supersized , his obese fast-food mascot that was featured in the 2004 documentary Supersize Me , and Abraham Obama , a mash-up of America’s 16th and 44th Presidents. He is best known for combining expert craftsmanship with a cynical, humorous critique of American culture. Limited seats available. To purchase tickets, visit artwynwood2019.eventbrite.com
● Artsy.net is the Official Online Partner of Art Wynwood. Art enthusiasts can use Artsy to browse exhibitor booths, make inquiries on available art works, and access fair information online via Artsy.net and the Artsy app for iPhone & iPad. Artsy’s exclusive online previews will launch in advance of the fair with a special first-look for press and VIPs. artsy.net
● JW Marriott Marquis Miami & Hotel Beaux Arts Miami – Official Luxury Hotels of Art Miami hosted a special installation in their lobby highlighting works from participating Art Wynwood galleries from around the world.
● ArtRageous Kids Center Organized by the Miami Children’s Museum, the ArtRageous Kid’s Center provided hands-on, interactive art discovery projects for children. Activity stations focused on the visual art forms, such as ceramics, painting, sculpting and printmaking.
photo courtesy of Art Wynwood