After a sluggish summer, and with Art Basel Miami Beach not far off, Miami’s cultural scene promises to swing back into high gear this Saturday with the first Wynwood Art Walk of the fall. It is also another, more somber first: the first edition of this open gallery night since the death of pioneering developer Tony Goldman.
The wine-lubricated, well-heeled boho street crawl seemed unthinkable a decade ago, when Goldman began to transform Wynwood, a historically industrial sector of Miami, into a hip, pedestrian-friendly arts district. With that in mind, pour out a sip to his memory from your gallery-provided tipple as you check out these choice openings on Saturday.
1989-2012: Fotografias de Juan Carlos Alom @ Buzzart
Buzzart is a new gallery founded by a Spanish collective and focused on contemporary Latin-American and Spanish photography. For its inaugural show, it presents a retrospective by Cuban photographer Juan Carlos Alom, with more than 50 black-and-white and color photos reflecting his particular take on life on the island. To learn more about the exhibition, visit the Buzzart web site.
Lock Them Out and Bar the Door. Lock Them Out Forevermore @ Spinello Projects
Spinello Projects’ new space forsakes the heavily trafficked Northwest Second Avenue drag in favor of heading west, to the Northwest Seventh Avenue trail originally blazed by the late OHWOW. Fitting with these darker, less polished environs, the gallery presents a similarly bold, macabre solo show this Saturday by Miami-based artist Manny Prieres. For this series of work, he’s combined drawing, graphic design, printmaking, and silkscreening to explore images inspired by forbidden books and films. Lovers of the occult will delight in subject matter that touches on rituals, demons, and other fun stuff, just in time for Halloween. For more about the exhibition, visit the Spinello Projects web site.
Quisqueya Henriquez: After Some Twisted Lines @ David Castillo Gallery
For her third solo show at David Castillo Gallery, this Cuban-born, Dominican Republic-based artist grapples with some heady stuff. Specifically, she focuses on philosopher Lacan’s assertion that learning language and visual symbols separates us from a true experience of reality. To try to break away from those conventions, Henriquez has created works in collage, video, fabric, and even the Rorschach technique — yes, those open-to-interpretation ink blots favored by movie shrinks. Bring an open mind and your thinking cap. To learn more about the exhibition, visit the David Castillo Gallery web site.
Secluded: A New Photo Exhibit by Jipsy @ the Workshop
Over the past seven-plus years of documenting Miami’s nascent cultural underground, one-named photographer Jipsy has blown past the pack of typical nightclub snappers and evolved into a proper artiste. This new solo show documents the faces, places, and events that have helped shape the new Miami. Naturally, for a show that will probably attract more than a few nightcrawlers, there are free cocktails, this time around courtesy of Mandarine Napoléon. For more about the exhibition, view the Facebook event invitation here.
A veces me asaltar las dudas celestes and Lagan @ Diana Lowenstein Gallery
Diana Lowenstein presents two new shows this Saturday. In the first, Cecilia Paredes, a Peruvian artist based in Costa Rica, contributes photographs and other works that focus on the body as “an altar to our existence.” Caroline Lathan-Stiefel, meanwhile, turns outward, creating massive sculptural installations made from found objects like shopping bags, yarn, wire, and even pipe cleaners. To learn more about the exhibition, visit the Diana Lowenstein Gallery web site.
Robert Huff: Byways @ Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art
For his second solo show at Carol Jazzar Gallery, Miami-based artist Robert Huff presents another series of large-scale, abstract landscapes fashioned from building materials and meant to reference the built environment. Inspired by a visit to the Appalachians, Huff used sanded wood and black chalkboard paint to reference that region’s dramatic flora and coal-mining heritage. For more about the exhibition, visit the Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art web site.
1+31=131 @ Villa 221
The artist behind 131 Projects got his start in Miami’s drama-riddled graffiti scene more than a decade ago. but from the early days, his works, then under the name PEST, stood out from the run-of-the-mill burners with its intricate line work and painterly sense of space and color. Long removed from the illegal circuits, he’s now translated the squiggly, interlocking lines and bright colors of graffiti into busy, frenetic paintings and the occasional sculpture. For more about the exhibition, visit the 131 Projects web site.