Starting early next week, the annual onslaught of events surrounding Art Basel Miami Beach begins (and with it our #beachedbasel photo contest). Inarguably the high point of the Miami social calendar, we can all admit that at least half the fun comes from observing the human zoo that pours into town from ever corner of the globe. At the center of it all, of course, is the massive ABMB fair itself, housed in the cavernous Miami Beach Convention Center. But even that only represents a slice of the action.
In the Miami art scene, August is usually even deader than July, with every sane moneyed person traveling elsewhere during this brutally hot month. So it’s surprising that galleries in Wynwood and the Design District have plenty of new exhibitions opening in time for Art Walk on Saturday. Another pleasant surprise: the shows aim squarely at locals. Here are the exhibitions on our radar.
The elaborate murals that cover the outside walls of many Wynwood galleries are works of art in their own right, but ever wonder why more galleries don’t have windows that show off what’s inside?
The answer has a lot to do with government bureaucracy, as gallerist Gregg Shienbaum recently discovered first hand while filling out piles of City of Miami paperwork. In order to open his own gallery with storefront windows, he had to obtain permits from the city to change the building’s use from “warehouse” to “retail,” but he thinks it was worth the hassle.