Atlanta’s Living Walls: An alternative to Wynwood Walls

By | November 18th, 2012 | 9 Comments
Living Walls

Does Atlanta’s Living Walls project offer an organic alternative to the developer-led transformation of Wynwood? — photo by Camila Álvarez

Camila Álvarez is a Colombian artist and a student at FIU who is working on a thesis about the social construction of place. Her research brought her to Atlanta to learn about a street-art initiative called Living Walls.

I’ve walked countless times along N.W. Second Ave, through the heart of Wynwood as most of Miami knows it, to delight in its colorful walls, its gourmet coffee, and its hipster watering holes. And something always seems off. There’s a synthetic feel that always leads me to look one block east, one block west, and remember that, for all its delights, Wynwood is just another poor Miami neighborhood, and that its rebirth as an Art District didn’t happen, as most Miamians seem to believe, spontaneously.

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Art Walk Guide: Occult Ideas and Ink Blot Tests

By | October 10th, 2012 | No Comments
Cecilia Paredes

Among many other exhibitions opening this week, artist Cecilia Paredes presents photographs that focus on the body as “an altar to our existence” in her solo show at Diana Lowenstein Gallery.

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.

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Remembering a visionary South Beach, Wynwood developer

By | September 13th, 2012 | 2 Comments

As many in Miami have heard by now, visionary developer and passionate preservationist Tony Goldman died on Tuesday of heart failure at the age of 68. “His company, Goldman Properties, transformed Miami Beach from a moth-eaten retirement enclave and narcotics war zone into a celebrity playground, and Wynwood from a gritty warehouse district and homeless encampment into a vibrant arts center where monthly gallery walks draw thousands,” according to the Miami Herald.

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First ‘Wynwood’s King Mango Strut’ planned for Dec. 10

By | November 23rd, 2011 | No Comments
Coconut Grove King Mango Strut

In early December, the King Mango Strut, an annual parade in Coconut Grove, will roll through Wynwood for the first time ever. -- photo from worldtravels.com

One of the original organizers of the King Mango Strut, a satirical, eccentric annual parade in Coconut Grove, is planning to bring the festivities to Wynwood for the first time on Dec. 10.

“Wynwood’s King Mango Strut,” as organizer Glenn Terry has dubbed it, will be similar to the Grove parade but tailored to the neighborhood’s vibe, Terry said.

“It’s a mix of performance art and political satire, a lot like our Grove parade but with a greater emphasis on ‘art,’” he said in an email.

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