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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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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Top Ten Art Basel 2010 Fairs, Exhibits, Happenings

By | November 26th, 2010 | 6 Comments
Wynwood Walls Mural

The art world is about to descend on Miami for Art Basel next week. It's a little scary if you don't know where to go.

Basel. For nine years, the word has signaled a sudden explosion of art in Miami, an event that encompasses much more than the official exhibition at the Miami Beach Convention Center. With so much to see in so little time, without guidance one could easily be overwhelmed or even disappointed as Art Basel attracts the fantastic and the mediocre. This list will help make sure you have an incredible experience during Art Basel 2010 (Dec. 2 – 5). It includes the essentials, a few often-overlooked gems, and a dark horse or two.

1. NADA Art Fair @ the Deauville Beach Resort

NADA is essential and, better yet, FREE. Last year it moved from the Ice Palace to the Deauville, where it garnered more attention than previous years, even stealing some of the main fair’s sales thunder. NADA has been on a roll and will certainly be worth the trip north up the beach. Stop by Friday after sundown and catch “Manual Transmission Miami”, analog projections around the Deauville’s pool, including contributions from Ben Alper, Matthew Gamber, Rachel Herman, Jeff McLane, and David Smith. Learn more HERE.

2. Art Basel Miami Beach @ the Miami Beach Convention Center

Sure, the official Art Basel exhibition can be pretentious and expensive (see ticket prices HERE). But for every Warhol-lined gallery, you will find a gallery that spent its money on a cutting-edge installation or performance. Try to get into the Vernissage on Wednesday. There are passes up for grabs all over the city. Now would be a good time to call up that friend who works at the Bass or interns at Bernice Steinbaum. Learn more HERE.

3. Aqua @ the Aqua Hotel

After an impressive year in Wynwood, Aqua returns to the hotel that made it the most reputable of the hotel fairs. Last year, it provided quite the eclectic mix of West Coast artwork and managed to compete with NADA and Pulse for consistency. This year, expect more of the same. The reduction in space should only boost the quality of the art on the walls. Learn more HERE.

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