Art Basel Miami is THE North American art event of the year. It’s hard to overstate its hype and importance in the art world. Over 250 international and US galleries are represented, drawing more than 70,000 visitors to Miami. Every establishment in the city hitches a ride on this massive event. It’s an opportunity for anyone involved in art, food, culture and fashion to shine. I got a sneak peak at one small sliver of Art Basel at Wynwood Walls.
Wynwood is the artsy/funky/upcoming neighborhood in Miami that boasts wall art that goes way beyond graffitti. In fact some of these magnificent wall paintings are protected 24/7 by uniformed guardians. I came across a number of selected artists for Wynwood Basel hard at work completing their giant commissions.
There were some truly magnificent walls. Here is a small selection.
One of my favorites was a clever take on Picasso’s famous bull composed of found objects:
Another 20′ wall was painted to advertise an exhibition at a nearby gallery. Impressive.
Next year I hope to get more than just a tiny taste of this global art destination.
Let’s welcome the New Year in with a smile. Say cheese!