Anthony Spinello Launches New Gallery Spinello Projects

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Nuclear Family, Farley Aguilar, 2012. On display at Spinello Projects this weekend.
It's last night, and Anthony Spinello is sanding down walls in his new gallery space, dealing with what he calls some "finishing touches." But all the bare, white space and even debris of renovation still laying about seems to imply a long way to go before a gallery opening only three days away. Covered in powder, Spinello, smiles and shrugs it off. "It's OK ... You know The Amazing Race? That's pretty much my life."

There is nothing anxious about the skinny 28-year-old with a shock of curly black hair and well-groomed beard. There is only restless eagerness. During a moment he has to sit down at a large, dark wood table in a garage that will serve as his receiving area, he plays with a tightly folded scrap of cardboard. He flips the tiny yellow square over and over in his fingers or rubs it into an edge of the table as he speaks. "I'm project-driven, and the artists I work with are project-driven. My artists like to work site-specific, and this is a pretty cool space to navigate."

The space is a two-story building built in the 1940s with 3,000 square feet of space, located just a block east of I-95 and west of Wynwood. There are no other galleries in the immediate area, but when it is finished, the new Spinello Projects will have plenty of space to offer an array of art. The rooms are almost labyrinthine and exude characters all their own. Walking through one room, Spinello imagines a great space for a video installation.

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Anthony Spinello
Farley Aguilar in his Miami studio.
Though excited about the new Spinello Projects space, the curator cannot wait to present his first show, only a few days from now. The opening exhibit for the new space will feature the art of Farley Aguilar, a self-taught Nicaraguan-born painter who works with ink on mylar and oils. Farley is among the eight artists Spinello currently represents.

"He's a fantastic artist," Spinello says. "It's very painterly. It feels like German expressionist painting. It's not, but it feels like it."

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2930 NW 7th Ave., Miami, FL

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