Wynwood Art Walk Guide: April's Best Gallery Shows
Since 2005 David Castillo has ruled the roost at his eponymous Wynwood gallery steering it to the forefront of Miami's booming art scene.
But starting next fall, Castillo will relocate his stable of local and national talent to South Beach, marking a notable changing of the guard as more and more galleries pull up stakes from Wynwood searching for greener pastures, what they hope will be more discerning audiences, better parking, and cheaper rents.
That's not to say you can expect a mass exodus of the spaces that have mightily contributed in making the artsy area the epicenter for the visual arts in the Magic City the past decade. As art spaces like Castillo's vacate Wynwood others will move in hoping to bank on its edgy cachet.
But there is no denying that Wynwood is in the throes of transformation, and if you want to catch Castillo's latest show, you'll have to make it there early during this weekend's edition of Second Saturday or miss his swan song to the nabe.
Here are our top shows on the marquee for what is shaping up to be an Art Walk you won't soon forget starting at 3:00 p.m. for most of the galleries looking to avoid the crush of later crowds instead.
This group offering at Castillo's contemporary emporium delivers a seamlessly-curated perspective of why the astute dealer has earned a reputation as an acute eye for talent and provocative program. It features works by stable stalwarts and recent new comers including: Sanford Biggers, Adler Guerrier, Lyle Ashton Harris, Quisqueya Henriquez, Susan Lee-Chun, Pepe Mar, Robert Melee, and Wendy White. Each of the participating artists explore issues of identity and gender through a challenging approach, the gallery says. The recently signed Biggers reinvents the quilting tradition inspired by Afrofuturism and the Tibetan Book of the Dead, while Henriquez - who has worked with Castillo since he first hung his shingle in Wynwood - places the geometric minimalism of Carmen Herrera inside the design of Russian avant-gardist Lyubov Popova, thereby "inserting herself into the lineage these women" and historical paradigms the gallery explains. David Castillo Gallery 2234 NW Second Ave., Miami. 305-573-8110, davidcastillogallery.com.