Wynwood's Danilo Gonzalez To Name Mural Contest Winner: "I Want a Landmark"

In the bowels of Craigslist, buried in the catacombs of 'Community' is an ad with a plaintive plea. "WE NEED A MURAL!" its title reads in all caps. "SHOW US WHAT YOU CAN DO!" It's a pithy post, no longer than one sentence, with a photo of a long, single-story warehouse. From its base to its asbestos shingled roof, the building is coated in the same drab grey hue. One half of its awning (also grey) reads, "Warehouse Project;" the other half, "Men's Corner." It definitely needs a makeover.

"It's pretty ugly," says artist and gallery owner Danilo Gonzalez, who commissioned the ad. The building, a former apparel storage facility, had been abandoned for over five years when Gonzalez signed the lease back in 2012. The surrounding neighborhood was a ghost town and the only nearby business was the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse. But Gonzalez had a hunch that things would change. Development in Wynwood, he believed, was to going move west, towards the freeway, not east towards Miami Avenue. "People thought I was crazy."

Today, Gonzalez's 27th Street art mecca, the Wynwood Warehouse Project, is a testimony to his perspicacity. "There was nothing happening here three or five years ago," he said. "Now, everybody is moving this way exactly as I predicted." But with change, comes progress, and with progress, people. The Wynwood of today is certainly not the Wynwood of a few years ago. What was once a haven for grit and creativity is now a hotbed of glitz and gourmands. Wynwood Arts District, you say? Wrong, sweetie. It's Wynwood Café District.

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Inside the Arresting Excavation Trenches of Daniel Arsham's "Welcome to the Future"

Categories: Art

Courtesy of Galerie Perotin
During a visit to Easter Island a few years ago Daniel Arsham came upon a group of archeologists studying the colossal monolithic human figures called, Moai, that were carved from rock nearly 1,000 years ago by the Rapa Nui people.

"While researching the effect of acid rain on the statues, they discovered that a century earlier another group of archeologists had been digging at the same site and discovered objects they had left behind there," the artist recollects.

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AIRIE Panel at Miami Book Fair International Highlights the Value of the Everglades

Courtesy of AIRIE
LeBlanc and Dugas
For the last 14 years, the Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) has strengthened the bonds between science and art as a means of creating awareness and insuring the survival of the Everglades -- a unique and delicate ecosystem that is unique and should be of utmost concern for all Floridians. Over the years, AIRIE has faced the same problems that routinely plague nonprofits but has continued to attract cutting-edge, contemporary artists to "mingle" with the Park's scientific staff and create new works based solely on their experience in the residency.

Artist and Executive Director of AIRIE Deborah Mitchell will moderate a panel -- Science + Art: Transformative Experiences in the Everglades -- with an introduction by retired biologist Skip Snow, composed of the latest batch of artists who took up home in our beloved "swamp." This diverse and multi-disciplined group of artists include Gustavo Matamoros, Valerie LeBlanc, Daniel Dugas, McCrary Sullivan and Van Brunschot regarding their work within the fragile ecosystem. Local historian Dr. Paul George will review the historical aspects of the Everglades.

We had a chance to speak with Mitchell about the program, its vision and what the future holds for the science and arts partnership in the Everglades.

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Gloria Estefan Optimistic on Future of Miami Marine Stadium: "Art Has Kept It Beautiful"

Categories: Art, Public Art

Photo by Stian Roenning
Gloria Estefan speaks during a press conference at Miami Marine Stadium.
"Get on your feet, get up and make it happen."

The 1989 Gloria Estefan hit was well chosen for the occasion as the Miami icon, Mayor Thomas Regalado, City Commissioners, representatives of the Historic National Trust, and others approached the podium to officially announce the Stadium as the spot for the 2016 and 2017 Miami International Boat Show.

Friends of the Miami Marine Stadium is well ahead of its funding schedule with at least $15 million of their $30 million goal, though they haven't yet secured a full-time lease from the city. Organizers have until January 20th to show that the stadium could be a moneymaking operation that wouldn't need public support.

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Wolfsonian-FIU Marks 18 Years, Centennial of World War I With "Myth and Machine"

Categories: Art, Culture

Geister Der Maschinene Hat Der Tod Befreit on display at the Wolfsonian-FIU.
How did you celebrate Veteran's Day? Did you share a picture of the American flag on your social media network? Did you call and thank a relative or loved one who has served? Did you donate to a veteran rehabilitation charity?

These things are important, but our soldiers and veterans do not serve or relive their wartime experiences simply one day a year. We, too, should not observe their sacrifice but once every 365 days.

The Wolfsonian at FIU doesn't. The museum is dedicated to veterans of all wars and in fact celebrated it's 18-year anniversary Tuesday night by unveiling a new two-floor exhibit titled "Myth and Machine: The First World War in Visual Culture," just in time to honor the centennial of the pivotal struggle which irrevocably shaped society, our mindset, and our way of life today.

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MOCA, Former Directors Settle Dispute, Will Split Museum Assets

Categories: Art, News

Babacar M'Bow of North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art
Months of legal dispute between the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the city of North Miami have finally been resolved.

Mediation this week determined that the museum's assets will be split between the city and former board members, who have since founded the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA Miami), closing the lawsuit that was filed earlier this year.

North Miami will keep the majority of the 600-work permanent collection, some of which was donated by board members who left MOCA, according to a statement released Wednesday.

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Fairs Guide

Photo by Ian Witlen
Not everything is a Warhol at the art fairs.
The art fairs are coming!

Seriously, last time we counted, almost 20 major art fairs are setting up shop in Miami and Miami Beach during the first week of December, hoping to make record-breaking sales thanks to the hoopla surrounding Art Basel Miami Beach. And though the Miami Beach Convention Center remains the center of all the action, you'd be a fool not to check out satellite fairs such as Scope, NADA, and Art Miami, which have proven themselves worthy of respect and attention.

There are some changes this year, including Pulse's surprising move from its longtime home at Ice Palace Studios to a tent in Mid-Beach next to the Eden Roc. Select Art Fair is also looking for more room as it moves out of the Catalina Hotel and into North Shore Park in North Beach.

And some fairs will be notably absent, including Arts Kuala Lumpur and Brazil Art Fair, both of which debuted last year but didn't see the need to return. We also lament the absence of Fountain Art Fair, one of Miami's original satellite art fairs, which continues to put on a New York edition.

But enough lamenting. Time to celebrate art the art marketplace!

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FusionMIA Photography Workshop Gives Students Art Basel Opportunity

Carl Juste
Wynwood acted as the artistic subject for 25 high school students from the Miami-Dade Public School System as they told their stories through photography last weekend's Play To Win Foundation's Through My Lens: Art is Life photography workshop. The teenagers, who came from Allapattah and Overtown, worked with photography mentors to hone their talents with technology courtesy of Microsoft and further support from Nike.

The special student photography show was a preview to the FUSION MIA African American Masters exhibit featuring the BET Art Lounge during Art Basel Miami Beach from December 3-7, which will showcase and exhibit works by African American artists, including Al Loving, Rashid Jones, Ed Clark, among others.

The workshop over the weekend included seminars and talks by Jumaane N'Namdi of N'Namdi Gallery, Nike brand director Stanley Lumax, Miami Herald's Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Carl Juste and Miami Herald staff photographer and former Military Photographer of the Year C.W. Griffin. The teens' photography, taken on Nokia Lumia 1020 cameras gifted by Microsoft executive Thom Gruhler, will also be shown during the Through My Lens exhibit.

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MasterMind Awards 2015: Win $1,000 and a City-Wide Arts Showcase

Art Basel Miami Beach is only weeks away, which means we're about to be overrun by foreign creatives and crazed tourists, scavenging our beautiful city for all it's got. So there's no better time to dive in and celebrate what the local cultural landscape has to offer. New Times' annual MasterMind Awards are back, offering grants and exposure to creatives all across the 305.

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Miami's Gifted Section of Berlin Wall Unveiled (Photos)

Photos by Monica Torres
Sunday, November 9, was a rainy day, much like the day the Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago. On that historical day, people gathered in the streets in protest. Some rushed to the wall, climbed over it, and broke it down, moved by a desire for freedom and years of restriction.

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