Art Basel? What’s that? December is not the only month when art lovers take over the town because this weekend locally-grown art fairs, Coconut Grove Arts Festival and Art Wynwood, set up shop in two of our coolest neighborhoods for a less-harried, yet equally-enriching artistic exploration. Coconut Grove Arts Festival offers a family-friendly street fair atmosphere with 360 artists from around the world selling their works in a juried festival while Art Wynwood takes place in the Art Miami Pavilion and is curated with contemporary works by more than 70 international galleries. Here is what you can expect from these mid-winter arts events.
Coconut Grove Arts Festival
Greg Davis photography
1. Artists of all kinds
Nearly one mile of art work from around the United States plus Argentina, Canada, Georgia and Hungary will be on display. The festival offers works in 13 main categories: 2D mixed media, painting, photography, digital art, printmaking & drawing, watercolor, claywork, glass, fiber, jewelry & metalwork, 3D mixed media, sculpture and wood. Also noteworthy is the “New & Emerging Artist” category, which gives artists between the ages of 18 and 29 a chance to exhibit at their first outdoor fine arts festival. 45 of last year’s award-winning artists will be returning.
The Culinary Pavilion is the place to learn how to up your culinary arts game.
2. Get your grub on
Over the course of its 53 years, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival has mushroomed into a full-blown street fair that includes kids activities, music and, most surprisingly, some seriously good chow. Thanks to the popular Culinary Pavilion, the festival offers way more than your typical carnival noshables. A team of 12 world-renowned chefs are invited to prepare their famous dishes and explain their specialties “Food Network” style, among them are Georgio Rapicavoli of Eating House on Saturday at 3 p.m.; Chef Cindy Hutson of Ortanique on the Mile at 1 p.m. Sunday; Chef Irie (Hugh Sinclair) of Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” fame (4 p.m. Sunday). Monday includes a bison burger bash with Viecksa Sosa at 2 p.m. and guilt-free cooking with Joyce Sosa at 3 p.m.
Peacock Park is the hub for music at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.
3. Music for everyone
Of course, the kids are going to seek out the recreational fun; the bungee trampolines, bounce houses, obstacle courses and giant inflatable hamster balls. Grown ups will love the eclectic line up of music coming out of the Mainstage in Peacock Park. Headlining Saturday’s performances is Nth Power, a quartet whose sound combines funky soul, rock, R&B, jazz, gospel, folk and world beat, plus The London Souls, a New York City-based rock band. Sunday’s line-up features Larkin Poe, an Atlanta-based female duo comprised of two sisters (decendents of tortured artist and creative genius Edgar Allen Poe) that perform southern roots rock. Monday’s headliners will be local Latin funk jam band Locos Por Juana, plus vocalist Raquel Sofia. Music starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. Headliners take the stage at 5 p.m.
‘A Casa em Festa,’ by Flavia Junqueira, presented by Bossa Gallery
4. Local galleries take center stage
With more than 70 galleries on the roster, Art Wynwood is a survey of some of the top galleries from countries like France, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Liechtenstein and South Korea. But the United States and, more specifically, South Florida is represented well. Here are some highlights of Miami’s art scene at Art Wynwood:
- Avant Gallery, which boasts two chic locations in Miami, will spotlight cutting-edge artworks in the form of paintings, sculptures, c-prints and collages by Alec Monopoly, Bansky, Becky Rosa, Dain, Gold Man, Guy Le Baube, Metis Atash and Skylar Grey at Art Wynwood in booth #AW5.
- Wynwood’s SWGR Gallery will have two exhibits inside the Art Wynwood tent. One will feature “Dirty Bind,” a curated collection of zines, while the other is centered around artists Jesse Draxler and Jake Lamagno. Draxler’s work includes several mixed media portraits in his signature black and white mood and Jake’s most popular piece is a gold-plated mako shark jaw. For the zines, SWGR’s creative director Steve Yancar worked with artist Marilyn Rondón to curate a collection from more than 50 artists from across the country.
- Design District-based Bossa Gallery is showing fine art photography by Brazilian and American artists to foster a dialogue between the two locations. Photos by Ilana Bessler, Patricia Gouvea, Flavia Junqueira, Fabio Knoll, Lucas Lenci, Cassio Vasconcellos and Fernando Velazquez will be on view inside booth #AW19.
- Curator’s Voice Art Projects in Wynwood presents artists Rosario Bond, Wuilfredo Soto and Saul Galavis with director and chief curator Dr. Milagros Bello at booth #AW38.
Kevin O’Leary/courtesy of ‘Shark Tank’
5. Art from a Shark
“Shark Tank” mogul Kevin O’Leary is more than just a wheeler dealer. At Art Wynwood, the businessman and TV personality will debut a contemporary photography exhibition of his own work created in collaboration with Art Wynwood founder Nick Korniloff. The exhibit is called “Irreconcilable Images” and presents a series of objects that seem to be out of place in their surroundings with photographs that span decades and geographies. Proceeds of the sales will go to the Perry J. Cohen Foundation.
‘Fragment 7’ by Bridget Riley
6. The 1960s Will Blow Your Mind
Art work from the 1960s will take center stage at Art Wynwood, with a survey of pieces from the decade’s legends, provacateurs and unsung geniuses highlighted throughout the exhibit. Works that are from the era as well as works inspired by the era will be denoted with flower decals and there will be ’60s music broadcast live from the pavilion by Wynwood Radio. Important works to seek out include “German Love,” a color screen print by Robert Indiana (1968) from Robert Fontaine Gallery; “Flash, II.35, Red Kennedy,” a color screen print by Andy Warhol (1968) from Elizabeth Clement Fine Art; “The Beatles Pillow Fight” by Harry Benson (1964) from FREDERIC GOT; and “Fragment 7,” a screen print by Bridget Riley (1965) from ARCHEUS/POST-MODERN.
‘Untitled’ 2015 by CRANIO
7. Street Art for sale
For more art in Wynwood, check out Fine Art Auctions Miami’s fourth annual Street Art Auction 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at Walt Grac e Vintage, 224 NW 27th Ave., Miami. The auction includes 45 selected artworks by Barry McGee, OS GÊMEOS, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, Cranio, Bambi and Inkie, among others. Alongside these prominent urban artists, FAAM will showcase a selection of emerging artists: Pillas Bros, Charlotte Oedekoven, MUTA, Amanda Valdes, and Ernesto Maranje. Local Miami talent such as Abstrk, Hoxxoh, Luis “Style” Berros, QUAKE, and Atomik will also be presented. To RSVP, email email@example.com. Auction previews will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 11-14. For more information, visit www.faamiami.com.