Top five things to do at Art Wynwood

Wynwood continues to live up to its rep as an international art hub, so much so that it has its own art affair, Art Wynwood, months before Art Basel becomes a twinkle in a gallerist’s eye. The event will take place Feb. 14 through President’s Day, filling the 100,000 square-foot Art Miami Pavilion with cutting edge and contemporary art from a host of local and international galleries. Here are the highlights:

1. Street Art

Under the leadership of Tony Goldman, Wynwood became an important destination for street artists seeking new walls and new eyes for their projects. This year Art Wynwood and Jessica Goldman, CEO of Goldman Properties, have commissioned renowned street artist Jesse Geller to create a site-specific piece made of acrylic panels that will enclose the 2,000 square-foot VIP area of the Fair.  Also on display throughout the Pavilion will be the 20-foot “hanging murals” created last year street by artists Aiko, Ron English, Logan Hicks, Futura, Swoon, Kenny Scharf, and How&Nosm.

2. VIP Valentine’s Day

Guests at the exclusive VIP preview on Feb. 14 will get the first look at what Art Wynwood has to offer and the first chance to acquire works before the Fair officially opens to the public. Also on the itinerary for VIP guests at the Love-themed event is a performance piece by artist Luis Venezuela called “Wein of Hearts” involving sustainable art fashion.

3. Galleries Galore

This year the fair has added another 20 galleries to its roster, bumping the number of exhibitors up to 70. Expect compelling offerings from NOMAD, the Belgian gallery that focuses on artists from Africa and its diaspora. From Mexico, Alfredo Ginnochio Gallery will present works from 20 artists including Hugo Lugo, Claudio Gallina and Bruno Wildmann. New York will be well represented by galleries like Hollis Taggart with a broad selection of big names in modern and contemporary art from Warhol to de Kooning and Rauschenberg.

4. Local heroes

Of the 70 galleries exhibiting, 15 hail from Miami, many of them from in and around the Wynwood area. “The fair is completely reflective of the District,” says Director and Partner of Art Wynwood Nick Korniloff. Hardcore Art Contemporary Space, Art Nouveau Gallery, Pan American Arts Project and Oxenberg Fine Art are among the local galleries with works on display.

5. Art Wynwood After Parties

Art is a ton of fun. But you know what’s more fun? Parties. The After Party itinerary for Art Wynwood is pretty serious; each night the soiree moves to a new locale. Friday night VIP ticketholders are invited to hang out at Wynwood Walls where they can mix and mingle with artists, gallerist and their hangers-on from 10 p.m. until midnight. Saturday night the fiesta moves to Bakehouse Art Complex from 7-10 p.m. where resident artists will be in house to talk shop ($10 donation for non-VIP ticketholders). Sunday a swank dinner party at db Moderne will keep the artsy herds entertained. But wait, that’s invite only.