The Streets of Wynwood
With the growing crowds attending Art Basel Miami Beach each year, the art districts in the city have been attracting necessary attention, and the most prosperous and energetic of these is the formerly industrial neighborhood of Wynwood.
With the growing crowds attending Art Basel Miami Beach each year, the art districts in the city have been attracting necessary attention, and the most prosperous and energetic of these is the formerly industrial neighborhood of Wynwood. In a remarkably short period of time, Wynwood has exploded as a mini art capital: home to over seventy galleries, five museums, three collections, numerous art complexes, studios and smaller art fairs. Street art reigns here in Wynwood with gigantic graffiti works adorning nearly every wall, and you’ll experience art without even stepping foot in a gallery or museum. From the world-renowned Rubell Family Collection, to the recent pop-up Secret Sixteen Gallery, visitors can experience a variety of art—below is a short list of some top spots to check out in the days you’re hanging around after Basel.
Diet Gallery, 174 NW 23rd St – Founder and owner Nina Johnson-Milewski is a prime example of the dynamism of Wynwood. In addition to running her gallery, she publishes an art journal (The Miami Rail) and hosts an ongoing collaboration series with artists and writers from around the globe. The unassuming front door opens into a comfortable all-white space with a minimal curation of artworks. And if you're especially into sculpture and video installation, be sure to pass by.
Secret Sixteen Gallery, 3619 NW 2nd Avenue (Cross Street 36th Street) – With two locations in Wywood and downtown Miami respectively, this impressive temporary art space overseen by artists Martine Langatta and Juan Heredia presents an innovative variety of art (including site-specific pieces by Lance de los Reyes and Evan Robarts). Secret Sixteen excels as a serious gallery space, but it also functions like an art collective, with events, concerts and happenings occurring constantly and organically.
Rubell Family Collection, 95 NW 29th Street – As one of the best private collections in the country, the Rubell Family Collection is housed in an amazing 45,000 square-foot space that was originally used as a Drug Enforcement Agency. Check out the numerous works by internationally acclaimed artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. It is a truly unique and independent institution committed to supporting the work of young American artists.
Emerson Dorsch, 151 NW 24th Street – Easily one of Miami's best galleries, Emerson Dorsch has laid its roots in the Wynwood district since 2000. A pioneer of the art district, the gallery features a packed program of installations, happenings, and performance art. Emerson Dorsch stands out for its heavy engagement in critical discourses within the international art world.