09.21.2018

Art & Design in Miami

As if the long sandy beaches and the Ocean Drive skyline were not enough to make Miami an unmissable destination, the city also boasts a thriving art and design scene

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Who would have thought that Miami would become one of the most remarkable and avant-gardist artistic and cultural destinations in the world? When you have the Florida sky, the dazzling light of the Ocean and the lush green of the palm trees, what else can you ask for?
 
Yet the third millennium has seen a new Miami being (re)born beyond Biscayne Bay, where the city already stretched for miles in every direction with houses, factories, and warehouses, and where the cosmopolitan, multicultural and creative soul of the city already existed, only under the radar.
 
The turning point was the year 2005, when Craig Robins, an estate developer and a philanthropist, turned a huge area of ​​eighteen blocks on the edge of the historic Buena Vista neighborhood and just south of Little Haiti into an open space for galleries, artists and designer. His project definitely worked, and that area eventually became the Miami Design Districtone of the most glamorous neighborhoods in the world, attracting major names of the contemporary art market and design world.
 
Yet it was when Art Basel, one of the major art fairs worldwide, landed in South Beach that Miami became a proper art capital: today, Art Basel Miamiis the fulcrum of theMiami Art Week which takes place every year in December and boasts an average of over 200 galleries and 4,000 artists.
 
Behind this phenomenon is the innate explosive creative charge that Miami has in its DNA,  a result of the great diversity of cultural and aesthetic influences that have left their mark on the city ever since the beginning of the 20th century. 
 
South Beach, a.k.a. SoBe, is a succession of Art Deco buildings rising towards the sky with their unmistakable features: pastel colors, rounded shapes, and huge windows chasing the light. Ocean Driveis home to the beautiful architecture of historic buildings such as the Essex House, a 70-room hotel which originally opened its doors in the 1930, or The Carlyle, that can definitely give you an idea of how Miami has a long history of being a worldly retreat whose aesthetics has its roots well back in time.
 
In the neighborhood of Buena Vista, on the continental side of Biscayne Bay, you can definitely breathe the Caribbean spirit of the city: the area between 38th and 54th Streets is an uninterrupted succession of one-story houses surrounded by greenery and small restaurants and shops camouflaged among palm trees, flowers and hedges.
 
South of Buena Vista and the Miami Design District is Winwood, a former huge industrial neighborhood that has become one of the largest open-air street art museums thanks to a local NGO, Primary Flight, and yet another philanthropist businessman, Tony Goldman.
Starting off from different stories and goals, both contributed to turning the walls of the old warehouses into canvases where artists had the chance to give free rein to their creativity. Today, there are guided stret art walks every second Saturday of the month around the entire area between 36th and 20th Streets. 
 

Author : The Slowear Journal

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