Wynwood

Art Basel
4:01 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

As Basel Expanded Beyond The Beach, Miami Became Its Muse

A peek at the city from inside the Perez Art Museum Miami.
Credit Alicia Zuckerman / WLRN

Basel is back in town and the annual artistic spotlight is swiveling around Miami, highlighting nooks and crannies the city normally passes by with nonchalance. Now in its 12th year, Art Basel Miami Beach has not only grown, but changed the landscape of the city and South Florida.

It’s easy to be cynical about the general milieu. I have been snarky about the crowds and traffic before and I most likely will be again. But taking a step back and appreciating what Basel has changed can be boiled down to a few simple questions.

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Art Basel
3:12 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

The Disappearing Act Of Wynwood-Midtown Satellite Fairs

Chelsea Bruno's artistic tribute to Fountain Art Fair, which is not participating in Basel this year.
Credit Wilson Sayre

Art Basel satellite fairs are having a harder time setting up shop in Wynwood and Midtown as the area becomes an established, year-round neighborhood.

Owners of vacant lots and empty buildings tend to prefer long-term leases to short-term ones, which is what many of the Basel fairs rely on. When Lock and Load Machine Gun Experience and Gun Range moved into one of those formerly vacant buildings, it forced Fountain Art Fair to look for alternative spaces.

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Art Basel
10:33 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Miami Muralist's Walls Brighten Art Week With Local Color

Jessica Meszaros WLRN

  Art Basel Miami Beach begins Thursday, and although the fair brings in outside art for exhibits not always open to local talent, Miami artist David Lavernia is looking forward to it.

"This is like Christmas for every artist in Miami," Lavernia, 27, says. "Your mind will be blown by all the amazing work you're seeing."

He says Basel's presence every year is "a huge advantage" to Miami artists.

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Art Basel
8:08 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Basel Recap: What You Missed Over The Weekend

Share your thoughts on what you see (use the hashtag #ArtOrJunk) and what you hear (#OverheardAtBasel). Above is a section from an installation made of painted wood scraps. #WhatIsArt?
Credit Maria Murriel / WLRN

WLRN-Miami Herald News brings Art Basel to you through our digital coverage -- and our community of listeners.

Art Basel goes beyond the Miami Beach Convention Center. In the next few days, we want to know what you think about the art, people, and events you're seeing throughout South Florida during Basel.   Here are two things we're looking for:

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Documentary
8:15 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Gentrification Film Shown In Wynwood Just Before Basel Madness

Old-Wynwood resident, Oria, is featured in "Right to Wynwood," a film about gentrification in Miami's art district.
Credit Natalie Edgar

Crowds frequenting Wynwood's eccentric bars and restaurants likely don't think of the old neighborhood's longtime residents, some of whom have had to leave their homes after the area's recent art revival.

But some Wynwood natives have been pushed out. The neighborhood's gentrification is explored in the documentary "Right to Wynwood."

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Art Basel
9:02 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Wynwood Brewing Company Prepares To Open

Local artist Krave works on Wynwood Brewing Company's Art Basel mural.
Credit Wynwood Brewing Company / Instagram

Just east of the I-95 in Wynwood, on Northwest 24th Street, you'll notice a new, bright-orange mural is in the works. It's not a famed, European street artist's Art Basel-commissioned piece. It's Wynwood Brewing Company's way of welcoming Basel throngs to Miami's first brewery.

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Business
6:30 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Why The End May Be Near For The Fashion District Koreans Built In Miami

Woo Ho Lee, a Fashion District founder, would like his son Joshua to inherit the business but Joshua wants to play pro golf.
Credit Katia Savchuk

For five blocks along Interstate 95 on the western edge of Miami's Wynwood neighborhood, you can buy women's clothing, jewelry and handbags in practically every store.

Not everybody knows about Miami's "Fashion District." But 20 years ago, it existed almost exactly the same as it does today in the mind's eye of Korean entrepreneurs.

Woo Ho Lee walked the block on a recent weekday afternoon, pointing out landmarks and remembering one of his mentors, Mr. Park.

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Redevelopment
7:00 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Opa-locka Plans A Major Arts District But Don't Call It Another Wynwood

Germane Barnes is overseeing the development of an arts district in Opa-locka's Magnolia North neighborhood.
Marva Hinton

Magnolia North is the new name for an area in Opa-locka, which was formerly dubbed The Triangle and known for drugs and crime. Now city leaders hope Magnolia North will be known for galleries and studios and become the next vibrant arts district in South Florida.

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Urbanism
9:00 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Decision Helps Walmart Inch Closer To Miami's Midtown

The design plans for the proposed Walmart in Midtown have passed muster with Miami's planning director.
Courtesy of City of Miami Planning Department

Miami’s planning director has given Walmart the green light to build a new store in the city's Midtown district. However, Walmart still has more hoops to jump through before it can carve out a place in Midtown.

It’s been a two-year battle for the retailer associated with boxy, suburban stores to win the right to build in the trendy, urban neighborhood.

Walmart can now apply for a building permit since Miami’s Planning Director Francisco Garcia decided the company’s plans meet the local zoning code.

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Cinema
2:35 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

'Lovelace' Biopic Depicts Story Of Pornstar's 'Deep' Miami Connection

Actors Peter Sarsgaard and Amanda Seyfried in the film Lovelace.

In the annals of pop culture history, the name Linda Lovelace is synonymous with the mainstream notoriety of hardcore porn.

As the 23-year-old star of the infamous 1972 XXX feature Deep Throat, she scandalized America with the first feature-length adult movie.

But Linda Lovelace was just a character for the woman born Linda Susan Boreman — and one she didn't necessarily play willingly.

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Alcohol and Tradition
9:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Celia-Infused Rum: Distillery Keeps Family Tradition Alive

Measuring and tasting in the distillery
Credit Gabriella Watts / WLRN

 

Miami Club Rum, located in the heart of Wynwood, was launched in November of 2012.  Owner and operator Matt Malone’s family comes from a long history of rum making: his children are the sixth generation of rum makers in a tradition that dates back to the 1800's. So, after his grandfather-in-law passed away, Malone decided to bring the family tradition from Puerto Rico to Miami. 

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Blogosphere
6:30 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Blog Roundup: Coconut Grove Waterfront And Meat Market Dinners

An artist rendering of the proposed Coconut Grove Waterfront.
Credit Coconut Grove Grapevine

A weekly look at noteworthy South Florida blogs and posts:

Plans For New Coconut Grove Waterfront Are In

Grove Bay Investment Group has submitted a proposal for what may become "The Harbour" in historic Coconut Grove.

The city manager, city commission and Miami voters still have to approve plans for the area, which include a tree park, retail space and a monument or exhibit of South Florida aviation history.

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Journalism
6:30 am
Wed June 19, 2013

How The Wynwood Arts Scene Inspired This Miami Fashion Startup

The homepage of the soon-to-be-launched Vividly website.
Credit Vividly

Thanks to YouTube, anyone can be a filmmaker. Thanks to Quirky, anyone can be an inventor. And now thanks to Miami natives Sabrina and Silvia Scandar and their soon-to-be-launched website, Vividly, anyone can be a fashion designer.

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Arts
6:30 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Miami Performance International Festival Aims To Make Working Artists Accessible

“Mezclilla/Denim”
Credit Photo by Neil de la Flor

The 2013 Miami Performance International Festival obliterates the line between viewers and mid-career and emerging artists from Miami and around the world. In its second year, the festival, curated by Charo Oquet, takes place in Miami’s Design District and the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and runs through the month of June.

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Film
6:30 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Miami Filmmaker Opens The Screening Room To Promote Video As An Art Form

Carola Bravo at the newly opened The Screening Room.

Video as an art form has come a long way. Although artists started seriously working with the medium at least a half century ago (some will pinpoint Nam June Paik’s German exhibition in 1963 as its official arrival on the scene), it remained somewhat the stepchild, not getting a lot of respect until the last couple decades. And in Miami, video art – good video art – was late in taking hold with local artists and in shows. That’s changed dramatically in recent years, and yet there have been few outlets dedicated to highlighting the form.

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