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Art "In Our Hands" - Highlights of Art Wynwood 2018

February 28, 2018 - Widewalls

From February 15th-19th, 2018, the seventh edition of Art Wynwood welcomed more than 25,500 guests to its new location, the former site of the Miami Herald that overlooks beautiful Biscayne Bay in Downtown Miami. Art collectors and enthusiasts could find contemporary and modern art from emerging talent, mid-career artists, blue chip, post-war and modern masters showcasing a dynamic array of murals, pop surrealism, street art and other genres.

Each year, Art Wynwood takes place over President’s Day Weekend. Set apart from the frenzy of Art Basel Miami and the many satellite fairs, it is a welcome opportunity for art lovers to take their time and make a day of it.

There is also a sense of community where gallerists are happy to engage with their guests and introduce unfamiliar artists; artists gift their art or talent in support of causes; and, the fair itself hosts a variety of benefit events.

Here are some highlights:

Berry Campbell Gallery

Berry Campbell Gallery (New York City) owners, Christine Berry and Martha Campbell share a curatorial vision of bringing new attention to the works of a selection of postwar and contemporary artists and revealing how these artists have advanced ideas and lessons in powerful and new directions. This year was the gallery’s fourth year participating in Art Wynwood (established seven years ago.)

Among the significant works on display, was Lanzarote by Yvonne Thomas, a key figure in Abstract Expressionism during an era where male artists were recognized more than females. Berry Campbell represents the estate of the artist and had the first show of Thomas’ works last September. By the end of the 1950’s, Thomas often used her favorite color yellow that she describes as “one she used when she felt the need to switch gears.”

The work is inspired by a visit to the Spanish island Lanzarote. Harsh black scrawl marks juxtapose a serene yellow orb pressing inward.

 


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