There are two districts of Miami Downtown that feature the largest "Open Air Museum of the Americas": Wynwood and Allapattah which in the Seminole language means alligatoror caiman, the armed reptile that infested and still populates the swamps of southern Florida (the Everglades).
And there are two pioneering real estate developers, successful renovators and collectors, a bit Caymanian because corruption appears in the Magic City driven by a Cuban administration, who over the last twenty years have remodeled the two neighborhoods with buildings whose facades are painted or wrapped by gigantic murals showy and loud: John Marquez who opened his foundation in Allapattah with a solo show by the Hispanic figurative painter Cristina de Miguel and Tony Goldman.
The sliding doors of the showrooms that are located in the Design District slide between the two areas, crowded during the December Week of installations and performances.
However, it was Tony Goldman who, already the owner of a large area of Wynwood - a neighborhood of Puerto Ricans named Little San Juan or El Barrio who inhabited the industrial area of warehouses in disuse (especially textiles and shoes) - he decided at the beginning of the third millennium to create Wynwood Walls: a fenced-off concentration of art murals which today overshadows the European one concentrated in the former industrial area of Charleroi in Wallonia.
In fact, in the same year 2000 the Primary Flight association had begun to create an 'open air museum' in the same block stamp, inviting street artists from all over the world to decorate the walls of the warehouses which now welcome hipsters and creatives with dependent families, despite the fact that rent prices have now risen.
Wynwood Walls is a curious experience. Both to closely observe dozens of figurative mural works 'sprayed' by mostly Latin artists - works that are a bit cartoonish like those of Greg Mike and a bit material and nuanced like "The Girl in the rain" by Dan Kitchener which, if they are not the free port of decorative refinement with the pop combination of soft, saturated, acid and cold colours, nevertheless entertain and recall historical painting Mexican sauce spread in Yankee sauce - both to see the young performers at work and at the end of the route traced under the designed skies of Miami they illustrate to the most curious, spray cans in hand, the art of spraying. A performing act that is anything but simple and banal.
In fact, in the States, and the visit to Wynwood Walls is a clear example of this, in addition to the economic value of the works, they often enhance the téchne, i.e. the practice, the expertise in artistic creation as well as highlighting the materials used for its creation.
Wynwood District itself, in addition to the enormous murals (never the same), lines up various galleries of all kinds interspersed with shops, bars, restaurants and pop up galleries or pop up shops: exhibition spaces and temporary shops offering lesser-known artists and/or or neo-something but still fun design objects.
Cover image: Wynwood Walls, credits: Whls artist