In the latest effort to preserve Miami Marine Stadium, Saving Places organized an event on June 28th called “The ART History Mural Project”. The mural project, curated by stencil artist and muralist Logan Hicks, featured an impressive roster of local and international street artists including Luis Berros, Doze Green, Elbow Toe, Evoca1, Ian Kuali’I, Joe Iurato, RISK, and Rone. International superstar Gloria Estefan, a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, kicked off the daylong celebration by announcing a pledge to donate $500,000 to help restore the one-of-a-kind landmark. She was the guest of honor along with the stadium’s architect Hilario Candela. Closed to the general public, we were fortunate to be selected as one of the 30 lucky instagrammers to attend and cover the event along with the media. It was a great event at a truly unique venue. We met some really nice people and got to see some amazing art. And what’s with Gloria Estefan? The woman doesn’t age!
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If you’ve ever been to Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, you’ve probably come across a piece of street art by the artist CLANDESTINE CULTURE. I first came across his posters in 2010 with the signature red bar bearing his name. It’s interesting to see his work crossing over into galleries. His first solo exhibition recently opened at Gregg Shienbaum Fine Art at 2239 NW 2nd Avenue here in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. I dropped in this afternoon to take a look. From weathered wheatpasted images on the street to refined silkscreens and paintings on wooden panels, I was surprised to see how well his art translated off the streets. The photos highlight some of my favorite pieces. I was fortunate enough to meet the artist who is depicted in the first photo holding a paintbrush and a can of paint.
When I lived in New York, circa 2002, I came across this image at the intersection of Lafayette and Prince street near Soho. With all the visual stimulation in the city, this image still managed to catch my attention. I wasn’t sure what to make of it at the time, since it wasn’t advertising anything. I snapped a photo. A few years later I discovered that it was a wheatpaste done by the artist WK Interact. This was possibly my first encounter with street art.