Art Wynwood Ups Miami’s Culture Quotient

February 17, 2012 | by —Christine Borges | Homepage


Wesselman I, 2011 by Nicolas Saint Gregoire

As the inaugural Art Wynwood opens, we catch up with the fair’s director and partner, Nick Korniloff, to learn more about the fair and its impact on Miami’s growing reputation as a major international art hub. 

What inspired you to create Art Wynwood? 
NICK KORNILOFF: I experienced December’s Art Week firsthand as part of Art Miami and know the global art market’s complete focus and commitment is on Miami. There is a certain hangover of interest from December, and a new, fresh enthusiasm around a focused art event during the busiest holiday weekend in South Florida.

You’re the show director and partner of Art Miami, as well. Would you say that Art Wynwood is an extension of Art Miami?
NK: Not at all. The art fair business suffers from fair fatigue and an overall monochromatic approach in appearance and feel. Art Wynwood is unique. It has its own personality and is reflective of the growing pains of Miami's cultural scene and the contemporary art market in general over the last 10 years. When you walk into the fair you can immediately feel that the energy is different. When you look at the integration of the top urban artists, who some would say are graffiti artists, that Tony Goldman has personally commissioned to be a part of the fair, it clearly creates new possibilities and a new platform for those artist to be highlighted in a mainstream contemporary art fair, which is actually not so mainstream because of their overwhelming artistic contribution.

What are the variances in price points?
NK: From a thousand to a few million dollars. I can assure you that this fair represents a complete cross-section of what the contemporary art market has to offer.

Art Miami Pavilion, 3101 N.E. First Ave., 786-623-3610; Friday–Sunday, 11 AM–7 PM; Monday, 11 AM–6 PM

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