When it comes to street art, Miami has definitely got game, especially in artsy Wynwood. There, among the galleries and museum-quality spaces like the Margulies Collection at the WAREhouse, you’ll find all sorts of cool outdoor murals—especially at the Wynwood Walls.
Wynwood is also home to Museum of Graffiti, where an exhibition of work by New York tagging legend CES opens on April 4. Titled The ProCESs and curated by Carlos Mare, the show will feature the artist’s small-scale marker illustrations, as well as his signature large-format spray paint works on canvas. As for actual street art, look no further than the Museum’s exterior, where CES covered the entire length of the facade back in December with a mural celebrating the birthplace of graffiti, New York.
CES, aka Robert Provenzano, was born in 1970 in the Bronx, epicenter for the explosion of graffiti and break-dancing that first shook NYC during the following decade. CES beginning drawing at 5, and began his career in the early ’80s at age 13. Growing up with the first-generation OGs of tagging—Doni, Daze and Lady Pink—he became influenced by the genre of graffiti they created called Wild Style, which they developed by painting huge murals that wrapped around entire subway trains. Notable for its, dynamic angular lettering combined and cartoonish, pop-cultural imagery, Wild Style became synonymous with the nascent hip-hop scene, thanks to a movie of the same name. CES refined the Wild Style approach, bringing it into the 21st century and influencing other, younger artists in turn.
CES drawings are sure to be a highlight of the show, thanks to their whimsical transformations of CES’s tag into various everyday things: A package of ground beef, a grilled cheese sandwich, a couch and even the water in a swimming pool. But see for yourself. The exhibit, which is accompanied by a slate of events, runs through May 4 and admission is $16, with children under 13 free.
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