Chagall painted the two allegories in his Paris studio and had them shipped to New York. Each canvas is 9.15 metres by 11 metres (30 by 36 feet) and is ripe with figures and symbols familiar from many of his previous works amidst those swirls of colours that captivate Walter and so many of the rest of us.
The paintings are indeed larger than life, and every evening they welcome Metropolitan Opera patrons with their dazzling colors, swirls, and imagery that pay homage to music. I remember being swept by the paintings every time I attended a performance at the Met. At the time, I felt lucky to be able to attend and appreciate the art museums and exhibits New York is well known for.
Thus reminded of the power of art, I decided to venture to one of Miami’s most popular and accessible art museums with my best friend. On Sunday we drove to Wynwood — Miami’s epicenter of urban art.
Squeezed between Miami’s Downtown and Design District areas, Wynwood is home to many fine examples of urban art. Regarded as one of the country’s most dynamic and up-and-coming art districts, the industrial neighborhood is home to an ever growing number of art galleries, bars, and shops that have turned the once forgotten and abandoned neighborhood into one of the largest outdoor art installations in the world.
Taking over what used to be the warehouse and manufacturing district of Miami, developers have rehabilitated warehouses, shuttered factories, and other unused buildings and transformed them into art complexes, galleries, performing art spaces, restaurants, and cafes.
With the introduction of the Second Saturday Art Walk in the District and the arrival of the Art Basel fair in 2002, Wynwood now boasts unparalleled growth as it earns attention by residents and visitors as the go-to place for an alternative and cultural nightlife in Miami.
Today, Wynwood offers a varied array of art walks, tours, and art that is constantly changing, evolving, and disappearing. A mural or painting that may have graced a side street or shop front a few months ago may now be painted over or replaced by a new artist, making a visit to each city block a new experience. Wynwood’s outdoor art museum is really the ultimate art SnapChat where one can spend hours walking and basking in the color and power of modern urban art.
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