As Miami's Busiest Art Season Looms, Top Galleries Leave Wynwood For Downtown and Miami Beach

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He's far from alone. As Miami gears up for its Art Basel-fueled fall season, the cultural center of gravity is slowly but surely shifting away from Wynwood thanks to gallery owners like Snitzer and fellow pioneer David Castillo, who are just two of the latest to flee. Snitzer doesn't expect that trend to reverse anytime soon.

"Wynwood is changing at a very rapid pace," he says. "You are going to see a lot of the galleries and buildings in the area leveled and condos put up in their place over the next five years."

A big reason Snitzer and others have been pulled closer to Biscayne Bay is the emergence of the Perez Art Museum Miami, which opened its gleaming new home last December to rave reviews. Of course, PAMM also made headlines in February when local artist Maximo Caminero smashed an Ai WeiWei vase to protest what he saw as PAMM's lack of support for Miami artists. In all, more than 200,000 visitors have walked through PAMM's doors since last fall. "We're proud to say that PAMM has truly become Miami's front porch," says Leann Standish, the museum's deputy director for external affairs.

To mark its one-year anniversary, PAMM will boast a raft of new projects, including a blowout party December 4, when it presents a time-based art presentation by Future Brown with Kalela, an underground DJ supergroup. This year's Basel crowd will find PAMM debuting a commissioned work by Mexico City-based artist Mario Garcia Torres.

"[His] project incorporates photography, film, and objects that explore notions of Southern Florida as a site for withdrawal from society for the purpose of artistic creation," Standish says.

Museumgoers will also find "Jardim Botânico," the first major retrospective of Brazilian abstract painter Beatriz Milhazes, on display from September through January. Early next year, PAMM will open "Tàpies: From Within," a survey of more than 50 paintings and sculptures from Antoni Tàpies, a modernist Catalan artist.

Artists Diego Bianchi and Shana Lutker are preparing large-scale installations at the museum that will "collaborate with PAMM's architecture and engage elements referencing the cultural and material landscape of Miami," Standish says.

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