The monthly Second Saturday Art Walk in the Wynwood Art District of Miami can be a somewhat daunting affair, with more than 60 galleries showcasing works than run the gamut from brilliant to dubious at best.
As such, it can also be somewhat snooty – in that Miami fashionista sort of way. Amid this sea of pretension stands the Harold Golen Gallery, a down-to-earth beacon that showcases the best in pop surrealism and mid-century culture.
This month, the gallery continues to thumb its nose at the nearby artsy elite with a show that’s sure to warm the hearts of South Florida’s lowbrow art fans: “Simian Spectacle,” billed as “a show with teeth … and fur!” The show’s opening night coincides with July’s art walk this Saturday and runs from 6 to 11 p.m. It continues through Aug. 4.
The show features the works of Anthony Carpenter, Eddy Crosby, Sam Gambino, El Gato Gomez, Doug Horne, Robert Jimenez, LuRu, Mulder 142, Nik Satterfield and Stephanie Jaffe Werner. It is curated by Jimenez, the South Florida artist behind Tiki Tower Island. Also, opening night will feature “Mikey The Organ Grinder Monkey,” a sideshow that has piqued our simian-loving interest.
The Wynwood Art District is contained roughly between Northwest 36th Street on the north, Northwest 20th Street on the south, Interstate 95 on the west and Northeast First Avenue on the east. The Harold Golen Gallery is centrally located at 2294 N.W. Second Ave. Food trucks are always nearby, and some venues feature cocktails and appetizers. Get there early, as the well-coiffed crowds can sometimes become unwieldy.