Harold Golen Gallery isn’t monkeying around with this art show

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.

Simian Spectacle at Harold Golen Gallery

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.

Is That A Banana In Your Pocket? - 12 x 30 on gallery wrapped canvas by El Gato Gomez. Click on the image for more art from the show.

Is That A Banana In Your Pocket? - 12 x 30 on gallery wrapped canvas by El Gato Gomez. Click on the image for more art from the show.

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.

Click on the Facebook event or join the gallery’s Facebook group for more information. The official Web site is HaroldGolenGallery.com.

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.

For more info on the other galleries, go to WynwoodArtWalk.com or check out the recent article by Miami.com.

About Hurricane Hayward

A professional journalist and Florida resident for more than 30 years, Jim "Hurricane" Hayward shares his obsession with Polynesian Pop and other retro styles on his blog, The Atomic Grog. Jim's roots in mid-century and reto culture go back to his childhood in the 1960s, when he tagged along with his parents to Tiki restaurants and his father's custom car shows. His experience in journalism, mixology, and more than 20 years as an independent concert promoter make him a jack-of-all-trades in the South Florida scene. A graduate of the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications, Jim is a longtime web producer for The Palm Beach Post. In his spare time, he has promoted hundreds of rock, punk, and indie concerts under the Slammie Productions name since the early 1990s. In 2011, he launched The Atomic Grog to extensively cover events, music, art, cocktails, and culture with a retro slant. Jim earned his nickname by virtue of both his dangerous exotic drinks and his longtime position producing The Post's tropical weather website.
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