Art Basel: Andy Sweet’s Vintage Photos of Miami Beach
Wednesday, 11/30/2016 – 12/04/2016 06:00 pm – 08:00 pm
Mana Wynwood, Pinta Miami
2217 Northwest 5th Avenue,
Wynwood, Florida 33127
Cost: Free with RSVP
Andy Sweet, a native son of Miami Beach, spent years photographing the life and residents of South Beach. His work was cut short when he was murdered in 1982, but he left behind an amazing, insightful body of luminous color photographs that still shine today.
Before Art Basel recognized Miami Beach as a burgeoning arts community, Andy recognized its importance, beauty, and the fleeting nature of that era. His work is now being rediscovered by a new generation and will be on display as part of Ed Christin Collection (Booth # PH04) at Pinta Miami in Wynwood as part of Art Basel, November 30-December 4.
Andyâ€™s showing at Pinta Miami, includes some of Andyâ€™s original prints, as well as some of the recently-printed restorations. A VIP Private Event will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 6- 8 .m. Invitation is valid for two. RSVP to VIP@pintamiami.com
This is the first time Andyâ€™s work will be featured in Art Basel. This exhibition comes in the wake of his exhibition at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, which ran from September to November 2016. His tragic death and the following trials were covered extensively in the media. The son of a prominent Miami Beach family, the gruesome nature of his death diverted attention from his art just when his work was gaining a following.
By mischance, his negatives were lost, leaving only the prints heâ€™d made as his legacy, their colors slowly fading away. In 2006, on finding a trove of color â€˜work printsâ€™ Andy made prior to printing full-size prints, Stan Hughes realized that digital technology could be used to restore the fading colors back to their original jewel-like glory.
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, December 1, noon to 8 p.m.; Friday, December 2, noon to 8 pm.; Saturday, December 3, noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday, December 4, noon to 7 p.m. http://www.pintamiami.com. Ed Christin Collection (Andy Sweetâ€™s photography archivist).If you love Soul Of Miami, please consider leaving a testimonial.
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