Art Wynwood will mark the debut of Kevin O'Leary's contemporary photography exhibition. TitledIrreconcilable Images, the exhibit willfeature original works by O'Leary, a business mogul and investor on "Shark Tank." He describes the photographs as "irreconcilable" because "Viewing the work alerts your sense of foreboding, and you are suspicious of what you are seeing. The eye keeps trying to reconcile the imputed accuracies." The work displayed will span multiple decades and geographies and will include titles such as Self Portrait (1975), Inflating Zeppelin (2008) and Woman on Chains (2013). All profits from the sales of the photographs will benefit aspiring teenage entrepreneurs and the Perry J. Cohen Foundation (PJCF). The goal of PJCF, established by Pamela Cohen and Nick Korniloff, is to create awareness and education around the safe enjoyment of recreational boating, fishing and water sports. The foundation also will provide scholarships for deserving students, as well as financial assistance to future search-and-rescue efforts for others lost at sea.
Martha Cooper, an iconic photographer noted for capturing the street art movement, will exhibit her work depicting Wynwood Walls and the Wynwood Arts District at this year's Art Wynwood. Cooper's work has been influential for urban vernacular art and architecture for over 40 years. Her dedication to documenting graffiti as an art form has propelled her to international acclaim, and because of her efforts, Cooper has been chosen as the recipient of the Art Wynwood Tony Goldman Lifetime Achievement Award.
Kerry McLaney, Founder/Creative Director of Miami's Independent Thinkers and 305 Creative Group, is known for documenting Wynwood's evolution of street art throughout the years. When she first moved to the Edgewater/Wynwood area from Haiti, McLaney was captivated by how the colors, styles, shapes and textures of street art looked from behind the lens. In 2011, she met Martha Cooper, who quickly became an important guide into the street art world. This year, McLaney will have a boothadjacent to the Martha Cooper exhibit at Art Wynwood.