Cartwheel Art’s “Top 15” Highlighted Preview List for SCOPE Miami Beach

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This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of SCOPE Miami, the vibrant art fair held during Miami Art Week. Each year, over 350,000 visitors descent to Miami for the world’s most exciting and important international art-centric event of the year that incorporates art, music, fashion and design, creating a cultural phenomenon. SCOPE, whose emphasis is on expanding the careers of emerging artists, and attracts over 45,000 visitors over the course of 6 days, will be bringing 118 exhibitors from 22 countries and 57 cities for a eye popping display of “beyond the ordinary in contemporary art” to their 70,000 sq. ft. pavilion, nestled among the iconic architecture of Ocean Drive at 10th Street.

Special programming highlights include Juxtapoz Presents (prepare to be wowwed), the Breeder Program, Feature|Photography, MOO, Stickbulb and the Heineiken/Montana Cans curated sections that showcase cutting edge and emerging art, along with Bombay Sapphire and VH1 areas. Visitors to SCOPE will also enjoy views of the ocean and an outdoor beach lounge, while attending the fair.

Scope opened today December 1 for VIP and press and runs through December 6. For more about VIP tickets and SCOPE’s Platinum Program, click here.

Here is the Cartwheel Art’s Highlighted Preview list of the top fifteen galleries,  with a few sneak peek images:


Frida Kahlo by Kazuhiro Tsuji in the booth of Copro Gallery. Photo by Greg Escalante

1) Copro Gallery (Juxtapoz Presents):
Copro Gallery was founded in 1992 as an entity to curate art exhibitions of emerging artists and publish the highest quality limited edition prints. Copro Gallery also became a base for assisting and curating museum exhibitions. In 1994 owner Greg Escalante co-founded Juxtapoz magazine and Copro Callery participated with the magazine to curate, publicize and be a media sponsor of many events inside and outside of the gallery to further promote artists.

A highlight of the fair those looking to take selfies and with admirers of the amazing detailed work will be Copro’s booth with the work of Kazuhiro Tsuji. For this fair, Copro is featuring the artist’s larger-than-life “Frida Kahlo.” Kazu’s detailed and expressive work always enthralls us. Kazu explains:

My aim is to sculpt portraits that go beyond capturing a likeness. I create these heads from the inside out, bringing to life the appearance of inner thought and emotion as I layer the silicone. The stillness and detail of his giant heads, which are eight times bigger than life size offers the opportunity for close examination of each pore with a level of scrutiny.


Joe Sorren is exhibiting with Copro.


 Jeffrey Gillette–most recently known for his work at Banksy’s Dismaland will be on exhibition at Copro.

Many more artists are exhibiting at Copro Gallery as well!


Beware of Ghosts by Ralph Ziman will have work featured in the booth of C.A.V.E. Gallery.

2) C.A.V.E. Gallery:
We are really excited that Ralph Ziman, who created an incredibly impactful mural, located a block from our office in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District that was frequently featured with Cartwheel Art Tours, will be showing his series “Ghosts” with C.A.V.E. Gallery, again this year. “Ghosts” is dedicated to call attention to the on-going human destruction fueled by the international arms trade. The United Nations estimates there are more than 500 million small arms in circulation around the world. More than 70 million of those are estimated to be AK-47’s; additionally, 90% of all casualties in wars around the world are cased by small arms with 80% of those killed being innocent citizens. These horrifying and disturbing statistics were the starting point for Ziman’s project.

Additional artists  to be highlighted that will be exhibiting with C.A.V.E. Gallery are as follows:


Pichi Avo:  Spanish duo Pichi Avo have been hitting the streets since 2007 with a spectacular remix of figurative classics from Greek mythology interwoven with contemporary explosions of wild style graffiti and surreal gestures. Their unique style and stunning talent has boldly pushes the boundaries of urban art.


L7m: Interest in L7m‘s bold, expressive work continues to gain international attention. Much of his work is found on the street, where he creates large scale glimpses of nature as a response to the surrounding chaos he sees. His colorful palette and powerful, sweeping strokes electrify the urban environment.


Young Chun: Young Chun‘s elaborate oil paintings feature muses with brilliant, chromatic glasses. These magical lenses highlight beautiful and fascinating elements in the world. The foreground is created with exquisite detail, a hyper realism focusing on both nature and nuances of pop culture framed by an enchanting background of softly blurred colors. The impressive large size of each canvas entices the viewer to admire every inch of the canvas.

Additional artists that will be exhibiting with C.A.V.E. Gallery are Li-Hill, Rubin415, NAWER,  Morten Andersen, & Chad Hasegawa.


3) Fifty24MX Gallery (Juxtapoz Presents):  
Founded  by Arturo Mizrahi and Liliana Carpinteyro in 2009Fifty24MX is a Mexico city based gallery that seeks to provide unique visual experiences, and is dedicated to promoting Young Contemporary Art, showcasing the work of well-established artists pushing the status quo, as well as young and talented emerging artists.


Fidia Falaschetti is exhibiting with Fifty24MX Gallery


Gary Baseman is exhibiting this work in the Fifty24MX Gallery.


Saner is exhibiting with Fifty24MX Gallery.

Additional artists that will be exhibiting with Fifty24MX Gallery are Ciler, Minoz, Ericailcane, and Kenta Torii.


Mike Egan is exhibiting with Gauntlet Gallery.

4) Gauntlet Gallery (Juxtapoz Presents):
Gauntlet Gallery, which opened their doors in December of 2012 in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco, is a gallery committed to creating an approachable and engaging platform for emerging and established artists.


Sean Newport is exhibiting with Gauntlet Gallery.

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Scott Listfield is exhibiting at Gauntlet Gallery.


5) Inner State Gallery (Juxtapoz Presents):
Inner State Gallery will be presenting two of the contemporary art movement’s most sought after artists as New York City graffiti and b-boy legend Doze Green and storied calligrapher and international muralist Cryptik bring entirely new collections to Scope’s Miami Beach Art Fair. With both artists prolific in their own right, these new works highlight their intricate line work and unique visual vocabulary to make for a fitting compliment to one another, as both artists unveil harmonious exhibitions that transcend reality into the metaphysical.


The work of Cryptik will be part of the featured exhibition at Inner State Gallery. He is one of our favorite artists!


Australia’s Brad Eastman installation in the booth of Inner State Gallery.


Allison “Hueman” Torneros is exhibiting with Inner City Gallery.


Felipe Pantone is exhibiting with Mirus gallery.

6) Mirus Gallery (Juxtapoz Presents):
Mirus Gallery, based out of San Francisco, is an exhibition space established by curator and art dealer Paul Hemming features a program of contemporary artwork by emerging and mid-career artists in both solo and thematically organized group shows. They highlights work that emphasizes skill and process and aims to engage viewers on a sentient, emotional and evocative level.

Their booth, located near the front of the fair entrance by the atrium, features a curated booth with artists Felipe Pantone and Adam Friedman. Both artists will utilize half of the 4oo sq.ft booth incorporating murals and sculptural elements in addition to paintings.



The work of Adam Friedman will be part of the booth at Mirus Gallery.

7) Paradigm Gallery (Juxtapoz Presents):
Established in February 2010, Paradigm Gallery + Studio, began as a project between co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston, to create a space in which to make artwork, to exhibit the work of their peers, and to invite the members of the local community in Philadelphia, PA, to make their own artwork in a welcoming gallery setting. Over the past five years, Paradigm Gallery + Studio has become a gallery of diverse contemporary artwork from around the world, but still with a focus on Philadelphia artists.

Paradigm Gallery + Studio provides an artistic space for both the visual and performing arts, with a focus on dedicated, emerging Philadelphia-based artists. They provide artists with individualized attention, strong promotional support, and a transformable gallery space to make their own. Additionally, they strive to make art accessible to the whole community through free bi-weekly events and support work that welcomes a wide audience.

Paradigm Gallery will be presenting the work of Drew Leshko, Luke O’Sullivan, Paige Smith (A Common Name) and Hilary White in their booth space.


The work of Paige Smith (A Common Name), one of the artists we have been following in LA, will be at Paradigm Gallery.


Work of Tine Helleshøj who is exhibiting with Parlor Gallery.

8) Parlor Gallery (Juxtapoz Presents):
Parlor Gallery opened in 2009 in Asbury Park, NJ and present a unique vision in New Jersey’s art community featuring innovative work by some of the best emerging and established artists. They curate exhibits the public may not ordinarily have access to outside of a large urban environment within a welcoming, creative, and inspirational space. The Gallery provides a venue for both talented young artists who’ve never exhibited as well as internationally collected and established artists.

Parlor Gallery will be exhibiting new works from Porkchop, Jill Ricci, Sylvia Hommert and Tine Helleshøj.

Sensual, clever, rock’n roll – are all words that have been used to describe Copenhagen based, Tine Helleshøj’s bold, individualistic style whose work is shown above. Working in mixed media such as gouache, spray paint, stencils and oil painted characters– Helleshøj’s nostalgic pop images of sexy pin up girls and macho men set against bold and colorful detailed backgrounds exude an aesthetic that is both joy-filled and mesmerizing at the same time. She weaves her characters’ stories spontaneously, eschewing obvious social statements and instead focusing on captivating imagery that brings a smile to the viewer’s lips. She is not inspired by any certain direction in art but finds her inspiration in urban life.’


Work of Porkchop, exhibiting with Parlor Gallery.

Porkchop‘s art is influenced by ancient block printing techniques and referencing history and literature. He sources out, manipulates, or casts familiar objects and painstakingly paints and re-creates their surfaces. Often unexpected marriages of imagery and object are the result. By stripping these pieces of his normal vibrant palette and using only black & white, a bold and stark narrative becomes more evident and difficult to ignore.


Work of Jill Ricci, who is exhibiting with Parlor Gallery.

Jill Ricci finds one of the most arresting visuals for her to be an old wall layered with papers, graffiti, and text- our modern hieroglyphics. She tries to re-create  that in her work; the layers of time and decay are what interest’s her. She hopes that the person viewing her work will linger, trying to discover hidden imagery and text and depending on their life experience, find their own meaning or interpretation. Found images and objects function as signifiers of both individual and collective experience. By incorporating materials that are linked to the realities of daily life, she strive’s to establish an immediate identification between the viewer and the work of art. She is exploring the place between “high art” and popular culture, text and image, figuration and abstraction, past and present, and two and three-dimensional space. She begin’s by working without a final vision in mind; then uses collected materials and allows pattern, texture, color and structure to emerge organically. In her current body of work, she aims to have the pieces evoke the walls of Morocco, a Renaissance Church, a NYC subway wall, and a hint of Malibu Barbie all simultaneously existing on one canvas.


On exhibition at Pashmin Art Gallery.

9) Pashmin Art Gallery
Pashmin Art Gallery, from Hamburg, Germany, exhibits international artists from China, Germany, Latvia, the USA, and Greece. Paintings, sculptures, burnt-photography, photo-montages and other media that represent the selected artists will be on exhibition in their both where they will be exhibiting artists represented along with younger, new and emerging ones.


10) Project Gallery:
Los Angeles based Project Gallery opened its doors in 2012. They hope to present diversified and compelling programming by showcasing emerging and established art and photography. On exhibition at Project Gallery’s booth: Brandon Boyd, Ian Ross, Mikael Brandrup, Jeremiah Kille, and Kellesimone Waits.


Brandon Boyd will be on exhibition at Project Gallery


Mikal Brandrup will be on exhibition at Project Gallery.


Ian Ross is exhibiting these two pieces of work at Project Gallery.


11) Red Truck Gallery (Juxtapoz Presents):
Red Truck Gallery, an art gallery based in New Orleans focusses on unique art with a welcoming atmosphere that is in warm opposition to the customary frills and stark white walls of the traditional art scene. Their family of eclectic and dedicated Red Truck Gallery artists make beautiful, unexpected art with an emphasis on the importance of craftsmanship in creation of beauty. The work of the artists is in an impressive range of art styles and mediums, but all are meticulous craftsmen who relish the detail and hard work that goes into making a piece. Note: All photos from Red Truck Gallery by Katy bea martinez-arizala keller.


Our friends Bryan, Nik and Noah (from left-right) of Red Truck Gallery who are always having fun and selling work!


The floors of Red Truck Gallery booth were painted by Lauren Napolitano.


John Whipple has work on exhibition in Red Truck Gallery’s booth.


Tom Haney’s at Red Truck Gallery’s booth again this year.


Yesterday’s set-up in the booth with artists Bryan Cunningham and Jason D’aquino, both exhibiting with Red Truck Gallery.

Artists exhibiting with Red Truck Gallery are: John Whipple, Jason D’aquino, Bryan Cuningham, Lauren Napolitano, Tom Haney, Evan B. Harris, Derek Nobbs, Adam Wallacavage, Andres Basurto, Woodrow White, Dennis Mcnett, Mike Egan, Brad Woodfin, Jason Borders, and Gabriel Shaffer.


Rune Christensen is exhibiting at SCOPE with Soze Gallery.

12) Soze Gallery
Toowee Kao, founder and owner of Soze Gallery, located in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, represents two Los Angeles-based  artists, Jaybo Monk and Augustine Kofie. In addition, she features other young contemporary artists, supporting them in their creative pursuit of success and happiness. Toowee is there for her artists helping to make  being an artist is a little less difficult. She also offers an artist residency in downtown Los Angeles for her international artists.

Rune Christensen, is one of the artists exhibiting with Soze Gallery. Born in the East Jutland of Denmark, he is a self-taught graffiti artist who while traveling the world, became fascinated with the patterns and colors of traditional handcraft, costumes, and temple decorations of Asia, South America, North Africa and Native America. Shooting all those artistic memories with his camera, he uses them as references for his work, both with acrylic paint and Posca pens. The result is a collection of faceless portraits. The female characters, with their horned balaclavas, remind us of the Russian political rock band Pussy Riot, but they are too busy contemplating their twins or doing mysterious pagan dances to make punk protests. The men and children are also cryptic, half religious icons, half extras in a music video from the band Fever Ray. The backgrounds are as simple as the characters are intricate, focusing on the tattoos and clothes’ prints. The peaceful poise of Rune Christensen’s heroines and heroes create a very touching mood, somewhere between childhood’s innocence and trendy Scandinavian design…


Work of Shepard Fairey and D*Face is on exhibition at Stolenspace Gallery.

13) Stolenspace Gallery (Juxtapoz Presents):
StolenSpace is East London’s leading contemporary urban art gallery, exhibiting work by artists such as D*Face, Shepard Fairey, Seen and Wordtomother.


Work of Shepard Fairey and D*Face are on exhibition at Stolenspace Gallery.


Jason Woodside signing his work at Scope in the SAA Gallery booth where he is exhibiting work.

14) Street Art Anarchy (SAA Gallery)
After years of urban exploration documenting street art and graffiti artists for Street Art Anarchy throughout New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, etc., they will be exhibiting artists Jason Woodside, and Never2501, along with related works of Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann.

SAA Gallery’s mission is to brings forth a select list of forward thinking artists whose works are pushing the boundaries of street art as we know it.


Never 2501 examining his work before exhibiting his work that will be in SAA Gallery booth.


15) Thinkspace Gallery (Juxtapoz Presents):
Founded in Los Angeles in 2005, by Andrew and Shawn Hosner along with L. Croskey, and located in the Culver City art district since 2009, Thinkspace was established with a commitment to the promotion and dissemination of young and emerging art. The gallery is a catalytic conduit for the emerging New Contemporary art scene, and is dedicated to the exposure of its tenets and its artists. This movement, straddled between popular culture, graphic art, design and street art, is subject to steadily increasing global expansion, and is in need of institutional advocates.

The New Contemporary movement is young, but significant, and Thinkspace’s aim is to establish both a curatorial forum and a collector base for its output. As an institution, Thinkspace is committed to vision, risk, and the exceptional talents that wield it. From the streets, to the gallery, from the “margins”, to the white cube, Thinkspace is re-envisioning what it means to be “institutional.”  Thinkspace is a  haven for talent, and a venue founded in passion, conviction, and community. They intend to be a vehicle for the talents they’ve been vetting for years to come, and are passionate advocates for their vision and their dreams.

Their booth features a double solo presentation of represented artists Kevin Peterson and Alex Yanes, alongside the gallery’s signature wall of small-format 12 x 12 artworks by 44 members of their Thinkspace Family and a small group show with the following artists: Aaron Horkey, Adam Caldwell, Alexis Diaz, Brian M. Viveros, Casey Weldon, Cinta Vidal, David Cooley, Derek Gores, Drew Leshko, Ernest Zacharevic, Jacub Gagnon, James Bullough , James Marshall (aka Dalek), Joao Ruas, Josh Keyes, Sergio Garcia, Seth Armstrong and Troy Lovegates.

Peterson, a painter based out of Houston and Yanes, a mixed-media sculptor / painter from Miami, create work inspired by the endless potential of the cityscape. Yanes colorful, multi-dimensional works are informed by his love of Miami, graffiti, tattoos, and street culture, while Peterson, with hyperrealistic oil paintings explore the psychological vicissitudes of the urban sprawl.

Work by Kevin Peterson is on exhibition in Thinkspace Gallery’s booth.


Work by Alex Yanes is on exhibition in Thinkspace Gallery’s booth.


Work by Josh Keyes is on exhibition at Thinkspace Gallery’s booth.


Work by Ernest Zacharevic is on exhibition at Thinkspace Gallery

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