“Locals Only” Group show named one of Art Basel Miami’s Winners

Locals Only MSG Cartel

New Times Miami has named “Locals Only”, a group show which was located in Little Haiti and was part of #IHAITIBASEL, as one of the “winners” of Art Basel Miami 2014. The show, located at Midpoint Miami at the intersection of 81st Street and Biscayne Boulevard featured new work by members of the MSG Cartel graffiti crew, a collaborative exterior mural on the property as well as limited-edition New Era baseball caps. The show was curated by Schrift & Farbe’s Creative Director, Jill C. Weisberg.

MSG have been creating large-scale graffiti murals in Miami, Florida for close to 20 years. Artists range from sculptors and bombers to fine artists and illustrators. The MSG crew started when a group of up and coming artists were doing a new style of graffiti that they considered Miami Style Graffiti. MSG members didn’t feel that the established crews represented their work so they started their own movement; thus MSG was born of like-minded artists who fed off each other for inspiration. Fast-forward to today and MSG has made the leap from street art to fine art, while still holding true to their graffiti roots. “Locals Only” is a collaboration with New Era, Cool J’s (a local retailer) and Midpoint Miami. The concept for this show was “for locals by locals” and is highlighting the Little Haiti area as an upcoming destination for artists and art lovers alike. Four of the artists; Abstrk, Atomik, Quake and Pucho will have limited edition New Era hats for sale, as well as new works by MSG crew members Astre, Bulk, Crome, Hoxxoh, Hest, Arive, Xeno, Five, Gere, Ox and Eson.

From the New Times Miami post: “Courtesy of #IHAITIBASEL, Little Haiti became the unique setting for days of cool programs, launching December 3 at the Little Haiti Thrift and Gift Store. The well-stocked shop and other areas like the Little Haiti Cultural Center played host to a series of memorable events, from the Jean-Michel Basquiat Shrine Dedication and Zones Art Fair, to the MSG crew’s Locals Only show and MGKATWALK, a night of vogue, thrifting, and fun that brought out local artists, Hello Kitty-clad baby ravers, and Eric Wareheim.

Read the entire post by New Times Miami here.

Photo credit: JC Lopez