Get your cameras ready, Yorkville is about to get a lot more colourful. Inspired by Miami’s ever-Instagrammable Wynwood Walls, a series of murals will be exhibited throughout Yorkville from Sept. 13 to 15, with different installations beginning now and continuing over the summer.
The Ink Entertainment initiative features local and international artists who practice in a variety of styles, such as Ben Johnston, Mr. Brainwash, Whatisadam, and RISK— the artist responsible for the first mural, a graffiti piece on the exterior of Taglialatella Galleries, and the celebration’s anchoring locale.
In celebration of the already completed murals, solo exhibitions will be held in the courtyard of Taglialatella Galleries on June 20, July 11, and Aug. 15 to celebrate the aforementioned artists. Alan Ganev, the director of the festival’s central gallery, has noted how well received and exciting it was to see something new and cool on an otherwise beige wall, and how that reaction is what prompted the idea of creating a larger scale festival to celebrate muralists.
Mr. Brainwash, one of the festival’s featured artists (pictured below with DJ Khaled), will have his work presented in Yorkville on July 11.
Look for the walls along Sofia Restaurant & Bar, Taglialatella Galleries, Christian Louboutin and Spaces to be transformed, starting this month, in the lead up to the September festival. Then, be sure not to miss the feature artist talks, various panels, film screenings, and pop-up parties — all in celebration of the Yorkville community, festival organizers and artists. As of now, partners and sponsors include Romeos Gin and Cumberland Financial.
Yorkville, and the courtyard of 99 Yorkville Ave. specifically, are about to transform into a paradise of public art, complete with elevated cultural experiences taking form as interesting and diverse social gatherings. Be a part of it.