The kind of hit that American businesses, big and small, have been experiencing over the last couple of years calls for an active response, approach, and effective survival plan. Anthony Spinello, of Spinello Gallery, is exactly that type of active player in the arts.
This young yet seasoned curator is always thinking of innovative events to keep the community involved and interested in the arts. His new location in the Design District is the perfect spot for this creative curator as he plays a crucial role in the formation of what he calls an “up and coming block”. Spinello Gallery is a space for the unconventional, representing artists such as graffiti writer Typoe, conceptual photographer Lee Materazzi, and the two person collective Blackbooks.
Spinello, a veteran of the Miami art scene at only 26, is proof that “do what you love” is anything but a cliché. Having had the opportunity to work a 9-to-5 job with a comfortable salary/benefits after completing his formal education, Spinello opted for the road less taken – a decision he attributes to his early experience living the gallery scene. A few years ago, Spinello was a new graduate living above the Liquid Blue Gallery in Wynwood. One gallery night, an inspired Spinello gave Liquid Blue Gallery owner his opinion on the show.
Spinello’s critical and honest opinion earned him an instant job offer as Liquid Blue Gallery’s director – an offer he could not refuse. In 2005, after some time as director, the gallery had to close its doors, leaving Spinello jobless and hungry for more. Instead of searching and settling for that comfy 9-to-5, Spinello decided to sell all the furniture in his second story walk-up on Craigslist and turn his own living space into a curator’s project that he called the Red Dot Project. “Red Dot Project was never meant to be a gallery,” says Spinello, “it was a nomadic curatorial project that grew into Spinello Gallery.” Spinello relates his success to his persistence and passion for curating and the following he has had since Red Dot Project.
Now in his new location in the Design District, the young curator and gallerist is as active as ever. With Art Basel 2009 in mind, plans for the second edition of his own art fair Littlest Sister 09 are in motion. Littlest Sister is a creation of Spinello that plays off the fact that Art Basel Miami Beach is the little sister of Art Basel Switzerland.
This invitational takes place in Spinello Gallery where scaled down booths for individual artists resemble the larger structure of the major fair – definitely something to look forward to come Basel.