Andy Sweet, a native son of Miami Beach, spent years photographing the life and residents of South Beach. His work was cut short when he was murdered in 1982, but he left behind an amazing, insightful body of luminous color photographs that still shine today. Before Art Basel recognized Miami Beach as a burgeoning arts community, Andy recognized its importance, beauty, and the fleeting nature of that era.
His work is now being rediscovered by a new generation and will be on display as part of Ed Christin Collection (Booth # PH04) at Pinta Miami in Wynwood as part of Art Basel, November 30-December 4. Andy’s showing at Pinta Miami, includes some of Andy’s original prints, as well as some of the recently-printed restorations.
This is the first time Andy’s work will be featured in Art Basel. This exhibition comes in the wake of his exhibition at the Miami Beach Cinematheque, which ran from September to November 2016. His tragic death and the following trials were covered extensively in the media. The son of a prominent Miami Beach family, the gruesome nature of his death diverted attention from his art just when his work was gaining a following.
By mischance, his negatives were lost, leaving only the prints he’d made as his legacy, their colors slowly fading away. In 2006, on finding a trove of color ‘work prints’ Andy made prior to printing full-size prints, Stan Hughes realized that digital technology could be used to restore the fading colors back to their original jewel-like glory.
Thursday, December 1, noon to 8 p.m.
Friday, December 2, noon to 8 pm.
Saturday, December 3, noon to 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 4, noon to 7 p.m.
Change.org: Petition to have street in Miami Beach named after Andy Sweet: https://www.change.org/p/merle-shama-bergman-vote-to-have-street-in-deco-district-named-after-the-late-famed-photographer-andy-sweet
Andy Sweet Legacy Project
Ellen Sweet Moss
Eed Christin Collection Director (Andy Sweet Photo Legacy archive's agent)
990 Biarritz Dr. #502 Miami Beach, FL 33141
Tel: +917 531 4217
Onelia Collazo Mendive
OCM Public Relations