The Art of Basketball Hits Miami Beach November 29, 2012 14:26

Miami Basel, in Miami Beach, is a serious highlight in the arts calendar, and this year will see the 3rd appearance of a show called the "Art of Basketball."

This year, the show, which brings together some of the worlds most famous graffitti artists, will have a theme surrounding the Miami Heat, and their Championship will last season. 

Read a bit more about the event, from the show's organisers:

"The “Art of Basketball: Heat Wave” exhibition features a select group of renowned graffiti and street artists from around the world who have created portraits of the team’s players, notably LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, and canvases, re-imagining the most iconic symbols of their championship season, on actual NBA backboards supplied by Spalding.

The featured artists include Mr. Brainwash, URNY, Sofia Maldonado, The Dude Company,Shiro, Cern, Rene Gagnon, Joe Iurato, Ewok One 5MH, Jack Aguire, David Cooper, Cope2, Chris Stain, Gaia, J. Robles, Sero, ECB, Veng, Peat Wollaeger, Junk, Blanco, Bill Fickett and Billi Kid, who is the curator of “Art of Basketball.”

“The Miami Heat has been very good to ‘Art of Basketball,’” Kid said. “From allowing us to paint an official NBA backboard at the American Airlines Arena during a game, to giving us an opportunity to work with its elite players at different events, it was time for us to return the love.”

The “Art of Basketball: Heat Wave” exhibition runs from Dec. 5 to 9 (from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at 2048 Northwest Miami Court, about five minutes from American Airlines Arena. Each artwork piece will be available for purchase.

In addition, Wade and Bosh are hosting a private VIP party on Friday, Dec. 7, at the same address (from 8 to 11 p.m.), which includes music from the Heat’s own popular DJ Irie, the NBA’s first team DJ, and food from Shake Shack. The party is sponsored by Premier Beverage and Public Works Department, which established “Art of Basketball,” and a portion of the proceeds raised that evening will benefit Wade’s foundation “Wade’s World” and Bosh’s foundation “Team Tomorrow Inc.”

Listen to Chris Bosh talk about the event last year: