The Underbelly Project started when 103 well known international street artists created work in an abandoned New York subway tunnel where they opened the doors for only one very secret night to a very lucky few. What followed was a storm of media attention towards the project and it’s artists, with a special photo expose by The New York Times and select art websites. The Underbelly Project was kept under tight wraps from the beginning, and since closing the opening to the location, it has remained off the radar.

Since then, fans have been left to wait for The Underbelly to reveal itself in another light.

During Art Basel Miami Beach week 2011 The Underbelly Project crawls from it’s subterranean slumber and onto the streets of the Wynwood Arts District for all to see. Even so, the show has been under another viel of secrecy over the past few weeks, and final details were established only a few days ago. Those lucky few who have heard of the event were treated to a barrage of some of the best art of Miami’s 2011 art season, and Warholian was lucky enough to preview The Underbelly Project before it’s official opening.

It is evident that the street artists involved were clearly bringing some of their best work forward… and each piece is dramatically large.

Show standouts include a (est. 15′) foot high Swoon piece, which is one of the best works produced from the artist thus far – While Ron English painted yet one more pop surrealistic masterpiece, which seemed to set the bar that much higher for modern day Michelangelo of the streets.

Other artists exhibited include Faile, Dabs & Myla, TrustoCorp, Aiko, Rone, Revok, Ron English, Jeff Soto, Mark Jenkins, Anthony Lister, Logan Hicks, Jeff Stark, Lucy McLauchlan, M-City, Kid Zoom, Eric Haze, Saber, Meggs, Jim & Tina Darling, The London Police, Sheone, Skewville, Jordan Seiler, Jason Eppink and I AM, Dan Witz, Specter, Ripo, MoMo, Remi/Rough, Stormie Mills, Swoon, Know Hope, Skullphone, L’Atlas, Roa, Surge, Gaia, Michael De Feo, Joe Iurato, Love Me, Adam 5100, and Chris Stain.

From Underbelly… “Fashioned to resemble the abandoned station four stories beneath the bustle of New York City, the exhibit will attempt to capture the experience of artists’ that were invited leave their creative mark four stories beneath the city streets. The show will feature video footage of artists at work, still documentation, as well as recorded sounds heard in the tunnel.

Exclusively at The Underbelly Show, the unreleased We Own the Night: The Art of The Underbelly Project book, will be available as a limited edition collectors boxed set before the public release in February. This boxed set will include a hard cover book along with 9 unreleased photos packaged in a hand crafted oak box engraved with the names of each artist that contributed to the project. Before the general viewing there will also be a book signing featuring many of the aforementioned artists.”

To sum it up, if you’re in Miami this Art Basel Weekend you’ll want to make this show a priority.

– written and photographed by Michael Cuffe for Warholian

The Underbelly Project can be found at 78 NW 25th St. Miami, FL 33137

General Opening: 2nd of December 6-10 pm
Open to the Public: 2nd December – 5th December

For more information visit: http://theunderbellyproject.com/

To see the full set of photos by Michael Cuffe visit Flickr: (HERE)

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