Contemporary Art Stars Year Round In Miami

Miami is a beacon of contemporary art through its hosting of the international Art Basel festival in December. Guests to this popular art fair have included Leonardo DiCaprio, George Lindemann, and P. Diddy, who have each bought pieces to bolster their own collections. But Miami retains its art scene luster throughout the year by being home to many fantastic private art collections, some of which are open to the public.

The Margulies Collection, from seasoned collector Martin Margulies, features photography, videos, installation and sculptures in a converted warehouse. Their permanent collection includes pieces from DeKooning, Anton Keifer, Joan Miró and rotates exhibitions featuring other contemporary luminaries.

The Rubell Family Contemporary Arts Foundation/Collection hosts a rotation of contemporary and emerging artists. Their exhibitions have included artists from all over the world as well as themed exhibits that focus on topics from women in art to geographical showcases. Their permanent collection features works by 1980’s modern stars Keith Haring and Jean-Michael Basquiat.

Craig Robins, who founded the Miami Design District, houses his collection at the offices of his real estate company, Dacra. The space rotates artists from his collection, which includes John Baldessari and Richard Tuttle.

The de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space may be the public exposition for Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz’s collection, but you can view the family’s extensive array of art at their private residence. Collectors for over 25 years, their assemblage includes works from Isa Genzken, Chirstopher Wool and Dana Schutz.

Lawyers Dennis and Debra Scholl are noted both for their collection and their generosity. They open their apartment during Art Basel to a young guest curator to assemble an exhibit that features pieces from their over 1000-piece array of contemporary art. They also regularly donate pieces from their collection to museums, including the Pérez Art Museum in Miami.

Finally, Norman and Irma Braman, instrumental in bringing Art Basel to Miami and founders of the ICA, Miami’s contemporary art museum, have a massive collection of contemporary art. Their collectio