rubell family collection
When traveling to a new city to view art it is always a safe bet to first look into a contemporary museum and then travel to the gallery district. I found that miami offered a third alternative that proved to be a highlight of the trip! Miami is turning into a place of new money and also a big hot spot for the arts, especially in the last four years. I think with the December and January shows of Art Miami and Art Basel, miami is making a name for itself and quickly loosing its reputation as the home of the retirees and spring-breakers!
Now this brings me to the Rubell Family Collection. The collection also like moca warehouse is off the beaten trail and sits in a desolate warehouse/storage distict scattered with small lower income housing. Right next to the spacious musuem is a new contemporary, luxury house that I assume is just one of the homes of the Rubells - you can see a lap pool and tennis court from the second floor of the gallery. Not only does the collection speak for itself but there is an interesting story with the family and how they began collecting. Check out this story for the full details on the family's collection. Here are just a couple points from the story:
"It's very easy to buy Impressionist paintings," says Don Rubell, a 61-year-old, Brooklyn-born former obstetrician who met his future wife in the library of Brooklyn College in 1962. Soon thereafter, the couple began collecting art with a $50 investment in a piece found during a European summer vacation. After that, they established a $25 a month budget for collecting original art. Ten years later, they crossed an important benchmark as serious collectors when they invested in a painting by young Italian artist Francesco Clemente...
Bonnie Clearwater, director of the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), says the Rubell collection has had a major impact on Miami as an art destination. "I have been working with a lot of young artists in Miami," she says. "And a lot of them have pointed to the fact that it's important to them to have the Rubell collection here."
Wouldn't it be wonderful if more detroit collectors opened their houses up to local artists and art enthusiasts? I know of quite a few collectors who live in metro detroit that have huge collections that have been named in Artnews for top collections in the country!
jeff koons (two above)
the museum went on...and on...and on....this wing was called "Poles Apart: contemporary polish art"
andrea lahmann (she is one to look up...her works in person were very lovely and had many layers to them)
norbert sehwontkowski (two above)