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Maison & Objet Americas - 2016 - Issue 1


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m a i s o n - o b j e t. c o m 77 from top: Mary Weatherford's past Sunset (2015) at the Rubell; the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation; "You've Got to Know the Rules... to Break Them" at the de la Cruz. Private collectors have fueled Miami's emergence as a contender on the global art scene, particularly in contemporary work. in fact, according to the recent "Private art Museums report" from larry's list, a company that compiles data on collectors, Miami bests New York city with eight private contemporary art museums to New York's five. Here are three must-see private collections that are now open to the public. 1. Rubell Family Colle Ction & ContempoRaRy aRts Foundation Founded in New York in 1964, the Rubell Family Collection migrated to Miami in 1993. Today, Donald and Mera Rubell are among the world's most important collectors, promoting living artists and inspiring über-collectors to open museums. Housed in a 45,000-square-foot warehouse, their collection of contemporary art is recognized as one of the world's finest, with works by stars (Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, to name a few) and emerging artists. Through May 28, "No Man's Land" highlights work by some 100 female artists, including celebrated names like Kara Walker and Cindy Sherman, as well as lesser-known artists, such as Brazilians Sonia Gomes and Solange Pessoa. The exhibit lands a welcome blow Private in Public Miami's top collectors of contemporary art roll out the red carpet to all. less works are on loan to the Lowe until the Bass reopens in the fall. Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables, 305-284-3535; THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART The Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami calls itself "the museum where new art is discovered." Well-known for its bold explora- tions in cultural diversity, the museum supports both established and emerging artists. Must see: Marielle Plaisir presents a stunningly thoughtful critique of prejudice in the exhibit "Acta Non Verba." Recognized for her site- specific works, paintings, animated stories, and tableaux vivants, the French-Guadeloupean artist fills all the museum's galleries for this show. Natasha Colebrook-Williams, MOCA's interim director, is particularly excited about a performance-art piece in which Plaisir, wearing a period costume and surrounded by symbols of colonial Guadeloupe, sits motionless for two hours. "It's an intense illusion," she says. 770 NE 125th St., Miami, 305-893-6211; INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, MIAMI The new Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami is currently housed in a temporary space, until its 37,500-square-foot building, designed by the Madrid firm Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos, opens in the Design District later this year. But the temporary digs have not prevented its cura- tors from mounting adventurous exhibitions. Must see: "I Stand, I Fall," a thought-pro- voking exhibit from John Miller, is not to be missed. "Without question, John is among the most influential, thoughtful, and political artists of our time, and his output has inspired gen- erations of artists," says ICA Miami's deputy director and chief curator, Alex Gartenfeld. "The exhibition uses the theme of the figure to explore how John has, time and again, asked pressing questions about the political and social nature of our reality—through beautiful, humorous, and subversive forms." Of par- ticular note is Miller's ambitious architectural installation, a vast and immersive mirrored lab- yrinth that will be shown in the atrium gallery. 4040 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305-901-5272; n against the pervasive sexism in the art world. 95 NW 29th St., Miami, 305-573-6090; 2. CisneRos Fontanals aRt Foundation Established in Wynwood in 2002 by Ella Fontanals- Cisneros, the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation boasts works by artists from around the world: Carmen Herrera (Cuba), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Mexico/ Canada), Marina Abramovic (Serbia), and Ai Weiwei (China), among others. The museum also awards grants and commissions to midcareer artists from the region. 1018 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 305-455-3333; 3. the de la CRuz ColleCtion A Design District diamond, the de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space was erected in 2009, when Carlos de la Cruz, chairman of a bottling and distribution empire, and his wife, Rosa, added a 30,000-square- foot extension to their Key Biscayne mansion to show their collection of cutting- edge art. The current exhibition, "You've Got to Know the Rules… to Break Them," includes work by Allora & Calzadilla, Alex Katz, and Ana Mendieta, among others. 23 NE 41st St., Miami, 305-576-6112;

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