Miami Art Collectors: the Heart of the Humanities
“It’s an artist’s right to rebel against the world’s stupidity.”
― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly
It may be an artist’s right to rebel against the world’s stupidity, but it would be a meager and hungry existence without the support of powerful people. Without the support of those who have dedicated their lives to collecting and curating great works of art, the soul of a society would wither up and die. Thankfully, Miami boasts some of the most generous philanthropists in the art community, including Don and Mera Rubell, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz, and Adam Sender, all of whom have extensive contemporary art collections.
The Rubell Family Collection not only includes world-renowned artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol, but also supports emerging contemporary artists lending credibility to their work. The Rubell Family Collection is housed in a 45,000 square foot facility in Miami that is open to the public at 95 NW 29th Street.
Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz also lend their support to the contemporary art world with their 30,000 square foot facility in Miami’s Design District (23 NE 41st St). Privately funded by the de la Cruz family, the exhibition space was designed to support local art education and awareness by providing lectures, workshops, scholarships, internships, and artist residencies.
The Adam Sender Collection boasts more than 1,000 pieces of art worth over $100 million. The Sender collection contains works by established artists like Sarah Lucas, Matthew Barney, Chris Ofili, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger and Cindy Sherman, as well as emerging artists like Rashid Johnson, Frank Benson, Diana Al-Hadid, Jim Lambie and Urs Fischer. Adam and Lenore Sender often display portions of their collection in pop-up exhibitions like the one they opened to the public during the 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach.
Thanks to these generous spirits, the art community continues to thrive and the rebellious heart of Miami continues to beat.