While Miami has long been known as a center for art enthusiasts and art galleries, little has been published up to now about the many well-known private art collectors like George Lindemann found in the Magic City of Miami, Coconut Grove and Miami Beach especially. Furthermore, even if one doesn’t actually collect art, there are myriads of art festivals during the year to tantalize any appreciator of these works of art.
As a visitor, one may run into and perhaps even join other well-known art collector celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Brad Pitt and Mary-Kate Olsen when they regularly visit in Miami during the winter seasons.
Week-long gatherings of art lovers, artists, collectors, dealers and gallery/museum curators, several times during the year, have helped foster Miami’s well-deserved international reputation as an art center. The collections are all very inspiring and impressive as well, so let’s begin with the ones listed below.
The Margulies Collection
The Margulies Collection at The Warehouse proves what imagination can do with a converted warehouse in the energized Wynwood Art District. Bearing some of the finest inventories of contemporary and vintage works, we find more than 45,000 square feet filled with famed Miami art collector Martin Z. Margulies’ displays of photography, videos and sculptures. The collection opens Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and carries an admission charge of $10.
The Rubell Family
Proudly boasting of one of the world’s largest, private contemporary art collections, and their Contemporary Arts Foundation, The Rubell Family and Contemporary Arts Foundation promote both established and emerging artists alike. Recently, a major donation of artwork from Boston collector Kenneth L. Freed greatly enhanced the Rubell initiatives in art. The collection is open every Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and charges an admission fee of $10.
The Craig Robins Collection
High atop corporate offices in the Design District, the Craig Robins Collection at Dacra magnifies the energizing spirit of contemporary art and design. Seeking to combine art and community lifestyle, real estate mogul Craig Robins provides public access to his collection of over 200 artists’ works drawing primarily from German, Mexican, Chinese and American influences. The collection is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a pre-scheduled appointment is needed to view the exhibits.
Many galleries are open for light refreshments during certain times a year. In addition, trolley rides journey through the streets of Coconut Grove and Coral Gables making stops at some of the private galleries opened to the viewing public as well. Please check for tour days and hours with the local Chamber of Commerce of Visitor’s Guides.