Miami’s Art Scene

Miami is a dazzling tropical city known as a playground for the rich and famous. It is a premier ground for budding modern artists with varied cultural backgrounds. Knowing this tempts famous art collector celebrities to shop for contemporary pieces to add to their art collections.

Each year Miami hosts Art Basel, an international art festival that includes several select local galleries as hosts. This show draws thousands of art collectors and buyers which includes the rich and famous, including George Lindemann Jr.. In 2013, Jay-Z and Beyonce purchased a piece by street artist Hebru Brantley. Brad Pitt made a million dollar purchase in 2009 from Neo Rauch.

This year’s event is lining up to be just as exciting. Three galleries will be representing exciting contemporary art:

Michael Jon & Alan opened in 2012 and has hosted national and international artists including Sayre Gomez, Math Bass, Kelly Akashi, Egan Frantz, JPW3, Sofia Leiby, and Paul Cowan.

Fredric Snitzer Gallery is a leader in breaking the ceiling with contemporary Latin American artist. The gallery was founded in 1977 and has maintained a rigorous schedule of exhibitions yearly.

Bortolami is based in New York but has been representing artists in this Miami show for a couple of years.

Applicat-Prazan, Isla Flotante, Antenna Space, Jaqueline Martins, and Sfeir-Semler are galleries that are new to the Art Basel scene this year.

Area galleries offer exciting exhibits year round:

Nomad Art Gallery located on Commodore Plaza has a strong focus on international indigenous artists and their culture based art themes.

Paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photography are featured at Etra Fine Art year round located at Northeast 4th Ave.

If you are looking for a Warhol or Lichtenstein you should visit Adamar Fine Arts Gallery on NE 2nd Avenue. They carry a wide selection well known contemporary artist’s works.

When visiting these inspiring Miami galleries of modern and contemporary art, know that noteworthy collectors, such as Pharrell Williams and Leonardo DiCaprio, search these exhibits looking for the next exciting emerging artist.

The 2017 Basel Contemporary Art Show in Miami is December 7-10. Attendance would allow you to be a part of one of the most exciting art shows of its kind if you are looking to purchase art or see a famous face.

The American Repertory Groundbreaking Event

The American Repertory (ART) produces marvelous work in Cambridge, Founded in 1980 by Robert Bruisten. He served as director until 2002. His successor Robert Wood was followed by Dianne Paulus. Under her stewardship, A.R.T aims to expand its boundaries by introducing events with audiences in theatrical experiences. During Paulus leadership in the activities she directed, A.R.T managed to bag some awards such as; Tony award for best play all the way (2014), consecutive Tony awards for best revival of a musical for piping (2013) and the Gershwin Porgy and Bess(2012). A Pulitzer Prize; Jujamycyn prize for outstanding contribution to the development of creative talents and the Tony award for best regional.

The A.R.T features with various artists from all over the world to develop new ways as well as acting as an incubator for rising talents. With it having close roots with Harvard University; it catalyzes discourse, collaboration exchanges among the vast range number of students. The A.R.T manages to engage more than 500 students and local students in project-based workshops and partnerships. A.R.T attracted attention countrywide for its innovative programming and business models.

This year the A.R.T, with Diane Paulus as the artistic director and Diane Quinn, the executive director hosted a Gala which raised more than $1.3m in support of theatre aesthetic, community and education programs. The event held at Boch Center Wang theatre hosted nearly 500 supporters from Boston, New York, and Loss Angeles. The amount raised was record-breaking compared to the previous event.

The guests were welcomed by Kate Gallet, Sid Yog, and Paul Buttenwisser, acknowledging the city as where creativity is born. There was entertainment from Laura Michelle Kelly who is currently on tour of the king and me from directors of Finding Neverland. Among the other performers were; Michael Luwonye and Wilder Cerrate. Auctioning was led by Kate Chertavian, highlighted the role of waitress, tickets to Hello Dolly and Barbra’s Streisand’s concert in Brooklyn and a London west package including the glass Menagerie with Cherry Jones and Harry Potter and the cursed child. Chairs for the evening included Andrew Farkas, Sara Campbell, Barbara and Amos Hostetter, Michael Lynton and others.

RoAnn Costin a long time A.R.T member was honored with annual Angel Award. Costin received a video tribute from Steve Johnson, Isabella Stewart, Norma Jean and Meg Campbell all of whom recognized Costin’s contribution to A.R.T. Boston magazine, Cheryl Richards, the graphics group, the person party center and the catered affair all made their donations for the evening. The A.R.T aims at producing top performers in which the audience is central to the experience.

Guggenheim’s The Creative Act Exhibition Showcases the Rich Art of the Region

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi ( was designed by Frank Gehry in 2017 and is going to be the largest Guggenheim in the entire world. It will feature modern and contemporary art collections with a strong focus on art from the Middle East. The museum is located in the cultural District of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi and is over 450,000-square-feet.
The Creative Act

The second exhibition of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum is all about the Performance, Process, and Presence of The Creative Act. The exhibition has comprised the art of over twenty artists from different generations and nationalities who have really focused on the process, performance, and human presence. The Creative Act is a perspective on these aspects of art from a transcultural stance and really highlights interconnections between artists working together since the 10960s. The art reflects the inspiration, influence and distinctions of these artists.
The First Chapter

The exhibition is presented in various chapters and each chapter explores the three themes. The first chapter is presented through painting using everyday materials. It also showcases artists form France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom in the 1960s.
The Second Chapter

The second chapter showcases art practices in the United Arab Emirates since the 1980s. It features artists such as Mohammed Kazem (, Tarek Al-Ghoussein, and Hassan Sharif to name a few.
The Third Chapter

Chapter three is comprised of installations made since 2000 by Susan Hefuna, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian. Their powerful art is engaging and addresses the impact on art by such things as historic and sociopolitical events.
Showcasing Emirati Culture

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is one of the many unique programs that is helping to connect Emiratis and Americans through vibrant art. Internationally recognized events like the Sharjah Biennial and various Emirati artists are helping to showcase the UAE’s cultural heritage throughout the United States.

Where Miami residence look to buy art

Nowadays it can seem as though visual art, which is often mostly thought of as the domain of the elite or people with obscure interests has seeped its way into mainstream culture. The top-charting and meat-dress-wearing pop star Lady Gaga made an album with the word art in its title and chose to promote the album with a cover that included portions of the famous painting of the Greek goddess Aphrodite along with a blue gazing ball sculpture that was created by fine artist Jeff Koons. Rapper Jay Z released a song called Picasso Baby that featured a music video of the musician rapping the lyrics to well-known luminaries in the art world like Kenyan collage artist Wangechi Mutu, performance artist Marina Abramovic, artist Marilyn Minter, George Lindemann Jr., art dealer Sandra Gering and artist Rashid Johnson. Recently his wife Beyonce referenced the work of classic renaissance artists as the theme for her maternity photo shoots which often featured her in poses similar to the Greek goddess Aphrodite or in positions similar to that of the Virgin Mary as she is depicted in classic paintings. Jay Z even rapped about the famous New York City artist Jean Michel Basquiat who was a contemporary of the great Andy Warhol.

Visual art is not just a pursuit of people who are incredibly wealthy it is steadily and surely making its way into everyday life. As art becomes more popular many people might find themselves being interested in learning more about where they can find the work of new artists and how they can purchase prints or even original versions of art for their own homes.

For art lovers that either live in Miami or plan on visiting Miami the southern beachside city is actually the perfect place to purchase art. Those who are in the market to buy art need look no further than Miami Art Basel, the annual landmark art world event that comes to the city each year.
Art Basel got its start in the Swiss town of Basel and chose Miami, Florida to be its American home. The annual event brings together the world’s best known visual artists and up and coming visual artists in one place to exhibit art, sell art and celebrate creative expression. The work there can no doubt be a little pricey but it is an event that should be at the top of every art collector’s bucket list. Art collectors in Miami can also purchase art other local art fairs like Art Wynwood each February. They can also find art to purchase at local galleries like Bossa Gallery, Swampspace, Galleria Ca’D’Oro, Nina Torres Fine Art and Alfa Gallery.

Fiola Mare Hosts the 2017 Women in Washington Celebration

Elle’s 7th Annual “Women in Washington” celebration was held on March 22, 2017, at Fiola Mare, an elite Italian restaurant nestled by the water in Washington Harbor. The event was co-hosted by Bottega Veneta, an Italian design company most known for its luxurious handbags as well as men’s and women’s ready-to-wear fashion. Elle’s Editor-in-Chief, Robbie Myers and Maria Trabocchi, co-owner of Fiola Mare welcomed guests from across D.C.’s diverse power landscape. The event aims to not only showcase the power female leaders in Washington but also promote networking and support across industries and careers.

The event celebrated 10 nominees that marry style and sophistication while paving the way for more women in leadership.

Elle’s 2017 “Women in Washington” Nominees:
1) Judy Woodruff, Anchor and Managing Editor for PBS Newshour
2) Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senator from Alaska
3) Rhe Suh, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council
4) Meighan Stone, Founder, and President of Malala Fund
5) Sarah Chamberlain, President, and CEO of Republican Main Street Partnership
6) Debra L. Lee, Chairman, and CEO of BET Networks
7) Jacquelyn Days Serwer, Chief Curator of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
8) Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Congresswoman from Florida’s 27th District and the first Latina to be elected to Congress
9) Patty Murray, U.S. Senator from Washington, D.C.
10) Katy Tur, Correspondent for NBC News

The event’s guest list was just as impressive and included guests like Viacom EVP of Government Affairs DeDe Lea, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba and his wife Abeer, CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash, Bernstein Family Foundation Executive Director Ami Aronson, President of the Center for American Progress Neera Tanden, and Washington Post fashion critic Robin Galvan. The guests were treated to a three-course meal provided by Fiola Mare’s Executive Chef Brinn Sinnott and some of the best people watching of the year.

Albino Riganello Named SemSem’s Newest Design Director

Albino Riganello joins luxury brand SemSem as design director, to expand the brand’s flourishing collection with his design prowess and technical expertise. SemSem intends to have Riganello work alongside creative director and founder Abeer Al Otaiba who is married to the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba.

SemSem is a young brand with a distinct desire to dress women and their daughters in a design collection that reflects grace, beauty, and love. Al Otaiba has expanded upon this loving inspiration, through the brand’s gracious and conscious support of charities that promote female empowerment throughout the world. Named for Al Otaiba’s own daughter Samia, SemSem reflects a modern blend of Eastern and Western cultures, with its clean lines, softly flowing fabrics, and exquisite details. Continuing with the brand’s mission and growth trajectory, SemSem looks into incorporating Riganello’s creative contributions, starting with the upcoming Fall Collection.

Italian native Albino Riganello comes to SemSem with a wide range of experience from his work with numerous fashion labels. These have included acclaimed global fashion houses such as Givenchy, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Dolce & Gabbana, and Zuhair Murad. Riganello has also worked with famous American labels Elie Tahari and St. John. In his last position with Givenchy, Riganello was notably head designer of the women’s pre-collection under Riccardo Tisci. With a career spanning twenty years, Riganello has exhibited design sensibilities that echo a keen awareness of European and New York lifestyles.

Riganello and SemSem have developed an immediate creative connection, with Riganello’s appreciation of the brand’s elegance and sophistication, and the brand’s recognition of Riganello’s edge and focus. Riganello’s debut collection with SemSem features evening dresses and pantsuits in rich tones. The collection presents plenty of sleek silhouettes, cascading ruffles, and cut-outs, as well as beautifully structured coats with rich textures and trim. The girls’ line mirrors the women’s line with its similar fabrics and design elements in a playful and young style.

SemSem looks forward to this exciting collaboration with Riganello, as the label gains traction and love from fans worldwide.

New York Fashion Week show reviews for fall/winter 2017 collections

It’s that time again: New York Fashion Week has returned to the city for more than a week of runway shows, presentations and beyond.

The twice-annual fashion event runs through Feb. 16.

We review the fall/winter collections, from your favorite iconic designers to those making their NYFW debuts.

Keep checking back for real-time updates from New York Fashion Week.

Ralph Lauren 

Mother Nature has been particularly hard on New York Fashion Week this season, pummeling it with a blizzard, rain and freezing temps. So, the experience of walking into Ralph Lauren’s show at his women’s flagship on Madison Avenue Wednesday night, was more than a salve . . . it was virtually transformative.

Fresh white orchids and vines slathered every wall (estimates were that there were about 100,000 of them), butterflies with flapping wings (not real), and a bird-chirping soundtrack along with the glow of crystal chandeliers whisked guests away to an exotic location, which is exactly what Lauren wanted. Thick sisal rugs and cushy white banquettes took the place of store merchandise — the store actually closed for three days before to set this scene — which was so stunning that it prompted Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus honcho, to exclaim, “This is so gorgeous, you could have a wedding here after the show.”

Lauren has adapted the “see now, buy now” mantra full throttle. His first round with it was last season, and while the show was lovely, it was a tad sterile, lacking the lush Ralph touch. Not so this night when he presented his drop-dead, romantic, yet pared down spring lineup designed with a nomadic feel that was neither cliché or tricked out.

Colors were mostly desert bleached — off-whites, sand, beige and strong hits of burnished metallic gold. The show opened with some prerequisite suiting — slim silos mostly in lineny fabrics. Model Bella Hadid wore fluid clay-colored silken anorak dress (there were many of these, with front pockets and hoods). Several looks featured distressed leather jackets balancing more luxurious evening pieces including gold netted tops. A few shimmery, liquid silken gowns — one in deep lavender — drew gasps from the crowd. There were a couple of sexy black gowns — body-con with cutouts at the rib. But it was the show’s final look that captured the essence of the brand’s DNA — a flowing, soft floral gown worn over a pair of worn jeans . . . knockout.

Read about the rest of the fashion week highlights by following this link.


The Finest Art Collectors In Miami

The city of Miami is a hub for art that will be used time and again to help bring new art to life. It is a place where the finest artists of the age are living, and they are selling to people who are most-interested in the ways they may invest in art with their net worth. There are many celebrities who are coming to the city to ensure they are seeing the finest art, and this article explains how the city is helping artists grow every day.

#1: How Is The Art Collected?

Actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Orlando Bloom come to the city often to collect art, and there are natives such as Bella Thorne who are in the city all the time. She is collecting because she believes in investing her money in something beautiful. These are just a few of the people who are collecting, and they are leading many more celebrities who are coming to the city to collect.

#2: Artist’s Homes

There are many artist living in the city who are making their homes in their studios. They takes guests often, and they will create work that helps their clients find something perfect for their style. The artists are selling at shows, and they are selling in places that are most-convenient for the client.

#3: Selling At Basel Art Festival

The Basel art festival is quite popular, and it brings out the biggest stars of the day to the area every year. It is quite important that the artists in the area feel as though they are given every opportunity to sell to people who love their art, and they must see many people coming by to look at their art. The celebrities who come to the city once a year will find it quite interesting because they will order art on the spot they may take home with them. Investing in art is a stable way to save money, and it is a way the actor may sell the art for cash at any time.

Those who are coming to the city for the sunshine must ensure they are searching for art while they are in the city. They will see many options for buying art, and they will save money in the process of buying. There are many different people who are searching for ways to invest their money that is not so unstable, and art from Miami is a fine choice.

Missouri Thanks UAE Embassy with Works of Art

On May 22, 2011, an extremely powerful tornado touched down in Missouri and devastated the city of Joplin, reducing many thousands of buildings to rubble and killing over 150 people. But while the city would reel from the destruction for many years to come, its school district – which had lost six schools – received an incredible outpouring of help from a very unexpected source roughly two weeks after the disaster: The United Arab Emirates, which lies half a world away.

The UAE asked Yousef Al Otaiba, its ambassador of its embassy in Washington, D.C., to evaluate the needs of Joplin’s school district. The nation met the district’s funding request for laptops for over two thousand students, but then went above and beyond by also providing $5 million for the construction of an intensive care unit for newborn children as part of the reconstruction of Mercy Hospital, one of the buildings destroyed by the tornado. The redesigned Hospital opened in 2015.

As a gesture of gratitude to the foreign power, Joplin is now gifting works of art to the UAE’s embassy in accordance with the country’s known stance as a champion of the arts. Al Otaiba will be presented with a pair sculptures by two artists in Joplin. The first, a two-foot-tall clay tree composed of human figures supporting each other, was sculpted artist Rebecca Perry of Webb City. The second, a basket containing notes of appreciation from various Joplin-based school faculty and alumni, was crafted by Jo Mueller, the now-retired director of the Spiva Center for the Arts.

Dr. C.J. Huff, who was the superintendent for Joplin Schools when the tornado struck, conceived of using art as the district’s means of thanking the UAE when he became aware of a particular diplomacy program it was conducting: “Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates”, which brings UAE artists and their works onto U.S. soil. On Huff’s recommendation, Mueller collaborated with Perry on his proposed project, which originally called for a single piece; however, both of their respective submissions were eagerly accepted by Huff.

At present, Dr. Huff plans to be in the D.C. area in December for other matters, and during that time he hopes to present the basket created by Mueller to Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba and the clay tree sculpted by Perry to the people of the United Arab Emirates.

Becoming A Private Art Collector In Miami

While Dennis Hopper, Harrison Ford, and Steve Martin are among the best known of Hollywood’s private art collectors, they’re hardly the only ones who do so. The late singer David Bowie, talk show host and comedienne Ellen De Generes, and even disgraced bicycling champion and cancer advocate Lance Armstrong are among a surprisingly large group of well-known names who collect everything from contemporary darling Jasper Johns to graffiti cult figure Banksy and everybody in between. Reasons for this celebrity culture crush range from genuine art interest to wanting to project a certain image, to needing an accessory to set off that $7,000,000 house.

And Hollywood-type celebrities aren’t the only well-known figures who dabble in this. In the Miami area, dealer Gary Nader, mogul developer Martin Margulies, and the art collection of the George Lindemann family have not only gotten Miami its own famous Basel art show over the years, these individuals have provided the impetus for the city to consider its own public art museum.

So while Miami is not yet regarded as one of the major art players in this country, it is on its way. This means that if you’re interested getting in on the ground floor now in terms of becoming a collector, you’ve probably made a good choice. What do you need to know as you start yours?

Understand The Difference Between Buying And Collecting Art
There’s nothing wrong with either approach. And no, “collected” art isn’t free. But general art buyers usually purchase whatever catches their eye, while collectors are usually putting together specific groupings.

Have Lots Of Disposable Cash. And Time.
Unless you have the artistic savvy to recognize a superstar at the beginning of his or her career, expect to spend and even lose money on your art collection. Although people will snap up artwork as an “investment”, it’s a risky one unless that’s a Van Gogh or another Old Master hanging on your dining room wall. The value of contemporary artwork is notorious for fluctuating as their artists fall in and out of favor. Expect to do much homework trying to determine which ones are flashes in the pan, and which ones have staying power.

Find Local Art Allies
Miami has a whopping seventy-five art galleries, which feature shows and exhibitions of both international and local painters, sculptors, and photographers scattered around the city. The employers and owners here can provide valuable help in amassing your collection both in letting you know when certain pieces are coming their way and using their resources to track down others at different locations. Be warned that this assistance often comes with a finder’s fee, but that’s a price well worth paying to assemble a first-class private Miami art collection.