The Best Art Galleries in Miami
Thanks to Art Basel and a world-beating gallery scene, Miami is an international destination for contemporary art. Therefore, owning luxury real estate in Miami lends itself to keeping well apace of the art world and the art market. Whether you would like to spend a day strolling from gallery to gallery or you’re interested in investing in an original artwork for your new home, the Wynwood District is the perfect destination for art lovers and collectors. Here are some of the best galleries in the neighborhood to discover local and international masters and up-and-comers.
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, with its museum-quality artwork, is the place to start your tour. Founded by Martin Margulies and curated by Katherine Hinds, the collection is housed in a 45,000-square-foot space that celebrates the work of 20th-century giants, including Willem de Kooning, Donald Judd, and Anselm Kiefer, and also hosts a rotating roster of exhibitions like a 30-year retrospective of Jannis Kounellis, which is currently on view.
Another not-to-be-missed space is the Rubell Family Collection, which recently hosted a show dedicated to women artists from their collection that included an array of established greats like Cindy Sherman and Yayoi Kusama, along with younger stars like Michele Abeles and Dana Schutz. You can see Kara Walker’s Camptown Ladies, a piece from her renowned work with cut-out silhouettes, described by Holland Cotter as “one of the most trenchant and historically erudite bodies of art produced by any American in the last 15 years,” in the New York Times.
Dina Mitrani, a Miami native, is a gallery owner who specializes in contemporary photography. She moved back to Miami from New York and has since been helping to make Wynwood the thoroughly cosmopolitan, yet distinctly Miami, art scene that it has become. Her innovative approach to her work as a curator recently brought the show The Lives of Books to the gallery, presenting an array of photographic works that consider the book as an aesthetic object as if in a painting master’s still life.
Perhaps one of the most exciting art destinations in Wynwood is Wynwood Walls, an outdoor and indoor display complex for street art and gigantic art murals like Shepard Fairey’s giant depiction of the Dalai Lama. Wander the grounds of Wynwood Walls, and you will see monumental works by artists like Retna, Aiko, Invader, Futura, and Ron English. This is a place that could only have happened in Miami, where street style meets beach life and becomes an art form.