David and Victoria Beckham recently bought a $10 million mansion in Miami and they are sure to deck the halls as gracefully as their homes in London, LA and Milan. The Beckhams have reportedly spent $40 million on their love-themed art collection. Pharrell Williams decorated his $9 million Brickell Penthouse with expensive pop art, followed by George Lindemann’s famous collection.
However, it doesn’t take millions to get great art for your Miami nest. CBS Miami lists the top shops to buy affordable art in Miami. The list includes Art Center South Florida on Lincoln Road, where shopping from emerging artists is a way to get great work on a budget.
When spending money on nonessential items, every buyer wants an investment that increases in value over time. The Miami Herald quizzed local gallery owners on ways to get good deals. Nina Johnson-Milewski of Gallery Diet in Wynwood advised novice art collectors to buy items they would cherish and not just art that might increase in value.
Why buy art from local Miami galleries?
Aspect, a consortium of local residential builders, posted that buying from a Miami gallery is a win-win proposition. Local connections guarantee first dibs on emerging talent. Miami galleries are particularly suited to find and offer art that complements the city’s tropical climate and sensibility. Vibrant magentas, brilliant blues and tropical greens inspire art conjured from the sunsets, ocean and sky, and perpetual greenery of Miami.
Perhaps the most exciting way to find great art is to visit galleries in South Beach, Wynwood, Lincoln Road and other local havens. There are several annual events that feature emerging artists and local and international talent. The most famous of these is Art Basel, an international fair featuring modern and contemporary art that comes to Miami Beach each December. Art Basel showcases 250 galleries from more than 30 countries and is held inside the Miami Beach Convention Center.
For an up-to-date listing of local art events reference the New Times Calendar. Whether the budget is in the hundreds or millions, there are tons of galleries that will cater to individual aesthetics. Here are some local favorites.
Top 5 Miami Art Galleries
5. N’Namdi Contemporary Gallery, 177 NW 23rd St., Miami
4. Laundromat Art Space, 5900 NE Second Ave., Miami
3. Macaya Gallery, 145 NW 36th St., Miami
2. Pan American Art Projects, 6300 NW Second Ave., Miami
1. Yeelen Gallery, 294 NW 54th St., Miami