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
If you love arts and are thinking of moving to Miami, then there are some neighborhoods that you need to explore. Each has its own flavor, so you will want to explore them and see which fits your own personality the best.
Allapattah is one of Miami’s oldest neighborhoods. Yet, it is being redeveloped as the Little San Domingo. Neighborhood leaders would like to see it as a neighborhood where different cultures can live together in peace. A new 10,000 foot area for small artists and craftsmen to display their work is currently slated to open very soon. The area already boosts a 15,000 square foot open-air food area, the largest of its kind in Miami.
Arts and Entertainment District
Something exciting is always happening in Miami’s Arts and Entertainment District. Art lovers have easy access to the contemporary Perez Art Museum Miami with its world-class exhibits. They also have easy access to Adrienne Arsht Center where the Miami Grand Opera and the Miami City Ballet perform. The area also is home to the YoungArts campus where young artists from the world come to collaborate with their peers. Nights in this district often feature outdoor movies while the area is famous for its extremely large flea markets. Living in this area gives you easy access to the Wynwood district with its amazing art collections like those open to public viewing by George Lindemann, Martin Z. Margulles, the Donald and Mera Rubell Family, Craig Roberts and Ella Fontanal Clonecs and family.
The Little River district is quickly becoming a destination sot for emerging artists to live. The Iron Side block offers many of them space to work and exhibition space at a very reasonable fee. Green lawns and older homes beckon you to this neighborhood which lies very near the entertainment district. Made at the Citadel gives young artists and entrepreneurs the space they need while surrounding them with a very loving community. Kathyrn Mikesell is particularly in love with this neighborhood and the possibilities it holds for artists.
Little Havana is a very old school neighborhood in Miami that always has something exciting happening. The culture here is wonderful. While many people have roots that go back a long way in this neighborhood of Miami, new artists are moving in giving the area a new vibe. You will simply have to experience this blending of different cultures for yourself. Tony Cho is particularly fascinated with the art available in this neighborhood and the possibilities for expansion in the future.
Headed to Miami this summer? You will want to make sure you check out the arts. Miami is a fine place for those who enjoy art and for collectors. Here are a few places you won’t want to miss;
*Rubell Family Collection
Contemporary works by emerging & established artists displayed in a repurposed DEA warehouse.
*de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space
Admission is free.
*Miami Art Scene™
*The Margulies Collection at the Wharehouse.
Contemporary & vintage photography, video & sculpture displayed in a huge converted warehouse space.
Some of the top art collectors in the United States have been known for their support of the arts in Miami including; Jorge Pérez, Alice Walton, and Norman Braman. In fact, the average art holdings for billionaires is $31 million.
Other places of interest for art collectors in Miami include;
* Kelley Roy Gallery which includes, sculptures, paintings, and drawings. Currently, the gallery features work by 19 artists including; Jae Hahn, Mimi Bates and Patricia Claro. See the Gallery web-site for details.
* Wynwood Walls; Founded by Tony Goldman, this gallery features contemporary street art. Visit the web-site at
* Locust Projects is known for national and international reputation for presenting ambitious projects by a diverse range of artists at pivotal points in their careers.
* Fredric Snitzer Gallery has a remarkable, reputation for contemporary art. Described as, “edgy” and “high-quality,” the exhibits change regularly and are not to be missed.
*Avant Gallery, If you are looking for cutting-edge art, look no further than Avant Gallery. Everything you are looking for is here, photography, fine art, media works, and sculpture. Avant Gallery has it all, and you won’t want to miss it.
* Dina Mitrani Gallery; in an old clothing factory and highlights photography. If this is a medium you love, make sure you visit the Dina Mitrani Gallery.
* Dimesions Variable; Organized by a trio of artists they emphasis the exchange of artists around the world, and feature well-renowned artists.
* David Castillo Gallery; known for featuring local and international artists in mid-career, you will not want to miss this gallery.
* Spinello Projects; recognized for exhibiting innovative, intellectual artworks across all mediums, learn more at
Miami a wonderful place for both the art enthusiasts and the collector. So much to do and see.
Miami is a favorite full-time or part-time residence for art collectors. That should not be a surprise. Miami is a favorite city for many kinds of people (http://www.nova.edu/alumni/news/spotlights/george-lindemann.html), and the wealthy can most afford to take advantage of its many attractions. And only wealthy people can afford to collect art. Therefore, many art collectors live in the most expensive and exclusive neighborhoods of Miami. And there many fine collections of modern art in Miami.
The Design District
This area is the heart of Miami’s attractiveness as a center for art and design. An older neighborhood that went through some tough times in the 1980s, it’s now experiencing a resurgence. It’s home to many artists, their workshops and art galleries. The shopping options include antique stores and home decorating shops, and features businesses devoted to architecture and design.
The Margulies Collection
Martin Z. Margulies is one of the most famous of Miami’s art collectors. In The Warehouse in the Wynwood Art District, he displays the photographs, videos and sculptures he has collected over the last 30 years. Just inside the entrance sits Sprache der Vogel by Anselm Kiefer. It’s two bird wings on a stack of old books. The outstretched wings span 17 feet. The entire sculpture weighs three tons.
The Rubell Family Collection and Contemporary Arts Foundation
Young Donald and Mera Rubell began buying art as a young couple back in the 1960s. They’re still collecting, and now sharing their passion with the rest of the world. They believe in educating people about the art they enjoy. They have one of the world’s largest private collections of art, and personally knew many of the artists whose work they collect and display.
Craig Robins Collection at Dacra
Craig Robins is the real estate developer who has revitalized the Design District. His work in the Design District reflects his own passion for art and design, so he keeps his own collection housed and on public display there. He owns the work of over 200 artists, so the pieces displayed rotate through the year, though Richard Tuttle and John Baldessari remain on permanent display.
Art Basel Miami Beach
Thanks to the efforts of Mera Rubell, the international art fair Art Basel set up in Miami Beach in 2002, and that has helped make the entire far more conscious of the value of good art. It enables art galleries to display their best work. It raised visibility for many artists and galleries to museum directors, curators and collectors. It takes place in December every year in the Miami Beach Convention Center.