Saturday, December 05, 2009
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Hopped on a shuttle Friday morning and headed back to Miami’s Wynwood Arts district to make my way towards two private collections, The Margulies and Rubell Family collections. One idea for the organizers of the Miami fairs: Please figure out a way to coordinate one single comprehensive shuttle system that stops at all the major locations. The current system seems to be certain individual fairs sponsoring their own shuttles, which make the arduous and time consuming haul from Miami Beach to the arts district, drop-off and pick-up at disparate locations, and just doesn’t work well. A circuitous route with shuttles running every 15 minutes would be much better.
After a 15 block walk from the closest shuttle stop, I joined my Chicagrapher pals at the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse. This private collection rivals the Menil Collection in Houston, and honestly is worth a trip to Miami in itself. In it’s current installation, you are greeted by major work by Sol Lewitt, Richard Serra, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, George Segal and more. That’s just the beginning. The cavernous warehouse seems unending, and two mezzanine spaces contain even more art. The Margulies collection is balanced between major works of 20th century art and contemporary art, representing all mediums, and especially my favorite – photography.
Ranging from a great installation from the New York photo league of the 30’s and 40’s and early photographs by Margaret Bourke-White to contemporaries Justine Kurland and Alec Soth, the photography work here is amazing. A favorite of mine: Jason Schmidt's portraits of artists, of which I have seen a few, but the Margulies collection displayed ninety-four.
I could go on and on about this collection, but time does not permit. More favorites below.
Danny Lyons, 74 photos from 'Conversations With the Dead.'
Paul Fusco images from the Kennedy Funeral Train
Ursula Schulz, bus stops
Angel Marcos, Un Coup De Des #16
An incredible light installation by Anthony McCall, You and I, Horizontal (III), which pictures cannot really capture the experience of
The Olafur Eliasson skylight rooftop installation Your Now is My Surroundings
Chul-Hyun Ahn's Well
After the art overload of Margulies, we headed a few blocks over to the Rubell Family Collection. It was also impressive, but very postmodern by our analysis. images below.
Matt Siber studies Piotr Uklanski's Nazis, 1998, perhaps my favorite piece in the collection
Uklanski's Untitled (American Eagle)
Kelly Walker's "Black Star Press, Star Press Star, Black Press (Rotated 90 degrees clockwise)" and Wade Guyton (from Hammond, IN) X
Gallery of work by Aaron Curry
A great set of early Cindy Sherman prints, Untitled #427-446 from 1976
We left the Rubell and promptly recaffienated at a great little local cafe. We then headed to Pulse, which was a great fair. I'll have to blog that in the next post - back to the fairs for now!