Art

Excellent!

Excellence is not easily quantifiable. Dictionary.com (one of my favorite iPhone apps) defines it using superlatives such as superior, remarkable, and outstanding. Many critics and art fans use “excellence” or “excellent” when describing museums, art shows, and artists. “The best” is used a lot too.

Art Museums are not Moral Policemen: Version 2.0

Artnet’s online magazine just published a story about my recent blog post. Well, not exactly… But they did write about the same subject. It seems to be a hot subject these days, and I’ve read and heard many reactions to my blog post. Should museums reject donor money...

We Are Always Learning!

We Are Always Learning!

For the past 9 years, I’ve had the unique privilege of serving as the President of the Board of Directors of The Bass.  It’s been a time of transformation, growth, service and, of course, learning.  We are always learning at The Bass.  In fact, one of the things that...

6 reasons why Homer should stay put

Why are public officials waiting time talking about moving Homer, Red Grooms’ iconic sculpture? Come on guys, what about working on water challenges, school challenges, street repairs, crime, zoning rules, saving the Everglades? Here are a few reasons that the Marlins and the city/county can use as excuses to move on to more important issues.

Remembering Wendell

Remembering Wendell

Sam Roberts wrote a lovely obituary in the New York Times for Wendell Castle. He quotes design guru Glen Adamson who said, “Wendell is the most important postwar American furniture designer, by a long shot.” Glen knows his stuff. He was the Executive Director of the...

December 13th was George Lindemann Day in Miami Beach

December 13th was George Lindemann Day in Miami Beach

On December 13, we celebrated George Lindemann Day in Miami Beach – a thank you for my efforts over the last nine years on behalf of the Bass Museum. Not only did I officially get my 15 minutes of fame, but I received my City of Miami Beach Commission certificate and some very kind and eloquent words from Commissioner Rosen-Gonzalez.

Here Comes the Flood

This week there will be flooding of sorts in Miami. The leaders of major art institutions, collectors, great talents and influencers in the art community will pour into Miami for Art Basel and the array of fairs that happen alongside it. As always, it will an extraordinary coming together that illustrates the depth, intelligence, creativity, and culture we collectively cherish. Precious works have been shipped to our docks and one-of-a kind shows are being staged for just a short week in South Florida, a region dealing with the real effects of climate change.

Picasso Bust at Center of Custody Battle

Picasso Bust at Center of Custody Battle

The high-powered art dealer Larry Gagosian says he bought it. The royal family of Qatar says it bought the sculpture, too. And now they are facing off in court over who owns Picasso’s important plaster bust of his muse (and mistress) Marie-Thérèse Walter, a star of the Museum of Modern Art’s popular “Picasso Sculpture” show.

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