(K. Brent Tomer),
DON and Mera Rubell, with their son Jason, are among the world’s most important collectors of contemporary art. They root out emerging talent, often by travelling to far-flung studios, then display their purchases in thematic shows at their museum in Miami, the Rubell Family Collection. They want to make a positive impact on the careers of living artists, so they work closely with selected dealers who give them priority access to artworks and discounts on prices. Although they regularly lend pieces from their collection of 6,800 works, they do not join museum boards or give them huge sums, preferring to invest in their own foundation. As Mrs Rubell sees it, museum boards are about “high society” more than art.
One of the Rubells’ exhibitions, made entirely of work by African-American artists, has toured nine cities since 2008, attracting over a million viewers. Titled simply “30 Americans”, it is on view at the Detroit Institute of Art until January 18th and will go on to at least two more venues. Another show, “28 Chinese”, is enjoying its third iteration, at the San Antonio Museum of Art in…Continue reading