Miami is known for many things. The metropolitan Floridian city draws millions of visitors each year that flock to it for its vibrant assortment of nightclubs, its perennially sunny weather and its beaches. But there is much more to Miami than meets the eye. The city is more than just beautiful people and amazing restaurants. It is also home to a thriving visual art community that some might say even rivals that of New York City.
Each year the city plays host to Miami Art Basel, one of the largest visual art fairs in the world. Miami’s art scene is much more than Art Basel. Its cluster of galleries and art collections make it a must-see destination for any art lover. The city is home to a number of notable people who have amassed art collections that are available to the public. Some of the art collectors that have chosen to base either their collections or themselves in the Miami area include rapper and producer Pharrell Williams and Martin Marguiles.
Martin Marguiles is a real estate developer and an avid art collector who has amassed an art collection that is worth at least $800 million according to the visual art publication ARTNews. According to the publication Marguiles sees art collecting as a way to express his personality. His collection of art made by contemporary artists from Europe and the United States is so vast that he created a non-profit called The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse to offer educational programs to the local community, to house the collection and to serve as an exhibition space for it. The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse is based in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District not to far from George Lindemann Jr..
Another well-known art collector that reportedly has a collection that is also housed in the Miami area is musician and producer Pharrell Williams. Pharrell Williams is best known for his work as a producer of some of the greatest songs in hip-hop and pop music such as Happy, Britney Spears Slave 4 U and Justin Timberlake’s Like I Love You but he is also an art enthusiast. He has exhibited work at the Miami Art Basel with the famous Japanese artist Takeshi Murakami according to Artnet. According to the publication Wide Walls Pharrell also has an art collection in a penthouse that he owns in Miami. The collection is believed to include work from Takashi Murakami, Daniel Arsham and the famous American artist Keith Haring.