Thursday, November 17, 2011

Miami Social Diary

City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Constance Collins Margulies, president of the Lotus House board of directors.
1st Annual Wynwood Art Fair & VIP Reception benefit
Lotus House Women's Shelter
21-23 October 2011 Wynwood Art District, Miami

By Augustus Mayhew

Several months ago I read a story about Constance Collins Margulies on her evolution from being a high-end real estate developer to helping house homeless women and children at the Lotus House Women's Shelter in Miami. I was moved by her mission as I often ponder how a nation with 50,000 house museums allows so many to live on the streets. Based on principles of education and empowerment, Lotus House's founding has resulted in a stabilized future for countless women while the organization's annual funding proves challenging. Each year fundraising becomes more competitive demanding more creative out-of-the-box concepts. Thus, the month before Art Basel was no better time to spotlight the shelter by inaugurating a local art fair accessible to a wide-range of the area's residents, students and artists, combining her concerns and her husband Martin Z. Margulies' passion for art. Set within Miami's developing Wynwood Arts District, the three-day event was a collaborative, performance-based, interactive urban art fair representing local galleries and museums as well as the current Pop Povera Movement.

"We are happy and humbled to announce that we raised more than $545,000 during our first weekend Wynwood Art Fair including the proceeds of the Sotheby's Fine Art Auction," said Constance Collins Margulies, board president.
Lotus House serves more than 100 homeless women and children daily providing individuals with rent-free lodgings for up to a year in a secure environment..
Mayor Regalado, center, along with Constance and Martin Margulies, take to the streets of Miami to create awareness about the local art scene and those who live on the streets.
Here is a look at the fair, a drive around Wynwood, and the evening's VIP Champagne Launch Party at the Margulies Collection warehouse.

1st Annual Wynwood Art Fair
A Street Art Happening

For this endeavor, the Margulies' and Miami's contemporary art community were backed by benefactors, including Colleen and Richard Fain, Evelyn Langlieb, and Richard Greer. The following were sponsors, including premier sponsor Hadley Martin Fisher, as well as Art Miami, Sotheby's, Braman Miami, City of Miami, Eulen America, Jerry's Artarama, and The Miami Herald. The Art Fair's Host Committee chairs Debi and Jeffrey Wechsler enlisted a committee that included Bonnie Clearwater, Thom Collins, Rosa and Carlos De la Cruz, Monika Boehm and Fernando Fandino-Sende, The Fisher Family, and Joseph Furst. City Commissioner Wilfredo Gort, chairman of the VIP members, was joined by supporters, among them Sarah Harrelson, Chris Ingalls, George Lindemann Jr., Beth and Jay Lotspeich, Cobi Moon, Julie and Chris Petricone, Dennis and Debra Scholl, and Kathryn and Dave Villano.
The Art Fair's artistic curators were NYC's Kimberly Marrero and Miami's Antonia Wright. Above, the Mirsky Sisters stand ready to tap atop their curbside plywood stage.
For the weekend event, the art community's Tent Row occupied Northwest 6th Avenue between 23rd- Street and 29th Street parallel to I-95.
Hadley Martin Fisher was the event's Premier Sponsor. Grandson of Emily Fisher Landau, one of the art world's most notable collectors, Mr. Fisher is an ardent supporter of Lotus House.
Braman Miami was one of the event's lead corporate sponsors.
Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), introduced fairgoers to MOCA's many programs.
Meaghan Pearson manned the AutoNation Academy of Art & Design exhibit.
Debi and Jeffrey Wechsler, chairs for the Art Fair's Host Committee. Ceara Jones, a program director at Lotus House, and Antonia Wright, one of the event's artistic curators.
Wendy Rothfield. Monika Boehm-Fandino and Raymond Carvil.
CIFO, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation.
FIU's Wolfsonian Museum had an array of wares within a souk-like ambiance.
Performance artists don their costumes. The Art & Culture Center of Hollywood participated in the local festivities.
Laura de Gunzberg and Katherine Hinds.
Some daytime frivolity.
A subsidiary of the Spain-based Grupo Eulen, Eulen America is an outsourcing provider for aviation, landscape, security, and facility maintenance sectors ... Bravo!
The Wynwood Arts District Scene

Nearly all the building walls along Wynwood's streets leading to the fair serve as canvases for urban murals. Just as I was not enthusiastic about the overdone pastel color palette for South Beach's Art Deco District (What could have been better than restoring the original white buildings?), Wynwood's Technicolor walls might be enhanced with some perspective landscape or dimensional sculptural works. Here are some of the images.
VIP Champagne Launch Party and Sotheby's Benefit
Art Auction for Lotus House
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse
The New World Symphony Brass Quintet performs beneath Inverted Berlin Sphere (2005), designed by Danish-born artist Olafur Eliasson.
By 7, several hundred had arrived making their way to the central gallery, cleared for the evening's catered affair and auction.
Entrance hall, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse.
From far across the room, curator Katherine Hinds and collector Martin Z. Margulies. The Art & Culture Center of Hollywood participated in the local festivities.
Roy Lichtenstein
Picture and Pitcher, 1977
George Segal
The Subway, 1968
Plaster, metal, and glass
Will Ryman
Dinner Party, 2010
Mixed media
Celia Logan with Jay and Beth Lotspeich. The Lotspeichs are among Lotus House's most generous supporters.
Art Miami's show director Nick Korniloff, Art Miami's VIP relations and marketing head Pamela Cohen, and Jami Baker. Art Miami's VIP preview opening on November 29 will benefit Lotus House.
Maria Isabel Henao and Elbaz Claude. Dr. Marvin Mordes.
L. to r.: Ron and Sherry Funt, David and Amy Raymond, & Julie and Jerry Brown. Mr. Raymond is executive director of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.
Nury Lopez and Aggie Dons. Policarpo Guerrero.
L. to r.: Brian and Kathy Tyler with Katie Kreis and Dennis Hurtado. Mr. Tyler is a principal of Art Miami.
Robert Primeau and Jan Savarick. Judge Deborah White-Labora
From above, a sculpture set on the mezzanine contemplates the crowd.
John Gerrard
Girl #1, #2, and #3
Est. $15,000
A jet print on color gloss paper by Denise De La Rue, Leandro Marcos, Madrid, 2006, est. $18,500, was donated by the artist and the Gagosian Gallery. Choreography beneath the radiant sphere.
A guest studies the works of Fabian Marcaccia, left, Paint Zone #8, est. $15,000, and right, an Untitled work by Alouishous San Gamma, est. $5,000.
Maarten Ten Holder, managing director for Sotheby's North and South America, conducted the auction. Yul Medina and Judy Cole.
Conny and Matt Nixdorf. Isa Salvador.
The New World Symphony Brass Quintet did an encore.
In between the Art Fair and the Champagne VIP Launch, I motored through downtown to the River Seafood and Oyster Bar for lunch, followed by a peek at Little Havana's new out-of-this-world galactic baseball stadium, an afternoon pick-me-up on SoBe's Lincoln Road, a trek across the Venetian Causeway (still under construction), and a light dinner at Gigi's, becoming one of my fave Midtown Miami face spots, before wandering back to the Margulies Warehouse for the benefit party.

River Seafood & Oyster Bar
650 South Miami Avenue
The view from my Friday lunch table at The River Seafood and Oyster House. Parking was a bit of a round-and-round nightmare on South Miami Drive but the Roasted Oysters with Chorizo and Manchego (#3 for $9) and the Crab Cakes ($18) were flavorsome.
Miami's $600 million baseball stadium nears completion
As of late spring 2012, Miami's baseball fans will not be homeless as 37,000 of them are expected to pack into the world's latest last word in luxe diamond-domes, featuring a retractable roof, 50 suites, two mega-suites, Red Grooms-designed sculpture (the Florida Marlins' owner is art collector Jeffrey Loria), and aquariums behind home plate, what else. Above, a view of the east elevation from the 5th Street construction entrance. Yes, the glimpse from the Dolphin Expressway is much more spectacular. But hey, I have no intention of stopping on the expressway.
GIGI – Noodles BBQ & Beer
3470 North Miami Avenue
With Joe Allen's now closed, Gigi's may become one of my spots during Art Basel.
Lincoln Road looks

Here are a few snaps during Friday afternoon's five o'clock rush hour taken from my coffee-and-cookies table at the Van Dyke Café on Lincoln Road, where SoBe's see-and-be-seen fashionable runway scene congregates between the beach boardwalk and the bayside condos. With Brazilians reportedly locking up as many as half of Miami's glut of available condos, South Beach has developed a Copacabana flavor just as today's Little Havana is really more Havana than Cuba's La Habana.
Photographs by Augustus Mayhew.
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