Monday, January 12, 2009
Louis' List: Nader Gallery
In case you haven't noticed, Miami is now one of the hottest cities in the art world. Art Basel just wrapped up its seventh year last month and has now spawned more than 20 satellite festivals, but you don't have to wait until next year's Basel to get your art fix. Check out the gallery that tonight is making Louis' List.
WSVN -- Art Basel week in Miami.
Our magic city becomes ground zero for art lovers and collectors that invade our town from all over the world, and I love it.
But when Art Basel is over, and all the satellite festivals have packed up and moved on, there's one place you can still hit year round that always has an exciting art scene.
This is the Gary Nader Fine Art Gallery in Wynwood, and it's one of my favorite places in all of South Florida.
Gary Nader has been dealing art here since 1983, when he came from the Dominican Republic and opened his first gallery in Coconut Grove. Now, he arguably has one of the most important galleries the world over.
Gary Nader: "We have one of the most eclectic and important art collections in the world today. This is the largest private gallery in the world. We have 55,000 square feet, which includes, as you saw outside, a sculptural park."
Walking into Gary's gallery is like walking into a museum with masterworks by the world's most important contemporary and modern artists.
Gary Nader: "This is a very important monumental sculpture from Lichtenstein, probably the only one available in the world. Sandro Chia, Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen, Damien Hirst, Condo, Sam Francis are probably some the most important artists in today."
His Wilfredo Lams are amazing, and I loved the works of a young new Brazilian artist, Walter Goldfarb. But Gary is famous for his Boteros, the largest and most comprehensive private collection.
Gary Nader: "Yes, yes, by far we have more than a hundred Boteros paintings from the 60s and 70s, which are very difficult to find."
Louis Aguirre: "People from all sorts of society, they see a Botero, and they say, 'That's a Botero.' I mean I'm not saying that he's the most important artist in the world, even though he's one of them, but he's the most recognizable artist, and that's fantastic."
But I recognized this one.
Louis Aguirre: "Talk to me about this Picasso."
Gary Nader: "This is an extremely important piece because, as you see, it's 1959, but it doesn't get anymore modern than that. More contemporary."
Once a South Florida photographer who began her career shooting high fashion and is now one of the most celebrated still life photographers being collected today, Iran Issa-Kahn.
Gary Nader: "Iran, she does her own thing. She doesn't follow trends. She doesn't follow galleries. She does her own thing. It will come to a moment that Iran will be recognized because the quality is there, and the seriousness of her job is there."
Gary talks about his pieces as if there were his babies, but you don't have to be a major collector or even a buyer to come and enjoy. Gary happily shares his children with the world.
Gary Nader: "People tell me, 'Why do you do this?' It may sound selfish to say, but I did it because I like it. I did it because I walk into my gallery, and I walk into my own museum. You have to share it, otherwise it's worthless. If you don't share your knowledge and what you have, it's completely worthless."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Gary Nader Gallery
62 NE 27th St.
Miami, FL 33137