Saturday, February 8, 2020

Making Miami's Art Scene with Collector Jorge M Pérez

Jorge M. Perez with Kara Walker's "Securing a Motherland Should Have Been Sufficient" (2016) 
Billionaire real estate developer and philanthropist Jorge M Pérez has erected gleaming towers in cities throughout the world, and his name is attached to the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), the flagship contemporary art museum in his adopted hometown. But at the moment, his pride and joy is a squat two-story warehouse building called El Espacio 23, in a little-known industrial area of the city. An experimental arts center inaugurated in December, it is the culmination of a great American success story – one which began overseas. Pérez’s career as an art collector was born out of a desire to stay connected to his homeland. “After I finished school when I decided to stay in the US, I had a lot of nostalgia for Latin America and was looking for my roots,” he says. [More]