Saturday, February 1, 2020

Street Art Comes Indoors to Collector's Home and Legos Climb the Walls

Show Us Your Walls
By Shivani Vora
David Grutman alongside an untitled 2016 Lego installation by Dante Dentoni that stretches the length of a hallway in his family’s home. Scott McIntyre for The New York Times
MIAMI BEACH — To say that the art in David and Isabela Grutman’s home bombards the senses is an understatement. Over the last 15 years, Mr. Grutman, 45, a restaurateur and club owner, has amassed a sizable collection of head-turning pieces. Many are sculptures, but paintings, street art and installations in bold colors also figure in it. “I’ve always really been into emerging art, but now that I’m older, I also like to buy artists that are more established,” said Mr. Grutman, who owns Papi Steak and LIV in Miami Beach and Swan (with Pharrell Williams) in Miami. “But I never buy works for investment purposes. They have to resonate with me.” Mr. Grutman said he connected with art from the 1980s and ’90s, when he grew up. [More]
“Karo Girl,” a 2019 piece by the Brazilian street artist Kobra, who recently began to work on canvas.Credit...Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/AUTVIS, São Paulo; Scott McIntyre for The New York Times
A 2018 plastic foam work by Vhils from his “Highlight Series,” in the Grutmans’ home.Credit...Scott McIntyre for The New York Times