NEWS: When It Comes to Contemporary Art, Miami Wants More, More, More


Joyce Pensato’s installation “Fuggetabout It!” at the new ICA Miami. Credit Scott McIntyre for The New York Times. Artworks Advisory

MIAMI — Building a new contemporary art museum in Miami is easy. Just ask Irma Braman, a founder and co-chairwoman of the board of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, which opens in the Design District on Friday.

“Norm was having lunch with Craig one day and said, ‘I’d love to have a museum.’ Craig said, ‘I have this piece of land,’” Mrs. Braman recalled.

That’s it?

“It was that simple,” she said.

Of course, if you want to start an art museum in Miami, it helps if the “Norm” in question is Mrs. Braman’s husband, Norman, a Miami auto dealership magnate and fixture on the Forbes 400 list with a net worth estimated at $2.5 billion. And the “Craig”? That is Craig Robins, one of the city’s most prominent real estate developers and, if not yet Forbes-worthy, certainly a future contender. Read More


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