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Announcing… Art Concierge Miami

Art Concierge

A Private View of Art in Miami



BTA Billy the Artist live at Scope 2011

Internationally known for its beaches and nightlife, Miami also has a burgeoning and exciting arts and culture scene.  Art Concierge is dedicated to exploring this shining facet of Miami, and sharing ideas with those who may not have all of the knowledge or guidance they need.  For residents and visitors alike who are curious about what’s happening in the art scene in Miami, or those who may be interested in viewing or purchasing, Art Concierge is a vital resource for the best art and culture in Miami.


Because the area is so dynamic and diverse, it can be difficult to navigate.  It is also challenging to grasp the nuances between the various art and culture venues and events.  Art Concierge helps you decide where to go and what to do!


The Art Concierge website is predominantly focused on visual arts, and explores the top spots of Miami and Miami Beach.  The categories included are: public art; galleries; museums and private collections; art fairs.  Included are the incredible public art installations interwoven throughout Miami Beach, highlighting the program developed and run by the City.  In the section on museums and collections, the viewers will enjoy some of the best art that is “not for sale.”  In addition to wonderful museums, with their vast array of art, Miami has a number of dedicated private collectors who open their collections to the public.  Galleries and art fairs offer the public a view of art “for sale.”  All of the locations and events featured in Art Concierge exemplify the pulse of the art world, and each one is selected for its importance.


Additional content is provided for equally exciting and essential aspects of culture… performing arts; fashion and design; as well as some great restaurants and hotels to enjoy in the area.


Regularly collaborating with the owners, directors and marketing teams of the various organizations featured on our site, Art Concierge endeavors to provide one consolidated resource for the best information about the top cultural destinations in Miami- including the crown jewels of our community- Bass Museum of Art, Miami Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Wolfsonian-FIU, New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet, Florida Grand Opera, Miami Theater Company.


Each month, the website will feature some of the most exciting openings and events – so make sure to visit the site often and sign up for the mailing list!


In addition to the information provided in the curated website, local residents and travelers have access to Art Concierge art services and consulting.  Clients are assisted with purchasing of art- whether for personal enjoyment or investing.  There is also a service to direct and escort clients to the top galleries, museums and private collections for a unique point of view about culture in Miami- available in English, Spanish and French. 


We hope that you will enjoy the art of Miami as much as possible, and look forward to sharing the experience together.



Thank you!

Judy Holm, Founder and Chief Editor

BTA Billy the Artist live at Scope 2011

Miami Beach… places to go, dining, shopping and unique experiences



Sun brunch at Setai Hotel is spectacular, with the most beautiful food and limitless Tattinger champagne for $75 (plus service/tax).. stunning setting.

A La Folie, casual French crepe place – very charming and authentic (located on Espagnola Way), serene ambiance.

Betsy Hotel, Ocean and 14th St, amazing popovers!  Lovely setting.


Lively and chic, Mr Chow’s restaurant in the W Hotel – also the big bar in the back of the main floor is usually filled with cool people.  Also, a new sister restaurant, Philippe, opened Dec 2011 beautiful space and very nice staff, good happy hour drinks .. (36 Ocean Drive)

Ciccone in Soho House (Collins/44th) – open to public in the otherwise private club.  Nice scene.. lovely setting, wide menu choices

“Hot” hotel and restaurant, lovely outside restaurant on the bay, uber-cool crowd (I’m a member there) – Standard Hotel.  Bright and happy place!  “Health-conscious” menu.. BEST spa!! and hamam… amazinggg.

Another restaurant option – which has DJ;s most nights is Sushi Samba on Lincoln Rd Mall – sushi, creative food, not only sushi, I love the sea bass.. fun vibe!

Fun place for drinks and ANY meal in the restaurant – Betsy Hotel.

Meat Market, 915 Lincoln Rd.. chic and beautiful decr, yummy food, and a bit of “New York” feel.. makes it one of the best on Lincoln Rd, and nice ambiance.

 New addition to Lincoln Rd (at Alton) Rosa Mexicana, of the New York group.  Nice spot, good food.. Mexican!

 Romantic and luxurious setting – worth the price! The Villa, Versace Mansion – 1116 Ocean Drive, http://www.thevillabybartong.com/

 Casa Tua – ditto comments of The Villa, 1700 James St, http://www.casatualifestyle.com/hotel/

 Miami Beach has tons of steak houses, which is not my specialty.. but Smith & Wollensky’s is fun, beautiful waterfront setting, with a lively bar scene and some tables outside on the rocks.. another great sunset spot.  They have many good fish and veggie options too!

 The Miami Beach institution… Joe’s Stone Crab – celebrating 100 years in 2013.  Great food, huge space.. hustle-bustle  feeling..  “Old school” charm and classy service.  They also have a great casual breakfast/lunch café adjacent, and take-out with most of the same items from the restaurant menu.  I live for the Lobster Reuben… worth every calorie.


 W Hotel, has a nice bar in the back of the hotel,  the new more casual “Dutch” and poolside tikki bar are all frequently fun and lively spots.  The nicest W Hotel I have seen, with beautiful art work and soaring ceilings in the lobby.. great space!

 Drink at Rooftop bar of Gansevoort Hotel – a MUST! Best ocean view in Miami

 Best sunset – Mondrian Hotel, fun casual “tikki bar” for a drink.  Also a good choice for dinner – great food!

 Dream Hotel, 1111 Collins, is a newly renovated hotel, with rooftop pool and bar.  An intimate ambiance, and lovely city views…  

 Standard Hotel!  (see comments above)

 Art, Culture and places of interest

Vizcaya Mansion – Lovely place to visit during the day – (estate, museum and cafe) near Key Biscayne – about 20 minutes from Miami Beach


The Bass Museum is centrally located, and a little jewel of the city..  (very small, only need about half an hour);

MUST see – New World Symphony – opened a year ago; Gehry design; NWS company created by the fabulous MTT – it is a stunning location and worth any visit, performance, etc…

Wolfsonion, Collins and 10th St… highly regarded museum, but not my personal favorite. 

SHOPPING – please avoid Ocean Drive.. it is overflowing with the “Vegas-type” tourists… and no good stores instead, STROLL Lincoln Rd Mall.. a mix of very expensive boutiques, and Pottery Barn-type franchises- very unique to Miami Beach and great people-watching!  BEST Nespresso coffee bar (really good small menu for lunch too) !!!!! Semifreddo is very popular with the international locals. ALSO, right around the corner is Espagnola Way.. cute, several blocks long.. “only in Miami” quaint to see the little shops. A bit further North is Bal Harbour, the “Madison Ave” of Miami Beach… lovely indoor/outdoor mall with all of the beautiful fashion and jewelry shops, and several good restaurant options as well!   Parking lot is easy and not overpriced.

Botanical Gardens – directly across from the Convention Center, is a bit of respite and peace from the Lincoln Rd, and tourist scene… ice place to relax for a little while… and learn about the local flora and fauna.


Miami Beach is a very late night city.. so it will seem “dead” at times – sunsets are great happy hour times in the places I mentioned, and dinner is better later (like 9pm reservations).. the city becomes very entertaining!!!

I am not into the nightclub scene.. but there are many places that offer DJ music and dancing.. all night long.

Amnesia and Pearl are new, recently reopened hot spots – both South of Fifth.  Nice crowd!

Not on my list

Places that are “hot” but are not on my list…

Prime 112/Prime Italian/Vic and Angelo’s – good food/sketchy people

Barton G (who own Mansion) – too “over the top” presentation/pretentious service

Voila!  Hope that helps

Art Basel Miami Beach 2011… what a decade!

Judy and Champagne, "Diva" necklace from Antico MuranoIt’s Monday morning after “Art Basel week” and for art lovers around the globe it feels like the day after Christmas or Hanukah.  All the bright, shiny presents were opened, ripped open, to discover the joys inside.  The new toys have been discovered, played with and now put away in the closet.  The new sweaters tried on and now folded neatly in their new drawers.  The memories of rich meals still heavy in our bellies. The new gym routine can wait a few more days.

It’s time to relish the gifts of the past week.  Art Basel Miami Beach 2011, or ABMB, concluded the tenth consecutive year.  The year-long preparation culminated in an intense myriad of art, performing art, design, jewelry, cars, fashion, music, dancing, food and wine. 

While the figures of the sale of art are still being compiled, the ripple effect of the frenzied week of art fairs and exhibitions with their competing vernissages is indelible in our minds…

I visited Miami Beach last November, specifically to attend ABMB 2010.  The trip was comparative research for my pending projects in the forthcoming Venice Biennale.  Nothing prepared me for the experience, and how incredibly consuming the week of art has become here.  Returning back to San Francisco, I announced to my friends and colleagues that I was relocating to Miami Beach. Yes, relocating.

Flash forward to ABMB 2011, and here I am, a proud newcomer to “the beach.”  I share with my friends around the world every day (thank you fb) how ecstatic I am to be living in this amazing city.  And now, the day after ABMB 2011, I am even more delighted than before.

The pulse of Miami Beach, already vibrant, races furiously for this week of art and culture.  During the past year of preparation, art aficionados train like triathletes.  Who’s going to be hot this year?  What will surprise us?  Who will disappoint?  Who’s buying?  Who’s gone up, and who’s gone down?  How much can we consume of the simultaneous fairs and programs that now compete for our attention… How can we measure the success- from the actual sale of art to publicity, buzz, press, social media tweets and face book postings?

ABMB has spawned fourteen collateral fairs, spread across Miami Beach and over to Miami.  Here on Miami Beach, the centerpiece is the official show in the convention center, with 260 international galleries representing the most prestigious art on the market today, and more than 2,000 artists.  Most serious art collectors and their agents make their deals prior to arriving, and show up privately for a few hours to complete the transactions.  Millions of dollars exchange hands quietly, before the frenzy.

Rippling out from the epicenter, are not only the fourteen parallel fairs, but countless other exhibitions, galleries, restaurants and hotels- all showcasing some form of art. 

Art, art, art is everywhere.

After my personal experience from 2010, when, as a benefactor to MOCA Miami and the Guggenheims, I had “invitations” to some of the most elite openings and associated parties; I still wanted an even better experience this year.

And I got it.  Through “Special VIP” status, art collectors, press, and other connected and hip art “people” gain access to the inner sanctum of the VIP Lounge, hosted by the top fair sponsors, from UBS, Cartier and Net Jets to Bally and Ruinart Champagne.

Perched on my lovely central spot in the lounge, courtesy of Ruinart, I greeted friends from London, Paris, Berlin, Venice, Milan, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  I met new friends.  “Wow, amazing” I thought… we’re all here at the same time- gathered for art, art, and more art.

From this preview spot, we were all able to compare notes.  Notes about the art world and its people.  Notes about summers in St. Tropez and Ibiza.  Notes about which parties were supposed to be the most fun.  And back to art.  And so on.

The proliferation of art and culture centered in Miami Beach is truly impressive.  This beautiful jewel of a city shines with its dynamic and strong pulse, friendly and hospitable inhabitants, fascinating and complex international influence and forward-focus on the importance and practice of art and culture.  Thank you ABMB.  Thank you Miami Beach for this warm welcome.


Best Show: ABMB

Best Concept and Program: Arts for a Better World

Best Lecture: Art Basel Conversations- Karl Holmqvist poetry reading

Strong Showing: Art Miami, NADA, Design

Most Exciting: Bass Museum/Art Public (Collins Park)

Always Amazing: New World Center

Best Party: Shelborne Hotel/Art of Night

Best Kept Secret: Miami Beach Botanical Garden

Special Thanks: Bob Goodman, Aaron Resnick, Dorothy Bakker Lee and Julie Christensen (Ruinart Champagne), Roderick Kukurudz (Arts for a Better World), Sebastien Laboureau (Moonstar Fine Art Advisors), Dream Hotel, The Standard Hotel and Spa