Above: Works by David Altmejd and Sterling Ruby in the main building of the De La Cruz collection. View more photos of the amazing installation here.

 

MIAMI – Following Palm Beach, on to Miami, where my first stop was the incredible De La Cruz Collection, which I had missed during Miami Basel this year. I really loved the work and this year’s installation – such beautiful resonances between artists, and between painting and sculpture.



Above left: Ugo Rondinone’s and Rachel Harrison’s work share a gallery. Above right: Tauba Auerbach’s paintings hang behind a sculpture by Wade Guyton.

 

An Ugo Rondinone wall of mirrors set the tone for two salon-style hangings, one of abstract painting, the other of figurative, with artists ranging from Tamayo to Kippenberger.

 

Above: Kathryn Andrews’ work was a discovery for me.

 

Upstairs, I was struck by a beautiful suite of trompe-l’oeil paintings by Tauba Auerbach, as well as by the work of Los Angeles-based Kathryn Andrews, a discovery for me. She explores the legacy of Minimalism and Pop Art from a post-feminist perspective, and I particularly loved her series of unique, half-tone silkscreen prints that depicted mylar bows over fields of colour.

Above: The wood-grilled cobia and the homemade pastrami sandwich at Michael’s.

 

After touring the collection, we had a fabulous lunch at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in the hot, happening, Design District. The chef himself came tableside to recommend the wood-grilled cobia with sautéed escarole and a provençal vinaigrette, which we all ordered, except for one guest who opted for the homemade pastrami sandwich, on grilled ciabatta, with cave-aged gruyere cheese, red cabbage slaw, and thousand island dressing.  Happily, she was a light eater, and we all dug in to the leftovers. We also had some great brussels sprouts with pancetta and lemon aioli, and French fries, which, to be honest, were soggy, but I ate them anyway.

I wish I hadn’t because a few hours later we were back in the Design District, this time at Sra. Martinez, where former vintner and great collector Dennis Scholl literally ordered the entire tapas menu.

Above: Collector Dennis Scholl with Michelle Bernstein, the chef at Sra. Martinez.

Above: Excellent paella and fries at Sra. Martinez

 

My favorites were the eggplant crisps and deep-fried artichokes, and yes, we had French fries too.  No one wanted to continue after the tapas, but I insisted on some paella, and I was right. The best part of dinner was when the chef, Michelle Bernstein, came to our table to chat. She is one of my favorites  from the Food Network (view some of her recipes here); she was also the guest chef at a lunch Sotheby’s hosted at Fairchild Garden two years ago. Miami turned out to be a food mecca -- that weekend, it was the Food & Wine Festival, and I wish I could have participated, but I was on an all-art-all-the-time schedule. Next up: MOCA’s 15th anniversary bash.