Established in 2009, the collection of Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz in Florida is not just about public enjoyment of a stunning collection of contemporary art, but encouragement for local communities to engage with art in new and exciting ways. Inviting local Miami artists to create space-specific installations based on their visiting experience has truly wonderful results, as tailor-made never rang so true. With lectures, workshops and rotating exhibitions throughout the year, the De La Cruz Collection brings art to life in a delightfully inclusive manner. The current exhibition, Beneath the Surface looks at artists who are reshaping the way the American landscape speaks to the ongoing forces of globalization.
The Philips Collection was founded in 1921 in the former home of Duncan Phillips. It calls itself America’s First Museum of Modern Art and this is a claim I am not willing to contest. The collection, located in DC is far from stagnant, as in the spirit of dynamism, artworks are still being accrued today. The possibilities for exhibition are endless, and no wall remains the same for very long. When visiting, take in the artworks as though for the last time, endeavoring to taste each contour whilst feeling each brushstroke.
The Brant Foundation Art Study Centre opened to the public in Connecticut, 2009 in what was once a stone fruit barn. The space was converted by architect Richard Gluckman, and is architecturally, also a piece of art to be marvelled at. The Brant collection is notable for its dynamic representation of key artists, as works from all stages in artistic careers are included. Previous solo exhibitions include Andy Warhol, Karen Kilimnik, and Julian Schnabel.