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EXPLORE THE ARTS N that including thos osf her artistsd Herr he. Steinbaum brok¬ges perd an acquirinrn credential ocs passior showm academi fo. museun i collectionsts recognize artisten wa permanendr an fo,k promotiot worr cycletnosistentheiO and commitment to under-recognized artists paid off when they were exhibited on a regular basis alongside blue-chip artists. It was the first time that a private dealer was feeding museums on a regular basis and may have accounted for her high percentage of sales to museums. Before Art Basel put Miami on the international art map, Steinbaum relocated there in 2000, and sparked the de- velopment of Wynwood as the city's gallery district. For her gallery, she chose a rather impressive two-story build- ing (formerly a Roche Bobois store) that faced a big dusty tract of land that housed storage containers for cargo ships. Now, Wynwood boasts more than 70 galleries, sev- eral private collections with museum-quality works, and Wynwood Walls, which features graffiti/street artists. An Art Walk on the second Saturday of the month allows col¬ lectors, tourists, students and other artists to experience the exhibitions that are taking place. That once vacant tract is now Midtown, a bustling urban shopping center. BERNICE STEINBAUM Over the years, Bernice Steinbaum has remained com¬d ann womag representinf on missiol originar heo tdmitte GALLERY TO CLOSE have beefn recognized witfh a MacArthur "genius" grant ads representes hae shs artiste th ol Severa. color oepeopl BY SUSANA BAKER al Endowmens for the Arts, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation-, Nation, Foundationm Guggenheie thm frot awards alwel and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Her gallery has rep¬ Pioneering gallerist Bernice Steinbaum will close her resented mid-career artists including Maria Magdalena eponymous gallery on July 15th after 36 years of promot- Campos-Pons, Edouard Duval-Carrie, Enrique Gomez de ing women artists and artists of color. When asked about Molina, Courtney Johnson, Hung Liu, Pep6n Osorio, Luis her plans for the future, she replied, "Life isn't about find- Gonzalez Palma, Carol Prusa, Karen Rifas and Deborah ing yourself. Life is about creating yourself. I can't wait to Willis. find out who I will be next." Steinbaum has had an undeniable impact on the art world Known as a fashionista with a larger-than-life person- by opening its doors to women artists and artists of color. ality (and a penchant for wearing fuzzy slippers at her She will surely be missed. This year, she was honored openings), Steinbaum has had a major impact on the art with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's worlds, not only in New York but also in Miami. Caucus of the College Art Association. When asked about it, she replied, "When you win such a prestigious award, As an art educator in the 1970s, Steinbaum was teaching you either die or retire. I am choosing to retire. It seems Master of Fine Arts students (sixty percent of whom were like a better option." women) who had little or no chance of getting commercial gallery representation in New York City. She decided she could change that situation. Susana Baker, resident of Dade County since 1989, for¬ mal owner of South Beach Realty, CEO and Founder of She opened her first gallery on Madison Avenue and 72nd the Design District, Midtown and Wynwood, The South Street, in the heart of what was then New York's gallery Beach Art Tours, The Coconut Grove Arts Tours, ART- district. She represented women artists and artists of TALK for all of your art happenings on the radio 880thebiz. color (meaning African American, Asian, Latino and In¬ com every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and moth- digenous people). At the time, galleries were not showing er of two. For information on art tours, call 786.237.7567, their work, critics were not writing about them because or visit www.designdistrictexperience.com. they weren't seeing it in the galleries, and curators were 78 J U L Y / A U G U S T 2012 SOUTHFLORIDALUXURYGUIDE.COM


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