Miami-based collector Martin Margulies and his longtime curator Katherine Hinds speak about their working relationship in running a public exhibition and educational space, where they find new work to acquire, and growing this significant collection with a cohesive vision to which Margulies feels spiritually connected.
“Everything that I’ve acquired over the years, whether I have grown or moved on, has been a learning experience for me. So the work itself is part of the growth of the collection, and without that work, the collection wouldn’t be where it is today. It’s all a matter of learning and continuous learning... It’s a sensitivity also to the artist. He or she is putting creative efforts into an object... That’s what it’s about.”
“One time a graduate student at one of the universities here in Florida came up to me and said, well, how do you get into a collection like this? And my response to him was: that really should not be a question in your mind at all. You should be asking yourself, who else thinks like me? What other art do I like? Who can I work together with? Who can I collaborate with? Who can I show my work with? Don’t think about how can I get into a great collection, but rather, think about finding your voice and finding other like-minded people.”
Real estate developer, self-made multi-millionaire, philanthropist, and passionate art collector Martin Margulies began collecting work over thirty years ago. Katherine Hinds has been the curator of his collection since 1982. The collection concentrates in postwar and contemporary art across media and includes such notables as Anselm Kiefer, Olafur Eliasson, Sol LeWitt, and Dorothea Lange. Located near downtown Miami, the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse was founded in 1999 and is now comprised of 45,000 square feet of exhibition and educational space open to the public. Margulies is also a philanthropist and benefactor supporting causes ranging from pledging $5 million to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to publishing a catalog of the Margulies Collection from which all proceeds support Lotus House, a shelter for homeless women and children in Miami.