My annual visit to the Margulies Warehouse collection is always one of the premier highlights of visiting Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach. This collection is for like a small teaching museum of contemporary art. Its strengths and its focus are in sculptural works, installations and international photography. On each of my visits there are always new bodies of works by artists I whom I have read about while living in Los Angeles, but have never seen the work in person. This institution leads quietly; yet is a perennial showcase of world-class art that should never be missed. Miami is so fortunate to have this institution and the competing private collections, including the De la Cruz Collection, the Rubell Family Collection, and the Cisneros Fontenals. It is absolutely the case that even the most well-traveled curators and artists and collectors have not seen all the work that is on display in starting each December, or even a bit earlier as in the case of the Margulies Warehouse, which launches its new collections show in mid-November of each year. Over the years I’ve seen sensational video projects by Issac Julien and Chantal Ackermann that I was not even aware of their having been made until I saw them at the collection. The collection is exemplary of what has been called “the Miami Model” of private art collection spaces in the Miami Wynwood and Miami Design District areas. Up the road I guess we will see the opening of Craig Robin’s space and perhaps even that of Norman Braman’s monster collection of modern and contemporary art. Until then I will keep returning to the collection and to Miami each December, all the while alerting friends of the wonder that is Miami during the fairs.
Vincent Johnson received his MFA from Art Center College of Design in 1997 and his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Painting 1986. He is a 2005 Creative Capital Grantee, and was nominated for the Baum: An Emerging American Photographer’s Award in 2004 and for the New Museum of Contemporary Arts Aldrich Art Award in 2007 and for the Art Matters grant in 2008, and in 2009 nominated for Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship, Los Angeles. In 2010 he was named a United States Artists project artist. His work has been reviewed in ArtForum, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, Art in America, Art Slant and many other publications. His photographic works were most recently shown in the inaugural Pulse Fair Los Angeles. His most recent paintings were shown at the Beacon Arts Center in Los Angeles.
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- Vincent Johnson’s California Toilet: Filthy Light Switch (Private collection, Miami, Florida) (2011)
- Vincent Johnson’s Nine Grayscale Paintings – installation shot – 1
- Vincent Johnson’s Nine Grayscale Paintings – installation shot – 2
- Motel Tangiers, (San Fernando Valley) by Vincent Johnson (2003)
- Parked wreck, Los Angeles (2005) by Vincent Johnson