Pérez Art Museum Miami Acquires Sheila Hicks’ "Tapestry" Under the Leadership of Collectors Council Chair Craig Robins

Tapestry joins PAMM’s growing list of recent acquisitions, including works by Ai Weiwei, Beatriz Milhazes, Robert Morris, and more. Recently gifted Mark di Suvero sculpture installed earlier this month  

MIAMI – May 29, 2015 – Pérez Art Museum Miami is pleased to announce the acquisition of Tapestry, a linen and cotton weaving  by American artist Sheila Hicks. Created in 1977, Tapestry is the latest addition to the Museum’s permanent collection. The work was acquired under the leadership of Craig Robins, a member of PAMM’s board of trustees since 2002 and chair of the PAMM Collectors Council since October 2014. Tapestry is Robins’ second acquisition since he accepted the position, the first being Ai Weiwei’s Jade Handcuffs from 2012.

Robins, chief executive officer and president of the real estate development company Dacra, is known for his dedication to the cultivation of creative communities. He has spearheaded some of the most successful and transformative commercial, residential, and mixed-use projects in Miami’s history. He is an avid collector and a principal of the leading international design show Design Miami.

“As Miami’s flagship art museum, PAMM’s collection is of great interest to donors, collectors, and artists worldwide who want to make a meaningful contribution to the city’s cultural heritage,” said Robins. “I have been a member of PAMM’s Collectors Council for more than 10 years, and I’ve always looked forward to the exciting meetings with this smart and dynamic group of highly engaged individuals. I donated a large portion of my personal collection to the Museum, and it’s an honor to chair the Council at this important time in the institution’s history.”

The acquisitions made during Robins’ tenure join additional recent additions to PAMM’s collection,  including notable examples by Beatriz Milhazes, Robert Morris, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Adler Guerrier and Victoria Gitman, as well as a Mark di Suvero sculpture, La Plume de Pierrot, gifted by collectors Dede and Robert Moss. The monumental work was installed in PAMM’s sculpture garden on May 4.

Additional recent acquisitions to PAMM’s collection include:

  • Beatriz Milhazes, Canela, 2009: a gift from Darlene and Jorge M. Pérez from the museum’s special exhibition Beatriz Milhazes: Jardim Botânico (September 19, 2014 – January 11, 2015)
  • Robert Morris, Untitled (Mirrored Cubes), 1965/1993: a museum purchase
  • Victoria Gitman, A Beauty, 2008: a museum purchase from the current exhibition, Victoria Gitman: Desiring Eye, on view through May 31, 2015
  • Adler Guerrier, Untitled (BLCK-We wear the mask), 2007-08: a museum purchase from the museum’s exhibition Adler Guerrier: Formulating a Plot (August 7, 2014 – January 25, 2015)
  • Edouard Duval-Carrié, After Heade: Moonlit Landscape, 2013: a museum purchase from the museum’s exhibition Edouard Duval-Carrié: Imagined Landscapes (March 13 – August 31, 2014)
  • Nicolas Lobo, Napalm Stone, 2014 and Nexcite Flooring, 2014: a gift from Diane and Werner Grob
  • Christy Gast, Self-Portrait as the Barefoot Mailman, 2013: a gift from Nina Johnson-Milewski and Daniel Milewski
  • George Sánchez-Calderón, La bendición (The Blessing), 2001-03: a purchase by PAMM’s Young Collectors Council (YCC), an acquisition group dedicated to growing the Museum’s collection with works by Miami-based artists
  • John Ahearn, Double Dutch, 1981/2010: a purchase by PAMM’s Collector’s Council, the large-scale sculpture presents an image of everyday energy and vitality via the depiction of four girls engaged in the jump rope game of the title
  • Cao Fei, People’s Limbo in RMB City, 2009: a purchase by PAMM’s Collector’s Council, the video comments on the current pace of urbanism and development in China via the depiction of a virtual city as, at times, futuristic paradise and oppressive inferno

About PAMM
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) promotes artistic expression and the exchange of ideas, advancing public knowledge and appreciation of art, architecture, and design, and reflecting the diverse community of its pivotal geographic location at the crossroads of the Americas. This mission is reflected in the initial installation of its permanent collection of art from the World War II era to the present, AMERICANA, at the new home of the 29-year-old South Florida institution formerly known as Miami Art Museum (MAM). Designed by world-renowned architects Herzog & de Meuron, the facility, opened in Downtown Miami’s Museum Park on December 4, 2013, is a state-of-the-art model for sustainable museum design and progressive programming. The facility features 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor program space with sprawling galleries; shaded outdoor verandas; a waterfront restaurant and bar; a museum shop; and an education center with a library, media lab, and classroom spaces. For more information, please visit www.pamm.org, find us on Facebook (facebook.com/perezartmuseummiami), or follow us on Twitter (@pamm).

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