Gary Nader’s dream
Botero’s No. 1 fan
Gary Nader has the largest collection of ‘Boteros’ in the world. The Colombian artist Fernando Botero is known for his obsession with rounded shapes. His work was the star of the opening of the Gary Nader Fine Art gallery in New York. At the LAAM his work will form part of the permanent collection.
He presented his first plans for the Latin American Art Museum in Miami, LAAM, in 2014, at the Art Basel fair in Miami Beach. The 650 works in his private collection will be the main attractions of this new space. Halfway between a museum and an arts centre, in addition to exhibitions there will also be a varied programme in which performances, music and film screenings will alternate with workshops and conferences. If you think that the concept of a living museum is innovative, then so is the building’s design, the work of the renowned architect Fernando Romero. Making use of the favourable weather conditions in Miami, he has designed a structure including generous terraces on its four floors. These open areas will be ‘sculptural gardens’, which will be an extension of the exhibitions inside. They will also be an attraction for passers-by to enter. “I don’t discount the idea of opening another museum abroad. Perhaps in Portugal, Dubai or Brazil” he said.
The expert’s recommendation
Soraya Abu Naba'a is one of the emerging artists that Gary Nader is talking about when he stresses the importance of paying attention to the artists of today. Her oil paintings, drawings and installations, which are full of colour and purpose, have been exhibited in both the New York and Miami galleries.