Arsht Center launches permanent art collection

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By Hannah Sampson, The Miami Herald

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts wants you to come for the show and stay for the art. With the help of a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the center has launched a permanent art collection and plans to sell limited edition prints in order to sustain the program.

On Oct. 26, the first new work — Red Poppies, a print from painter, printmaker and sculptor Donald Sultan — will be unveiled at the Miami building. Institutions including The Whitney, the Guggenheim and the Tate Modern in London have held solo exhibits of his art.

“I think it’s terrific for the space and the place,” said Sultan, who lives in New York City. “The main thing is that it helps raise money.” The second work has already been commissioned, from art world darling and Miami native Hernan Bas. That print is set to debut early next year.

“We’re excited. It’s another moment in Miami’s evolution as a place that’s making art general to the community,” said Dennis Scholl, vice president/arts for the Knight Foundation. “Our goal is that everywhere you look, you have an encounter with art.”

“Red Poppies” by Donald Sultan is the first piece in the Knight Masterworks Print Collection at the Arsht Center.