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Danica Patrick

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Gary Nader Art Centre Is Part Of Miami's Emerging Cultural Mecca Words by Allison Kugel Regarded as one of the most important and successful fine art galleries in the world, Gary Nader Art Centre specializes in Latin American art, and features three unique components: Nader Art Museum, the Exhibition Gallery, and the Sculpture Park. Gar y Nader Art Centre is located in the hear t of Miami's Wynwood District and is the largest gallery in the world with over 55,000 square feet of viewing space. Gary Nader's legacy as one of Miami's leading cultural impresarios began in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where his family had been collecting and curating art for generations. Gary emigrated to Miami in 1979 with the goal of opening South Florida's preeminent art gallery that would showcase the socio-political journey and rich cultural life of Latin America through works by master artists. Historically, art of European origin had been celebrated, with the exclusion of works by master artists of African and Latin American lineage, as well as that of many female artists. Gary's efforts to bring his family's successful Dominican gallery to Miami may sound like a simple one, but according to Gary, the art scene, even in a town dubbed "Little Cuba," was an uphill battle in the beginning. "The distinction of Latin American art was adopted because at the beginning of the twentieth century, artists started to project themselves as nationalists to try to breakaway and distinguish themselves from the traditional European style." Though he is careful to make the important distinction that Latin American artists fought to have their work seen, not because they wanted to be known solely as Latin American artists. "Art is not qualified by geographic sector, but by genre. You are either a modern artist or you are a contemporary artist. It doesn't matter if you are from China or Latin America or the United States, because every artist wants to be international."

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