Best Art Messiah

Mera Rubell
When the prominent, Miami-based art collector Mera Rubell toured Washington studios in December 2009, she observed that, despite the city’s “wealth of amazing talent,” the infrastructure here for contemporary artists is dysfunctional, unsupportive, and, worst of all, isolating. “There’s nothing to fight for here. There’s not enough contemporary art being shown,” she told The Washington Post’s Jessica Dawson at the time, igniting a debate within the local art scene that manifested itself in blog posts, Facebook comments, and a panel discussion. Now Rubell and her husband Don are apparently poised to save us from ourselves. The Rubell’s Capitol Skyline Hotel will play host to the first (e)merge art fair this September—but more important, they’re building a new contemporary art museum at the site of the Randall School in Southwest. The couple bought the property from the Corcoran last year. As revealed in the recent inaugural issue of literary journal The Folly, being D.C.’s contemporary art savior has at least one perk: It lets you skip the line at Marvin.
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