An interview with collector Martin Z. Margulies…
Without a doubt, Martin Z. Margulies is at the top of the list of my favorite interviews. This is because he’s very straightforward and succinct. He doesn’t mince his words and he doesn’t play politics, which is refreshing for the art world, which is ripe with people carefully treading their way.
One thing he was very frank about was that, though he lives in Miami, he prefers the galleries in New York and L.A. and he shared, “Miami, while it’s not that exciting for me culturally, is a wonderful place to live.”
He also expressed disappointment over the arts coverage that The Miami Herald provides and how that certainly doesn’t help promote this as an art location beyond Basel. (now, this I can relate to, having multiple times pitched what I thought were good art and art market story ideas to The Miami Herald to no avail. However, I didn’t mention them, or prompt this response.)
The highlight of the interview, for me, was when he remarked of his wife, Constance Collins Margulies, President and Founder of Lotus House, “My wife is Joan of Ark” and then shared about the good work she does with homeless women in Miami. Art is great, but helping women rebuild their lives, offering them hope, providing them with a place to live – now that’s an admirable undertaking!
You can read the full interview on the website for ArtDistricts. I’m fortunate to write for art publications that allow me the opportunity to conduct in-depth interviews like this because thoughtful art writing is not something that many mainstream publications can afford any longer.