Women honored for arts impact at Miami Beach event


By Ina Paiva Cordle

The new Lure Fishbar at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel was the scene Friday afternoon, when Niche Media's Art Basel Magazine hosted its fourth annual Women in Arts luncheon. Nearly 100 renowned female artists, collectors, benefactors and arts leaders attended the event, which was co-hosted by Art Basel Magazine Editor-in-Chief Sue Hostetler and Nadja Swarovski, member of the Swarovski Executive Board. Attendees sipped Ruinart champagne and feasted on delicate hors d'oeuvres and seafood dishes, topped off by decadent desserts.

The event honored four women whose careers have made a long-standing impact on the art community: Tracey Emin, the British contemporary artist; Agnes Gund, philanthropist, collector and President Emerita of the Museum of Modern Art; Ann Philbin, director of the Hammer Museum; and Lisa Dennison, Sotheby's chairman, North and South America.

"In this year of Lean In, I feel this luncheon is more important and special than ever," Hostetler said, kicking off the luncheon's celebration of noteworthy women.

Among the attendees were former honorees: artist Michele Oka Doner; art collector Mera Rubell; Creative Time President and Artistic Director Anne Pasternak; Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator of Nova Southeastern University's Museum of Art; Cathy Leff, director of the Wolfsonian-Florida International University; and art collector Beth Rudin deWoody.

Ann Korologos, former U.S. Secretary of Labor and chairman emeritus of the Aspen Institute, who owns an art gallery featuring western contemporary art, in Aspen, Colo., gave an inspiring speech, calling for women to support each other and to be their true selves.

"I have become convinced over the years that this one quality, being true to oneself," she said, "is the key to a fulfilling and happy life."

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