Art Basel preview: 'American Exuberance' at the Rubell Family Collection

11/28/2011 5:20 PM

11/30/2011 11:21 AM

"Exuberance" is one of the many "e"-words that aptly describe Art Basel Miami Beach, both the fair itself and the larger, enveloping phenomenon it encompasses. Indeed, "enveloping", "encompassing", "endless", and "exhibitionist" are also apt "e"s, as are "extravagant", "elephantine", and, ultimately, "exhausting".

Don and Mera Rubell, whose private contemporary art collection, housed in a former DEA-facility in Wynwood, is one of the biggest in the world, say the word jumped to mind when they were thinking up a title for their mega-exhibition, American Exuberance, which will open on Thursday.

"This title was in the mood of the moment," Ms. Rubell told me in a recent interview. Her husband added: "Although we usually use 'exuberance' in a very positive, upbeat manner, the word has to do, more than anything, with forms of excess behavior, and I think this show is a reflection of that."

Read more about this exhibit at BeachedMiami.com.

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