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From the Editor: Women lead the way in Indulge’s special Art Basel issue

Untitled art fair in Miami Beach, during Art Basel and Miami Art Week.
Untitled art fair in Miami Beach, during Art Basel and Miami Art Week.

In the magazine business, this page — the Editor’s Letter — is always the last one produced. It helps to have all the other finished pages on hand so the editor can write a balcony-view roadmap of what’s inside the issue. Sometimes, seeing all the individual pages and stories come together into a collective whole reveals themes and threads that we may not have planned.

For this special Art Basel issue of INDULGE — our biggest and most widely read of the year — we made it a point to find an artistic angle in every feature, from photographing the director of an Everglades arts residency standing in the swamp to seeking out the best galleries in Mexico City for one of our two travel stories.

As I dug into the editing process, one of those impromptu themes began to emerge through all of the art tales: Everywhere you turn in these pages, you’ll find women who are making an imprint on the art world and on Miami.

Start on with our featured Contributors, and you’ll begin to see a trend take shape. These six women include some who are making their INDULGE debuts and others, like Siobhan Morrissey, who are returning in spectacular fashion. Siobhan — a lawyer, art expert and journalist — delivered this issue’s cover story on Jorge Pérez , a revealing look at the Related Group CEO’s personal collecting habits and his vision for PAMM’s next chapter.

Evan Benn
Evan Benn. Photograph by Nick Garcia.

We also point you toward five artists poised to be the Next Big Thing, four of whom are women. Our other big feature, The Future is Female, takes you inside the minds, calendars and galleries of four Miami women who are defining our arts scene. Erin Michelle Newberg — herself an arts-world powerhouse — penned that piece. She also connected me with Pauldine France and Locust Projects’ Lorie Mertes, who became integral parts of this issue.

The proud Miami women we highlight go beyond painters like Liv Dockerty and museum directors like ICA Miami’s Ellen Salpeter. It’s also chefs like Kaytlin Dangaran of Verde at PAMM, influencers like Danie Gómez-Ortigoza and independent business owners like Diana Gonzalez of Wynwood Shop.    

Individually, each of their stories resonate because they’re all fascinating, compelling and inspiring. But collectively, they paint a picture of Miami at this moment and at its very best.

From the INDULGE family to yours, here’s wishing you an enriching Art Week, happy holidays and a joyous new year.