Forefront Ladies In No Man’s Land

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
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Net-a-Porter, Cultured and the Rubell Family Collection Honor Women Artists Exhibit

On April 11, Cultured, an art, design and architecture magazine, co-hosted a private luncheon along with the online luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter and the Rubell Family Collection (RFC) in Miami. The exciting event was held to celebrate museum’s latest exhibition: “No Man’s Land: Women Artists” from the Rubell Family Collection.

RFC was established by Donald and Mera Rubell in 1964 in New York City and is now one of the world’s largest, privately owned contemporary art collections museums. In Miami, Florida, since 1993, the RFC is exhibited within a 45,000-square-foot repurposed Drug Enforcement Agency confiscated goods facility and is publicly accessible. The collection is constantly expanding and features such well-known artists as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Jeff Koons, Cady Noland, Yayoi Kusama, Cindy Sherman and Kara Walker.

The Rubells’ latest forefront effort in contemporary arts, “No Man’s Land”, is a thought-provoking survey exhibition that shines the much-needed light on underrepresentation of women artists. Featuring works from well-established artists such as Marlene Dumas, Cecily Brown, Catherine Opie, Cindy Sherman, and Lisa Yuskavage, as well as some lesser-known artists, these art works explore such age-old conventions as male gaze and power assertion in playful, imaginative ways.

Mera Rubell, co-founder of the RFC, and Sarah Harrelson, Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Cultured, hosted the event. The joint effort was to honor the influence of over 100 female artists coming from different generations, cultures and disciplines.

More than 60 attending guests, such as Andrea Baclea, Ivana Berendika, Yolanda Berkowitz, Adrienne Bon Haes, Kelly Framel, Jenny Kennedy, Shannon Lannan, Andrea Noboa, Michele Oka Doner, Ilona Oppenheim, Maria Ines Rivero, Caroline Seikaly, were treated to a delectable dinner of grilled chicken ballotine, artisan bread and salted caramel chocolate tart. Attending ladies enjoyed a conversation by Mera Rubell and contemporary artist Dara Friedman. Above all else, the second event in a series of events from the collaboration between Cultured, Net-a-Porter and the Rubell Family Collection, served as influential conversation starters about underrepresentation of women in the arts.

To learn more about the exhibit and RFC, visit

Photos courtesy of Alejandro Chavarria/

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