X Contemporary is recognized for bringing untold stories in modern, contemporary, and global art movements to light the international art audience. Our second edition is ideally located at the brand new Nobu Hotel Miami Beach in two indoor floors flooded with natural light and an outdoor garden with beach access that will transform into an epic sculpture garden.
We’re thrilled to announce a historic exhibition in celebration of art business, “The Women Who Made Modern Art Modern,” curated by Michael Klein. This show profiles 16 art dealers active in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, all whom are women, and all whom helped shape the careers of America’s most important 20th Century artists.
X Contemporary is the first modern and contemporary art fair to partner with Nobu Eden Roc, an intimate and lively environment featuring 35 international galleries, with a special focus on private dealers and independent curators with unique access to new discoveries in 20th and 21st century art.
Michael Klein, Consulting Curator
Michael Klein is appointed to spearhead this year’s historic exhibition, following the success of his presentation Grace Hartigan (1960-1965): The Perry Collection in X Contemporary’s debut edition, Miami 2015.
Klein has more than 35 years of working in the arts industry. In the 1970s, he was the first dealer to buy Robert Longo, Cindy Sherman, and Laurie Simmons. In the 1980s he was the first dealer to buy Peter Schuyff, Richard Prince, Haim Steinbach and Christopher Wool. And in the 1990s Klein bought the first Damien Hirst sold to an American.
His gallery presented a wide variety of artists from the painters Pat Steir and Dona Nelson to the more conceptual based works of Matt Mullican, James Casebere and Beverly Semmes and the sculptors Jene Highstein, Jackie Ferrara and Rita McBride.
Klein is also known for innovating the curator’s role during his tenure managing the Microsoft Art Collection in Redmond, WA from 1999-2005, where he directed art acquisitions, commissions, collection management, and an education program for the company’s 50,000 employees.
Crystal Curtis, Executive Director
Crystal Curtis is an internationally exhibited visual artist, professor of contemporary art, and the Executive Director of X Contemporary. A passionate educator and entrepreneur, Curtis is dedicated to creating context for people to better understand the relationship between modern and contemporary art. When she helped launch X Contemporary in 2015, she channeled her creative energies into the exploration of innovative, timely exhibition models that deliver unexpected experiences and create lasting relationships with art. In 2016, as the sole owner of X Contemporary, she continues to build a community around shared ideas. Originally from Southern California, Curtis earned an MFA at NYU, where she taught before joining the faculty of LIM College in 2006.