Today, seemingly every fashionable luxury hotel and new condominium tower in Miami has an art collection. It's practically become a prerequisite for doing business, but the Sagamore was the first. Sure, Miami hotels before it maybe had a sculpture or two in the lobby, or some Courier & Ives-esque crap hanging above the beds. Some hotels, like the Fontainebleau, were filled with antiques. Others, like the Rubell family's Albion, funded private collections largely located in other places.
The Sagamore's owners, Marty and Cricket Taplin, were the first to put art front and center at the hotel, making contemporary art central to the guest experience. And it still is. Curbed photog Silvia Ros went to tour the Sagamore's art collection, finding an exhibit of photographic and video art on view, as well as permanent pieces from the Cricket Taplin Collection, at the Sagamore.
· Sagamore coverage [Curbed Miami]