Developer and CMC Group founder Ugo Colombo recently completed the installation of a multimillion dollar art collection at his newly opened Brickell Flatiron residential skyscraper in Downtown Miami. The permanent collection, which is on display in the throughout the building’s lobby and public spaces, features a series of privately commissioned, exclusively produced paintings and sculptures by New York-based artist Julian Schnabel. The installation also includes signature pieces by Italian painter Carlos Battaglia and Italian photographer Marco Glaviano, which complement the building’s sleek interiors and custom furnishings created by Italian design architect Massimo Iosa Ghini.
“Brickell Flatiron’s signature art collection complements the building’s timeless elegance and sophisticated Italian style,” said Colombo. “We’ve spared no detail or expense to deliver a memorable product for our residents, offering the highest caliber of quality and design that will withstand the test of time.”
A standout among Schnabel’s custom prints and pastel-colored paintings at the tower is the iconic Sawtooth Lamps sculpture from his 2014 collection, fashioned from cast and plate bronze. The American painter and filmmaker’s large-scale pieces draw on influences from Cubism to the practice of Cy Twombly. Poignant themes like sexuality, obsession, suffering, redemption, death, and belief prevail in his works. Crowded with paint drips, dynamic brushstrokes, and found materials including broken plates, textiles, tarpaulins, and velvet, many of Schnabel’s pieces combine painting and collage techniques.
Highlights from the collection include Battaglia’s Visionario, 1968 and Visionario 7, 1969. Born on the Sardinian island of La Maddalena, Battaglia is best known for his abstract paintings from the 1960s, rich seascapes from the 1970s and ‘80s, and watercolor sketches of New York City made in late 2001.
Glaviano’s Dizzy Gillespie in the 27th st. studio in New York, 1992 and Sonny Rollins at Umbria Jazz in Perugia, 1998 will also be on display. The Sicilian photographer and architect pioneered digital photography as the first to publish a digital picture in American Vogue in 1982. He’s worked for leading fashion magazines and brands on both sides of the Atlantic and has photographed some of the world’s best-known models, including Cindy Crawford, Claudia Schiffer, Paulina Porizkova, and Stephanie Seymour.
Brickell Flatiron’s architectural design is the brainchild of architect Luis Revuelta, who is behind many of Miami’s iconic high-rises including CMC Group’s Bristol Tower, Santa Maria, and EPIC Residences & Hotel. On the inside, master Italian design architect Massimo Iosa Ghini uses inspiration from Revuelta’s curved façade to outline the tower’s sleek interiors and public amenity spaces, creating a seamless transition from exterior to interior.