Martin Kreloff: Before There was Basel: Miami Always Said 'Art' to Me
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"We're moving to Miami."
That simple statement, spoken by my father in 1967, sent my entire life into a tailspin.
In my early twenties, I was embarking on what promised to be a fascinating career as a New York artist. I had attended Parsons School of Design on scholarship and had eagerly ventured out into the competitive job market of Manhattan. Landing a job at an advertising agency, I was creating print ads for the movie studios. (My favorite tag line was for the Jane Fonda film, Cat Ballou -- "Cat Ballou ain't no Puss 'n' Boots!")
The last thing I wanted was to be uprooted and banished to the cultural wasteland I imagined Florida, and Miami, to be. My mother, eager to keep the family together, convinced me that there were wonderful creative opportunities waiting for me, and that I'd be inspired by the vibrant, tropical colors of Miami. Well, you know what they say -- Mom is always right.
In the early 1970s, Miami Beach was in severe decline.
The once beautiful A
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