ART & DESIGN

Photos: Family Affair

With their pioneering museum and all-for-one approach, the Rubells are the art world’s game changers.


Photograph: Rineke Dijkstra
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Photograph: Rineke Dijkstra

The clan at the Rubell Family Collection in Miami, on chairs by the Chinese artist He Xiangyu, from left: Michelle, Jason, Samuel, Ella, Jennifer, Max Wyss Rubell (on lap), Mera, Stevie Kim-Rubell, Don, and Olivia.

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Photograph: Rineke Dijkstra

Franz West’s Goeschl, 2007, and Untitled (Note With Table), 2005 (from left), sit atop the Rubells’ dining table

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Kaari Upson’s Rubells, 2014. Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

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Richard Prince’s Untitled (Man’s Hand With Cigarette), 1980. Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

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Keith Haring’s Marilyn Monroe, 1981. Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

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Haring’s Elvis Presley, 1981. Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

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Pink Nose, 2014, by Brad Jones (Brandi Twilley and Jennifer Rubell). Courtesy of Sargent’s Daughters.

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Jason Rubell, Haring, and Don Rubell (from left) at Haring’s opening at the Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, 1985. Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

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Cady Noland’s This Piece Has No Title Yet, 1989. Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

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Rashid Johnson’s The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Thurgood), 2008. Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

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Jason Rhoades’s Untitled (Chandelier), 2004. Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

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Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #304, 1994. Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

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Polaroid for portraits of Mera and Don Rubell by Thomas Ruff, 1988. Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

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Andy Warhol’s Portrait of Steve Rubell, 1975. Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

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Warhol’s Studio 54, 1979. Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

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Steve Rubell with Halston (center) and Liza Minnelli at Studio 54, New Year’s Eve, 1977. Courtesy of Ron Galella/WireImage/Getty images.

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Paul McCarthy’s Cultural Gothic, 1992–1993. Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

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Photograph: Rineke Dijkstra

Ménage à trois: Mera and Don, with Charles Ray’s Male Mannequin, 1990, photographed in the Rubell Family Collection on August 30, 2014, their 50th wedding anniversary.