Art Week in Miami is said to be the worlds largest art event. This year alone there were more than two million visitors in Miami for the week. Not only were the streets crowded and nearly impossible to navigate, so was one’s calendar of events and shows to attend. Like finding the perfect piece of art for a collection, finding the right show can take one off the beaten path in search of a hidden treasure.
The reopening of the old and derelict venue to a modern and luxurious club became Horth’s theme for his collection in which he showcased the old with the new. He presented pieces from the art world icon, Salvador Dali along side developing artists from the University of Miami. The event benefited the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum.
Horth will quickly share that his first passion in art is sculpture. Be that as it may, there was an equal representation of fine paintings as well. One such artist is another fellow Canadian, Daniel Bilodeau. As one walked into the central drawing room, the larger than life pieces demanded an audience. The original oil on canvas piece, Universal Individual, was over 6 foot high and 5 foot wide. Massive and striking. The subject of the painting was a black man with dripped white paint but there’s also a fantastical graphic element in the background. Bilodeau contrasts not only the subject but the style of traditional realism with the digital surrealism. It is an expression seen throughout his works. Another striking piece was Light Touch of the same black figure with white paint in a nude embrace with a white woman with brown paint. One visitor to the exhibit referred to it as Adam and Eve and the new name has stuck.
As one talks to Horth, one can see that he is in love with art. He loves the art pieces but also all that goes with it in terms of the artists themselves, the history, and the industry filled with collectors, agents, and brokers. He is not a gallery or a collector but a Fine Art Concierge. As with any concierge, the mission is to understand what his client wants and to get it for him at a fair price. He considers himself to be a combination of concierge and private investigator as he discovers pieces that his clients don’t have the skill, time, or ability to uncover. Horth shares his stories from his 14 year career in the art industry of working for client X (privacy of the clients is extremely important in this field) and finding them the perfect piece for a home or office.
Horth also shared why he chose to do a stand alone show versus participate in one of the larger events around town. He chose this venue as it offered him the valued ability to spend quality time with each potential client. Time used to build a rapport and to really understand what they wanted in a piece. This one-on-one approach has allowed Robin Rile Fine Art to differentiate his services from others in the industry. He shared that he or one of his team members would spend on average 45 minutes with visitors walking them through the exhibition and getting to know them. It is for that reason, many of the shows 174 pieces will be going home with a different owner.