Written By Jean Blackwell Font
April 1, 2019 at 6:26 PM

The Sagamore Hotel on Collins Avenue has long been recognized as “The Art Hotel” on South Beach. #SagamoreisArt is an ongoing series supported by the hotel’s owner, Ronit Neuman, who is committed to supporting the growth of the cultural ecosystem in Miami. The hotel’s newest exhibition, Music is Life, opens on Thursday, April 4, 2019 and features works of art dedicated to music.

The dream team that put the selling exhibition together are Sebastien Laboureau, The Sagamore’s resident curator and Bernard Markowizc, owner of Markowicz Fine Art; the works are presented in partnership with Markowicz Fine Art and BelAir Fine Art. This exhibition is part of a new music and exhibition company that Laboureau has started, in partnership with music expert Octavio Montana, called StarLight Music OS. Together, the two visionaries plan to create activations featuring visual art and music.  Part of their process of designing their unique programs involves in-depth dialogue with artists and galleries to hand pick the participating creatives.

“Art and music are two of my passions,” Laboureau beams, “and putting them together in one exhibition is very special for me.” The exhibition is certainly a labor of love. He explains that music is important for him personally and as a curator. “Music in all of its various forms and genres is enjoyed by all. Everyone listens to some form of music; it speaks to and elevates our souls and hearts.”

It is a huge challenge to put together 100 works from 30 different artists. Music is Life includes paintings, mixed media, photography, and sculptures created by artists from around the world. There are iconic artists represented, like Andy Warhol, Robert Longo, Ron English and Roy Lichtenstein as well as many exciting Miami-based artists like Carlos Solano, Teepop, and Monique Lassooij, to name just a few. The result, in this case, is a collection of works that you can’t see anywhere else. Music is Life provides a very special experience – it is rare to find this kind of eclectic diversity of genre and artists, at this level of excellence, in one place.

The Sagamore provides unique 24/7, totally free access to exquisite works of art from international artists featured in their lobby and public spaces.  This is something that Laboureau stresses emphatically each time he speaks of his work with the hotel.

The exhibition will kick off with an opening reception on Thursday, April 4 from 7pm to 10pm and runs through June 30. To learn more about the exhibit, visit For information on the hotel and its programs, visit

Photo courtesy of Sagamore Hotel. is a nonprofit source of theater, dance, music and performing-arts news. Sign up for our weekly newsletter and never miss a story.

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