Accessible Art: Ruth and Marvin Sackner awarded Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Jorge Blanco exhibits at O. Ascanio Gallery in Wynwood

The Order of Arts and Letters
Miami residents Ruth and Marvin Sackner were awarded the Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres for their world-class collection of “concrete art,” or art about words, by Aurélie Filippetti, France’s minister of culture and communication. The Sackner Archive, says Marvin Sackner, is the largest of its kind in the world and includes a great deal of French concrete and visual poetry. The couple also has what is estimated to be the largest collection of French Lettrisme in the United States. Last year, Pérez Art Museum Miami director Thom Collins featured The Sackner Archive in one of the inaugural shows when the museum opened. For more information, visit

Jorge Blanco Retrospective
O. Ascanio Gallery in Wynwood presents “The Joy of Living,” a retrospective of award-winning artist Jorge Blanco’s unconventional career as an illustrator, humorist, sculptor, and public artist. Blanco has completed 26 public sculptures in cities around the world, including 19 in the U.S., three in Japan, one in Uruguay, and two in Venezuela. Opening reception is Tuesday, Nov. 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the gallery, 2600 NW 2nd Ave., Miami; 305-571-9036 or

Gift to the Lowe
The University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum received a $1.5 million endowment from longtime partner Beaux Arts, the museum’s founding support group, to create the position of Beaux Arts Director and Chief Curator and help with enhanced programming, community outreach, and facility upgrades. For more information, call 305-284-3535 or visit

Oka Doner at Christie’s
The work of artist Michelle Oka Doner, a former Miami resident who still keeps a home here, is featured in a private selling exhibition by Christie’s through Dec. 18 at the Special Exhibition Gallery, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, 20th floor, New York. “The Shaman’s Hut: 50 Years of Objects from a Ceremonial Life” includes works devised by Oka Doner over the past five decades as a means of elevating the necessities of daily life. For inquiries, contact Carina Villinger at or call 212-636-2240.