Island in the Light Isla en la luz

Island in the Light / Isla en la luz

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This book is a project of the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation to showcase works by Cuban artists in the Jorge M. Pérez collection. The volume, written in English and Spanish, features reflections by writers and one musician on the pieces of art.
Jorge Pérez is a real estate developer, art collector, and philanthropist from Miami, Florida. Born in Argentina to Cuban parents, he grew up in Argentina and Colombia. In 1968, he came to the United States to attend college at C.W. Post University on a scholarship. After receiving a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan (which he also attended on a scholarship), Pérez forged a partnership with a prominent real estate developer, Stephen M. Ross. In 1979, Pérez founded the Related Group of Florida and has become a leading real estate developer in Miami with business interests in other parts of South Florida and Latin America. By the early 2000s, he had become a billionaire. In 2011, he made a transformative gift of $40 million of cash and art from his collection to the Miami Art Museum and the museum was renamed the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) in his honor. In 2012, he and his wife Darlene signed the Giving Pledge, a commitment by some of the world’s wealthiest people to donate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy during their lifetimes. Some of the works of art in the book are among the pieces Pérez donated to the museum.
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overall: 33 cm x 26.3 cm x 3 cm; 13 in x 10 11/32 in x 1 3/16 in
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Jorge Perez
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