Category
  • Patron
  • Professional
Born
Karachi, Pakistan
Residence
San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA
Spouse/partner
Scott Murray
Social media

Experience

Profession

Technology, Entrepreneur

Position

President, ArtLinked

Education Edit

M.Arch., Rice University (1998)

A.B. in Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard College (1989)

Profile

Bio

Mihail Lari is an entrepreneur, nonprofit board member, and collector (with his husband, Scott Murray) of mid-career and emerging artists.

Mr Lari currently serves on the Board of Overseers at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. He has previously served on the boards of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, SITE Santa Fe and GLAAD, among others.

In 2015, Mr Lari served as Co-Chair of the 69th Annual Skowhegan Awards Dinner held in New York at 4 World Trade Center in a raw space on the 68th floor. The event raised over $825,000 to support Skowhegan's 2015 program.

He is founder of a web startup, ArtLinked, focused on mobile apps for the art world.

Over the years, Mr Lari has been quoted, and his companies have been mentioned or featured, on CNN, CNNfn, and Salon.com, and in the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, BusinessWeek, USA Today, The Art Newspaper, Artsy, Artnet, and San Francisco Chronicle.

In addition, Mr Lari and Mr Murray have supported art programming and museum purchases including a promised gift of John Houck's Chromatic Tectonics, 2016 to the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, as well as supporting Mr Houck’s first institutional exhibition at Dallas Contemporary in 2016; Kelly Akashi's first institutional exhibition at the SculptureCenter in 2017; and survey shows such as Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985 at the Hammer Museum in 2017 and the New Museum's 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience in 2015.

In 2015, they participated in the donation of the Skowhegan Box no.2, 2015 to the Whitney Museum of American Art. And in 2014, they participated in the purchase of Byron Kim and Glenn Ligon's seminal Black and White, 1993 by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 2011 they helped with the exhibition and publishing of the exhibition catalog "Isaac Layman—Paradise" at the Frye Art Museum.

Mr Lari has also been involved with Democratic politics and supported John Edwards in the 2008 Democratic Primary and served as his Technology Taskforce Co-Chair. He has been a long time supporter of California Lt Gov Gavin Newsom since he ran for San Francisco Mayor.

Mr Lari studied photography as an undergraduate at Harvard College and received a Masters in Architecture from Rice University.

Quotes Edit

  1. "Harvard has a $35.6bn endowment, yet many alumni continue to give significant donations, recently over $1bn annually, so why not the Getty? [However] many (Harvard) alumni only make a token or no contribution because there are so many other institutions that need our support more. That’s going to be the Getty’s challenge." —The Art Newspaper, February 8, 2018
  2. "Are fairs the future or something of the past if most galleries have already met most of their potential clients during one of the Frieze or Art Basel fairs? And is participating in fairs a good return on their steep investment, especially when smaller galleries pay the same as larger ones, yet may not break even—even if they sold out their booths?" —Artnet News, January 18, 2018
  3. "The rise of Trump, the gains by the German right wing, the vote on Brexit, the rising gun violence continue to affect all of us...And it is impossible for it to not impact our collecting." —Artnet News, October 6, 2017
  4. "Collecting is so much about taking that plunge and spending time and money and making mistakes and just getting hooked... [Sometimes] being slower is a good thing." —Artnet News, August 25, 2017
  5. "That’s the power of art. It brings people together and it gets to the soul of what’s important." —Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2016
  6. "Fairs often place an artificial urgency on collectors to make impulse buys – which is not good for the artists or collectors." —The Guardian, December 29, 2015
  7. "[I]f we all took our art and set up private museums, it would be a sad day for public institutions." —The Art Newspaper, June 17, 2015
  8. "Even when they are large in scale, drawings have an intimacy that draws one in." —The Art Newspaper, December 5, 2014

Links Edit

  1. The Getty, the world’s richest museum, hunts for wealthy patrons, The Art Newspaper, February 8, 2018
  2. Are Tech Collectors Finally Coming Around? Attendance and Sales Boom at FOG and Untitled San Francisco, Artnet News, January 18, 2018
  3. Political Art Is Out in Force at Frieze—But Is Anyone Buying It?, Artnet News, October 6, 2017
  4. ‘We’ve Been Chasing Unicorns for Decades’: Is the Elusive Tech Collector Real? Not Quite Yet, Dealers Say, Artnet News, August 25, 2017
  5. Laurie Anderson and Todd Haynes are honored at Hammer Museum gala, where the talk turns political, Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2016
  6. New Museum Celebrates Openings of Ragnar, Blouin Artinfo, June 2, 2016
  7. How 2015 may have marked the end of the art market's boom years, The Guardian, December 29, 2015
  8. Dealers ride into Los Angeles and rustle up some mean sales, The Art Newspaper, March 1, 2015
  9. New Museum's Generational Triennial: wired for the future, The Guardian, February 25, 2015
  10. Paper is a cut above, The Art Newspaper, December 5, 2014
  11. These Type-A Vacationers Learned to Take It Easy, Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2000
  12. The agents of Silicon Valley., Salon.com, February 11, 2000

Affiliations Edit

Member, Board of Overseers, Hammer Museum (2015-present)

Member, International Patrons, The Peggy Guggenheim Collection (2011-present)

Member, Rhizome Circle (2011-present)

Member, International Leadership Council, New Museum (2015-present)

Member, Board of Trustees, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014-2017)

Member, CAC Fund for Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (2013-2017)

Member, Producers Council, New Museum (2012-2015)

Member, Contemporary Art Council, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (2011-2017)

Interesting facts

Mr Lari studied photography at Harvard College and started a gallery at Eliot House called "F-stop"

Art

Interests

Minimalism, Photo-based works, New Media, Abstraction

Artists in collection

Kelly Akashi, Anni Albers, Peter Alexander, Renate Aller, Charles Arnoldi, Tauba Auerbach, Steven Baldi, Barry X Ball, Erica Baum, John Beech, Walead Beshty, Phil Binaco, Julien Bismuth, Lucas Blalock, Erika Blumenfeld, Olaf Breuning, Jim Campbell, Les freres Chapuisat, Victoria Coeln, Max Cole, Will Cotton, Constance DeJong, Liz Deschenes, Peter Doig, Susan Marie Dopp, James Drake, Todd Eberle, Spencer Finch, Eric Garduño, Robert Gober, Mark Grotjahn, Mark Hagen, Tamar Halpern, Frederick Hammersley, Davey Hawkins, Richard Hogan, Pierre Le Hors, John Houck, Juliana Huxtable, Matthew Day Jackson, Jacob Kassay, Ellsworth Kelly, Byron Kim, Bim Koehler, Willem de Kooning, Owen Kydd, Ted Larsen, Isaac Layman, Sol LeWitt, Michael Light, Gregory Lomayesva, Jessica Loughlin, David Maisel, Robert Mapplethorpe, Dara Mark, Matt McClune, John McCracken, William Metcalf, Tom Miller, Bruce Nauman, Trong Gia Nguyen, Matt Nichols, Lisa Oppenheim, Driss Ouadahi, Trevor Paglen, Katie Paterson, Jan van der Ploeg, Michael Post, Eileen Quinlan, Casey Reas, Herb Ritts, Ed Ruscha, Dana Schutz, Sean Scully, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Erin Shirreff, David Shrigley, David Simpson, Kiki Smith, Erik Spehn, Luke Stettner, George Thiewes, Jeremy Thomas, Eric Tillinghast, Wolfgang Tillmans, Richard Tuttle, Clark Walding, Kara Walker, Michael Wesely, Sophie Whettnall, Fred Wilson, Letha Wilson, Dena Yago, Susan York

Collection public and viewable where?

No