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