Sarah Harrelson, Founder and Editor in Chief of ‘Cultured,’ Picks Her Favorite Works From Artnet Galleries

The famed publisher shares some of her favorite things.

Sarah Harrelson, courtesy of Stewart Shining.

Sarah Harrelson’s publishing career is truly formidable, including stewarding the launch of the Miami Herald’s “Home and Design” section, and editor-in-chief positions at both Ocean Drive and Art Basel Magazine. Fifteen years in, however, she decided that she wanted to start something all her own.

Guided by her desire to uplift voices that remained previously unheard, Harrelson founded Cultured in 2012. The magazine, which covers the intersection of contemporary art, design, architecture, and fashion, is printed on sleek, high-quality paper five times a year, and emphasizes unique, nontraditional photography.

Harrelson’s interest in contemporary art was sparked when she met artist Janine Antoni, with whom she shared a difficult bond: Both women were diagnosed with breast cancer very young. Antoni influenced Sarah’s passion for art, ultimately leading her to her first purchase: a painting by Spencer Sweeney.

Since then, Harrelson has since expanded her interests, collecting works by emerging and established artists including Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Rashid Johnson, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Elle Pérez, Manuel Solano, Kaari Upson, Anicka Yi, among many others.

We caught up with Sarah to hear about her favorite artists, what she’s looking forward to binging on Netflix, and her favorite works available now on Artnet Galleries.

Sarah’s Favorite Things

Restaurant: Il Cantinori. My mom used to meet me there for dinner once a week when I was in college.

TV Show: I cannot wait for season three of Money Heist. I have been watching the series with my youngest daughter.

Bucket list destination: Uganda, to see the gorillas. Or back to Morocco.

Museum: Fondation Beyeler.

Work in your collection: Arthur Jafa.

Book you’ve read recently: The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. 

Song: “Rush” by Rebecca Aaron. 

Food to eat for breakfast: A latte and fresh berries.

Party favor: Chocolate.

Way to celebrate success: A family trip.

Project you’ve worked on: Launching Cultured.

Top Gallery Picks

Jonas Wood
Landscape Pot with Plant (2017)

Courtesy of Guy Hepner.

Tara Donovan
Untitled (2015)

Courtesy of Krakow Witkin Gallery.


Gabriel Orozco
Tulipanes (2020)

Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery.


Ugo Rondinone
Small Sun 1 (2019)

Courtesy of Meyerovich Gallery.


Judy Chicago
What If Women Ruled the World? (2020)

Courtesy of Salon 94.


Nicolas Party
Landscape (2015)

Courtesy of David Benrimon Fine Art, LLC.


Amy Sherald
An Ocean Away (2020)

Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth.

Yoshitomo Nara
Banging the Drum (2020)

Courtesy of Hang-Up Pictures.

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