Though Miami was hopping with Art Basel in early December and the Miami Art Fair, January 7 -10th, this week the season officially began in West Palm Beach. Art Palm Beach located in the Palm Beach County Convention Center at 650 Okeechobee Blvd. began with a preview party on January 14th and runs through January 19, 2010. For those who attended on the 14th, it was quite the scene at the Collectors Invitational on Thursday night. The convention center was packed with artists, art lovers, and art dealers.
The 13th annual edition of Art Palm Beach, formerly named Palm Beach 3, offers collectors, museum professionals, and art enthusiasts an extensive view of modern and contemporary art from over 1,500 artists. The art fair features international dealers and galleries including representatives from Argentina and the Netherlands, which reflect the fair’s theme, “Going Global.” In addition to art, photography, and design, Art Palm Beach includes video, installation art, and public sculpture.
Though contemporary art may not appeal to everyone, the fair is definitely worth seeing, and many will thoroughly enjoy it. The special installation “Risk” by Federico Uribe in the rear of the Convention Center is an utterly fun experience. Local galleries, the Habatat Galleries of West Palm Beach, and Holden Luntz Gallery and Liman Gallery of Palm Beach, are represented as well as local artist Humberto Calzada in Beaux Arts Gallery of Miami. For those who prefer more traditional work, Scott Prior’s paintings or those of Kent Sullivan or the photography of Steve McCurry may please you.
A number of lectures and events took place on Friday through Sunday, including “Power,” an illustrated talk given by Lee Mintz Messinger, the contemporary art curator for the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Friday and a panel discussion on Chinese Ink Art on Saturday. If you didn’t get there this weekend, the fair will be taking place on Monday, January 18th from noon to 7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, January 19th from noon to 6:00 p.m. with lectures at 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30 p.m. Among the presenters is Jennifer Blessing, curator of photography at the Guggenheim Museum, who will speak on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. about current photographic trends in contemporary art.
The admission is $15 for a one-day pass or $20 for a multi-day pass, and the catalog is $20. The huge space has a large number of exhibitors, so give yourself plenty of time to enjoy wandering the aisles. For information call 239-495-9834.
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