Palm Beach offering Contemporary Art Fairs in relaxed atmosphere
The week-long Miami institution known as Art Basel just wrapped-up in December. It brought together world class contemporary art fairs and events which drew tens of thousands to South Florida and packed venues with onlookers. But Palm Beach is aiming to do high-end modern art fairs in a different manner, the Palm Beach way.
Against the backdrop of air-conditioned white tents and the Palm Beach County Convention Center, fair goers will experience art in a relaxing, culturally encapsulating surrounding.
The fairs are deliberately intended to leave behind the frenetic hype associated with Art Basel and bring a laid-back sophistication to shopping for South Florida art collectors.
Two fairs scheduled for this month are: Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary, January 11-15; and ArtPalmBeach, January 17-21.
Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary
A 65,000-square-foot tent will anchor the corner of South Dixie Highway and Okeechobee Boulevard.
Iconic names such as Marc Chagall, Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg are expected to fill Palm Beach Modern’s 64 galleries this year. Although they organize numerous events and showings throughout Art Basel, the savvy art aficionados understand there is a unique clientele that descend upon Palm Beach in the post-holiday season.
Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary begins 5-9 p.m. January 11 with a VIP preview, then runs 11 a.m.-7 p.m. January 12-14 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. January 15. 825 S. Dixie Highway at Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; festival passes are $25, $55, $150 for VIP preview. For more information contact 800-376-5850 or ArtPBFair.com
In its 21st year, the Palm Beach Convention Center will house and feature ArtPalmBeach’s 60 galleries filled with both local and international art.
A significant highpoint during the event is a conversation between NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale director Bonnie Clearwater and Miami artist Jose Bedia, winner of ArtPalmBeach’s 2018 Visionary Award. The program will also feature a lecture on Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and the rise of Latin American art in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
ArtPalmBeach begins with a VIP preview from 5-9 p.m. January 11, then runs 11 a.m.-7 p.m. January 12-14 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. January 15. 825 S. Dixie Highway at Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; festival passes are $25, $55, $150 for VIP preview. For more information contact 800-376-5850 or ArtPBFair.com.