ArtPalmBeach celebrates its 18th anniversary at the Palm Beach County Convention Center from January 23-26, 2015 with a preview evening January 22nd. ArtPalmBeach is considered one of the most influential contemporary art fairs on Florida’s Gold Coast by both critics and art enthusiasts. Over 80 international galleries will be exhibiting contemporary and emerging artists.
ArtPalmBeach (APB), wrapped-up its 17th successful season January 23 – 27, 2014. Thousands of art collectors, curators, designers, media, tourists, residents and students converged at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, daily, to browse and purchase works from more than 80 international galleries. For 17 years, the fair has solidified its position as a leading, local institution, combining a selection of the world's leading contemporary galleries with an exceptional program of lectures, artists' panel discussions and site-specific exhibitions and installations throughout the Palm Beaches.
APB opened in grand style on January 23 with a special VIP preview. In collaboration with the International Sculpture Center in Washington DC and Sculpture magazine, form and function took the center spotlight with sculptural works by major artists and new talent showing-off innovative media in light, video, carbon, glass, porcelain, metal and sound.
Guests to this year's affair were greeted by an immense otherworldly installation of colorful light, consumer electronics and mass-produced objects by renowned Romanian-born, Texas-based artist Adela Andea (recently exhibited at the Texas Biennale) while Galerie Lelia Mordoch (Paris) sponsored an exhibition of the world's first Nano Art Lab exhibition by French artist Michel Paysant. VIPs were also treated to book signings by Israeli-born photographer Yigal Ozeri represented by Corridor Contemporary (Tel Aviv) and had a chance to meet internationally renowned sculptor and son of Anthony Quinn, Lorenzo Quinn, courtesy of Halcyon Gallery (London).
New this year, was a celebration the Korean art global expansion featuring Soo Jung Hyun's curated show and preview exhibition, "Searching for a Cow in the Forest." Three other artists Lee Yong Baek, Lim Dong-Lak and Sung Hee Cho, also had their masterpieces showcased in a Korean Pavilion.
Continuing the theme was an Asian Fusion Café where native foods were prepared by culinary experts. In keeping with worldwide focus on emerging artists, a special exhibition entitled "The Awakening of the Middle East," featured a selection of established artists from Egypt to Iran via the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Turkey. This special exhibition explored artists' responses to the Arab Spring with a vision of the future of the region and questioning the cultural prejudices of the West.
Sculptor Albert Paley was honored as 2014's ArtPalmBeach Visionary Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Paley, recognized for his innovative use of forging metals in monumental sculptures, shared a special viewing of "Forge," the season five premiere episode of PBS' Craft in America series which featured his 15 monumental sculptures of New York City's "On Park Avenue" exhibition. Represented by Ruth Lawrence Gallery (Rochester), Paley is also a recipient of Institute Honors, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) highest honor among non-architects.
Dr. Thomas R. Riley (Cleveland) gallerist Joey Richardson, England's preeminent wood turner and Bing Pho, artist & internationally acclaimed story teller on wood were also in attendance sharing their stories and Samuel Lynn Galleries (Dallas) flew-in Hans Van De Bovenkamp, one of the forerunners of New York City's 10th street gallery co-op movement in the 1960s, to share his incredible journey from struggling artist in Holland to award-winning master. An exclusive showcase of Lino Tagliapietra's (last year's APB Lifetime Achievement award-winner) magnificent glass art from Schantz Galleries (Stockbridge) was a popular gathering spot. The Italian-born renowned glass blowing artist began his apprenticeship at the young age of 11 and since then has had his work showcased in over 75 international galleries and received countless awards and recognitions for his revered talent. The incredible week capped off with a series of art talks including Palm Beach native and former Andy Warhol muse "Baby" Jane Holzer being interviewed by art historian and noted artist Bruce Helander. "It's always a thrill to be asked to moderate a historic conversation with such a legendary figure such as 'Baby' Jane Holzer. And, indeed the discussion that I had with her during ArtPalmBeach was an unforgettable occasion," said Helander. "The title, 'The Legacy of Andy Warhol' seemed particularly appropriate because of the concurrent exhibition at the nearby Norton Museum of Art and the number of Warhol works on display at ArtPalmBeach." Other panel discussions addressed "Kinetic Sculptures – Art in Motion" from The International Sculpture Center and "Public Sculpture in Art & Culture" from FIU's Frost Museum & Sculpture Park experts and presentations on contemporary photography; Korean art; video/new media/internet; new trends in art and design and the Palm Beach art revival.
January 23-26, 2014
12pm - 7pm
til 6 pm on the 26th
239 495 9834 or email@example.com
Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401