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Archives    Marya Summers art news Marya Summers is the former editor of Pandemonium art and literary magazine and  also the former art and theater writer for Free Press, Palm Beach County's alternative source for art and news.  Now, she's a freelance arts writer, a poetry and theater artist-in-residence in the public schools, an English instructor at PBCC, and the host of a weekly poetry slam in Delray Beach. www.delrayslam.com .








ArtPalmBeach: Modern and Contemporary Art Exposition

It took the 2000 election to mark Palm Beach County on the political map, but for the past four years ArtPalmBeach Modern and Contemporary Art Show put this largest and wealthiest Florida county on the radar of art collectors and dealers.

Art collectors from around the globe travel to South Florida for the five-day fair that draws such respected international dealers as John Berggruen (San Francisco), Richard Gray (Chicago and New York), Annely Juda (London), Mary-Anne Martin (New York), Leonard Hutton (New York), Nancy Hoffman (New York), Hans Meyer (Dusseldorf), Galerie Thomas (Munich), and Waddington Galleries (London).

"Palm Beach has become a viable alternative to the major contemporary and modern shows in New York and Chicago," said Lee Ann Lester of International Fine Art Expositions (which launches art expos nationwide) who organizes the fair with her husband David.  "With so many sophisticated collectors having second and third homes in southwest Florida, it makes sense for the dealers to be here."

From 48 exhibitors in 1999 to 47 in 2000, the fair moved its expo date from March to January so that it would not compete with other large art fairs in Holland and New York.  The move seems to have won the art dealers -- this year the fair's count is up to 68 exhibitors, whose compiled "Top Ten" lists named these artists whose work will be available for purchase:

Francis Bacon, Carolyn Brady, Alexander Calder,  Niki De Saint Phalle, Jean Dubuffet, Don Eddy, Vernon Fisher, Barry Flanagan, David Hockney, Alexej Jawlendsky, William de Kooning, Tamara de Lempicka, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Miro, Isabel De Obaldia, Tom Otterhness, Richard Pousette-Dart, Joseph Raffael, and Tome Wesselman.

This modern and contemporary art expo opens Wednesday, January 10, with a gala preview benefiting Palm Beach Opera, which is attended and partially funded by Palm Beach society more than any of the other performing arts in the area.  The Palm Beachers' strong support of the opera and the gala's exclusive ticket prices ($150-$500) adds the ArtPalmBeach opening to the see-and-be-seen scene.

For those with more modest means, the fair opens Thursday, January 11 with admission at a reasonable $12 for one day or $25 for the entire fair, ending Monday, January 15.  Included in the price of admission are lectures by directors of London's Tate Modern and Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art and curators from Washington D.C.'s Hirshhorn Museum and PB/ICA. 

See ArtPalmBeach Thursday-Monday, January 11-15 (Thursday-Sunday 11 am-7 pm and Monday 11 am-6 pm ) at International Pavilion, intersection of Okeechobee Boulevard and Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Florida.
Tickets: $12 daily or $25 entire show. 
Call 561/220-2690 or visit website www.artpalmbeach.com for more information.

"The New Role of the Contemporary Art Museum" presented by Dr. Michael Rush, director of Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, and "American Painting in the Digital Age," presented by Amy Cappellazzo, curator-in residence, also at Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art.  Thursday January 11 at 4 pm.

"Robert Gober and the Venice Biennale," presented by Olga Viso, curator of contemporary art at Hirshhorn Museum.  Friday, January 12, at 3 pm.

"Collecting Glass Art" presented by David McFadden, Holly Hotchner and Dan Klein form the American Craft Museum.  Saturday, January 13, 1 pm.
"A Powerhouse for Art: The First Eight Months of the Tate Modern," presented by Lars Nittve, director of Tate Modern.  Saturday, January 13, at 3 pm.


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