Gallery Openings Demonstrate Similar Growth in
Palm Beach and Southampton.
Artist Clemente Mimun will be featured at two gallery openings this November.
This might not seem unusual, but when you consider that the events take place in
Palm Beach and Southampton, both seasonal communities, the between-season
openings are quite phenomenal.
It's not that two galleries have coordinated their efforts to promote Clemente,
himself a Palm Beach resident, during the month of November. Instead, the nearly
simultaneous events reflect the growing number of full-time residents in these
wealthy areas which have traditionally attracted only those people who change
their addresses with the weather. This growth provides the numbers -- both in clientele and in
sales -- needed to justify an autumn show.
Represented by Chrysalis Gallery on the quaintly upscale intersection of Main
and Jobs Street in Southampton and by Ken Elias Gallery on the unabashedly
swanky Worth Avenue, Clemente has been heralded by artist and critic Bruce
Helander as having "a natural intuitive ability to combine a colorful
surrealist palette with narrative images taken from art history and modern
The fall openings are a first for both galleries. Elias Gallery makes its
debut with this November show. For Chrysalis in Southampton, the autumn
event is the culmination of its gallery owner's observations:
"People furnish their homes more in the spring and fall than in the summer
when we have the greatest numbers of people," notes owner and director
Agnes Ehrenrich. "That's why a fall show could really work. I've
never done an opening at this time of year but things are quite booming."
After four years with Chrysalis, Clemente sees his first gallery opening there.
Why the long wait? Well, the whimsical floral arrangements for which the
artist is best known practically moved themselves off the wall.
"We sell his work very well, so he never really needed an opening,"
explains Ehrenrich. "In the summer, we do larger group shows, but this
smaller autumn show provides an opportunity to spotlight his work."
Known for both his incisive view into human interaction and existence and his
capacity for playfulness and humor, Clemente's work at the Chrysalis autumn
opening focuses on whimsy rather than satire. His floral still-lifes and
figurative personages will be displayed alongside his recent explorations of
landscapes borne of memory and imagination. The Elias Gallery will feature only
the artist's newest work.
Former director of the Armory Art Center, Paul Aho remarked of Clemente's art:
"His work as a painter ranges from humorous satire to existential awe.
Clemente's work is informed by the shape of our time and conceals many a hidden
Indeed, the growth of the Palm Beach and Southampton communities and their
residents' social and cultural life is reflected in their choice of art.
Autumn gallery openings: November 12, 4-8 pm at Ken Elias Gallery, 325
Worth Avenue, Palm Beach; and November 18, 6-9 pm, at Chrysalis, 2 Main Street,
Southampton, New York.