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Season of Art - Palm Beach - Begins January 2012

Palm Beach proves a destination for contemporary art collectors, showcasing an impressive lineup of museum exhibition openings coinciding with the 15th Anniversary of ArtPalmBeach – January 19-23

PRLog - Nov. 28, 2011 - BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. -- Palm Beach, FL - November 16, 2011 – Now recognized internationally as a destination for art, Palm Beach’s cultural landscape is flourishing. The area is home to major cultural institutions such as the Norton Museum of Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Society of the Four Arts, Flagler Museum, the Armory Art Center, the Palm Beach Photographic Center - as well as a plethora of additional art institutions and galleries. Palm Beach’s premier contemporary art fair - ArtPalmBeach – celebrating its 15th Anniversary at the Palm Beach County Convention Center January 19-23 - has been an influential force in the South Florida art scene since its debut in 1997. Since that time Palm Beach has seen an explosion of culture and January’s schedule of exhibition openings surrounding the Anniversary of the Fair will provide a feast of cultivation enough to satisfy the most discerning of collectors.
The Norton Museum of Art will unveil “Beth Lipman: A Still Life Installation” on Jan. 18, 2012 to be on exhibit through May 27, 2012. The installation is a specially commissioned work said to be inspired by the Museum’s collection of Old Master still life paintings. “Lipman re-interprets the historical preoccupations with death and decay, over-consumption, and the sumptuousness of life as represented in 17th and 18th century European still-life paintings,” according to the Norton Museum’s website. To coincide with the installation, the Museum will showcase a selection of studio glass from the Museum Collection including works by internationally recognized artists Dale Chihuly, William Morris, and Toots Zynsky will be featured with other outstanding examples of contemporary studio glass.
The Beth Lipman installation will be accompanied by a 10-week visit from the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Roadshow. The Roadshow is the world’s premiere mobile glassblowing unit, a mobile “hot shop” housed in a 28-foot-long trailer. The Roadshow will operate on the Museum campus six days a week and will include live demonstrations, hands-on-workshops, and glassblowing performances, two of which will be presented by ArtPalmBeach exhibiting artist. For more information on Museum hours and exhibitions, please visit the Museum’s website at www.norton.org.
The Boca Museum of Art will premiere “MARTIN SCHOELLER: Closeup” January 18 - March 18, 2012. New York-based photographer Schoeller worked as an assistant for Annie Leibovitz in the 1990s and later went on to gain recognition as a features photographer for the New Yorker. Scholler is known for his “de-famed” portraits of Hollywood stars such as Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, politicians such as Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, sports icons Kobe Bryant and Andre Agassi, pop-idols such as Chris Rock and even it-girl Paris Hilton. This exhibition presents 48 arresting large-format color images – many of which are Schoeller’s most famous celebrity portraits. The images challenge the viewer to question topics such as self-representation, celebrity, photographic honesty, as well as the impressive explanatory power of portrait photography. For more information on Museum hours and exhibitions, please visit the Museum’s website at www.bocamuseum.org.
The Palm Beach Photographic Center opens “Full of Grace” January 17th. The exhibition, curated by Ray Merritt, chronicles the history of child’s place and development in society through a photographic homage spanning 150 years.
The show celebrates the experience of childhood and highlights important cultural and political milestones in child development. The show includes more than 150 images. For more information on hours and exhibitions, please visit the Photographic Center website at www.workshop.org.
Whitespace Collection will launch “Nathalia Edenmont: Forget - Me – Not” on January 6th. The Swedish artist’s work focuses on the human body with large format photography picturing meticulously staged scenes. Her work oscillates between reality and dream, fairy-tale and autobiography, and is fascinatingly beautiful and deeply disturbing at the same time. The solo exhibition, the first in the United States, is through the courtesy of Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden. Whitespace will extend public hours until 2 PM on January 21st and 22nd in honor of the Fair and will host a tour of the exhibition with the artist at 10:30 AM both days, limited space available. For more information on Whitespace Collection and to reserve a space for the Nathalia Edenmont tour please visit the website at http://www.whitespacecollection.com/.
In honor of the ArtPalmBeach 15th Anniversary celebration, the Fair will debut the most extensive program in its history. In correlation with January museum openings the Fair schedule will encompass premiere events, special exhibitions, topical lectures, special museum tours, site specific art installations, art performances and exclusive VIP programs. The Fair will be open daily January 20th-22nd from noon - 7 PM and January 23rd from noon – 6 PM, with a Preview January 19th from 7:30- 10 PM. Tickets are available for a discounted price on the ArtPalmBeach website or can be purchased at the door, $15 for a one-day ticket and $20 for a multi-day ticket.
For more information on ArtPalmBeach exhibitors and programming, travel accommodations, and additional exhibition openings, please visit www.artpalmbeach.com or call 239.949.5411.
Following February 3-12 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, the American International Fine Art Fair (AIFAF) will premiere a unique collection unlike any in the Fair’s 15 year history, featuring historic jewelry, modern masters, fine instruments, ancient art and classic cars. For more information on AIFAF visit the website at www.aifaf.com.
To visit our online press room, where you can view and download exhibitor and ArtPalmBeach fair images, please visit http://www.ifae.com/press/index.php

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