Art Palm Beach Week Museum Exhibitions & Event Schedule
Within just a few minutes’ drive of the Palm Beach Convention Center are an abundance of art treasures. After visiting the fair plan your trip to include: the upcoming Sir Norman Foster’s Norton Museum’s newest expansion; Society for the Four Arts art exhibitions musical concerts and sculpture gardens; enjoy Afternoon Tea in Flagler’s 19th century Whitehall Mansion; Armory Center’s Deco design art center; tour “Canvas’s” internationally renowned graffiti downtown murals and no visit would be complete without the Historical Society’s architectural trolley tour. Mark your calendar for the upcoming Venice Biennales’ “Glasstress” exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum.
Norton Museum of Art
1451 S Olive Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
WILLIAM MERIT CHASE’S SHINNECOCK HILLS, AUTUMN
THROUGH JAN. 29, 2017
Beginning in 1891, American Impressionist William Merritt Chase summered in the Shinnecock Hills on Long Island and the area’s stunning scenery inspired him to create some of his most famous compositions. Thanks to the generosity of a private lender, this season the Norton will showcase one of the masterpieces of this landscape series. Although some these paintings feature Chase’s family members at leisure, they contain a little sense of personal drama. Instead, the focus is on how changing atmospheric conditions transform the land, sea, and sky. Chase’s free paint handling suggests his subject without describing it. His painterly surfaces coupled with the relative emptiness of these compositions remind his viewer of their reality as paint on flat canvas. As a result, despite their timeless subjects, these are some of Chase’s most modern works.
Events: Art after Dark Jan 19 5-9pm
5:30-6 & 7-7:30 PM / Spotlight Talks: Artists of the Roaring Twenties
6-8 PM / Sketchbook Thursday: Paris in Line and Shadow Led by teaching artist Sammi McLean. / Davis Gallery
6 PM /A Closer Look: The Mantlepiece, 1926
Georges Braque’s interior scene reveals its secrets in a discussion led by Glenn Tomlinson, William Randolph Hearst Curator of Education. / Picower Gallery
7:30 PM / Concert / Harvey Granat: The Genius of Gershwin.
Granat sings Gershwin classics and shares fascinating “inside” stories of the composer’s life from his treasure trove of original material, including Gershwin’s first manuscript of “They, Can’t Take That Away From Me” from the 1937 Astaire/Rogers
501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432
GLASSTRESS BOCA RATON
JAN. 31-JUL. 2, 2017
Part of a new curatorial initiative to examine areas traditionally considered ‘craft,’ but which present alternative mediums of increasing interest to contemporary artists, Glasstress features 25-30 glass installations created by contemporary artists from around the world in collaboration with the international organization Glasstress, Venice and the master glass artisans of Berengo Studio, Murano. The results challenge our notion of glass as a ‘beautiful’ material and encourage us to explore the bold, political, and sometimes less than pristine aspects of the medium. Works included in the Glasstress Boca Raton exhibition incorporate performance, video, interactive media, photography, industrial design, and even video games, and delve into substantial content, from race, identity, and colonialism to themes of science and nature and issues of biological diversity, global hunger, and climate change.
MEDITERRANEA: AMERICAN ART FROM THE GRAHAM D. WILLIFORD COLLECTION
JAN. 31-JUL. 2, 2017
American tourism before the Civil War usually followed that of the European Grand Tour, focusing on the important cultural centers of France, Italy, and Germany. But by the late 19th century, Americans were showing increased interest in points further abroad, including Spain, the Middle East, and North Africa. This exhibition explores the rich diversity of the Mediterranean region through the work of late 19th and early twentieth-century American artists, who capture the diversity and distinctiveness of its flora, the legacy of the Greco-Roman past, and the influence of Christianity and Islam.
SALVATORE MEO AND THE POETICS OF ASSEMBLAGEJAN. 31-JUL. 2, 2017
Under-recognized in American art history, Salvatore Meo was a pioneer of assemblage art during the mid-20th century. His mixed-media works—largely composed of discarded items found on the street—were a forerunner to the Arte Povera movement. The scraps Meo used in his work included items such as the grubby head of a doll, a shoe heel, string, and rusted wire, which acted as lyrical evocations of decay and abandonment. As an “artist’s artist” and equally important a “critic’s artist,” his impact was deeply felt by such artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, and many others. Born in South Philadelphia of Italian parents in 1914, by 1951 Meo was a permanent resident in Rome. This exhibition draws key works from his studio, located directly behind the Trevi fountain, which has been preserved in its original state since the artist’s death in 2004.
CARNEVALE DI VENEZIA – ULTIMO WINE EVENT
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25 / 6:30 PM COCKTAILS | 7:30 PM DINNER
CARNEVALE DI VENEZIA
SATURDAY, JAN. 28 / 6:30-11:00 PM
Society for the Four Arts
24 Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, FL 33480
WHEN MODERN WAS CONTEMPORARY
52 Works from the Roy Neuberger Collection
THROUGH JAN. 20
With works by 52 of the 20th century’s most influential artists, the exhibition illuminates the artistic transformations that took place in the U.S. during the first half of the century while also exploring Roy R. Neuberger’s significant role as a collector of and advocate for the contemporary art of his time.
Financier Roy R. Neuberger (1903–2010), one of the 20th century’s foremost collectors, built a groundbreaking collection of American modern art, the full impact of which is only now being assessed. Recognizing the significance of the art of his own time, Neuberger acquired work by a remarkable selection of modern masters including Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Willem de Kooning, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and numerous others. Neuberger said of himself, “I have not collected art as an investor would, I collect art because I love it.”
Neuberger developed his passion for art while in Paris in the 1920s and began collecting in earnest after returning home to New York City in 1929. He was committed to buying the work of living artists, to support the artists themselves, and formed relationships with influential artists, dealers, and critics. By 1950, the center of the avant-garde art world had shifted from Paris to New York, and Neuberger’s was the most important private collection of modern art in the country.
1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach, FL 33480
HAREM: UNVEILING THE MYSTERY OF ORIENTALIST ART
JAN. 24 – APRIL 16, 2017
Organized by the Flagler Museum, Harem: Unveiling the Mystery of Orientalist Art features paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, rare books, and ephemera on loan from numerous museums, universities, and private collections.
1700 Parker Avenue West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
CHAMPIONS: CARIBBEAN ARTISTS OF SOUTH FLORIDA
JAN. 14 – FEB. 11, 2017
Champions celebrate the work of contemporary Caribbean artists living in South Florida. Artists will present complex narratives central to the ideas of identity through their use of space, location, and observation.