Photos and Story By Rachel Galvin
A VIP crowd of art lovers and influencers got a view of this year’s Art Palm Beach on January 25 at the Palm Beach Convention Center. This Opening Night soiree benefited the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. While a deejay played music, guests could grab some bubbly and explore the vast array of art available in a sophisticated setting. Going for a modern and contemporary feel, this year’s event, which took place Jan. 24-29, was under new ownership, Scott Diament and Rob Samuels of the Palm Beach Show Group.
Something else new was the addition of DIVERSEartPB, a show within the show focusing on climate change. A sister to the LA Art Show’s DIVERSEartLA, this new project is curated by the same curator, Marisa Caichiolo, and supports Florida based non-profit arts organizations and museums.
One of the exhibitions within it was an artistic video called “Particles,” which was originally filmed for IMAX. It was created by Marcos Lutyens. It is themed around the idea of water scarcity. The other piece was almost an opposite theme, the effect of rising waters. The almost hypnotizing exhibit was a collaboration between artist Guillermo Anselmo Vezzosi and scientist Dr. Eric Larour from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab including a sculpture by Vezzosi. It brought to life waste that would have been discarded. The video component could easily be watched again and again. Both pieces showed what climate change can do.
The show overall was set up like a mini Art Basel. Galleries from all over the world showcased everything from contemporary up and coming artists like Albert Willem to the legendary Picasso. People could easily spend an hour going through and mingling with other guests and the artists and gallery owners.
If you missed this year’s Art Palm Beach, make sure to come out next year. For more information, visit www.artpalmbeach.com.