Anyone visiting Palm Beach this weekend will find more than just the town’s beautiful beaches and world-class luxury real estate awaiting them. At the Palm Beach County Convention Center on Okeechobee Boulevard, Art Palm Beach is hosting more than 85 international galleries and a schedule of daily events from Thursday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 24.
This is APB’s 19th year of unwavering dedication to masterful contemporary, emerging and modern works of art from the 20th and 21st centuries. Those with a ticket will have access to exhibitions featuring paintings, sculpture, and some of the most innovative designs the art world has ever seen. Kristen Miller Hopkins’ acclaimed paper installations are here, as is Marc LaGrange’s photography and videos.
APB has grown to become one of Palm Beach’s most appealing cultural attractions for both art collectors and curious browsers alike. Below are just a few of the events planned for the next four days. A full calendar of the weekend’s events can be found here.
Shocking the Purists – Thursday Jan. 21 at 1 p.m.
This panel discussion with Binh Pho, the internationally acclaimed Vietnamese-American wood and glass artist, and Joey Richardson, England’s foremost wood turner, will focus on how radically wood and glass art forms have changed in the last few decades. Thomas Riley, who has more than 30 years of experience as an art dealer and is one of those most responsible for this dramatic evolution, will moderate the conversation and explore how autobiographical art can be.
A conversation between artist and director – Jan. 22 at 2:15 p.m.
Irvin Lippman, director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art, will sit down to discuss Dames, the latest work of Norman Sunshine, with the artist himself. Sunshine has been fascinated with the human form throughout his decades-long career. Originally a master of painting expansive, intimate canvases, Sunshine has since embraced digital methods of art creation. Such notable figures as Martha Stewart and Nancy Kissinger have posed for him.
Unique by Design – Jan. 23 at 1 p.m.
Donna Schneier, one of the world’s most prominent collectors and trend setters, has long been known for documenting the importance of the most influential artists in the field of contemporary jewelry. Her collections have been donated to several of the greatest museums in the country, primarily the Museum of Art and Design and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. On Saturday, Schneier will discuss her work and present some of her most valuable jewelry.
Screening, “Last Days in Vietnam” – Jan. 24 at 3:30 p.m.
Binh Pho, featured in the Academy Award nominated “Last Days in Vietnam,” will screen an excerpt from the PBS documentary on Sunday and hold a discussion on the effects of Vietnam and the war on his life’s work. Pho was one of the 420 Vietnamese infamously abandoned at the American Embassy during the pullout from Vietnam, and since then his work has been fueled by a desire to share the mythic qualities of storytelling through art. A popular speaker, Pho’s presentation will make his audience feel a part of his vision.