Friday, December 9, 2016

South Florida Social Diary - Palm Beach + Miami

Ballerinas en pointe. The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens welcomed more than 350 guests to its 10th annual Festival of Trees holiday gala made possible by the generosity of Sentient Jet. In between plates from the area's best restaurants, guests enjoyed performances by local student dance, choral, instrumental and theatrical groups.
Design Highlights: Palm Beach + Miami
By Augustus Mayhew

Having survived yet another cultural sortie to Miami, I looked forward to the lighter fare at Friday night’s fundraising gala at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens’ Festival of Trees.  Since I was going to be on island  for an earlier event, I had to plan ahead. Lane closures and ongoing construction blocks predictable access to the Southern Boulevard bridge. The Flagler bridge remains uncertain. Late afternoon gridlocks and boat openings can bring the Royal Park bridge traffic to a standstill. Add to that Flagler Drive and the Royal Park bridge were shut down because of a marathon, routing traffic to Olive Avenue. Despite the tangled maze and the threat of rain, I surprisingly arrived at the garden early, giving me more time to appreciate all the designers’ efforts.

Earlier in the week, I motored to Miami. “Pay whatever the price” may still be the art auction market’s golden rule in assessing an artwork’s importance even though too often it monopolizes the spotlight that dims appreciation for less marketable works that may have far more intrinsic aesthetic value. Art Basel’s museum-quality offerings, blockbuster multi-million dollar sales, billionaire collectors, and celebrity-driven media flash habitually eclipse Art Miami and Design Miami’s considerable exhibitions. What these two showcases may lack in Qataresque transactions, they more than compensate with consistent ever-expanding portfolios. In 2017, Art Miami will be moving its exhibition tents to a larger waterfront site across from the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). In mid-January, the Art Miami team has scheduled the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Fair with more than 50 dealers.

South Florida’s  pursuit of pleasure continues.

10th Annual Festival of Trees
Celebrating Design through the Decades
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
December 2-14 2016

The Ann Norton’s Festival of Trees gala is one of the area’s unique multi-generational fundraising events, attracting adults and children. The event’s co-chairs Sarah Benitz and Regan Rupp braved turning the humid two-acre tropical paradise into a winter wonderland with 80-degree temperatures. Honorary chairpersons were Cindy Anderson and K.C. Pickett. A Children’s Gala is planned for December 11. Along with Design Committee chair Jennifer Garrigues, the 25 professionally-decorated trees following the theme Celebrating Design through the Decades were the visions of designers Rodger Chew, Debora Maale, Melissa Guerra, Timothy Dolley, Natalie Barrett, Miriam Kiiski, Susan Fagan, Katie Totten, Margaret Kaywell, Isolde Koester, Allan Reyes, Melody Smith, Noe Guerra, Angela Wood, Joseph Pubillones, Mona de Sayve, Catherine Stewart, and Regan Rupp.
The Ann Norton House, 2015 South Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach.
Sarah Benitz, co-chairperson of Festival of Trees, and Frances Fisher, president of ANSG.
Sentient Jet.
Ann Norton, sculptor. Untitled.
Regan Rupp, co-chairperson for the Festival of Trees event. Jen and Jonathan Guffey.
Sally Soter, ANSG vice-president and chair of the Art Committee.
Mona de Sayve.
Warren and Jean O'Brien appearing as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause for one night only.
Ann Norton, sculptor.
Jason and Natasha Rawding.
David Miller & Ray Wakefield.
Elizabeth Clarke, editor of the Palm Beach Daily News, and Jeff Ostrowski.
A superbly crafted Polynesian-style sponsored by Palm Beach's Aristokids, pb Boys Club and pbGirls Club.
Melissa Guerra and Melody Smith.
The Ann Norton house featured selections from the Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach.
Ann Norton House. Holden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach.
The Ann Norton Gallery.
The evening's arabesques.
Betty Barbatsuly. Karyn, Lady Winnington. Betty Barbatsuly. Karyn, Lady Winnington.
Vanessa Benitz and Sarah Benitz.
A red "Mercedes Pagoda" (230 SL) was placed beneath one of the trees.
Ann Norton, sculptor.
Happy holidays!
Design Miami/2016
November 30, 2016 – December 4, 2016
Miami Beach
New York commercial artist John Alcorn's iconic designs, described as decorative moderne, inspired the event's typography and graphics. He is the subject of the book John Alcorn: Evolution by Design.
Le Corbusier tapestry at LAFFANOUR-Galerie Downtown, Paris. The show displayed the sublime and the sensational, reminding me nothing makes proven classics look better than the startle of the new.
Cabinet, detail of lower drawers.
Flotsam & Jetsam. SHoP Architects, New York. Design Miami's commissioned pavilion is the world's largest 3D-printed structure, according to The Architects Newspaper. Made from a bamboo product, the installation was produced by Branch Technology.
Flotsam & Jetsam - 2016 Panerai Design Miami/ Visionary Award
SHoP Architects, New York
Flotsam & Jetsam. SHoP Architects.
SHoP Architects, New York. Will Sharples & Chris Sharples with Gregg Pasquarelli, right, SHoP principals.
Flotsam & Jetsam. SHoP Architects, New York. The area quickly became a popular shaded smoking area.
Flotsam & Jetsam. SHoP Architects.
Among the plugged-in vanguard
At the Salons - Galleries - Collaborations
Giovanni Beltran. Noguchi Breton.
Louis Vuitton. Objets Nomades. Cocoon. Campana Brothers, designer.
Louis Vuitton. Objets Nomades. Swing Chair. Patricia Urquiola, designer.
The center of attention.
Chamber. New York.
1950/Alberto Aquilino. New York.
Christie van der Haak. Red Blue, 2016. Tapestry. Galerie VIVID. Rotterdam.
Inquirim Chaise, 2013. Hugo Franca, Selected Works. Memo Brasil Gallery.
At the forefront
Dean & DeLuca's food stations were swarmed.
Design Miami/press conference.
Andrea Branzi. Coppia Metropolitana, 1973. ammann//gallery, Cologne.
On Lincoln Road
Outstanding lunch at Balans while serenaded by the orchestra of construction medleys, pictured above, from the Nike-Apple block of buildings on Lincoln Road bought last year for $370 million by Spanish mega-billionaire Amancio Ortega. The rooftop sport deck will feature a basketball court and jogging track.
At Bal Harbour

The Bal Harbour Shops pond offered the most ambitious turtle struggling to climb atop a rock where for a moment it looked like the blue-eyed reptile was going to speak ...
Courtyard sculpture installation. Ray Smith, artist.
November 29-December 4/2016
Ezra Chowaiki. Chowaiki & Co., New York.
Qiu Deshu. Fissuring: Group Portrait, 1996. Ink and acrylic on paper and canvas. Michael Goedhuis, London-Beijing-New York.
Valeri Larko. Bronx Scrapyard (Study). 2015. Oil on linen. Lyons Wier Gallery, New York.
Max Reed. Sims Reed Gallery, London.
Art Miami's opening attracted collectors and art enthusiasts.
Cernuda Arte, Coral Gables.
Lynn Chadwick, sculptor. Little Girl II. Bronze. Edition of nine cast, 1989. Simon Capstick Dale Fine Art, New York.
Justin Bower, artist. Unix Gallery, New York.
Waterhouse & Dodd, New York-London.
Hema Upadhyay. Untitled, detail. 2011. Leonard Hutton Galleries, New York. I was fascinated by this work and was disconcerted to learn that last December the acclaimed 42-year-old artist was killed along with her attorney as a result of an alleged murder-for-hire plot.
Art Miami, tableau.
Grayson Perry. Death of a Working Hero, 2016. Tapestry, edition of six. Osborne Samuel Gallery, London.
Eric Fischl. Untitled, 2013. 60" by 40" panels. $57,000. Hexton Gallery, Aspen-Chicago.
Niyoko Ikuta. KU-97 (Free Essence, 97). Laminated sheet glass, detail. Yufuku Gallery, Tokyo. "Poignant lyricism & spellbinding precision."
Tom Leighton. The Lakes, detail. C-type print, 63" by 108.8". Perspex/aluminum. Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London.
Vallarino Fine Art, New York.
Muntean/Rosenblum. Untitled (Lives were changed), 2016. Black and white crayon, acrylic on canvas. Galleria Horrach Moya, Palma de Mallorca.

Based in Vienna and London, these artists created something hauntingly compelling, a Goyaesque mosh pit.
Ernst Hilger. Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna.
At Palm Beach

Former Architectural Digest suzerain Paige Rense Noland hosted a recent reception and dinner at Club Colette for longtime friend Norman Lear. After a few cordials and before dinner, Noland dimmed the lights and introduced the PBS biographical documentary film Just Another Version of You, showcasing Lear’s prolific career. Among guests taking part in a lively question-answer-discussion with the legendary television producer were James Patterson, Dr. Robert Mackler, Regine Traulsen and Bill Diamond, William Noland, and several dozen others who knew “All in the Family” was a reality show..
Paige Rense Noland.
Victoria Cushing and Page Kjellstrom.
Author James Patterson.
Norman Lear, Bill Noland, and Paige Rense Noland.
Club Colette.
Historical Society archive new arrivals

The Historical Society of Palm Beach County archive recently received two notable collections. The new additions include Addison Mizner's drawings for Playa Riente, the 100-room oceanfront Cosden-Dodge house demolished during the 1950s after Anna Dodge was unable to achieve a zoning change that would have allowed the house to become a private club and architect Byron Simonson's collection of personal and professional artifacts.
After heading up the Addison Mizner office during the late 20s-early 30s, Simonson became a chief architect-designer at the Phipps Plaza offices of the Treanor & Fatio firm. Byron Simonson Collection. Historical Society of Palm Beach County.
Playa Riente, architectural drawing. Drawing No. 508, Sheet No. 5, August 15, 1923. Addison Mizner, architect. Historical Society of Palm Beach County.
Playa Riente, east elevation. Drawing No. 508, Sheet No. 5. August 4, 1923. Addison Mizner, architect. Historical Society of Palm Beach County.
At Mar-a-Lago
Mar-a-Lago, east elevation. View northwest from the tunnel. Despite the commotion surrounding the old Post house during Thanksgiving, I had the pleasure of having lunch with Pam Gottfried, recalling the remarkably prolific life of late husband developer-entrepreneur Robert Gottfried (1926-2007). His multi-faceted contribution to the Palm Beach landscape, much like Addison Mizner and the spectrum of his Old World companies, redefined the island's luxury market. Along the way, Gottfried also owned an import company, molding company, marble factory, roofing firm, mirror factory, and a paverlock driveway company.
Photography by Augustus Mayhew.

Augustus Mayhew is the author of Palm Beach-A Greater Grandeur