Express Yourself! Art Blast @ Palm Beach

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The Bunker Artspace, 444 Bunker Road, WPB. Guest Curator Peter Harkawik with In Her Place (Don’t Tell), 2018, an acrylic, oil, and collage on panel by artist Trulee Hall, at the opening of Beth DeWoody’s Bunker Artspace where Harkawik’s insightful exhibition “Family Affair” was this season’s spotlight presentation. [Photo Augustus Mayhew]

The 5th annual New Wave Art Wknd’s aesthetic convergence, themed as The Freedom of Expression, afforded a pre-Art Basel Miami marathon of venues on both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway — patron tours, private tours, first-look tours, art collector tours, and open houses.

On Sunday afternoon, I took in two exhibitions of note, The Divine Feminine: Contemporary Women Sculptors at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens and the opening bell of Beth DeWoody’s 2023-2024 season at The Bunker Artspace.

A genealogical aesthetic at “Family Affair,” East Wing, First Floor. Left above, Kyle DeWoody, Cocoa Kyle, 1997; Left center, Carlton DeWoody, 9th Grade Art Class, 1993; Left below, Madeline Rudin (36,37,38,39,40, 43, 49); and Right,  Alex Katz, Portrait of Gladyce Begelman, 1981.

December 3, 2023 – May 10, 2024
The Bunker Artspace
444 Bunker Road – WPB

At The Bunker, showcases by resident co-curators Laura Dvorkin and Maynard Monrow were joined by guest curator NYC/LA gallerist Peter Harkawik whose “Family Affair” exhibition is installed in the Artspace’s East Wing. Focused on the familial links between multigenerations of artists, Harkawik includes the works of Deborah Kass, Patricia Cronin, Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson, Hank Willis Thomas, Deborah Willis, Peter and Sally Saul as well as the Saar family and the Hurtado/Mullican family. For the opening, Swedish-American conceptual artist Michele Pred presented Reproductive Freedom, an interactive performance.

The Bunker’s additional installations spotlight artist self-portraits, a shrine to citrus, artist-made chairs and two-dimension interiors, and Odalisque, a series of contemporary visual interpretations, reactions, and reflections on Édouard Manet’s Olympia (1863), currently on view at The Met. Among the featured artists and designers shown in these showcases, include Lina Bo Bardi, Cheryl Ekstrom, Pedro Friedeberg, LaLanne, Arthur Simms, Carl Hopgood, Kate Millett, Vito Acconci, Germane Barnes, Mike and Doug Starn, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

Carlton DeWoody, sculptor Rachel Lee Hovnanian, whose work is featured at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, and Beth DeWoody. President of The Rudin Family Foundations and EVP of Rudin Management, Beth Rudin DeWoody is a renowned collector and curator. Most recently, she is a co-curator of Gimme Shelter, the inaugural exhibition of the Miami’s Historic Hampton House Museum of Culture & Art that is also highlighted by selections from her collection.

Lobby. On the wall, Bronwyn Katz, Taba, 2021, made of bedsprings and pot scourers. To the right, Cajsa von Zeipel, Bundles, 2021, composed of silicon and mixed media.

Carl Hopgood, Just Say Gay, 2022, neon assemblage sculpture.

Lobby. To the far left, Jay Lynn Gomez, A Gallery Painter, 2019; Ivan Navarro’s You Sit, You Die, 2002; and Elmgreen & Dragset, Self-Portrait No. 25, 2016. On the far right, Cooper Cox, You Will Never Know How Much I Love You, 2022, oil on canvas.

Co-curator Laura Dvorkin.
Co-curator Maynard Monrow with Lounging Nude No.1, 2022, by Karon Davis.

NYC artist, curator, and gallerist Onyedika Chuke.

Here are some of my highlights.

Family Affair/East Wing

Alison Saar, Manchild, 1990; Lezley Sarr, Fez, 2004.

Devin Reynolds, Again and Again, 2019.

John Currin, Tapestry (Dogwood), 2010. Handwoven hand-dyed wool.

Artist Alex Parrasch with his work in “Family Affair.”
LA/NYC gallerist Franklin Parrasch.

Cooling down as temps reached the 80s, Dorothy Bandier and Burt Minkoff. The sundaes were!!

West Wing/The Endowed Chair

Ryan Abravanel with Rirkrit Tiravanija, Do Not Ever Work Chair, 2016.

Vito Acconci, Name Calling Chair, 1984.

Among the West Wing’s “The Endowed Chair,” Lawrence Weiner and Sebastien de Ganay’s A Respite At Some Point ASAP, 2015.

Deborah Brown and collector David Genser.


A multi-media showcase of artworks.

Karon Davis, Lounging Nude No.1, 2022.


Among the artists in several showcase galleries, Nabil Anani, Renate Druks, Naruti Kukita, Sahara Longe, Bony Ramirez, and Clotilde Jimenez.

Lesley Orlando and Melanie Obi.
Judy Hottensen and John Good.


Samantha Rosenwald, Still Life with Lemon, 2019.


Rafael Scur, right, with Oliver Clegg, Miro, 2021.
Michaela Kennedy @ “Family Affair.”

The Endowed Chair/2nd Floor East

Laure Mary-Couegnias, Empty Chair #1, 2021.

Carlos Rolon/Dzine, Trophy (Gehry Chair), 2021. Monica Studer and Christopher Van Den Berg, Hotel Lounge from the “Hotel vue des Alpes,” 2021.

A pair of Knoll Saarinen chairs with Anton Henning’s oil on canvas, Interieur No. 142, 2022.
In the Library, Barbara Kreuger’s Once Chair is Enough “Kiss” Design Stool/Bench.

Arrivals & Departures. On to Art Basel.

December 1, 2023 – May 1, 2024
The Divine Feminine: Contemporary Women Sculptors
Sarah Gavlak & Allison Raddock, curators
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens
253 Barcelona Road, WPB

Sculptor Anne Norton’s monumental Mid-century Modern artworks and the works of  21st-century contemporary female sculptors make for a compelling back-and-forth  between yesterday’s more historical geometric constructions and today’s artists who appear to be far less sticklers for fitting into art history’s timeline. The exhibit includes the works of Leilah Babirye, Judy Chicago, Ruth Duckworth, Viola Frey, Katharina Fritsch, Rachel Lee Hovnanian, Niki de Saint Phalle, Arlene Shechet, and Kiki Smith.

Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. Lower right, Katharina Fritsch, Schlange (Snake), 2008.

L. to r.: Judy Chicago, Deity, 2022; Ruth Duckworth, Untitled, 2007.

Rachel Lee Hovnanian’s Mind the Body Installation, 2023.

Kiki Smith, Sungrazer VIII, 2019.

Artist Studio. Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens.

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