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Sanford Biggers. Quilt #29, Dark Star, 2013. Rafael Scur photographed with Sanford Biggers’ work in the East Gallery exhibition of the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection at The Bunker Artspace, co-curated by Thelma Golden and Anne Pasternak. The Director and Chief Curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Golden is a recipient of the National Arts Award. Director of the Brooklyn Museum, Pasternak was recently tapped as one of fifty most powerful women in New York by Crain’s New York. [Photography Augustus Mayhew]

Aside from Art Basel’s “Sold-Sold-Sold” headlines, the Palm Beach-Miami real estate/art axis held its various annual gatherings. These events were highlighted by Beth Rudin DeWoody’s Bunker Artspace exhibition curated by Thelma Golden & Anne Pasternak, and the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, where Miami’s veteran art collector Martin Z. Margulies showcased several recent imports along with Selections from the Elizabeth Margulies Collection. As much as Elizabeth Margulies, MZM’s’ daughter and well-versed NYC art consultant, and DeWoody’s preferences may appear as distant as Polaroids and Instagrams, their perspectives give the NYC-LA-SOFLA Triangle added gravity and dimension.

Despite the pandemic pause, supply-chain shortages, blockchain and bitcoin blips, gastronomical grocery $$$, and crypto’s latest speed bump, there were no shortages of objet d’ art to be found anywhere in South Florida this past week. And with additional bespoke art storage warehouses under construction in Allapattah and West Palm Beach, hopefully these venues will also offer onsite exhibition galleries. Perfect.

Here is a glance at scenes from the recent Palm Beach-Miami Beach aesthetic convergence.

Tim Rollins + K.O.S.Amerika-For Karl, 1989. Bunker Artspace, Lobby.

The Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody
The Bunker Artspace – WPB
East Gallery – First Floor

Beth Rudin DeWoody non-stop, New Wave Art Wknd, 2022.

“ … We immediately knew we wanted to celebrate Beth’s trailblazing passion for collecting … She buys what she loves. She buys signature works and she buys outliers … Most importantly, we chose artists who tell us profound things about our times. Beth has never shied away from the difficult, changing truths … She’s done so with a passionate belief in the power of art to open hearts and minds. – Thelma Golden & Anne Pasternak, Guest Curators.

Frank MooreDebutantes, 1992.
Kehinde WileyPassing/Posing #10, 2002.
Jeffrey GibsonProtects the Land, 2019 & Birds of a Feather, 2017.
Glenn LigonSelf-Portrait, 1996.
Valerie Kabov, Vimbayi Kajese. And Maryana Kaliner.
Lewis Long and Dee Kerrison.
Ann McGuinn, Karen Restaino, and Dodie Williams.

Calida RawlesGuardian, 2020. Acrylic on Canvas. Kim DacresSibling I & Sibling II, 2021. Sculptures.

Co-curator Laura Dvorkin with artist Al Loving’s work Untitled, 1975.

Photographer Firooz Zahedi was signing his latest volume, Montecito Style.

Former guest curator Simon Watson, left, with Kenneth and Julie Roberts. The Sundaes were!!!

Beyond the East Gallery, co-curators Laura Dvorkin and Maynard Monrow have composed several areas, including Matte& Form, an exhibition of ceramics and textiles, as well as various thematic spaces, such as Film NoirTiny Giants(No) Smoking, and Holidaze. In the courtyard, along with curated food trucks, installation-based visual artist Randy Palumbo’s parked Bunker, 2021, a repurposed military communications bunker transformed into a meditative cave, one of his latest interactive, site-specific interventions.

Moffat TakadiwaThe Space Bar, 2019. Found computer keys and toothbrushes.
Christopher SuarezEsquina Casa Sanchez, 2021.
Bisa ButlerThe Mighty Gents, 2018. Ceramics, left to right, by Scooter Laforge, Crisco 2019Maryam Yousif, Fashion Show Model in Cosmic Handbag Dress 2021Jennifer Rochlin, Somewhere Midnight 2016 and Joel GaitanLa Mayahuel 2021.
Eddie Rudolfo and Juan Edgar AparicioBanners for the Detained, 2018-2020. Detail.
Cameron Silver.
Thania Petersen. Self-Portrait, 2021. (Detail)

Lindsey Brittain Collins and Kim Dacres.

Harrison Brammell and Harris Allen.
2nd Floor, East Gallery: Floor covering: Ebony G. PattersonWilted Rosez, 2014. Right wall, El AnatsuiZebra Crossing, III, 2007; Center wall, Julia Bland. Drink This, 2016. Left tall sculptureLeilah BabiryeNakaabya From the Kuchu Leopard Clan, 2020.

Anne SamatOcu (Family Warrior), 2019.

Phyllis StephensI Got You, 2021.
Film Noir set piece.
Blake Dorfman, Kour Pour, and Sarah Haims.
Greg HabernyEbony, 1976.
A work by Ana Benaroya.

Amy BennettHead Down, 2019. Tiny Giants.

An artist’s Christmas tree ornament of recognizable note. Holidaze.
Sven KronerMomi und Lille, 2008. Holidaze.
Artists Sam Borkson and Arturo Sandoval.
Jim TorokCarlton DeWoody, Beth DeWoody & Kyle Dewoody, 1999. “Tiny Giants,” Co-curated by Laura Dvorkin and Maynard Monrow.

Bunker Artspace, lobby.

Alexandre Diop @ Spinello Projects
Allapattah Arts District – MIA

Alexandre Diop. Back to Basics. 11.28.2022 – 01.14.2023.

Artist Alexandre Diop @ Spinello.

Valerie Sitler and Tine Niemeyer @ Spinello reception.
Man Smoking, 2022.
Alexandre Diop: Back to Basics. “Looks back at the city of Berlin, the origin of the young artist artist’s widely-celebrated art …” Spinello Projects, Allapattah.

Studio 1608 Gallery
1608 South Dixie Highway – WPB

At Studio 1608’s seasonal opener, I was keen on the work of Bob Hiemstra and North End resident Kathleen Carbonara as well as Steve Johnson’s pictorial medleys.

Kathleen E. Carbonara. Self-Portrait.
Stephen Johnson. Portrait.
Stephen Johnson. Friends.

Andrea Taylor-Brochet @ Via Mizner

In between Art, it was a pleasure having a rendezvous with Andrea Taylor-Brochet. Andrea’s grandfather Maurice Fatio was among Palm Beach’s revered architects; her grandmother, author Eleanor Chase, a best-selling novelist during the 1920s. Her stay, much too brief. She promises to return in March.

Andrea Taylor-Brochet.

Margulies Collection at the WAREhOUSE
591 NW 27th Street – MIA

Among “The Italians,” the exhibition includes the works of Massimo Antonacci, Davide Balliano, Marco Bagnoli, Domenico Bianchi, Luca Campigotto, Bertozzi & Casoni, Isabella Ducrot, Domenico Mangano & Marieke Van Rooy, Gian Marco Montesano, Mimmo Paladino, Claudio Parmiggiani, Maurizio Pellegrin, Alessandro Piangiamore, Paola Pivi, Paolo Ventura, and Giuseppe Uncini.

The Great Hall highlighted by Paola Pivi’s Too Late, 2017, the hanging white bear composed of urethane foam, plastic, and feathers, reflects the artist’s affinity with animals. Pictured above, one of eight polar bears created as a window installation for Milano’s Rinascente department store.
Of note, Jennifer Steinkamp’s video format installation.

Selections from the
Elizabeth Margulies Collection

Elizabeth Margulies.

Irving Klaw, Untitled, n.d. Four vintage photographs.
Jiang Cheng’s Apollo, 2021.
Barry McGee. Untitled (Truck Installation with TVs, 2004). Influenced by “Surrealism, comic books, and underground youth culture.”
Apparently, the “Ace of Diamonds” went from MIA to the Margulies for coffee and brioches to a curbside wait.

Art @ The Royal

George Condo at Sotheby’s Private Sales – Palm Beach. Condo X Haring: Expressions of the Imagination, The Slat House @ The Royal.
Keith Haring at Sotheby’s Private Sales – Palm Beach. Condo X Haring: Expressions of the Imagination, The Slat House @ The Royal.
Lehmann Maupin Palm Beach @ The Slat House, The Royal.
Royal Roots at Palm Beach. Royal Poinciana Plaza, south parking lot.

Liu Wei @ White Cube
NYC-London-Paris-Hong Kong-WPB

Liu Wei’s oil paintings and sculptures at White Cube’s Florida Avenue warehouse space in West Palm Beach.

Richard PettiboneR. Lichtenstein, Masterpiece 1962, 1975. Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody, The Bunker Artspace.

Photography by Augustus Mayhew.

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