Tuesday, October 12, 2010

ArtsPreview 2010-11: The season in Palm Beach art

A soundsuit by Nick Cave,‭ ‬at the Norton Museum of Art.‭
(‬Photo by James Prinz‭)


By Gretel Sarmiento

This coming art season is to art lovers what the‭ ‬24-hour gym is to procrastinators:‭ ‬the end of the Excuse.‭ ‬If you typically shy‭ ‬away from museums out of fear‭ ‬of being‭ ‬bored to death,‭ ‬don’t.

There’s plenty to choose from,‭ ‬which means something is bound to delight you.

Museums are keeping the promise to have the usual rotation of shows.‭ ‬Although having diversity in their lineups is the usual goal,‭ ‬this time exhibits are also reflecting more awareness of the infinite individual tastes out there.‭ ‬It’s a tricky mission.‭ ‬Individual taste is not only very personal and unique to one but also constantly changing.‭ ‬There is only one way to judge the outcome:‭ ‬be present and let the exhibits do the talking.‭

Norton Museum of Art,‭ ‬West Palm Beach:‭ ‬This season,‭ ‬the modern and ancient world will take turns in the museum and give audiences the best they’ve got.‭ ‬Starting with John Storrs‭’ ‬Machine-Age Modernist‭ (‬Oct.2-Jan.‭ ‬2‭)‬,‭ ‬the museum will present sculptures,‭ ‬drawings,‭ ‬and paintings drawn from private lenders and various national collections,‭ ‬including those from the Metropolitan Museum of Art‭ ‬and the Corcoran Museum of Art.‭ ‬This is the first exhibition of the American modernist’s work in more than two decades.

Sculptures, too, will bring us back from the modern world,‭ ‬more precisely to the center of the earth.‭ ‬Nick Cave:‭ ‬Meet Me at the Center of the Earth‭ (‬Oct.‭ ‬9-Jan.‭ ‬9‭)‬,‭ ‬organized by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,‭ ‬will‭ ‬feature about‭ ‬40‭ ‬forty of‭ ‬Cave’s Soundsuits,‭ ‬which are‭ ‬multi-layered,‭ ‬mixed media,‭ ‬wearable sculptures composed of discarded objects.‭ ‬While African culture and Mardi Gras might come to mind,‭ ‬the purpose here is to give the modern visitor a chance at finding the true origin of the objects.

Conveniently scheduled around Christmas is‭ ‬Celebrating‭ ‬70:‭ ‬The Qianlong Emperor and Exchanges of Buddhist Gifts‭ ‬(Dec.‭ ‬4‭–‬March‭ ‬20‭)‬.‭ ‬The story goes that in‭ ‬1777,‭ ‬following a gift of paintings to Emperor Qianlong from‭ ‬Tibetan religious leader‭ ‬the Panchen Lama,‭ ‬an exchange between the Chinese court and the lamas of‭ ‬Tibet began.‭ ‬The installation will examine‭ ‬how the art and traditions of‭ ‬Tibet influenced the creation of Buddhist art in the court of the emperor.‭

Photography will make a stop with works from‭ ‬France,‭ ‬Germany,‭ ‬Africa and the‭ ‬United States inviting you to look not just for‭ ‬2‭ ‬seconds but for a long time,‭ ‬really.‭ ‬Stare:‭ ‬The Pleasures of the Intensely Familiar and the Strangely Unexpected‭ ‬(Dec.‭ ‬15-March‭ ‬13‭)‬ celebrates photography’s power to captivate the real observers:‭ ‬our minds.‭ ‬Around the same time,‭ ‬Made in Hollywood:‭ ‬Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation‭ ‬will‭ ‬feature a more glamorous and dramatic selection of prints with those usual suspects we can’t help to admire:‭ ‬Greta Garbo,‭ ‬Marlon Brando,‭ ‬Gary Cooper and‭ ‬Joan Crawford,‭ ‬among others.‭ ‬Don’t miss the‭ ‬1958‭ ‬shot of Alfred Hitchcock with the‭ ‬MGM Lion.‭ ‬The show runs from‭ ‬Dec.‭ ‬12‭ ‬to March‭ ‬6.

Finally,‭ ‬From A to Z:‭ ‬26‭ ‬Great Photographs from the Collection‭ ‬(March‭ ‬19-June‭ ‬19‭)‬ will feature prints‭ ‬alphabetically arranged by the artist’s last name.‭ ‬It’s meant as a tribute to some of the greatest‭ ‬photographers of the‭ ‬20th and‭ ‬21st centuries as well as a reminder of the extensity of the museum’s photography collection.

If you ever wonder how fake celebrities really are,‭ ‬make sure you visit the museum sometime between Feb.‭ ‬3‭ ‬and May‭ ‬1.‭ ‬That’s when you’ll find‭ ‬Fabulous Fakes:‭ ‬The Jewelry of Kenneth Jay Lane,‭ ‬featuring sparkling creations by the designer and‭ ‬QVC personality that once adorned‭ ‬Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,‭ ‬Nancy Reagan,‭ ‬Diana Vreeland,‭ ‬among others.‭

Who wants to live forever‭? ‬The Egyptians did.‭ ‬To Live Forever:‭ ‬Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum‭ ‬(Feb.‭ ‬12-May‭ ‬8‭) ‬will consist of more than‭ ‬100‭ ‬objects‭ ‬from the‭ ‬Brooklyn Museum,‭ ‬and will examine the ancient Egyptians‭’ ‬take on death and the afterlife,‭ ‬the practice of mummification as well as funeral rituals and the various types of tombs.‭ ‬Opening March‭ ‬26‭ ‬is the complementary show‭ ‬Eternal China:‭ ‬Tales from the Crypt,‭ ‬which will‭ ‬also explore the tombs and mummies theme.‭ ‬It runs through July‭ ‬17.‭ ‬

A colourful display of paintings and light installations will take over starting April‭ ‬2‭ ‬until July‭ ‬17‭ ‬with‭ ‬Altered States:‭ ‬Jose Alvarez,‭ ‬Yayoi Kusama,‭ ‬Fred Tomaselli and Leo Villareal.‭ ‬It promises to be irresistible and fun to look at while being psychologically engaging.‭

The Abbott‭ (‬1920‭)‬,‭ ‬by John Storrs,‭ ‬at the Norton Museum of Art.‭
(‬Photo by Ricardo Blanc‭)



Fashion comes last with‭ ‬Out of This World:‭ ‬Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television‭ ‬ (June‭ ‬4-Sept.4‭)‬,‭ ‬which is all about costumes and accessories:‭ ‬30‭ ‬to be precise.‭ ‬Where have you seen them before‭? ‬In science fiction films and television programs such as‭ ‬Star Wars,‭ ‬Blade Runner,‭ ‬Terminator,‭Star Trek,‭ Battlestar Galactica and‭ ‬Batman.

Society of the Four Arts,‭ ‬Palm Beach:‭ ‬You can judge the taste of Christians,‭ ‬the aristocratic and non-aristocratic types,‭ ‬starting Dec.‭ ‬4‭ ‬through Jan.‭ ‬16‭ ‬with‭ ‬Object of Devotion:‭ ‬Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum.‭ ‬It’s simply a display of‭ ‬60‭ ‬elegantly carved alabaster panels and free-standing figures that once adorned the homes,‭ ‬churches and chapels of Christians in the‭ ‬15th and‭ ‬16‭ ‬centuries.‭ ‬To make better sense of it all,‭ ‬there will be a gallery talk on Jan.‭ ‬8‭ ‬with art historian Richard Frank.

Landscape painting will be represented‭ ‬45‭ ‬times in‭ ‬The Hudson River to Niagara Falls:‭ ‬19th- Century American Landscape Paintings From the New York Historical Society‭ ‬show‭ (‬Jan.‭ ‬29-March‭ ‬20‭)‬.‭ ‬A gallery talk will be held March‭ ‬5.‭ ‬While‭ ‬American Landscape Paintings runs you can also view the show running simultaneously.‭ ‬A Return to Palm Beach:‭ ‬Jewels from the Marjorie Merriweather Post Collection commemorates the‭ ‬100th birthday of the town of Palm Beach while examining the style of this legendary icon.‭

Still running‭ (‬since December‭ ‬2009‭) ‬until June‭ ‬2011‭ ‬is‭ ‬Florida Wetlands:‭ ‬an original photographic show featuring more than‭ ‬50‭ ‬images depicting this unique habitat.‭ ‬This particular exhibit is housed in the Mary Alice Fortin Children’s‭ ‬Art‭ ‬Gallery.

Hi‭ (‬2009‭)‬,‭ ‬by Robert Cottingham,‭ ‬at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

Boca Raton Museum of Art,‭ ‬Boca Raton:‭ ‬If you are into European Pop art,‭ ‬or better yet,‭ ‬if you have never heard of it,‭ ‬the first show at the museum should be your first stop.‭ ‬From Oct.‭ ‬12‭ ‬to Jan.‭ ‬9‭ ‬you’ll find‭ ‬Valerio Adami,‭ ‬a‭ ‬23-paintings retrospective examining more than‭ ‬40‭ ‬years work of this‭ ‬Italian artist who went from being very expressionistic to brilliantly flat.‭ ‬Known for the areas of flat cartoonish color bordered by unapologetic black lines,‭ ‬Adami’s‭ ‬images are hard to take seriously,‭ ‬but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.‭ ‬After all,‭ ‬these are works by an artist who finds the creative process a profound experience only possible through music and abandonment of ourselves.‭

Simultaneously running will be‭ ‬Robert Cottingham:‭ ‬Twenty Ways to See a Star.‭ ‬The exhibit debuts a series of‭ ‬20‭ ‬iconic Star silkscreens on canvas based on color variations of one of‭ ‬Cottingham’s most recognizable images.‭ ‬The Brooklyn-born artist‭ ‬worked on this three-year project with master printer Gary Lichtenstein and Michael McKenzie of American Image Atelier in New York,‭ ‬to produce this fresh series that no doubt will revive the American spirit.‭

The Pier With Chains‭ (‬1749‭)‬,‭ ‬by Giovanni Battista Piranesi.‭ ‬

For those admirers of the old classics,‭ ‬there’s‭ ‬Romanticism to Modernism:‭ ‬Graphic Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection‭ (‬Oct.‭ ‬12-June‭ ‬19‭) ‬which will run in the Education Gallery of the museum and include masterpieces by Francisco de Goya‭ ‬and Pablo Picasso.‭ ‬The show will‭ ‬open‭ ‬with works by Giovanni Battista Piranesi,‭ ‬the Italian precursor of the Romantic style,‭ ‬and follow with‭ ‬etchings from Goya’s‭ ‬The Disasters of War‭ (‬1810-20‭);‬ lithographs and etchings by American artist James McNeill Whistler‭; ‬and a‭ ‬rich selection of‭ ‬graphic works by Picasso,‭ ‬including etchings from the‭ ‬Vollard Suite.

Latin American art is not staying behind.‭ ‬Twenty works by important Latin American artists‭ (‬Francisco Zúñiga,‭ ‬Rufino Tamayo,‭ ‬Enrique Castro-Cid,‭ ‬Julio Larraz,‭ ‬etc.‭) ‬will be on display beginning Oct.‭ ‬12‭ ‬through May‭ ‬1.‭ ‬This small sampling of Latin American art from the‭ ‬museum’s collection will feature works that portray,‭ ‬in many different ways,‭ ‬the dance between politics,‭ ‬society and art.

An exciting‭ ‬selection of‭ ‬43‭ ‬costumes worn by film stars like Nicole Kidman,‭ ‬Johnny Depp and Heath Ledger will be featured under the name‭ ‬Cut‭! ‬Costume and the Cinema‭ ‬(Jan.‭ ‬19-April‭ ‬17‭)‬.‭ It’s a colorful journey that will transport us to familiar films‭ ‬(Casanova,‭ ‬The Phantom of the Opera,‭ ‬The White Countess,‬The Duchess‭) ‬or maybe even specific scenes,‭ ‬depending on how good your memory is.‭

Also running‭ ‬Jan.‭ ‬19‭ ‬to April‭ ‬17‭ ‬is‭ ‬California Impressionism:‭ ‬Paintings from The Irvine Museum.‭ ‬The show,‭ ‬consisting of more than‭ ‬60‭ ‬works by‭ ‬44‭ ‬artists,‭ ‬is dedicated to‭ ‬landscape,‭ ‬more specifically,‭ ‬California‭ ‬plein-air painting.‭ ‬The Irvine Museum is the only museum in‭ ‬that state devoted to the preservation and display of‭ ‬this painting style.‭ ‬Guy Rose,‭ ‬Dona Schuster,‭ ‬Granville Redmond and Alson Clark are among the artists‭ ‬being‭ ‬featured.‭

Flagler Museum,‭ ‬Palm Beach:‭ ‬The museum will have two exhibits that will mostly celebrate architecture.‭ ‬The fall‭ ‬exhibition,‭ ‬Mizner Mediterranean:‭ ‬The Origins of Palm Beach Style‭ (‬Oct.12-Jan.‭ ‬2‭)‬,‭ ‬is dedicated to architect Addison Mizner‭ ‬and is being done in honor of the‭ ‬100th‭ ‬anniversary of the incorporation of the town of Palm Beach.‭ ‬It will feature‭ ‬architectural drawings,‭ ‬photographs,‭ ‬and plans,‭ ‬in addition to‭ ‬sculpture,‭ ‬metalwork,‭ ‬furniture,‭ ‬ceramics and decorative tiles‭ ‬produced or imported by Mizner’s‭ ‬companies.‭ ‬Also featured are lost masterpieces such as‭ ‬Playa Riente,‭ ‬El Mirasol,‭ ‬Mizner’s‭ ‬1925‭ ‬tiled courtyard for Whitehall,‭ ‬and objects from‭ ‬the construction and decoration of the Whitehall Hotel addition.

In conjunction with the exhibition,‭ ‬on Nov.‭ ‬13‭ ‬the museum‭ ‬will hold a special gallery tour for fourth-‭ ‬to eighth-graders.‭ ‬Afterwards,‭ ‬they will be asked to design their own Mizner-inspired artwork,‭ ‬involving painted tiles and mosaics.

The‭ ‬winter‭ ‬show,‭ ‬The Extraordinary Joseph Urban‭ ‬(Feb.‭ ‬1-April‭ ‬17‭)‬,‭ ‬is devoted to the prolific designer,‭ ‬illustrator and architect behind Hungary’s Esterhazy Castle and New York’s‭ ‬Ziegfeld Theatre.‭ ‬Locally,‭ ‬Urban is known for Mar-a-Lago,‭ ‬the Bath and Tennis Club and the Paramount‭ ‬Theater.‭ ‬Gustav Klimt,‭ ‬Josef Olbrich,‭ ‬Josef Hoffmann and architect Adolf Loos are said to have influenced this Vienna-born artist who‭ ‬later‭ ‬migrated to the United States in‭ ‬1912‭ ‬to become the art director of the Boston Opera.‭ ‬By the time of his death in‭ ‬1933,‭ ‬Urban had designed over‭ ‬500‭ ‬stage sets for more than‭ ‬168‭ ‬productions.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens:‭ ‬Opening Nov.‭ ‬2‭ ‬through Feb.‭ ‬20,‭ ‬Modernity and Nostalgia:‭ ‬Woodblock Prints by Toyohara‭ (‬Yōshū‭) ‬Chikanobu‭ ‬will‭ ‬present‭ ‬us with‭ ‬60‭ ‬single-sheet and triptych prints from this‭ ‬ artist on subjects ranging from customs and manners of Japanese women to the Sino-Japanese War,‭ ‬to nostalgic representations of the feudalistic Edo Period.

Toyohara‭ (‬Yōshū‭) ‬Chikanobu‭ ‬was a prolific artist capable of creating images inspired by the‭ ‬kabuki‭ ‬stage and beautiful women as well as‭ ‬murders and sensational events taking place in modern Japan in‭ ‬the late‭ ‬19th century.‭ ‬The show will also include a series of prints born from his imagination,‭ ‬and for which he is well-known,‭ ‬that depict‭ ‬the lifestyle of the Meiji emperor and his family with amazing accuracy.‭

Armory‭ ‬Art‭ ‬Center,‭ ‬West Palm Beach:‭ ‬Open to all artists working in all media,‭ ‬New*Art is an exhibition that will be‭ ‬devoted to‭ ‬presenting‭ ‬international entries of cutting-edge visual art.‭ ‬The work to be‭ ‬exhibited has to have been‭ ‬produced after‭ ‬2008.‭

The‭ ‬Armory’s director of gallery services,‭ ‬Ann Fay Rushforth,‭ ‬will curate‭ ‬the show‭ (‬Oct.‭ ‬8-Nov.‭ ‬13‭) ‬and select‭ ‬works‭ ‬later to be judged by‭ ‬Gallery Director Fredric Snitzer,‭ ‬who is known for‭ ‬representing controversial artists‭ ‬with international reputations and‭ ‬for his strong presence at Art Basel Miami.‭ ‬Snitzer will choose the winning selections for prizes.‭

Another opportunity to view plenty of art will come later in the year with the‭ ‬Judged Staff and Faculty Exhibition‭ (‬Nov.‭ ‬5-Dec.‭ ‬31‭)‬.‭ ‬It’s the second year for the‭ ‬annual exhibition,‭ ‬offering a‭ ‬sampling of works by more than‭ ‬60‭ ‬Armory adjunct instructors in all media.‭

The Lighthouse ArtCenter:‭ ‬A juried art exhibition of masks and Halloween-inspired artwork will take over the center from Sept.‭ ‬30‭ ‬to Nov.‭ ‬2.‭ ‬Artists are invited to participate in the‭ ‬Hocus Pocus‭ ‬exhibit,‭ ‬which includes a costume party the‭ ‬third Thursday of October.‭ ‬Also during this time,‭ ‬the center will feature a more serene exhibit,‭ ‬Painters of Scenery:‭ ‬An Exhibition of Landscapes‭ (‬Sept.‭ ‬30‭ ‬to Nov.‭ ‬2‭).

A pricey fundraiser to support the ArtCenter promises to be fun for‭ ‬$250‭ ‬a ticket.‭ ‬D’Art for Art Exhibition,‭ (‬Nov.‭ ‬6-Nov.‭ ‬13‭) ‬will treat guests‭ ‬to a cocktail hour and hors d’oeuvres while mingling around the museum to select their desired pieces of art. After the meal,‭ ‬groups are randomly called to dash‭ ‬and dart for their favorite art.‭ ‬A party favor‭ ‬is guaranteed for everyone:‭ ‬an original piece of art to take home and add to a personal collection.

Before the year ends there will be an exhibit and juried show‭, ‬Peace on Earth‭ (‬Nov.‭ ‬18‭ ‬to Dec.‭ ‬30‭), ‬sponsored by centenarian Kathryn W.‭ ‬Davis,‭ ‬which will feature an original Picasso from‭ ‬her‭ ‬private collection.

Molly,‭ ‬by Deb LaFogg-Docherty.

Cornell Museum:‭ ‬If art and animals happen to be your passions and you don’t want to neglect either,‭ ‬don’t worry.‭

The Cat's Meow‭ ‬exhibit,‭ ‬running Oct.‭ ‬14‭ ‬through‭ ‬Feb.‭ ‬27,‭ ‬won’t ask you to choose.‭ ‬The show will consist of paintings,‭ ‬drawings,‭ ‬sculpture and photographs‭ ‬accompanied by‭ ‬funny photos and‭ ‬anecdotes from local cat owners.‭ ‬The Children's Gallery will feature a special mural by artist Sharon Koskoff and cat portraits from area elementary school students as well as members of the Delray Art League.

Featured artists‭ ‬include Ron Burns‭ (‬Arizona‭)‬,‭ ‬Rosetta‭ (‬Colorado‭)‬,‭ ‬Donna Fuller‭ (‬Boca Raton‭)‬,‭ ‬Deb‭ ‬LaFogg-Docherty‭ (‬Boynton Beach‭) ‬and Camile Schneebeli‭ (‬Miami‭)‬,‭ ‬along with photographer Joann Biondi‭ (‬Miami‭)‬. ‭ ‬An opening reception will take place Oct.‭ ‬14‭; ‬local celebrity cats are expected‭ ‬to attend.‭

Running through Dec.‭ ‬6‭ ‬will be the‭ ‬Bernet Folk Art and Quilt Collection,‭ ‬featuring folk life oil paintings,‭ ‬quilts,‭ ‬needlework,‭ ‬decoys and baskets dating from the late‭ ‬19th century to the mid‭ ‬20th century.‭ ‬A juried exhibit,‭ ‬The Image in Photographs and‭ ‬Poetry‭ (‬Dec.9-Feb.27‭)‬,‭ ‬is bound to be more poetic than competitive,‭ ‬since it focuses on photographs inspired by poetry.‭ ‬The fine art photos are provided by Old School Square photography students and the poems are provided by the master poets,‭ ‬who will be leading the poetry sessions and readings during the Palm Beach Poetry Festival‭ ‬in January.‭

More paintings,‭ ‬drawings and photographs,‭ ‬courtesy of adult,‭ ‬young students and instructors from the‭ ‬OSS School of Art‭ & ‬Photography,‭ ‬will be presented with the‭ ‬OSS School of Art‭ & ‬Photography Student Exhibition‭ ‬(March‭ ‬4-April‭ ‬24‭)‬.

World Trade‭ (‬1987‭)‬,‭ ‬by Susan Joy Share,‭ ‬at FAU.‭

Florida Atlantic University:‭ ‬Consisting primarily of visual books acquired more for their artistic expression than for their informational content,‭ ‬the‭ ‬Jaffe Collection show‭ (‬open through Oct.‭ ‬30‭) ‬will present‭ ‬a thematic selection of about‭ ‬200‭ ‬works featuring the finest and most innovative works from over‭ ‬6,000‭ ‬artists‭’ ‬books held in‭ ‬the university’s‭ ‬Wimberly Library.

The exhibition represents the three-fold growth of the collection since it was first donated to the school‭ ‬in‭ ‬1998.‭ ‬Today it is‭ ‬one of the largest and most varied of its kind in the country.‭ ‬The essential focus‭ ‬being on artists‭’ ‬books and‭ ‬the details they carry:‭ ‬letterpress printing,‭ ‬fine binding,‭ ‬hand papermaking and paper decoration.‭

‬Posters,‭ ‬gig fliers,‭ ‬album covers,‭ ‬T-shirts,‭ ‬skateboard decks,‭ ‬CDs and videos encompass the multimedia exhibit‭ ‬Raymond Petttibon:‭ ‬The Punk Years,‭ ‬1978-1986‭ (‬Nov.‭ ‬13-Jan.‭ ‬2‭)‬,‭ ‬which will feature more than‭ ‬200‭ ‬examples of punk-inspired designs by this contemporary artist.‭ ‬Among the bands that benefited from his‭ ‬graphic creations during the‭ ‬California punk rock era‭ ‬were‭ ‬Black Flag‭ ‬and Sonic Youth,‭ ‬Hüsker Dü,‭ ‬Circle Jerks and the Dead Kennedys.‭ ‬It gets better.‭ ‬A‭ ‬selection of punk era film and video works and punk-inspired performances will also be featured.‭ ‬And for book lovers,‭ ‬there is even a‭ ‬lecture and book signing by Ryan Moore,‭ ‬author of‭ ‬Sells Like Teen Spirit:‭ ‬Music,‭ ‬Youth Culture and Social Crisis.

Works by the masters of fine art graduates will be featured from April‭ ‬22‭ ‬through the summer‭ ‬of‭ ‬2011‭ ‬at the‭ ‬Schmidt Center Gallery‭ ‬while the Ritter Art Gallery will house the‭ ‬Fall Bachelor Fine Arts Exhibition‭ (‬running‭ ‬Dec.‭ ‬3-10‭) ‬and the‭ ‬Spring Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition‭ (‬April‭ ‬22-May‭ ‬6‭)‬.‭ ‬The‭ ‬Annual Juried Student Exhibition will also take place there from‭ ‬March‭ ‬25‭ ‬to April‭ ‬9.‭ ‬Works by‭ ‬Miami printmaker Brian Reedy and Tom Virgin will be on display at the same time‭ (‬Jan.7-March‭ ‬11‭)‬.‭

A thoughtful installation about body image will take over May‭ ‬27-Aug.12‭ ‬with Fort Lauderdale artist Adrienne Rose Gionta’s Do these make me look fat‭? ‬Noah Z.‭ ‬Jones’s Almost Naked Animals‭ ‬will run at the same time.‭

Coming to the Schmidt Center in the fall of‭ ‬2011‭ ‬is‭ ‬Surfing Florida:‭ ‬A Photographic History,‭ ‬a‭ ‬traveling show that will combine digital reproductions of vintage photographs along with original photographic portfolios of the state’s best-known surf photographers and most significant historic photo collections‭ (‬though it will not include surfboards and other surfing-related artifacts‭)‬.‭ ‬Paul Aho,‭ ‬a lifelong Florida surfer and shaper who actively competed as a teenager,‭ ‬is the project’s editor and curator.‭

At the John D.‭ ‬MacArthur Campus in Jupiter,‭ ‬staff‭ ‬is still working on the Art in the Atrium schedule for this season,‭ ‬but so far we know‭ ‬Escenas de América Latina II will run there through Oct.‭ ‬8.‭ ‬It will feature murals created for the El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center and paintings from local Hispanic/Latino artists.‭ ‬That will be followed by‭ ‬Photographs by Fine Art‭ ‬Photographer Barry Seidman‭ ‬(Jan.‭ ‬5‭–‬Feb.‭ ‬11‭)‬.‭ ‬Shows will also be held in the campus library beginning with‭ ‬You Were Almost Extinct Too‭ (‬Oct.‭ ‬29-Dec.‭ ‬17‭)‬,‭ ‬consisting of Derek Weisberg’s emotionally‭ – ‬sometimes disturbing -- clay portraits.‭ ‬Weisberg is a contemporary artist from Oakland,‭ ‬Calif.‭ ‬The college’s‭ ‬Student Drawing Show will run from Oct.‭ ‬29‭ ‬through Dec.17.‭

Art fairs:‭ ‬This year the‭ ‬Palm Beach‭ ‬Convention Center will house several events including‭ ‬Art Palm Beach,‭ ‬which‭ ‬had a very good year in‭ ‬2010‭ ‬and‭ ‬broke attendance records.‭ ‬This will be‭ ‬its‭ ‬14th year celebrating contemporary art through‭ ‬photography,‭ ‬video,‭ ‬installation art,‭ ‬public sculpture and design,‭ ‬and an educational lecture series.‭ (‬Jan.‭ ‬20-24‭)‬.

Right behind it is‭ ‬the‭ ‬American International Fine Art Fair‭ (‬Feb.4-13‭)‬,‭ ‬entering its‭ ‬15th year.‭ ‬Fair organizers expect‭ ‬20,000‭ ‬or more visitors‭ ‬this year.‭ ‬There will be‭ ‬about‭ ‬60‭ ‬exhibitors from‭ ‬16‭ ‬different countries.‭ ‬Among the highlights is a large-scale installation by artist Albert Paley.‭ ‬As it does every year,‭ ‬the fair will‭ ‬feature‭ ‬prestigious international dealers presenting paintings,‭ ‬sculpture,‭ ‬jewelry,‭ ‬antiques,‭ ‬contemporary design and decorative arts ranging from the antique to the contemporary.

The‭ ‬2010‭ ‬fair will be a tough act to follow.‭ ‬Attendance was estimated at‭ ‬24,000,‭ ‬including‭ ‬a record‭ ‬5,100‭ ‬for the opening vernissage,‭ ‬and there were more than‭ ‬80‭ ‬exhibitors‭ ‬-15‭ ‬percent more than in‭ ‬2009.

Palm Beach Jewelry,‭ ‬Art‭ & ‬Antique Fair:‭ ‬Opens Feb.‭ ‬18‭ ‬and features more than‭ ‬200‭ ‬of the world’s finest antique dealers.‭ ‬An exclusive preview evening will be held that Friday evening for those interested in taking a look or making a purchase before everyone else.‭ ‬Funds raised will benefit the educational programming of the Historical Society of‭ ‬Palm Beach County and the Richard and‭ ‬Pat‭ ‬Johnson‭ ‬Palm Beach‭ ‬County‭ ‬History‭ ‬Museum.‭ ‬The fair runs through Feb.22.‭

Palm Beach Fine Craft Show:‭ ‬The‭ ‬8th annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show will come a day earlier this year.‭ ‬Running‭ ‬from‭ ‬March‭ ‬4-6,‭ ‬it brings more than‭ ‬100‭ ‬of the nation's most distinguished craft artists to the heart of West Palm Beach to celebrate their works in ceramics,‭ ‬glass,‭ ‬fiber decorative and wearable art,‭ ‬wood-turned and carved objects,‭ ‬distinctive furniture,‭ ‬marvelous metals,‭ ‬exquisite jewelry and more.

Editor's note: The posting of this article was delayed by technical difficulties.

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