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Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair Returns

Grace Hartigan, June Bride (courtesy of Berry Campbell Gallery)

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary (PBM+C), presented by Art Miami, returned for its sixth edition this March at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. PBM+C annually brings world-class, investment-quality works from the 20th and 21st centuries with a roster of internationally respected galleries from Austria, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Columbia, Venezuela and the United States, to one of the most culturally savvy and discerning collecting audiences in the world. 


The fair opened with an exclusive, invitation-only VIP preview benefiting the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens and presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Palm Beach’s own Frances Fisher, a renowned philanthropist and advocate for the arts. Previous PBM+C Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include photographer Harry Benson, South Florida arts and culture advocate Rena Blades, artist Bruce Helander and philanthropist Beth Rudin De Woody. Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens served as a satellite venue for the fair and in celebration of Women’s History Month, Long-Sharp Gallery presented “SculptHER” an innovative exhibition featuring works by four female sculptors: Julia Ibbini, Nicole Pietrantoni, Cha Jong Rye and Miriam Londoño. The exhibit will run through June 2023. 


PBM+C fair attendees also enjoyed a conversation with Jack Rasmussen, the American University Museum’s Director and Curator. Rasmussen discussed a selection of 20 artworks from one of the world’s most acclaimed Chicano artists, Rupert Garcia. The museum’s Corcoran Legacy Collection presented the noteworthy group of works at the fair, and were on-view throughout the weekend. 


Highlights from the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Fair this year included: 


Opera Gallery will present works from Cho Sung Hee, Chun Kwang Young, Mickalene Thomas, Fernando Botero, Anthony James, Manolo Valdes and Sam Francis. 

Long-Sharp presents works by four female sculptors – Julia Ibbini (UAE), Miriam Londoño (Colombia), Nicole Pietrantoni (Prague/USA) and Cha Jong Rye (South Korea) which are also part of the exhibit “SculptHER” at the Ann Sculpture Gardens. 

Ascaso Gallery presents works by Cornelis Zitman’s Pescadorcito and Arman’s Yellowciped. 

Berry Campbell presents Grace Hartigan’s June Bride and Frederick J. Brown’s Lands of the Mind.

David Benrimon Fine Art presents Angeles Agrela’s Olimpia, Fernando Botero’s Woman on a Horse sculpture and Yayoi Kusama’s Nets 59. 

Sundaram Tagore Gallery presents Chun Kwang Young’s Aggregation18-JA006 (Star1) and Hiroshi Senju’s Waterfall on Colors.

Fredrichs Pontone presents works from Angela Glajcar and Jae Yong Kim’s Funky Mini Chrome Donut (100 donuts).

Galería Duque Arango showcases Fernando Botero’s Reclining Woman and Javier Caraballo’s Warhol, from his Master of Painting series.

Cernuda Arte presents Danuel Méndez’ Two Women in the Garden and Wifredo Lam’s Untitled Femme Cheval Deity.

Galeria Cortina presents Joan Miró’s Escalade Vers la Lune and Andy Warhol’s Mao II. 98.