New Wave Art Weekend features events in Palm Beach, West Palm

If you’ve missed out on Miami’s art fairs and exhibitions this week, don’t despair… The New Wave Art Weekend (NWAW) starts Friday, with events throughout the weekend around the Island and in West Palm Beach.

Artist Na'ye Perez, seen here Thursday at the Rosemary Square studio he works in, will unveil a work on Friday at a New Wave event.

The fourth edition of the NWAW offers gallery exhibitions, performances, panel discussions and tours of private collections until Sunday. The stated aim of the event is to provide a platform for discussing critical issues in contemporary art, while championing the region’s thriving art scene and providing the opportunity for an artist to have time and community support to create a body of work that can be shown to curators and collectors.

Founded by Sarah Gavlak, owner of the Gavlak Gallery in Palm Beach, the mission of the nonprofit NWAW is to foster a dialogue on diversity, inclusiveness, immigration and equal rights for women, people of color and LGBTQ communities through public programs and an annual artist in- residency program. This year’s theme is Bridging the Communities.

Proceeds from donor ticket sales and the sponsorship program support the nonprofit artist residency program by providing accommodations and studios in West Palm Beach for six to 12 weeks with an unrestricted stipend of $ 5,000 for artists from under-represented communities.

“I started New Wave because I wanted to bring collectors and curators to Palm Beach, but also to West Palm Beach to show them what a great community it is,” says Gavlak. “I thought there should be something that would bring underrepresented artists here, and give them a chance for curators and collectors to meet them, help them and support them, and that’s where the he idea of ​​artists in residence was born. “

Palm Beach and Los Angeles contemporary art dealer Sarah Gavlak founded New Wave Art Wknd.

This year’s SEO bridges theme was born “because there are really only the actual physical bridges connecting the communities of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, but access to curators and collectors around the world of Palm Beach art has not been accessible to many struggling artists, ”she said.

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The launch event includes a public roundtable from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday on the lawn in Rosemary Square. Then comes the unveiling of the work of New Wave’s most recent artist in residence, Na’Ye Perez. The evening will end with a jazz performance by students from the Dreyfoos School of the Arts.

On Saturday, there will be a brunch and panel discussion at the Artspace Bunker in West Palm Beach, which houses the Palm Beacher Beth Rudin DeWoody’s collection.

ArtSpace Bunker curators Laura Dvorkin and Maynard Monrow, joined by guest curator Franklin Parrasch, will lead tours through the space and explore its recent relocation. A panel discussion featuring Sue Hostetler Wrigley and Arthur Lewis, and it will be followed by new work by performance artist Ryan McNamara.

"The Jackie" by Naye Perez

Also on Saturday, the galleries in the area will host public tours from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Gavlak, Acquavella Gallery, White Cube, TW Fine Art, Lehmann Maupin, Paula Cooper Gallery, Ben Brown Fine Arts, Pace Gallery, PONCE BERGA and Lévy Gorvy Palm Beach, as well as a Christie’s pop-up exhibit.

As part of NWAW, the Gavlak Gallery will open a solo exhibition of recent sculptures by Jamaican-American artist Kim Dacres.

Following the Saturday events, a private dinner will be hosted by Sue Hostetler and Beau Wrigley for guests.

On Sunday there will be a private brunch and a tour of the art collection and home of NWAW Advisory Board member and Palm Beacher Burt Minkoff.

“As a real estate agent, I’ve always been very interested in building a community,” Minkoff said. “And part of building a community is getting involved in things that you are passionate about. My passion happens to be art and design and has been for a long time.

"If Orange was a place" by Naye Perez

His passion for art and collecting is also reflected in his work as a real estate agent known to find spaces for other art collectors. For example, he located and saw the potential of Dewoody’s ArtSpace Bunker in an industrial area of ​​West Palm Beach.

“I think collecting is an expression in itself and reflects who we are at a given point in time or over time,” explains Minkoff. “So my collection kind of reflects my way of thinking and a lot of how I feel about beauty, community and people. “

After visiting Minkoff’s collection, there will be a public panel discussion at the Norton Museum of Art.

Moderated by Gavlak, the discussion features Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Rachel Gustafson, assistant curator at the Norton Museum of Art; artist Joiri Minaya, known for her work investigating the female body in identity constructions, multicultural social spaces and hierarchies; and Helen Toomer, co-founder of the artist residency and connection space STONELEAF RETREAT in Eddyville, New York.

Gavlak says the full schedule of events and prestigious attendee list “was a dream I had, and I can’t even believe how quickly it came true. It really is thanks to the support of collectors and this community that I have known over the years because these are the people I asked to help with this idea.

One of these collectors, Gavlak’s client, Ann Tenebaum, has been involved in the program from the start.

“The fact that it was about expanding the audience and the conversation in a place that was at times a more closed society was what I loved about the idea of ​​New Wave,” said Tenebaum, who sits at Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum. of Art, the Studio Museum of Harlem, and the Film at Lincoln Center, among other institutions. She was also able to spend time this spring at the Rosemary Square Artist-in-Residence Studio and observe the process in person.

“This kind of event and opportunity is happening in the big cities at this point, but was not happening here,” she said. “So I think it’s wonderful for the community and the fabric of the region.”

James C. Tibbs