As the art world sets its sights on South Florida, Next Level Fairs is reshaping the art fair concept for the 21st edition of ArtPalmBeach to connect exhibitors and collectors in dynamic new ways. The trendsetting founders of major fairs in Miami. Palm Beach and Hong Kong since 1990 are once again breaking ground with a multifaceted redesign to make spaces as creative as the artwork on view. This refreshing environment enhances the experience for visitors and the opportunities for more than 60 exhibitors to showcase established and emerging talents from around the world.
ArtPalmBeach 2018 introduces arenas dedicated to discovery, from specialized sections for displaying urban art and accessible acquisitions, to imagination stations for interacting with virtual reality or tactile crafts. While the cutting-edge forms and compelling themes of artworks captivate sophisticated collectors, a new children’s area will stimulate the artistic instincts of the youngest fairgoers with playful furnishings and activities led by professional educators.
Recognizing the importance of meeting with clients and colleagues in a comfortably refined atmosphere, Next Level Fairs is opening a lively gastropub for a limited run January 17-21 to complement more traditional options for drinking and dining. Collectors and professionals can also congregate in the elegant VIP lounge or chill amid the lush landscaping of an indoor sculpture garden.
More than 1,200 professionals in the design trade are receiving invitations to opening night, in addition to 6,000 VIPs who recognize the quality of Next Level Fairs with repeated patronage of Art Palm Beach long established as a highlight of the winter social calendar, the Collector’s First View promises to be even more spectacular on January 17 as prominent guests enter the Palm Beach County Convention Center through its sparkling new entrance plaza steps from the new 3,000-car garage and 400-room Hilton Hotel poised to accommodate our annual attendance of more than 25,000 visitors over the course of the fair. The Center’s $45 million expansion sets the stage for a welcome unlike any other as ArtPalmBeach rolls out the red carpet with original projections, musical performances, large-scale sculptures, and live painting.
A partnership with UNINHIBITED Urban Art Magazine – an international publication with deep roots in the world-renowned murals that have made Miami a mecca for the most in-demand public artists and their Instagramming fans – offers ArtPalmBeach denizens an inside track to this democratic movement energizing the art world. Featuring works composed onsite and in the studio by a selection of buzzworthy talents making their mark from high-visibility streets to prestigious museums and galleries, theUNINHIBITED Urban Art Pavilion opens a dialogue for presenters and collectors to share insights about the phenomenon whose undeniable appeal transcends borders, genres and generations.
Expanding horizons further, ArtPalmBeach introduces novel practices and unfamiliar voices in a fresh section, Edge | Emerge. Whether veterans or neophytes, adventurous or budget-conscious, art-lovers are bound to be tempted by unconventional pieces priced from $100 to $15,000, crafted by young artists or mid-career professionals reaching wider audiences. Flexible dimensions for more than 20 booths accommodate works and exhibitors of all shapes and sizes, making Edge | Emerge the perfect fit for galleries and independent curators whose trajectories, origins or specialties are beyond the realm of typical fairs.
Enrichment and entertainment abound throughout ArtPalmBeach Week: guided tours, lectures and panel discussions onsite; exhibitions and performances at nonprofit arts centers across a diverse region; and nightly events hosted by ArtSynergy, West Palm Beach Art in Public Places, and the Downtown Arts District.
For full schedule, visit: www.nextlevelfairs.com/artpalmbeach.
Next Level Fairs is the parent company for ArtPalmBeach, and Art Boca Raton. www.nextlevelfairs.com.