54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Long-Sharp Gallery on SeaFair 10/31/13-11/4/13

54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Long-Sharp Gallery
From October 31 to November 4
Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center
1950 Eisenhower Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

As Seafair, the megayacht art venue, docks at the 54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Long-Sharp Gallery will present rare works by the masters of modern and contemporary art. More than a dozen original drawings by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Pablo Picasso will be aboard the 228-foot ship – the largest of its kind built for commercial operation on the Intercoastal Waterway. Gallerist Rhonda Long-Sharp, who, with record sales at Scope Miami 2012 and Art Palm Beach 2013, will for the first time present an exquisite sampling of the “Icons and Irony” exhibition in South Florida.

The selection will include a rare 1901 original drawing and watercolor by Pablo Picasso, authenticated by Maya Widmaier-Picasso (a daughter of Picasso); multiple early drawings by Warhol, authenticated by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and never privately-owned; an early drawing by Basquiat authenticated by his estate; two Lichtenstein drawings archived by his estate, including one of two known examples of his Brushtroke Stamp, and several works from notable up-and-coming contemporary artists: David Kramer, Russell Young and David Datuna. Viewers will notice the reoccurring theme of the drawing, to show its importance as the foundation of art making and increasing demand in the marketplace.

Long-Sharp Gallery’s fine art aboard the Seafair will be among an important group of luxury and fine art galleries – and arrives on the heels of the gallery’s 2013 exhibition at Masterpiece London, an annual British fair that brings together collectors, exhibitors and curators from around the world. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show sale also comes at a time when Long-Sharp’s “Icons and Irony” exhibition is listed among the top fall gallery shows in the world by Modern Painters magazine.

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