Palmbeach3 Contemporary Art Fair 1/15-18/09

The palmbeach3 contemporary art fair Continues its Leadership
Position on the Global Art Calendar with Features Designed for Both
Novice and Seasoned Art Collectors, Museum Curators and Designers
Dates: January 15-18, 2009
Address: Palm Beach County Convention Center
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Tel. (561) 209-1308

The palmbeach3 contemporary art fair, sponsored by The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, is anticipated once again to attract a great deal of attention when it returns to Palm Beach, Fla. for its 12th season on January 15-18, 2009 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The four-day event will begin with a private Preview Evening on January 14 at 5:30 p.m. and the fair will be open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. For more about palmbeach3, please visit, or contact us at, by phone at (561) 209-1308 or by fax at (561) 209-1321.

The Preview Evening will give prominent collectors, curators and art advisors the first opportunity to preview and purchase a stellar array of paintings, photography, video, sculptures, functional objects and design from more than 80 prestigious national and international dealers. The galleries will present a range of contemporary art, from museum quality works by luminaries such as Gerard Richter and Robert Rauschenberg, to top works by established mid-career artists as well as the latest from emerging artists – all in a variety of styles and media.

Fair director Fran Kaufman’s innovative programming this year includes the creation of Museum Curator Program in which prominent museum curators and art professionals from around the country will bring collector and donor groups to the palmbeach3 fair and participate in lectures and VIP programs. Participating curators include Eric C. Shiner, the Milton Fine Curator of Art at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Christopher Phillips, Senior Curator at New York’s International Center of Photography, among others.

In addition, palmbeach’s Florida Museum Partnership Program has been vastly expanded to include an unprecedented 20 fine arts, decorative arts and design institutions, including the Wolfsonian and St. Petersburg Museum. The inaugural Designer Committee is chaired by the internationally renowned interior designer Juan Montoya of New York and Paris. He is joined on the committee by Celerie Kemble; Bruce Bierman; Carlton Varney; Geoffrey Bradfield; Jennifer Garrigues; Lisa Erdman and many other leaders in the field. In addition, Kaufman has considerably expanded the fair’s Host Committee made up of such prominent collectors as Joan and Charles Lazarus, founder of Toys R Us; prominent collectors and philanthropists Dale and Doug Anderson, Ted and Ruth Baum, and Marvin and Elayne Mordes; philanthropist and arts patron Emily Fisher Landau; and collector Flora Major of Sarasota and New York.

Other efforts to heighten the art and design collecting experience at the fair include assembling some innovative, special exhibitions, including a collection of Romare Bearden’s Caribbean watercolors; Nathalia Edenmont photographs; George Segal sculpture; and an interesting selection of work from the estate of the late Leslie Lerner, a Florida artist with ties to The Norton Museum, Ringling Museum and The Katonah Museum of Art. The fair also added Artist and Designer Conversations to the lecture series, which features intimate discussions with Juan Montoya; Wendell Castle, who is represented in the permanent collections of over 70 museums; and Steve McCurry, noted photographer and member of Magnum Photos.