The world’s leading contemporary and modern art fair was held right in South Florida by The City of West Palm Beach. Celebrating its inaugural year, the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary (PBM+C), presented by Art Miami LLC opened its doors on Thursday January 12th and continued through the 15th and featured art collectors, connoisseurs, advisors and notable museum professionals. City of West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, PBM+C Founder and Owner Nick Korniloff and his wife Pamela Cohen, Art Miami LLC partners Mike Tansey and Brian Tyler, Christopher Roog â€“ Director of Economic Development in WPB, and Andrew Aiken â€“ President & CEO and Bridget Baratta â€“ Chief Development Officer, at The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, opened the fair with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, while collectors, art connoisseurs and art world luminaries were greeted with champagne and a sampling of Chef Erik Peterson’s Italian menu from EVO upon arrival.
More than 17,500 attendees, including Tommy Hilfiger and NFL legend Joe Namath, admired work from nearly one-thousand artists presented by more than fifty international galleries throughout the four days. Six thousand guests attended the fair’s VIP preview, which was sponsored by Christie’s International Real Estate and benefitted The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, to which Mr. Korniloff presented with a check for $25,000 at the VIP opening on behalf of the Fair. The fair featured the workers of renowned artists like Josef Albers, John Chamberlain, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, as well as upcoming talent.
The fair’s ownership team presented Mrs. Ruth Baum with a portrait of her and her husband Ted Baum by breakout visual and recording artist ABH (Al-Baseer Holly). The portrait was given as a sign of appreciation for their philanthropy to the arts, The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, and their continued support of the Art Miami group of fairs run by Mr. Korniloff. The commissioned portrait of the Baums introduced the “Portraits for Perry” project, where ABH will donate 50% of sales from commissioned portraits to the Perry J. Cohen Foundation (PJCF), who will use the proceeds to fund the “Perry J. Cohen Wetlands Laboratory at Jupiter Community High School.” Partnering with the historic Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens provided satellite venue and exclusive cultural partner for the fair, and commemorated the fair with a special exhibit of artist Sophie Ryder’s monumental and small-scale sculptures. The exhibition will continue through April 2017, courtesy of Waterhouse & Dodd.