New Wave has officially wrapped on another successful New Wave Art Wknd here in Palm Beach, with the 2022 edition centered around the theme “Service.”
“How can we best be of service to artists who give us so much and allow us to see the world differently? I’ve experienced what an incredible community Palm Beach is and how supportive it can be,” says New Wave founder Sarah Gavlak. “Many of the country’s most important collectors and philanthropists live here, yet there are few artists comparatively.”
With that idea in mind, program director Sarah Haimes set out to program a weekend full of events, from parties to talks, which gave artists “a literal seat at the table to talk about today’s critical issues affecting the art world and beyond.”
The weekend kicked off on Friday with a private collection visit, as well as a luncheon at the home of Marc Glimcher and Fairfax Dorn, followed by cocktails at the Norton Museum of Art. There was also a panel discussion open to the public—Feminist Social Practice – Women Artists and Curators Today at the Norton—which featured panelists Rujeko Hockley, Assistant curator at the Whitney Museum, artists Marilyn Minter and Arghavan Khosravi, all moderated by Arden Sherman, the newly-named Glenn W. and Cornelia T. Bailey Senior Curator of Contemporary Art of the Norton. The evening closed with the annual New Wave Patron dinner, hosted the oceanfront home of collectors Lisa and James Cohen.
The festivities on Saturday opened with a brunch at the Bunker Art Space, followed by another panel discussion, moderated by Thomas Moore III, Director of Development at the National Academy of Design: Supporting Artists through Philanthropy, Collecting, and Residency programs. Panelists included artist Jesse Krimes, New York-based collector, Patron Stephanie Ingrassia, and Los Angeles-based collector; Joy Simmons.
Thelma Golden and Anne Pasternak, current guest co-curators at the Bunker, offered remarks before guests were treated to a private tour of the current exhibitions. Over the course of the afternoon, visitors could stop by the many galleries participating in the Gallery Open House— such as Acquavella Galleries, Ben Brown Fine Arts, GAVLAK, Pace Gallery, Paula Cooper Gallery, and White Cube—or attend an invite-only reception at the Bunker. Saturday evening ended in spectacular fashion with a dinner at the home of Kelly Williams, who also offered guests a private visit of her collection, which focuses on emerging African American artists.
New Wave Art Wknd 2022 concluded on Sunday with a public panel held at The Square West Palm Beach. Artist Roberto Visani, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Black Cube Cortney Lane Stell, and Assistant Commissioner of Public Art at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Kendal Henry, spoke with moderator Gopal Rajegowda—who led the re-imagination of the Square—about The Power of Public Art.
To wrap things up, New Wave Artist-in-Residence Kirk Henriques, whose work combines figuration and abstraction to examine landscapes, time, and memory, hosted an open studio event; guests could also attend the opening of the exhibition Their Own Truths, a selection of art by fellows of the Ford and Andrew W. Mellon Foundations presented by The Arc of Palm Beach County.
See highlights from New Wave Art Wknd 2022: