The excitement and energy were palpable at Thursday’s VIP Preview of the annual Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary art fair, hosted inside a massive, temporary tent in downtown West Palm Beach. Hundreds of attendees, dressed to the nines and entering through a red carpet, considered countless works from 68 international galleries, including a handful from here in Boca Raton.
Stunning work bombarded the eye from all directions. Offering a snapshot of the contemporary-art zeitgeist in 2020, visually playful, innovative and provocative work dominated the proceedings, confusing and impressing our visual cortices. Op art, lenticular art, 3D works and LED-enhanced art hung in more galleries than I could count. Many pieces had moving parts; from materials to presentation, they were not what they initially seemed.
Postmodern, referential homages to Vermeer, Leonardo, Warhol and Koons reverberated, proving that “art about art” is still big. Orthodoxy was by and large jettisoned. Paintings and photographs without 21st century bells and whistles were few and far between, and were not especially missed among the razzle and dazzle.
The fair continues today (Friday) through Sunday at 825 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. Admission is $35 per day, or $60 for a multiday pass. For more information, visit artpbfair.com.
Here are just a few of the highlights you’ll see; if your pockets are deep enough, you can take some home.