Palm Beach - Art World's Newest Hotspot?

October 6, 2020

This summer, the Hamptons welcomed many new pop-up gallery spaces after hoards of New York's wealthiest citizens decamped there to escape Covid. After the Hamptons, the latest art destination to arise is Palm Beach, Florida, a long-favorite winter playground for billionaires. This year, even more people will be spending more time there due to COVID-19, among other reasons, and the art world will follow.

When one thinks of Palm Beach, stunning beaches immediately spring to mind. However, the area has a truly rich selection of art and culture to offer, in some of its most vibrant and fascinating parts. The island is already home to the Norton Museum of Art, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, among others, and now, the new art players are temporarily stepping into the scene.

Following the uber-wealthy to their hideaways,Pace, Acquavella Galleries and Sotheby's are moving into the Royal Poinciana Plaza, an outdoor shopping center and an artful destination for indulgence, inspiration and retreat. A delightful example of John Volk's architecture, it is arranged around two beautiful courtyards with outdoor furniture, palm trees and gardens. As David Schrader, head of Sotheby’s private sales, explained, “we need to travel great objects to where people are.”

Now in Palm Beach, FL - Sotheby's

Opening at the beginning of November, the new outpost of the Sotheby's auction house will take over a 3,000-square foot space that previously housed Soul Cycle and Goop pop-ups. There collectors can find a wide-ranging selection of fine art, design, jewelry, watches and luxury cars in a curated lifestyle setting, as well as showcase highlights for preview, ahead of their respective sales.

Schrader explained that, since they opened a space in east Hampton, their "clients have demonstrated significant appetite to transact, particularly when the best objects are available."

The space has provided our clients with a local, one-stop-shop for all of their collecting needs, which is ultimately why private sales is such an important arm of our business. 

The inaugural presentation will launch with important contemporary paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, George Condo, and Damien Hirst, 20th century design and furniture by George Nakashima, Jean Prouvé and Jean Royère, and timepieces by Rolex and Patek Philippe, offered at a variety of price points. 

Sotheby's, Palm Beach. Courtesy Sotheby's

Pace Gallery

The renowned Pace Gallery will open on November 9th with a solo exhibition by the California light-artist James Turrell, on view until December 5th, 2020. The show will be followed by solo and group shows with artists including Tara Donovan, Sam Gilliam, Kenneth Noland, Michal Rovner, Joel Shapiro and Kiki Smith.

As Pace vice president Adam Sheffer explained, the gallery in East Hampton was a huge success.

Visitors so appreciated the unparalleled experience of viewing works of art ‘in real life’ at a time when museums and galleries had been closed for months. We plan to bring that same excitement to Palm Beach. 

Pace plans to stay in the space at least until spring 2021, offering extended hours by appointment seven days a week, with safety measures against Covid-19 in place.

Pace Gallery, Palm Beach. Courtesy Pace Gallery

Acquavella Galleries

Expanding beyond New York for the first time in its 99-year history, Acquavella Galleries will open with an exhibition titled Masterworks: From Cezanne to Thiebaud on November 1st, 2020, a show that is currently on view in their New York space. The owner Eleanor Acquavella, who will spearhead the project, said that her family had long-term ties to Palm Beach and South Florida, which served as their second home.

This space will allow us to interact directly with our clientele in the region, and connect with its growing cultural community by bringing our caliber of exhibitions directly to them. 

Featured image: The Royal Poinciana Plaza, via

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