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The Unmissable Summer Art Fair

The Silver Fund celebrates its 6th year at Masterpiece London, June 29-July 5

Masterpiece London launched in 2010 with a unique focus on cross-collecting. Over the past seven years it has established itself as the leading international event for viewing and buying the finest works of art, from antiquity to the present day. This fusion of heritage and style, tradition and the contemporary draws close to 40,000 visitors each year for an exceptional week of cultural, culinary and social experiences in the heart of London.

 Located on the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, Masterpiece is an unmissable event at the height of the capital’s summer arts season.

The Silver Fund StandMasterpiece offers a diverse range of exhibitors and their treasures, as well as dining at some of London’s finest establishments within the fair including Le Caprice, The Ivy, and Scott’s... all against the backdrop of Christopher Wren’s Royal Hospital Chelsea. And all of this is walking distance from the heart of London.

The Silver Fund is exhibiting their exceptional collection of 20th-century silver from master silversmiths including Georg Jensen, Jean E. Puiforcat, and Jean Despres, as well as a curated selection of 20th-century furniture with a focus on American pieces from the 1960s and 1970s.

“Masterpiece’s star is rising. The event is fast becoming the most imaginative and glamorous art and antiques fair in the world.”– Susan Moore, The Financial Times

 

Michael James and Jason Laskey, Principals of the Silver Fund, offered Altima a limited number of tickets for its subscribers. If you would like to receive complimentary tickets, please email us at Maribel@AltimaPalmBeach.com

Public Fair Days

June 29 – 30, 11 am – 9 pm

July 1 – 2, 11 am – 7 pm

July 3 – 5, 11 am – 9 pm

 

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Inside and Outside, Steven Hartman Knows
the Business of Art

Following a successful career on Wall Street as an investment advisor and Vice-President of UBS / PaineWebber, Steven Hartman took the bold step of founding Contessa Gallery to fulfill his passion of becoming a fine art dealer.  He comes to the Art World with a passion for both Right Brain and Left Brain thinking. 

“I’ve always been a believer in the mantra that if you follow your passion, you will be successful in life.  I am blessed that my avocation became my vocation.” remarks Steve. 

A collector from the early age of nineteen, “I collected everything at the start,” explains Steve, “coins, baseball cards, wine and art,  but it wasn’t’ until I began purchasing art that everything fell into place for me.  Since that time, purchasing art at has always been at the top of my To Do List and brought me the most pleasure.”

Founded in 1999, Contessa Gallery is a Fine Art Dealers Association Member (FADA) offering artworks of exceedingly high quality as well as art acquisition counsel to collectors, museums and institutions. Coupled with a strong commitment to service and connoisseurship, Contessa Gallery has developed a notable local, national, and international following and a reputation for integrity and excellence.  Contessa Gallery has continued to build its highly-respected profile through curating important exhibitions and participating in prestigious art fairs. 

At first meeting with Steve, it’s easy to see what has made Contessa Gallery such a powerhouse in the art industry.  Contessa Gallery is driven by Steve’s three main principles: passion, integrity and education.

“I think the location of our home office in Cleveland, Ohio has provided us with a unique opportunity to plug a Midwestern work ethic and values into the prestigious hip world of curating fine art collections.  We work with exclusive, high-profile clients including many Forbes 400 members, athletes, celebrities and corporate business leaders while maintaining a high-degree of privacy and discretion.” explains Steve.   

 

“Many gallery owners are artsy but they lack business savvy, or they are business savvy without being passionate and knowledgeable about art.  Before entering the art world, I worked on Wall Street in one of the most private and regulated industries in the world.  I have brought those skill sets and knowledge to evaluate what is under, fairly, and over-valued to the art world.  At Contessa, we approach building a legacy collection that will stand the test of time for multiple generations.” explains Hartman. 

Contessa Gallery I 539 Clematis Street I West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Open Monday -Saturday 11-5 PM and by Appointment (216) 956 2825

Steve@ContessaGallery.com  www.ContessaGallery.com

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REMEMBERING WARHOL: Thirty Years Ago
Special Night Celebration

CLOSING NIGHT CELEBRATION, April 1, 5:30-8:00 pm.   Celebrate Andy’s life with Warhol fans and art lovers exactly 30 years to the day of his star-studded Memorial. 

Remembering Warhol has seen record crowds come through the doors at Alfstad& Contemporary gallery in Sarasota. Opening Night was the largest-attended event at the gallery in the past three art seasons.

Thc closing Night Celebration of Remembering Warhol is Saturday, April 1st 5:30-8:30 pm.  Christophe will be signing copies of his award winning book, The Day the Factory Died. The exhibition of historic photographs of the pop Icon’s memorial service and personal remembrances from Warhol friends will continue to live on at a global level. First stop Art New York at Pier 94, May 3- May 7.

You don’t have to know Christophe to enjoy the video where he ‘relives the moment’– Christophe’s natural gifts tells it all.   “I can’t relive the emotions, but I can recap the moment thirty years later,” says Christophe.  He was on assignment for Vanity Fair when he captured this veritable time capsule treasure of celebrity.

On April 1, 1987, two thousand invited guests arrived on foot, taxi and limousine at Fifth Avenue and 50th Street and walked through a throng of curious onlookers held back by NYPD wooden barriers. Stationed in front of the Cathedral, von Hohenberg took over 300 photos of what Grace Glueck of the New York Times called the “most droppable names” in the world of Hollywood, fashion, music, international society and art. Von Hohenberg captured an epochal era that Warhol helped shape.

VIDEO of Opening Night at Alfstad& Contemporary:

NEXT STOP   Remembering Warhol: Thirty Years Ago

Art New York at Pier 94

MAY 3- MAY 7

office@alfstadand.com

Visit the Alfstad& Contemporary booth at Art New York

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REMEMBERING WARHOL:
THIRTY YEARS AGO
Christophe von Hohenberg

30-year anniversary culminates with a special Warhol celebration of his life and art

Many of us remember that day 30 years ago, April 1, 1987; but while on assignment for Vanity Fair, internationally renowned photographer Christophe von Hohenberg actually experienced and captured the end of an era and the bittersweet, yet stellar, send off of the 58 year old Pop icon, Andy Warhol.  Von Hohenberg, took more than 600 photos of what Grace Glueck of the New York Times called the “most droppable names” in the world of Hollywood, fashion, music, art and international society. Fifty of these photo subjects, taken in and outside Warhol’s star-studded Memorial service at St. Patrick’s, will be unveiled on March 3rd at Alfstad & Contemporary in Sarasota, Florida.  The exhibition titled Remembering Warhol: Thirty Years Ago, culminates on the 30th anniversary of the Memorial service with a Warhol Celebration.  During the evening of April 1st,  von Hohenberg will be signing copies of his book, The Day the Factory Died which received the Photo District News Photo Book Award and the AIGA Book Award.


“My photographs convey warmth and sadness, despite the high-glitz factor of that day,” says von Hohenberg. “Thirty years later, I still see the classic Raquel Welch defiantly standing in front of the Cathedral in a full length fur coat. I have framed in my mind a hurrying Robert Mapplethorpe,  and Liza Minnelli on the arm of Halston.  My favorite though, is the outside shot of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, because the Hitchock-ish angle of the shot sums up that whole event for me.”

Warhol’s memorial service was on April 1, 1987 at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, where over 2,000 guests were in attendance featuring the most renowned and legendary figures of fashion, music, international society, art and Hollywood . Crowds of curious onlookers filled the surrounding streets and had to be held back by barriers and NYPD. Through his lens, von Hohenberg documented a veritable time capsule of the social swirl of the magical era that Warhol had such a hand in shaping.

In addition to the iconic photographs, Alfstad & Contemporary will also showcase corresponding celebrity remembrances and antidotes that von Hohenberg collected by writing to a number of famous guests in attendance. Some, like designer Diane von Furstenberg, sent back hand-written notes, and others, like Claus von Bulow, dictated their thoughts onto personal stationary. Collectively the letters are a remarkable testament to a certain social and cultural world that seems to have long ago vanished into the ether of history.

Exhibit Dates: March 4th- April 1 (Tuesdays-Saturdays 11-5 PM)

Opening Night Reception:  Friday, March 3   5:30-8:00 PM

Closing Night Celebration:  Saturday, April 1  5:30 – 8;00 PM

                 Alfstad& Contemporary         1419 5th Street, Suite A, Sarasota, FL 34236       Tel: 941.366.6400

About Christophe von Hohenberg

Von Hohenberg began his career in 1979 when he was discovered by American Vogue and worked for publications including Interview, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, French and German Vogue, German Rolling Stone, Fortune, and The New York Times Magazine. In 2007, his critically acclaimed book Andy Warhol: The Day the Factory Died was awarded the AIG Book and Photobook District News Award. He has since published two well received books of photography: ANOTHER PLANET: New York Portraits, 1976-1996 and Shadows of the Gods: Mexico City. His work has been included in two exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has also had solo exhibitions at the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas and the Amerika Haus in Munich. The artist has exhibited extensively both in the United States and abroad. Von Hohenberg divides his time between New York City, The Hamptons and Mexico.

 

 

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Mr. LightsandPaint
Wynwood Artist Début in West Palm

Emerging Artist Creates Artwork that Comes Alive

Michael Andrew Jacobson aka Mr. LightsAndPaint will launch an exhibit of his creative and unique works at EmKo Galleries, located at 2119 South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach.  The exhibit begins February 22nd and will run through the end of March.  Known for his Mixed Media Art which he enhances with LED Lights, Michael is a member of Miami’s Young Artist Initiative and is active in the burgeoning Wynwood Arts Community.  ‘The Eye’ pictured above is on display in the dining room of University of Miami’s President Julio Frenk.  

Determined and ambitious for something new and great, Mr. LightsAndPaint has a unique understanding of the mechanics of artistic talent, which he creatively demonstrates through various works of art.    Using multiple mediums and color schemes his artwork develops a rhythm of its own. Lights and Paint…more than just a painting and a visual show, it is artwork that comes alive.

“My mission is for you never to get bored looking at one of my pieces. You can even customize the color of the LED lights to your preference or mood.” explains Mr. LightsAndPaint.

Born in New York City, Michael was raised on Star Island in Miami Beach.  Michael’s mother, Roni Jacobson Goldsmith is a Palm Beach resident and an avid art collector as well as a supporter of the local Arts Community.  She noticed and cultivated Michael’s artistic talents from a young age.  “Michael’s teachers recognized his artistic leanings, when he was at Miami Country Day School, the Cushman School, and the University of Miami.” explains his mother.  He worked for a time at the Marlborough Galleries in New York City, and his work has been exhibited at the Lowe Art Museum in Miami.  

Mr. LightsAndPaint Exhibit
Starting February 22nd –  March 31st
2119 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, Fl 33401
EmKo Gallery Hours:  Tuesday- Saturday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Tel: 561.227 3511
 
 
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Local Artist, CAYLA BIRK.
showcased along with
Internationally Renowned Artists

Pictured Above: Golden Rule Series: Palm Beach, 2016  Acrylic, Spray Paint, 3D Paint and Gold Leaf on Canvas

Cayla Birk. Mixes a Hip Hop Groove with Social & Cultural Matters

If there is one thing Steven Hartman knows it’s his art! The owner of Contessa Gallery immediately recognized something special about Cayla Birk.’s works.  Exclusively showcased at Contessa Gallery, the young artist pays homage to historical events and characters in a contemporary style that is uniquely her own.  “I don’t normally champion emerging artists.  That’s not what our focus is, however, in this case it’s clear to me where her career is going to go.  She fits in with our roster of internationally recognized artists,” said Hartman.  

Detail of PALM BEACH

Based in  West Palm Beach, Cayla’s influences come from a wide array of writers, musicians, and epistemologists. The mostprominent influences include Jack Kerouac, Ella Fitzgerald and Chuck Palahniuk. Each project consists of multiple works, often in a range of different media, grouped around specific themes and meanings.  Cayla’s works merge traditional acrylic paints with other unique materials; she transcends the confines of mixed media art to create a style all her own. A signature approach of intricate designs pervade all of Birk.’s body of work as her instantly recognizable gestures and marks boast austere verbiage and shroud depictions.    

“I allude to popular iconography, musical lyricism, and current verbal slang that pervade societal culture. Having engaged subjects as diverse as enlightened secret orders, hip-hop music and contemporary design, my work reproduces familiar visual signs, arranging them into new conceptually layered pieces,” says Cayla Birk.

Cayla’s work joins a specially curated collection of works by leading contemporary artists, including a very extensive selection by pop and street art sensation, Mr. Brainwash. Contessa Gallery is excited to showcase the artist’s continual revolutionary experimentation with new techniques, media, materials and subject matter. The special exhibition includes original Mr. Brainwash works on Wood, Metal, Brick, Cement, Canvas, Paper, Sculpture and Neon Light Mixed Media. The gallery also features artwork by David Drebin, Hijack and Gilles Cenazandotti.

A.D.I.D.A.S Acrylic, Spray Pint, 3D Paint and Gold Leaf on Canvas  48 x48 inches
 

A.D.I.D.A.S (Detail)

Initially open by appointment only, the new Contessa Satellite Gallery is located at the corner of Clematis Street and Rosemary Avenue. To make an appointment or for more detailed information about this exciting exhibition, please visit: www.contessagallery.com  or contact Steve Hartman at 216-956-2825 or via email: art@contessagallery.com.

 About Contessa Gallery

Founded in 1999, Contessa Gallery is a Fine Art Dealers Association member (FADA) that offers artworks of exceedingly high quality as well as art acquisition counsel to collectors, museums and institutions. Areas of expertise include pre-20th century, Modern and Contemporary sculpture, paintings, photography and works on paper. While many galleries focus primarily on artist representation and promotion, Contessa Gallery is collector focused. The gallery’s mission is to assist clients in developing collections that have deep personal meaning. Steve Hartman, owner of Contessa Gallery encourages his clients to view their collections as a legacy that can be passed down through generations or to art institutions.

 

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CONTESSA GALLERY opens
Satellite Location in WPB

Pop-Up Brings Renown Contemporary Artists to Downtown

Internationally renowned Contessa Gallery is thrilled to announce the opening of its first Seasonal Satellite location in South Florida. Located at 539 Clematis Street, at the corner of Rosemary in the heart of downtown West Palm, the two-story, 8,000 sq ft gallery space was selected to better serve the gallery’s extensive clientele in Palm Beach County.

“This gallery, and the high-caliber artists showcased, is a win for Downtown West Palm Beach and further validation of the growing appeal and attraction of the area as a destination for the arts,” said Raphael Clemente, Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority.

Currently on display is a specially curated collection of works by leading contemporary artists, including a very extensive selection by pop & street art sensation, Mr. Brainwash. Contessa Gallery is excited to showcase the artist’s continual revolutionary experimentation with new techniques, media, materials and subject matter. The special exhibition includes original Mr. Brainwash works on Wood, Metal, Brick, Cement, Canvas, Paper, Sculpture and Neon Light Mixed Media. The gallery also features artwork by David Drebin, Hijack, Gilles Cenazandotti, and local emerging artist Cayla Birk.  Initially open by appointment only, the gallery also looks forward to working with the community, through hosting events for charities and other organizations

Founded in 1999, Contessa Gallery is a Fine Art Dealers Association Member (FADA) that offers artworks of exceedingly high quality as well as art acquisition counsel to collectors, museums and institutions. Areas of expertise include pre-20th century, Modern and Contemporary sculpture, paintings, photography and works on paper.

“Many galleries focus primarily on artist representation and promotion, we are collector-focused,” says Steve Hartman, founder and owner of Contessa Gallery. “Our mission is to assist clients in developing collections that have deep personal meaning, encouraging them to view their collections as a legacy that can be passed down through generations or to art institutions.”

To make an appointment or for more detailed information about the gallery, its artists, exhibition history, art fair schedule and philanthropic support, please visit our website:

www.contessagallery.com or

contact Steve Hartman at 216-956-2825 or via email: art@contessagallery.com

 

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Don’t Miss PURPLE REIGN
Thursday, January 26th

Have you purchased your ticket yet for one of the buzziest events this Season? 

They are going fast. … The Armory Art Center is thrilled to present the much anticipated Purple Reign event on Thursday, January 26th.  The highly regarded Special Kiss to Prince Pop-Up exhibit— 2016 Fashionopolis Event featuring runway designs inspired by Prince,  an Icon of fashion, style, music and creativity. 

                        Ines di Santo Jumpsuit

Eight fashion designers, from Minneapolis to Manhattan to Amsterdam, including “fan favorite” from television’s Project Runway, Christopher Straub, created ensembles to celebrate the Pop Life of the enigmatic superstar who’s pioneering style was flamboyant, sexy, and always impossibly cool. 

The celebrations have already begun as evidenced at the recent Preview Party at Meat Market Palm Beach with Speedpainter, Michael Israel who will be performing at Purple Reign. Over 80 guests attended the event including Chairperson Marie Adler-Kravecas; Honorary Chair Linda Silpe, committee members Wyatt Koch, J. Roby Penn IV, Nicole Dicocco, Chris Leavitt, Sarah Scheffer, Kirsten Smith, Zachary von Gonten, Josh Sagman, Conrad Hilton III, Samantha Curry and Robert Riva.

Other committee members who sipped Meat Market’s ‘Purple Rain’ signature cocktails and enjoyed a sneak peek of Michael Israel’s impressive masterpieces inspired and created to music within minutes, were Don Silpe, Carlos Morrison, Elizabeth Fekkai, Colleen Hanson, Virginia Oatley and Leonard Lauren. 

Michael Israel, Chair Marie Adler-Kravecas, Joanna Marlow

 

 

Tickets $250  Junior Tickets (under 40) $150

 Click Here to Purchase Tickets  

(when prompted press continue– no need to register)

or call  561 832 1776
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Romero Britto Supports
Annual American Cancer Society Benefit

Britto to be special guest at American Cancer Society Benefit

The 59th Annual American Cancer Society’s Palm Beach Benefit is spicing it up this year with Romero Britto.  The Brazilian-born, Miami-made pop artist Romero Britto contributed his bright signature art for the event invitations and has continue to drive the inspiration for what promises to be the most colorful and coolest benefit The Mar-a-Lago Club has ever hosted.

“Britto’s vibrant, bold, and colorful patterns reflect his optimistic view of the world – which is one of the reason we chose to align our event with him. Through its research, the American Cancer Society creates optimism for cancer patients worldwide,” said event co-chairman Shelley Menin.

Chairs: Shelley Menin & Marla Garchik

Menin’s co-chair Marla Garchik added, “We’re grateful to add Romero Britto as a corporate partner this year and are delighted to be collaborating with him for a spectacular, colorful event!”

The third Rock Palm Beach continues in 2017 with another musical extravaganza at The Mar-a-Lago Club on Friday, February 10 at 8:00pm and will feature lavish food stations, VIP Lounges, and several live acts in the Club’s Grand Ballroom.

Also, new this year, the annual event will host a black-tie Sponsors Dinner on Tuesday, February 7 at 6:00pm hosted by Fantastic Finishes in the famed Gold and White Ballroom at The Mar-a-Lago Club which will also present several musical acts.

 

Other event corporate partners include the Addison Hines Charitable Trust, Braman Motorcars, Fantastic Finishes, Meat Market, and the Private Client Reserve of US Bank.

If the hard-to-miss, lively invitations requesting “colorful chic attire” are indicative of what’s to come at the event, the crowd will be carousing and dancing the night away until the wee hours!

For tickets or information, please contact Michelle Jaminet at the American Cancer Society in Palm Beach: telephone 561.655.3449 or email Michelle Jaminet

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Pop up Tribute to Artist and Icon
PRINCE

Armory Art Center prepares for Purple Reign Event on January 26th

The world of popular culture was rocked in 2016 with the unexpected loss of several major Rock Icons.  Nowhere was the loss of the artist Prince Rogers Nelson known better simply as Prince felt more deeply than in his hometown of Minneapolis.  In a nod to the trendsetting aspects of Prince’s multi-decade career, and out of respect for Prince’s indomitable style, Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine joined forces with the Minneapolis Art Institute to create a Fashion Designer tribute based on Prince’s musical hits. 

Billed as a Special Kiss to Prince, the 2016 Fashionopolis Event featured runway designs inspired by the one-or-a-kind hit maker, Prince, who was known as an Icon of fashion, style, music and creativity.  Eight fashion designers, from Minneapolis to Manhattan to Amsterdam, including “fan favorite” from television’s Project Runway, Christopher Straub, created ensembles to celebrate the Pop Life of the enigmatic superstar who’s pioneering style was flamboyant, sexy, and always impossibly cool.

Winner of seven Grammy awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award, Prince was one of the best-selling musicians of all-time.  Hits included Little Red Corvette, 1999, Purple Rain, Kiss, and When Doves Cry.

The Armory Art Center will feature the highly regarded Pop-Up exhibit at their much anticipated Purple Reign event on January 26th.  Click here to register for the event