If you’re planning a trip to Italy, a stop in Florence, if only to witness the restoration of the Baptistery, is a must. The Pucci couture sheath, wrapped by the venerable House of Pucci a year ago, remains a delight for tourists and Florentines alike.
The Pucci family is one of the city’s founding families and its Renaissance-era Palazzo is around the corner from the Baptistery. Laudomia Pucci has kept her father’s passion alive, spearheading efforts to mark the 60th anniversary of Florence’s Center for Italian Fashion with her father’s original 1957 designs. Pucci used over 20,000 scarves to drape the iconic Baptistery of San Giovanni in Florence during its restoration. “Quite amazing to think the foulard Emilio designed in 1957 would be draping the Baptistery over 50 years later!.” A limited edition of the ‘Battistero’ scarf is available at Emilio Pucci’s stores in Florence, Rome and Milan as well as on emiliopucci.com, with proceeds benefiting this iconic monument’s continued refurbishment, scheduled to be completed September 2015.
Emilio Pucci not only dressed The Baptistery in Florence Italy, and designed the limited edition scarf, but then went to the next level– Presenting scarves of the world.. What’s next?
The 13th Annual Palm Beach Fine Craft Show as this year’s show promises to drive even more cultural tourism to Palm Beach County, given the added surprises up its sleeve. This year the event has added a charitable component to engage some of the country’s most prominent collectors. The by-invitation only party will be held Friday, February 26th. Appropriately billed “Head to Toes”, the reception will benefit three organizations that improve children’s lives, through the art and education to enrich their minds, down to the shoes that will protect their feet.
Considered to be the #1 Fine Craft Show in the Country based on artist’s sales by Art Fair Source Book, a leading resource in the industry, the juried event will showcase and offer for sale a unique and vetted selection of contemporary American fine craft.
Cultural Tourists typically stay longer and spend more when visiting a destination. This year the show will be bigger and better than ever, with over 135 master and emerging artists from all over the country convening at our show,” says Elizabeth Kubie, Director of the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show.
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Attending The Masterpiece Fair once was enough for me to make sure it’s on my calendar every year. There is nothing else like it!! Seeing my favorite Worth Avenue gallery, The Silver Fund, with their special pieces of silver and 20th century furniture in a knock-out stand, shine amongst the 150 galleries from across the globe made it ultra special.
The museum-quality works with superb provenance and London’s finest restaurants within the luxurious marquis, including Le Caprice, Scott’s, and The Ivy are enough reasons for true ‘connoisseurs’ to schedule a visit to what many refer to as ‘the most civilized art fair in arguably the most civilized city in the world.’ For those who prefer ‘people watching’, Masterpiece won’t let you down! We ran into part-time residents Rod and Penny Stewart as well as fashion designer Tom Ford on our first day!
For those of you who are en route to the UK to attend Ascot, Wimbledon or popping in to London on your way to the South of France, complimentary passes await you courtesy of The Silver Fund!
“Alumbrando el Barrio” or “Lighting up the Neighborhood” will permanently illuminate ten theater signs in Havana. Unveiling will take place during the 12th Bienal de La Habana from May 21st to June 20th, 2015.
Cuban painter and sculptor, Kadir Lopez Nieves, born in 1973 in rural Las Tunas, parlayed his artistic vision to transform historical icons into works of art. This year, during the 12th Bienal de La Habana, Kadir will unveil his in situ restoration project of ten of Havana’s neon and incandescent signs on the very theaters where for decades that have sat, rusting metal hulks, still attached to the buildings.
Havana, once graced by thousands of electric signs on theatres, stores, hotels and nightclubs, was a city of lights that rivaled even Paris in the 1950s. Thousands of neon and incandescent signs heralded the urban chic of Havana before the practice fell in to disfavor in the early 1960s and they slowly evaporated from the city’s skyline. The politically incorrect implications of the fabulous signage, as well as the maintenance required in the harsh, tropical climate propelled the signs into decay.
“…we all know about Cuba’s fleet of American cars. …I wonder what remains of Havana’s old neon signs. A little bit of Paris, a little bit of Vegas and a lot of South Beach, Havana was a city that positively glittered…” T. Rinaldi, NY Neon Blogspot
During the last the last ten years, Kadir Lopez has focused on reclaiming many of the city’s old inventory of unused commercial baked enamel signage and has created extensive works of art, exhibiting in Cuba, Europe, Latin America, the US and Canada in both collective and one man shows. His work is exhibited in galleries, museums and private collections.
Increasingly unsatisfied with dichotomy of working in the studio and confining the work to the interiors of exhibition spaces, Mr. Lopez decided to move his works to the streets of Havana, thereby creating a new social practice he defines as En Poder Practica Social.
“…I was feeling confined in the studio and longed to share the beauty I find in the antique signs with my neighbors and other Habaneros. En Poder, or In-Power, if you will, stands for the empowerment of the people of the city through my work, playing with the concept of electricity and illumination. Our motto is “Relighting the Neighborhood, and that is exactly what we intend to do.” Kadir Lopez Nieves
Today, Havana is a city with a new vigor and energy that is quickly reclaiming old traditions and creating new ones. With a keen consciousness of this throughout his body of work, Kadir Lopez Nieves will move out of his studio and into the streets of Havana in force during the upcoming Bienal de La Habana, breathing new life into the electric signs that are the equivalent of the rolling stock of antique American cars that grace the city’s streets. He will also participate in three important exhibitions with related works and deeper insights into his En Poder Practica Social project.
“I look forward to doing my part in relighting the neighborhoods of my beloved Havana. I am committed to work on preserving and relighting every single sign that still stands in the city….for as long as it takes.” Kadir Lopez Nieves
Theatre Locations of Signs to be illuminated during “Alumbrando El Barrio”:
For those who are in the know, The Private View Gallery, located at 212 Brazilian Avenue in Palm Beach, opened in March of 2014. For those who want to learn more about contemporary art and build their art collection, they should make an appointment at The Private View Gallery, founded by Paige Rense Noland, former editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest, where she served from 1970 to 2010. Private View is curated by Victoria Woodhull Cushing.
The majority of the artwork for sale at the gallery comes directly from artist Kenneth Noland’s (1924-2010) personal collection – works of his own that he held back over the years and works of artists he collected and admired. As a collector, Noland purchased many important works in his lifetime, and it was also common for his peers to trade amongst themselves.
While the gallery operates as an exclusive showroom for Noland’s own paperwork (Noland’s works on canvas are represented by Pace Gallery in New York and London) they also represent several private collections of Noland’s work and collaborate with the estates of other artists. For example, our current exhibition includes not only works by Noland but also sculpture by Sir Anthony (Tony) Caro and works on paper by Hans Hofmann.
If you would like to attend a private reception third week of May and meet Paige Rense, please email me at email@example.com
Arcature Fine Art, Friedrich’s Optik, The Silver Fund and Holden Luntz Gallery Host Exclusive Block Party During 2nd Annual Art and Design on Worth Avenue adds exhibits, book-signings and a new fashion element.
A consortium of local shop owners in the 300 block of Worth Avenue continued their efforts to establish this block of famed Worth Avenue as a destination for those seeking the best in art and design by hosting The Second Annual Art and Design on Worth on Tuesday, April 7th. Arcature Fine Art, Friedrich’s Optik, The Silver Fund and Holden Luntz Gallery rolled out the red carpet and popped open the champagne for over 150 clients and guests who strolled store to store to sample a variety of delectable treats and unique collectibles.
Highlights of the evening included exhibits and book-signings by renowned photographers Harry Benson and Patrick McMullan, as well as informal modeling of CADE’s Spring and Fall collections, presided by fashion designer Bevin Butler. Friedrich’s Optik showcased their exclusive eyewear collection popular with many notables including Iris Apfel.
Seen balancing a Sharpie in one hand and a camera in the other, New York photographer to the stars Patrick McMullan remarked, “Had I known how many fabulous attendees this annual event attracts, I would have brought more books!” His collection of books with photos of well-known people celebrating in style sold out in short order.
“I’m always amazed at the number of people this event brings to the Avenue. What a delightful evening. I bumped into many friends who delight in the many new quality offerings found each season on the Avenue. We enjoy these curated events targeted to those who wish to add to their collections,” said prominent collector Susan Lloyd.
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Original paper collage & embellishments on museum board
36 x 30 in.
Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, 2003
Bruce Helander will be attending the special artists of the permanent collection opening for the new Whitney Museum of American Art in lower Manhattan on April 24. Bruce’s original collage, On Thin Ice, was acquired by the museum in 2003. He also will be attending the Press Preview as a journalist on behalf of The Huffington Post for a future report on the new Whitney opening. Helander will be exhibiting at the Art Miami New York/Pier 94 Art Fair in May, where he also will be the moderator for a panel discussion on Art Market Predictions. In June, he will attend a writing seminar at Yale, and in July, he will be exhibiting at Art Southampton, and as part of the traveling exhibition, “Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne,” (currently at Nasher Museum, Duke University; the show travels through 2017). He currently is showing his work at the Cornell Museum of Art (Delray Beach) and Arcature Fine Art (Palm Beach).
Pablo’s Surprise, 2015
Original acrylic on canvas with printed background
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Worth Avenue’s Holden Luntz Gallery’s latest exhibition, “The Beasts of the Earth and the Spirit of Man,” was conceived by gallery owner Holden Luntz as a way of showcasing photography’s ability to visualize humanity in all forms, as well as the larger world with endless landscapes and creatures.
“The sense of the show is that we all have some innate, non-visual sense of the world,” Luntz said. “We are kind of citizens of the planet now and I would hope that we, as human beings, have a connection to the earth and interest in preserving it. There are whole parts of the world that remain unknowable and photographers expand the world. If there is this invisible thread that unites us, what is that? Everybody will have a different answer to that question.”
The exhibit showcases the works of photographer David Yarrow, who travels to the ends of the earth in his quest to capture the harsh and endangered beauty of the natural world; Sebastiao Salgado, whose long-term projects are epic studies in humanity; Joyce Tenneson, whose focus is portrait photography that goes beyond the surface, resulting in ethereal images in an attempt to show the inner person; and John Dugdale, who creates poignant and intimate humanistic imagery using 19th century processes and aesthetics.
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The Silver Fund is proud to feature a very rare Jean E. Puiforcat French Art Deco Dinner service.
“Leave it to the Silver Fund to find this extraordinary collection with this number of Silver and Silver-gilt pieces, circa France 1925-1947”
The Silver Fund is the largest dealer worldwide in estate Georg Jensen silver. In addition to their comprehensive collection of Georg Jensen holloware, their inventory includes exceptional 20th century silver designed by Jean Puiforicat, William Spratling, Antonio Pineda and many other great 20th century designers.
Since 1996, they have sold more than $40 million worth of Georg Jensen silver to private clients around the world. They have helped build multiple large collections including the Rowler collection, the largest single collection ever to be sold at auction where it fetched $9.8 million in one session.
The Silver Fund has helped put together outstanding exhibitions, including “Georg Jensen Jewelry” at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City. The exhibition was the largest Georg Jensen jewelry retrospective ever presented. The Silver Fund collaborated with Susan Weber Soros, the founder and director of the center, at every stage of the exhibition. We also collaborated on the Georg Jensen exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2007.
The Silver Fund has authored the definitive book on Georg Jensen Holloware—Holloware: The Silver Fund Collection. The book was the culmination of five years of research, writing and collaboration.
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Yelitza is a figurative artist who works in oils, pastels, acrylics and mixed media. She received her initial formal training at the Maine College of Art under instruction from figurative artist Janet Conlon Manyan. Subsequently she studied at The Art Students League of New York under instruction from abstract painter Ronnie Landfield and illustrator and figurative artist Max Ginsburg.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Yelitza grew up in New York, Los Angeles and Caracas. Prior to her painting career, she was a fashion model for designers Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Sonia Rykiel, Sandra Rhodes and Missoni. She was photographed by Richard Avedon, Peter Beard, David Bailey, among others, for leading fashion magazines including Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Brides, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview and Good Housekeeping. As well, she featured in over 40 television commercials and was one of the “Virginia Slims Girls”.
Before moving to Palm Beach, Yelitza lived in New York, London, Paris, Milan, Hong Kong, Monte Carlo and New Delhi. She speaks English, Spanish, French and Italian.
Yelitza is represented by Mary Mahoney on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach
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