Palm Beach Art Fairs for JetSet Magazine
Please look for the article, “Palm Beach Art Shows: Art Away From the Maddening Crowds” that I co-wrote for the current issue of JetSet Magazine. The article profiles the three major Palm Beach art fairs and how they create a seasonal winter market for fine art and antiques that attracts leading dealers, collectors, curators, advisers and writers from around the world.
The fairs include two that are produced by IFAE (International Fine Art Expositions) founders David and LeeAnn Lester. The first Art Palm Beach is a contemporary art and design fair. The second, AIFAF, American International Fine Art Fair, is a fine art, antiques and jewelry fair.
Following these two, the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antiques Show happens every year during President’s Day Weekend. That show attracts the financier set who vacation in Palm Beach during that weekend and is produced by the Palm Beach Show Group and its founder Scott Diament.
For the article I interviewed both producers, David Lester and Scott Diament. The dealers that are interviewed included Jim Schantz, a dealer of high-end glass artists like Lino Tagliapietra and Dale Chihuly at his gallery in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Then there is Arlie Sulka, who deals primarily in Louis Comfort Tiffany, David DeBuck, a contemporary art dealer and Greg Kwiat, the CEO of Fred Leighton. All are in New York City. Jonathan Dodd of Waterhouse & Dodd corresponded with me from London and David Setford, a prominent curator and art adviser provided his insights on the art fair vetting process.