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Art Basel redux? West Palm Beach is offering a bounty of contemporary art in January

Apparently, Art Basel’s numerous contemporary-art fairs aren’t enough for South Florida.

West Palm Beach will host two fairs this month: Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary (returning Jan. 11-15 ) and ArtPalmBeach (Jan. 17-21), both taking place in air-conditioned white tents and the Palm Beach County Convention Center near the city’s downtown.

The man behind Palm Beach Modern and Contemporary is Nick Korniloff, whose Art Miami Group already programs multiple Miami fairs during Art Basel. So why plant tent poles in West Palm Beach, and why one month after Art Basel? It’s a different art-collecting audience, Korniloff says.

“Only a handful of Palm Beachers go to Miami for the madhouse of Art Basel,” Korniloff says. “But after the holidays, we get a whole new group of snowbirds, a fresh, culturally savvy audience who prefers to do their shopping in a nonfrenetic way.”

While Palm Beach Modern and ArtPalmBeach are designed to attract collectors, casual art lovers are welcome, too. Below is more on both events.

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

5-9 p.m. Jan. 11 (VIP preview), 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 12-14 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 15 at 825 S. Dixie Highway and Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; $25, $55 for festival pass, $150 for VIP preview; 800-376-5850 or ArtPBFair.com

Marc Chagall, Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg are the noteworthy names that will anchor Palm Beach Modern’s 64 galleries this year, which will fill a 65,000-square-foot tent erected on the corner of South Dixie Highway and Okeechobee Boulevard.

But the marquee artist, if you ask Korniloff, may be Jupiter Island resident Jason Newsted, the Grammy-winning former bassist for Metallica (1986-2001) whose loose, lyrical paintings conjure references to his music and to Jean-Michel Basquiat and Newsted’s“RAWK” exhibition, which will appear in the 55Bellechasse gallery booth, came together after a chance meeting with Korniloff nearly a year ago at a Palm Beach restaurant. Over the past year, Korniloff’s art-market pull has propelled Newsted’s works from relative obscurity to top billing at Art New York, held last May, and at a concurrent show (through Feb. 3) at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth.

Newsted, who these days fronts the acoustic Chophouse Band, will perform with his bandmate Amil Tar during a pre-fair cocktail mixer at 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. The sculpture gardens, a show partner, will also showcase “Celebrating Boaz Vaadia 1951-2017,” a collection of the late Israeli-American’s figurative pieces made by carving and stacking stones.

Free trolleys will transport passengers every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Jan. 12-15 between the fair and the sculpture gardens.

ArtPalmBeach

Noon-7 p.m. Jan. 17-20 and noon-6 p.m. Jan. 21 at Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; $8-$20, $12-$25 for festival pass; 305-490-4584 or NextLevelFairs.com/ArtPalmBeach

The 21th annual fair will feature 60 local and international galleries at the Palm Beach Convention Center, and is the brainchild of art-fair power couple David and Lee Ann Lester. Both are also no strangers to Art Basel: Their company, Next Level Fairs, has brought multiple tents to Miami over the years. The Lesters also program Art Boca Raton every March in Mizner Park.

A noteworthy highlight of ArtPalmBeach 2018 is Shawn Kolodny's "Fake Fulfillment Center," a 3,000-square-foot installation by the New York artist that confronts the scourge of substance abuse and addiction with a pop-up pharmacy (not real), along with images of vintage vials and fluorescent IV bags.

Also on tap is a conversation between NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale director Bonnie Clearwater and Miami artist Jose Bedia, winner of ArtPalmBeach’s 2018 Visionary Award; and a lecture on Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and the rise of Latin American art in the 1920s and 1930s.

Parking costs $5 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center garage.

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