October 1, 2020 – Pace Gallery is pleased to announce plans for a new seasonal exhibition space in Palm Beach, opening early November and running through spring 2021.
The gallery will launch in Palm Beach with a presentation dedicated to three unique aperture wall installations by California-based artist James Turrell, whose work draws attention to the presence of light and its transformation of our perception of space. The exhibition will be on view November 9 to December 5, 2020 and will be followed by a series of solo and group presentations by artists from across the gallery’s program of leading contemporary artists and modern masters, including the likes of Alexander Calder, Mary Corse, Tara Donovan, Sam Gilliam, Kenneth Noland, Michal Rovner, Joel Shapiro, and Kiki Smith.
Pace will be situated within The Royal Poinciana Plaza, a landmarked architectural structure built in the late 1950s by world-renowned local architect John L. Volk and owned and operated by WS Development, alongside other contemporary art spaces occupied by Acquavella Galleries and Sotheby’s auction house. Located in the popular winter destination of South Florida, Palm Beach is renowned for its active art scene and is a hub for local galleries, art collectors, and internationally respected institutions such as the Norton Museum of Art and The Society of the Four Arts.
Exhibitions will be open to the public and the gallery will offer extended hours by appointment seven days per week. Pace will follow local safety guidelines to protect visitors against the spread of COVID-19, including requirements for social distancing, face masks, and frequent disinfecting.
Pace’s Palm Beach gallery space will be helmed by Vice President Adam Sheffer, who will temporarily relocate for the winter season.
Adam Sheffer, Vice President, comments:
“Our new venture is primarily an opportunity to re-engage with our collectors and other colleagues in South Florida, a place that has become vital to the international arts ecology. There are remarkable works being made in our artists’ studios and we felt compelled to show them this season—
Palm Beach seemed the ideal place. We saw enormous success with our gallery in East Hampton this summer. 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.”
Samantha Perry David, President of WS Development, comments:
“When we first created The Royal we committed to bring the best of everything to Palm Beach. Pace, Acquavella, and Sotheby’s unquestionably represent the best of the best and their arrival will make The Royal an unrivaled center of gravity in today’s art world. How proud we are to welcome them. How humbled we are to help bring these spectacular works of art into more people’s lives. And how excited we are to watch as our customers stumble upon a glowing Turrell which turns a day of shopping and gelato into a day of magic.”
The Palm Beach gallery will be Pace’s ninth location worldwide. In July, Pace opened a temporary gallery space in East Hampton which will continue to be programmed throughout the winter with an exhibition by artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset (October 8 – November 15, 2020) followed by a show of drawings by renowned local artist Saul Steinberg (November 19, 2020 – January 17, 2021). Pace has also re-opened its two New York City locations to the public for the fall season with exhibitions by Jean Dubuffet, Robert Mangold, Julian Schnabel (all through October 24, 2020), and Nina Katchadourian (through December 12, 2020). For exhibitions at 510 and 540 West 25th Street, visitors are required to schedule a visit in advance. Further information is available at: https://www.pacegallery.com/exhibitions.
Pace is a leading contemporary art gallery representing many of the most significant international artists and estates of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Under the leadership of President and CEO Marc Glimcher, Pace is a vital force within the art world and plays a critical role in shaping the history, creation, and engagement with modern and contemporary art. Since its founding by Arne Glimcher in 1960, Pace has developed a distinguished legacy for vibrant and dedicated relationships with renowned artists. As the gallery enters its seventh decade, Pace’s mission continues to be inspired by a drive to support the world’s most influential and innovative artists and to share their visionary work with people around the world.
Pace advances this mission through its dynamic global program, comprising ambitious exhibitions, artist projects, public installations, institutional collaborations, performances and interdisciplinary projects through Pace Live, and curatorial research and writing. Today, Pace has nine locations worldwide: two galleries in New York—including its newly opened headquarters at 540 West 25th Street, and an adjacent 8,000 sq. ft. exhibition space at 510 West 25th Street—as well as galleries in Palo Alto, London, Geneva, Hong Kong, and Seoul. In July 2020 Pace opened a temporary gallery space in East Hampton, New York that will be programmed through October 2021. Additionally, the gallery’s seasonal exhibition space in Palm Beach will be open from early November 2020 through spring 2021.
About James Turrell
James Turrell (b. 1943, Los Angeles, California), associated with the Light and Space movement of the 1960s, has dedicated his practice to what he has deemed perceptual art, investigating the materiality of light. Influenced by the notion of pure feeling in pictorial art, Turrell’s earliest work focused on the dialectic between constructing light and painting with light, building on the sensorial experience of space, color, and perception. These interactions became the foundation for Turrell’s oeuvre. Since his earliest Projection Pieces (1966–69), his exploration has expanded through various series, including Skyspaces (1974–), Ganzfelds (1976–), and perhaps most notably, his Roden Crater Project (1977–) near Flagstaff, Arizona. His practice has equally materialized in small-scale works, including architectural models, holograms, and works on paper.
About The Royal Poinciana Plaza
The Royal Poinciana Plaza is an iconic destination that serves as a jewel box oasis in the heart of beautiful Palm Beach. Built in the late 1950s, it stands today as a landmarked property and one of Palm Beach’s most treasured architectural gems. With 180,000 square feet of retail space and lush, sprawling gardens, it offers a unique international shopping and entertainment destination for indulgence, inspiration, and retreat.
Designed by world-renowned architect John L. Volk, The Royal echoes some of Europe’s legendary retail destinations like the Palais Royal in Paris. The property has been carefully restored to its original mid-century glamour while remaining true to its retail roots. Its offerings will include a unique mix of luxury retail, fashion, dining and entertainment, along with amenities for both local and international visitors.
Arranged around two beautiful courtyards with outdoor furniture, palm trees and gardens, The Royal provides a destination for guests to enjoy outdoor events, read the paper, sip a coffee, gather with family and friends, shop or dine. For more information, visit http://www.theroyalpoincianaplaza.com/ or discover more @theroyalpoincianaplaza on Instagram.
About WS Development
Massachusetts-based WS Development is a mixed-use developer with a singular mission: creating places people want to be. With an approach that values art, science, innovation and, above all else, people, WS strives to engage each community it serves with best-in-class installations and activations. Established in 1990, WS is a vertically-integrated company that conceptualizes, owns, operates and leases more than 100 properties that range from cutting- edge urban spaces to lifestyle and community centers. With over 20 million square feet of existing space and an additional five million square feet under development, it is one of the largest privately-owned development firms in the country. For more information, visit www.wsdevelopment.com, call +1 617 232 8900 or follow WS Development on LinkedIn.