Piermarq is the first Australian gallery to attend Art Palm Beach, an important US art fair that runs from 20-24 January 2016 and features modern and contemporary art. More than 30 paintings, some of them more than 3 and 4 meters long, will be shipped to Florida to be presented to the international audience. It’s the largest exhibition of Western Desert painting curated by a commercial Australian art gallery, that will be shown at an art fair in the United States.
Piermarq has been invited to curate a major exhibition of Australian indigenous painting in Florida, featuring the work of five of the most significant, living Aboriginal artists. Tommy Watson (c. 1935), Naata Nungurrayi (c. 1932), George Tjungurrayi (c. 1943), Esther Giles Nampitjinpa (c. 1948) and Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa (c. 1950) will be represented at this international art fair.
Art Palm Beach director Lee Ann Lester, who has organised more than 80 major international fairs in the US and Asia, recognises the importance of Australian indigenous painting on the international stage:
“We had a very prominent Palm Beach collector, John Kluge, once the wealthiest man in America who was a avid collector of Aboriginal Art. He died in 2010 but left a lasting legacy donating part of his $6.5 billion wealth of which US$400 million in his estate to Columbia University and establishing an Aboriginal Center for the arts at the University of Virginia. He founded one of the most important news corporations which he later sold and eventually became Fox News.”
As a result, Art Palm Beach has reserved a special project exhibition space to Aboriginal art, featuring a 5 meter long Tommy Watson painting. Also, Piermarq will be hosting a lecture in the fair’s popular Collector Lecture Series.