New Wave Art WKND



Palm Beach,

Thank you.


The second annual New Wave Art Wknd took place Friday, December 6 to Sunday, December 8, 2019.

Founded by gallerist Sarah Gavlak, New Wave Art Wknd formalizes the fact that after the Vernissage of Art Basel Miami Beach most local collectors return to Palm Beach and host lavishly that weekend. Led by Gavlak and an Advisory Board that includes Beth Rudin DeWoodyAmy PhelanAnn TenenbaumJane HolzerLisa & Richard PerryFranklin Sirmans, Mike De Paola and other prominent leaders in the industry, New Wave Art Wknd’s mission is to foster a dialogue in the burgeoning contemporary art community in Palm Beach, while also addressing vital issues of our time. The topic for 2019 is immigration and inclusion and will highlight migrant artists.

For its second iteration, New Wave is proud to be partnering with Pittsburgh based non-profit City of Asylum to establish an immigrant artist residency program in West Palm Beach. Every year, the residency will provide an immigrant artist with a live/work space in West Palm Beach as well as financial support and studio visits with key members of the Advisory Committee. New Wave Art Wknd hopes to provide a safe space for artists to expand their artistic practice and their network within the art world while promoting more diversity and meaningful dialogue within the community.

New Wave Art Wknd attendees will be feted with private collection tours, lunches, dinners, and robust programming featuring artist talks, lectures, gallery openings, panel discussions organized by Isolde Brielmaier, Ph.D. and the opening of a public art project in West Palm Beach curated by Yvonne Force Villareal & Doreen Remen.

VIP Tickets 

In order to support the establishment of the residency, we are offering partially tax-deductible $2,500 VIP tickets this year. There are a very limited number of tickets available.

Please email to inquire about tickets. VIP tickets admit access to specific events including:

  • A dinner party at Amy Phelan's new home

  • First view and VIP curator tour of Beth Rudin DeWoody's The Bunker Artspace

  • Two lunches and private collection tours, locations to be disclosed to ticket purchasers

  • And more! 

Proceeds from ticket sales directly benefit the NWAW Immigrant Artist Residency and NWAW's non-profit partner City of Asylum, an organization dedicated to providing sanctuary to endangered writers from around the world seeking asylum. A portion of each ticket will be tax-deductible to the fullest extent by law. 


Sarah Gavlak

In 2005, Sarah Gavlak opened the first contemporary art gallery in Palm Beach after recognizing a lack of local gallery presence there. She founded her eponymous gallery with the goal of championing female and LGTBQ artists, and over the last 14 years has staged highly conceptual and pioneering exhibitions, which include early solo presentations by Marilyn Minter, Betty Tompkins, Simone Leigh, and Wade Guyton. In 2014, she expanded her footprint and opened a 5,000 square foot space in Hollywood, and recently took on representation for artists Gisela Colon, Beverly Fishman, Candida Alvarez, and Vanessa German.

Advisory Commitee

Amy Phelan

Amy Phelan is considered one of the foremost collectors in the world and serves on numerous museum boards and councils including the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA, The Meadows School of Art and Aspen Art Museum, and chairs the highly anticipated Aspen Art Museum’s ArtCrush.

Ann G.

Ann Tenenbaum is a noted philanthropist who serves on the Board of Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Studio Museum of Harlem, DIA Beacon and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Beth Rudin

Beth Rudin DeWoody, art collector, and curator, resides between Los Angeles, New York, and Palm Beach. She is President of The Rudin Family Foundations and EVP of Rudin Management. Her Board affiliations include the Whitney Museum of American Art, Hammer Museum, and others. She is an Honorary Trustee at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and on the Photography Steering Committee at the Norton Museum.

Burt Minkoff

Burt Minkoff is a power broker with Douglas Elliman and is based in Palm Beach. He is an avid collector of vintage furniture and contemporary art and design.

Franklin Sirmans

Franklin Sirmans is an American art critic, editor, writer, curator and has been the director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) since October 2015. He has held curatorial positions at Dia Art Foundation, The Menil Collection and LACMA.

Henry Reese

Henry Reese is a co-founder of Pittsburgh-based non-profit City of Asylum and has served as Executive Chair since its founding in 2004. Before COA, he co-founded and operated entrepreneurial businesses for 30 years and completed three years of graduate study in literature. 

Jane Holzer

Jane Holzer is a collector and powerhouse philanthropist who was Andy Warhol’s original “superstar” and who starred in several of the late artist’s films. Her extensive art collection is often shown at museums across the country.

Joanne Cassullo

Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo is the President and Founder of the Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation, Inc. She serves on the boards of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Taubman Museum of Art, and Roanoke College in Salem, VA. where she established the Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo Center for Art in 2018. Additionally, she is a member of the Executive Board of the Meadows School of the Arts/SMU, and the Program Advisory Committee of the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, TX.

Keith M. Bloomfield

Keith Bloomfield is Founder and CEO of Forbes Family Trust, an ultra high-net worth wealth management business. In advising some of the world’s wealthiest families, collecting art and philanthropy has become of great interest and importance to an art asset class. He is a collector and avid supporter of philanthropic organizations.

Lindsay Taylor

Lindsay Taylor is an art advisor working in NYC, where she focuses on providing direct support to contemporary artists by helping individuals and companies curate art collections that they love. Lindsay spent over twelve years working with the non-profit Free Arts where she helped pioneer one of the most successful art auction fundraising models. During her tenure there she began working with some of the most influential contemporary artists, including Marilyn Minter, Richard Phillips, and Christopher Wool, among others. She also serves on the Collectors Committee for ArtCrush at the Aspen Art Museum. 


Lisa Perry

Lisa Perry and her husband have one of the most extraordinary collections of blue chip Pop and contemporary Art in the world. Many of these artists serve as direct inspirations for Lisa Perry’s clothing line. She is a passionate philanthropist who focuses on issues including education and children’s health.

Mike De Paola

Mike De Paola is a respected investor, collector and noted philanthropist who serves on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Arts and Design, The Board of Directors of Art Production Fund and the Acquisitions Committee of The Whitney Museum of American Art.

Sanford Biggers

Sanford Biggers is a Harlem-based interdisciplinary artist who works in film/video, installation, sculpture, music, and performance. His work is an interplay of narrative, perspective and history that speaks to current social, political and economic happenings while also examining the contexts that bore them. 


Bettina Prentice

Bettina Prentice is a curator, a board member of Creative Time and the founder of Prentice Cultural, a strategic consultancy that brokers partnerships between artists and luxury brands and handles communications around cultural projects. Prentice is a founding member of the Artemis Council at the New Museum, which funds solo exhibitions exclusively by women artists.

Gopal Rajegowda

Gopal Rajegowda has more than 15 years of experience managing all aspects of mixed-use real estate acquisition and development.  Currently, he is heading the re-imagination of Rosemary Square, a neighborhood destination in the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach featuring retail, arts & culture, hospitality, and live-work-experience density with programmable public green spaces. Rosemary Square features more than 2,000 linear ft of murals by local and international artists, is home to Armory Arts Center  Experience and by the end of 2019, will reveal two major public art installations by Jeppe Hein & Symmetry Labs. 

Isolde Brielmaier


Isolde Brielmaier is a curator, writer, and cultural strategist, collaborating with noted contemporary artists, art institutions, companies and individuals. Brielmaier oversees the art and cultural initiatives at Westfield World Trade Center. Isolde also serves as Professor of Critical Studies in Tisch School of the Art at New York University

Yvonne Force
Villareal &
Doreen Remen

Yvonne Force Villareal and Doreen Remen are the co-founders of Art Production Fund and Culture Corps. They are among the most influential leaders in the art industry and will be key collaborators at The New Wave Art Wknd with a presentation of public art.

2019 Press

PB Daily News

All Smiles at New Wave Art Weekend (Front Page) / A Weekend of Art on the Edge (A6) 

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Inside Palm Beach's New Wave Art Wknd, the Intimate Art Weekend (and Antidote to Basel)

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Whitehot Magazine

A Conversation with Beth Rudin DeWoody and Sarah Gavlak

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The Art Newspaper

Immigrant artist residency launches - steps from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort

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Sarah Gavlak and the Second New Wave Art Wknd

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Palm Beach Daily News

Island will be hopping for New Wave Art Wknd

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Sarah Gavlak

Financial Times 

Piercing the art world bubble in Palm Beach: One Gallerist aims to challenge injustices facing immigrant artists 

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New Wave Art Wknd Bridges the Empathy Gap  

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Sarah Gavlak

Page Six

Sarah Gavlak's New Wave Art Wknd is giving Art Basel some competition

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2018 Press

Architectural Digest

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W Magazine

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Whitewall Magazine

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The Hollywood Reporter

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Galerie Magazine

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Palm Beach Daily News

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Palm Beach Post

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Non-profit Partner


Agnes Gund, Irene and James Karp, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee, Dorothea L. Leonhardt Foundation, Jeff and Nicola Marcus, Mike De Paola, Lisa and Richard Perry, Amy and John Phelan, Barbara and Richard Rothschild 

Presenting Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors and Partners