New Wave Art WKND



Palm Beach,

Thank you.


For the the second edition of NWAW,  founder, Sarah Gavlak,  is thrilled to announce a partnership with Pittsburgh based non-profit organization, City of Asylum. New Wave Art Wknd will continue to consist of private collection tours, gallery openings, public art installations, and panel discussions dedicated to thought-provoking dialogue. New Wave Art Wknd aims to showcase the contemporary art scene that is flourishing in Palm Beach and address critical issues of our time—with an emphasis on inclusivity and immigration.

With the support of City of Asylum and the dedicated New Wave Art Wknd Advisory Committee - which includes Amy Phelan, Ann Tenenbaum, Beth Rudin De Woody, Burt Minkoff, Franklin Sirmans, Jane Holzer, Keith Bloomfield and Mike De Paola - Gavlak will form an immigrant artist-in-residency program in Palm Beach, providing access to top immigration lawyers, a home, financial support and studio space for 6 weeks. The selected artist-in-residence will participate throughout this year’s NWAW weekend and be a featured guest on a panel discussion. The chosen emerging, immigrant artist will be announced in the fall.

The second iteration of New Wave Art Wknd will take place November 30 to December 2, 2019 just before Art Basel Miami Beach, one of the most significant destination art fairs in the world.

Founded by gallerist Sarah Gavlak, the weekend formalizes the fact that major collectors typically spend the week before the ABMB in Palm Beach and host lavishly during that time. Led by Gavlak and an Advisory Board that includes Beth Rudin DeWoody, Amy Phelan, Lisa Perry, Franklin Sirmans 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 critical issues of our time
—with an emphasis on inclusivity and immigration. This year, New Wave is partnering with City of Asylum, a Pittsburgh based non-profit organization that focuses on helping creatives under political prosecution, to establish an immigrant artist residency launching at the end of this year. 

New Wave Art Wknd is an invitation only weekend for dedicated collectors and artists. Invited guests will be feted with private collection tours, lunches, dinners and programming dedicated to lively and provocative dialogue about the future of culture.  The itinerary includes private tours of prominent contemporary collectors’ homes in the area, including Amy & John Phelan and Lisa and Richard Perry. The weekend’s highlight will be the opening of The Bunker Artspace: Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody. For the 2019 installation, viewers will have the opportunity to discover new curations, while revisiting others preserved from the past year. Curator Simon Watson will each co-curate a room with Beth Rudin DeWoody.

There will also be a public programming component featuring artist talks, gallery openings, panel discussions, lectures and the opening of a public art project in West Palm Beach curated by Yvonne Force Villareal & Doreen.


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 includes 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.

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.

Keith M.

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.

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 DePaola

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.


Bettina Prentice

Bettina Prentice is the Founder and Creative Director 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 is SVP at Related Companies and a Managing Partner of Related Urban-Southeast, a development platform focused on sourcing, developing, and managing best-in-class mixed-use properties within the southeast US. Most recently, he headed the development of the Hilton West Palm Beach, a public private partnership with Palm Beach County.

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.

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