The Norton Museum.
PALM BEACH - I returned to Palm Beach recently to be part of a panel discussion at the Norton Museum of Art with collector Glenn Fuhrman, founder of the Flag Art Foundation, and Jock Reynolds, director of the Yale University Art Gallery. Norton Curator Cheryl Brutvan moderated. Our topic was “Collecting Collections: The Museum and the Market,” and we really dug into the challenges that museums – and individuals – face in building collections. It was a stimulating discussion, ranging from what museums should do with the art that fills their storage vaults to how they can build more support for acquisitions. After watching a remarkable video on the Sol LeWitt installation at Mass MOCA, we decamped to the grand Mar-a-Lago Club, where we had champagne under the stars and dinner in a private ballroom.
Left: Chilean sea bass at Mar-a-Lago. Right: Sashimi at Imoto. (Imoto photo via the Palm Beach Daily News.)
We dined on a lovely basil and goat cheese ravioli in a light tomato broth to start, followed by Chilean sea bass with a roasted sweet potato cake, and a tropical fruit relish, toasted coconut, and a lemongrass beurre blanc. It was really the perfect Floridian meal. For dessert, of course, we had key lime pie, plus a flourless chocolate cake and crème brûlée. Maybe the chef couldn’t decide which one to choose because they were all so good! Otherwise, Palm Beach restaurants did not disappoint, with dinner with friends and collectors at Café Boulud in the always delightful courtyard of the Brazilian Court Hotel. I also had dinner at a brand new Japanese restaurant that I highly recommend on South Ocean Drive called Imoto. Imoto, which translates as “little sister,” is an intimate Asian bistro (it only has 40 seats); it’s the little sister of restaurant Buccan, and among the highlights were Peking Duck tacos with plum sauce; a grilled beef short rib sushi roll with kimchee; and great eel and avocado sushi. I also enjoyed a visit to the Society of the Four Arts to see a rare public exhibition of Bill Koch’s collection of Western art and memorabilia (from paintings and sculptures to clothing, guns and the only existing photo of Billy the Kid). The show is divided into so many great themes, from Native Americans to women in the west, the saloon, and firearms. If you aren’t planning a trip out West anytime soon, this is a great substitute.