Megacollector and Embattled Former Casino Developer Steve Wynn Has Opened His Own Art Gallery in Palm Beach
Florida man opens gallery.
The growing Palm Beach art scene has a new gallery in its ranks.
Megacollector and former Las Vegas casino developer Steve Wynn has opened an eponymous gallery, Wynn Fine Art, in the Florida city, which is a 90-minute drive north of Miami.
“We’re a very small, boutique space, at 700 square feet, but we pack a punch,” Nick Hissom, Wynn’s stepson, who will run the gallery, told Artnet News. Located at 150 Worth Avenue, the space had been operating privately for a year but will now offer some public hours.
Wynn Fine Art launches with a show of just six paintings by Pop master Roy Lichtenstein, including the 1976 canvas Still Life With Head in Landscape, which fetched $10.5 million at Sotheby’s New York in 2018 after being off the market since 1992. “The works are primarily those from the ’60s and ’70s and are very iconic,” Hissom said. Also featured is Study for Peace Through Chemistry (1969), which Galerie Gmurzynska reportedly sold for $12 million at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2017.
“We were closed because of COVID, and now we’re able to reopen for the holiday season, and Steve thought that the colors and vibrancy of Lichtenstein would be a great way to reopen,” the dealer said, adding that “it’s such a shame” that Art Basel Miami Beach couldn’t proceed as normal (though a zombie version of sorts did take place).
While Hissom couldn’t comment on specifics of future shows, he confirmed that the gallery will offer works by blue-chip artists including Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko, and Francis Bacon.
Wynn was formerly the force behind major Las Vegas casinos and currently has a net worth of $3 billion, according to Forbes. He got out of the casino business after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct and assault. He denies the charges; in July, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by nine anonymous women.
Before opening a brick-and-mortar space, Wynn was offering his wares on a website under the name Sierra Fine Art LLC. Since the website’s launch in 2018, the mogul has been behind a number of high-profile trades, including Monet’s Nymphéas en fleur (ca. 1914–17), which he bought for $84.7 million at Christie’s sale of the Rockefeller Collection. More recently, he was reportedly the buyer of two Picassos from the estate of the late Don Marron for $105 million.
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