“I’m not interested in trends, and I never have been. I’m interested in artists who have studied the history of art, who understand art, and artists who go to museums and actually look at art, because that’s what I do.”
– Miss Sarah Gavlak, Crave Magazine, 2015
GAVLAK is a bi-coastal contemporary art gallery with locations in Palm Beach, Florida and Los Angeles, California. Founded by Sarah Gavlak in 2005, the gallery represents over twenty artists both nationally and internationally based. Since the beginning, GAVLAK has maintained a focus on women and LGBTQ artists. As with any business, the art market is ever changing, but in Miss Gavlak’s 18 years of business she has kept a razor sharp focus on what matters most to her; championing art history and the academic aspects of art to both aspiring and longstanding collectors.
While working in New York and visiting Palm Beach in the early 2000’s, Gavlak saw the need for a serious contemporary art gallery to serve the community of collectors in that area. Thus, in 2005, Gavlak relocated to West Palm Beach and opened her first gallery. The inaugural exhibition was of new works by Wade Guyton, and the show marked one of the artist’s first solo gallery exhibitions in America. GAVLAK Palm Beach also presented early exhibitions of artists Marilyn Minter and Aleksandra Mir, among others. In 2008, collector and Palm Beach resident Jane Holzer invited GAVLAK Palm Beach to move to one of her properties in the tony section of Worth Avenue. For the last ten years, that space on Worth Avenue was the home base for GAVLAK in Palm Beach. More recent solo exhibitions at GAVLAK Palm Beach include Andrew Brischler, Maynard Monrow, and Rob Wynne.
In 2014, Gavlak expanded to Los Angeles. GAVLAK Los Angeles opened in the very centrally located neighborhood of Hollywood, near other female-owned galleries such as Regen Projects and Tanya Bonakdar. GAVLAK Los Angeles has continued to thrive and evolve since its inception in the city four years ago. The gallery has shown solo presentations of works by mid-career artists such as Lisa Anne Auerbach, Judith Eisler, Francesca Gabbiani, Betty Tompkins, and Marnie Weber, as well as by emerging artists such as Alex Anderson, Andrew Brischler, and Michael Manning.
We are thrilled to relocate GAVLAK Palm Beach to The Royal Poinciana Plaza, as it will give the artist’s we represent an opportunity to bring ambitious exhibitions to Palm Beach.