In middle of hot art market, Ben Brown Fine Arts opens Worth Avenue gallery

Bill DiPaolo for the Palm Beach Daily News

A grinning, 4-foot-high cast bronze gorilla sitting in the front window has been drawing attention from pedestrians since Ben Brown Fine Arts opened in early April on Worth Avenue.


It joins a number of other galleries that moved to Palm Beach either permanently or with pop-ups over the past year to get their art closer to clients who were limiting their travel because of the coronavirus pandemic or who had moved here from the Northeast to escape the ravages of COVID-19. 


 “A large market exists for distinguished art in Palm Beach. Yes, there is plenty of competition. But there is room for all of us,” said Ben Brown, a London resident who is unable to be at his Palm Beach gallery because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The 500-pound gorilla sculpture is by Francois-Xavier Lalanne. Along with his wife Claude Lalanne, the duo known as “Les Lelanne” made three-dimensional, copper and gilt bronze art work.
June 13, 2021