Nicole Wittenberg's “Our Love is Here to Stay” works in her studio.

Nicole Wittenberg’s Sensual Tree Portraiture Drifts South for Art Basel

Nicole Wittenberg dreams of places. From Tangier’s earthy vistas that face the Strait of the Gibraltar to the Greek island Patmos’s white-washed buildings encrusted by the Mediterranean salt, the different characteristics of natural sunlight illuminate the New York-based painter’s musings. “I am after capturing the magic of being there,” she says from her Chinatown studio. I am not interested in the photographic reality of a place.” While this search for sensory transcendence has taken the artist across the globe, she has recently been soaking in the views of downtown Manhattan under the fall sky while preparing for her upcoming exhibition, “Our Love is Here to Stay,” which opens Dec. 16 at Acquavella Galleries Palm Beach after debuting a few new paintings at the gallery's Art Basel Miami Beach booth.

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