2017 A Record Year for Art Palm Springs

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Brighthaus PR and Marketing
Brian Vatcher, Principal

For Immediate Release:

APS17-wrap-up-1ART PALM SPRINGS COMPLETED THE SIXTH YEAR WITH MILESTONES THAT INCLUDED TOP NUMBER OF GALLERIES, HIGHEST ATTENDANCE OPENING NIGHT UNDER THE NEW URBAN EXPOSITIONS LEADERSHIP PALM SPRINGS, CA – From the buzzing of the 2600 attendees opening night reception on February 16 to closing bell on Sunday, February 19, Art Palm Springs (art-palmspring.com) rounded out a successful weekend for the fair and galleries.

“The excitement this year was palpable from beginning to end,” said Donna Davies, Vice President of Urban Expositions’ Art Group. Several elements added by the Urban Expositions team helped grow excitement with the many returning attendees and new audience members. One factor was the expanded programming that more than doubled the number of tours, talks, booth events and panel discussions over previous years. Many of the VIP events were sold out with wait lists. Panels and talks by Lita Albuquerque, Desert X, Bernie Taupin, Greg Gorman and many others drew hundreds of visitors over the weekend.

Donna Davies, Donna MacMillan, Mayor Robert Moon and Lita Albuquerque

New this year was the SELECTS program that saw a group of museum curators, designers and tastemakers highlighted their favorite pieces prior to the opening night. Several of the pieces were sold over the weekend including pieces by Bonnie Star, Elisabett Gurdmann and Kirk H. Slaughter.

With the a record 70 gallery booths, another new addition was the Best Booth selection by the Palm Springs Art Museum. The inaugural winner was the installation by Rachel Lee Hovnanian for Imago Galleries. Hovnanian is known for her engaging, interactive installations. Her new installation “Memorial for Poor Teddy” had one of the most social media shared pieces in the show as many got in bed with their Teddy selection and took photos.

“We are excited that the attendees and galleries were so engaged in this evolution of the fair,” said Davies, “We can’t wait for 2018!” Dates were announced for February 16-18, 2018 with an opening night reception on February 15.

Many of the galleries shared names of popular artists whose work sold over the weekend and many had multiple sales. They include:

Rachel Lee Hovnanian’s ‘Memorial for Poor Teddy,’ represented by Imago Galleries

57 Projects (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Mark Andrew Allen

Adam Blaue Gallery (Cleveland, Ohio) – Jason Chakravarty and Hap Sakwa Addison Rowe Fine Art  (Santa Fe, New Mex.) – Emil Bisttram, Claude Bentley, Beatrice Mandelman, and William Lumpkins

Anthony Brunelli Fine Art (Binghampton, New York) – Bruce Evans and Jae Yong Kim

Arcadia Contemporary (Culver City, Calif.) – Nick Alm, Daniel Bilmes, Dennis Sarazhin, Adam Vinson, Annie Murphy Robinson, and Mary Henderson

art HAAS (New York, New York) – Miriam Cabessa, Kristina Quinones and Mara Gagonon

Artspace Warehouse (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Mark Acetelli, Michael Giliberti, Ron Pillar and Petra Roes-Nickel

Axiom Contemporary (Santa Monica, Calif.) – Max-Steven Grossman

Blue Rain Gallery (Santa Fe, New Mex.) – Doug West, Richard Bone Smith and Billy Schnenck

Bruce Lurie Gallery (Los Angeles, Calif.) –Steven Marshall, Ziba, Justin Lyons and Michael Suchta

Grimaldis Gallery (Baltimore, Md.) – Ylva Ceder and Chul Hyun Ahn

Christopher Martin Gallery (Aspen, Colo.) – Christopher H. Martin and Michael Enn Servet

CMay Gallery (West Hollywood, Calif.) – Yi Hwan Kwon and Hwana Seon Tae

Cordesa Fine Art (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Sean Newport

The Cynthia Corbett Gallery (London, UK) – Andy Burgess, Elisabeth Caren, Andrew Deem and Klari Reis

DECORAZONgallery (London, UK) – KARTEL and Michele Mikesell

Freight + Volume (New York, New York) – Cristina de Miguel and Sophia Narrett

Gallery K.A.G. (Annapolis, Md.) – P.T. Tiersky and Neira

George Billis Gallery (New York, New York) – Leslie Lewis Sigler, Annie Seidman and Sarah Williams

HOHMANN (Palm Desert, Calif.) –Laurent Craste, Julian Voss-Andreae and Greg Gorman

Willott Gallery (Palm Desert, Calif.) – Richard Jolley and Tim Tate

Jai & Jai Gallery  (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Chie Hitotsuyama and Kristin Bauer

Jean Albano Gallery (Chicago, Ill.) – Bonnie Star

Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Robert Cottingham

Jorge Mendez Gallery  (Palm Springs, Calif.) – Ariel Vargassal and David Baca

Kidder + Smith Gallery (Boston, Mass.) – Miroslav Antic and Robert House

LewAllen Galleries (Santa Fe, N.Mex.) – Forrest Moses

Maria Elena Kravetz Gallery (Cordoba, Argentina) – Carol Chave and Lucia Torres

MRG Fine Art (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Dante Latessa

Myers Kovich (Laguna Beach, Calif.) – Andrew Myers and Christopher Schulz

Okay Spark (Norfolk, VA) – Stephan Cox, Carrie Pearce, Kirsten Stingle and Jeremy Firehammer

Peter Blake Gallery (Laguna Beach, Calif.) – Lita Albuquerque

Peters Projects (Santa Fe, N.Mex.) – Jasmina Danowski

Rebecca Fine Art (Cathedral City, Calif.) – Mario Pikus

Richard Levy Gallery (Albuquerque, N.Mex.) – Jay Kelly, Tom Waldron and John Baldessari

Scott White Contemporary Art (San Diego, Calif.) – William Glen Crooks, Wayne Thiebaud, David Hockney and Sam Francis

Sergott Contemporary Art Alliance (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) – De La Torre Brothers

TAI Modern (Santa Fe, N.Mex.) – Morigami Jin, Kawashima Shigeo and Kawano Shaka

ten|Contemporary (Grass Valley, Calif.) – Elisabett Gudmann and Kirk H. Slaughter

Throckmorton Fine Art (New York, New York) – Flor Garduño, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Tom Bianchi, George Platt Lyons, Hector Garcia, Lucien Clergue, Tina Modotti and Horst

Timothy Yarger Fine Art (Beverly Hills, Calif.) – Bernie Taupin, David Hockney, Jeff Quinn and Pancho Luna

Tom Ross Gallery (Palm Springs, Calif.) – Rosenberg

William Havu Gallery (Denver, Colo.) – Jeanette Pasin Sloan

William Siegal Gallery (Santa Fe, N.Mex.) – David Ivan Clark and Kaia Lawon

Winston Wächter Fine Art (Seattle, Wash.) – Amanda Manitach and Susan Dory

Tickets for Art Palm Springs are available on the website at art-palmsprings.com. Tickets range in price from $100 for a First Look Pass that admits two throughout the weekend; $75 for VIP Pass, which also admits two throughout the weekend; or $20 for single day passes ordered online; or $25 for single day passes at the door.

For further information about Art Palm Springs, go to the website at art-palmsprings.com.




Art Palm Springs is owned by Atlanta-based Urban Expositions, which produces Art Aspen, Art Hamptons, Houston Art Fair, Art Palm Springs, and the Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago. All art fairs are presented by galleries from around the world exhibiting modern and contemporary art in a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed-media.

About Urban Expositions
Based in Kennesaw, GA, and founded in 1995, Urban Expositions produces and manages a portfolio of 40 events. Urban serves seven industry sectors including Gift, Souvenir, Art, Aviation, Foodservice, Pet and Gaming. Urban also produces Airport Revenue News, a publication focused on the airport concession industry. Urban has offices in Shelton, CT and Boca Raton, FL, and is represented by employees in California, Colorado and Illinois.

About Clarion Events
Clarion Events can trace its roots back to 1947 and takes great pride in being one of the oldest independent event organizers in the UK. The teams at Clarion create uniquely effective and stimulating environments that can serve as a platform to build businesses, enhance customer relationships and accelerate product awareness. More recently the firm has developed an international portfolio of brands and now delivers more than 200 events in over 20 countries.


For more information about Urban Expositions’ art and design fairs, visit the following websites:
Art Aspen | Art Hamptons | Art Palm Springs | Houston Art Fair | SOFA CHICAGO