Brighthaus PR and Marketing
Brian Vatcher, Principal
For Immediate Release:
ART 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.
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:
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.