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selects-logo-vert-release-brd-fART PALM SPRINGS ANNOUNCES SELECTS FOR THE 2017 FAIR
“SELECTS,” said Art Group Vice President Donna Davies, “offers patrons and collectors a new way to navigate the extraordinary works of art at the fair.” Palm Springs SELECTS highlights over 50 pieces chosen by noted curators, designers, and critics including Palm Springs Art Museum Chief Curator Katherine Hough, collector Beth Rudin DeWoody, architect Lance O’Donnell and designers Christopher Kennedy and Dann Foley, among others.

Ed Ruscha, represented by Richard Levy Gallery

These significant artists and their iconic works represent major innovations in the development of Southern California as a major world art center.
Katherine Hough, Chief Curator, Palm Springs Art Museum

Davies has tapped top professionals in the art and design communities to make their favorite selections of the artwork being exhibited at Art Palm Springs, and for them to make their picks. All SELECTS pieces will be noted as chosen pieces at Art Palm Springs and accessible online at for easy reference for the February 16 through 19 event at the Palm Springs Convention Center. “We’re adding these selections to give our audience another opportunity to connect with the artwork at the fair,” said Davies. “Seeing what pieces each of these curators, designers, and critics have noted gives our visitors opportunities to further engage with artworks at the fair.”

Julie Blackmon, represented by photo-eye Gallery

I love photography and this suburban pool has a great look. Can’t tell if it’s a random shot or setup but it’s fun and compelling.
Beth Rudin DeWoody, Art Collector, Curator, and President, Rudin Family Foundations

SELECTS tastemakers chosen for 2017 Art Palm Springs include:
Beth Rudin DeWoody, Art Collector, Curator, and President, Rudin Family Foundations
Veronica M. Fernandez, Principal Art Advisor, Fine Art Advising Services
Frederick Fisher, Architect,
Frederick Fisher & Partners
Dann Foley, Interior Designer, Dann Foley Lifestyle and Interior Design
Christine Giles, Curator of Western Art, Palm Springs Art Museum
Mara Gladstone, Associate Curator, Palm Springs Art Museum
Brooke Hodge, Director of Architecture and Design, Palm Springs Art Museum
Katherine Hough, Chief Curator, Palm Springs Art Museum
Jeff Jurasky, A.S.I.D., Principal, Jeffrey Jurasky & Associates
Christopher Kennedy, Christopher Kennedy, Inc.
Julian Lombardi, Contemporary Art Digest
Zoe Lukov, Director of Exhibitions for Faena Art, Desert X board member
Juliet McIver, collector + advisor
Lance O’Donnell, Architect, o2 Architecture

Scarlett Kanistanaux, represented by William Havu Gallery

I have a personal affinnity for busts and this particular piece in bronze is sophisticated, sleek and both contemporary and traditional at the same time.
Dann Foley, Dann Foley Lifestyle and Interior Design

Although all are connected by the thread of their work as designers and art experts, the participating members of SELECTS are a diverse group. Christopher Kennedy is widely known for his work in home design and the annual Modernism Week in Palm Springs, where his design home is one of the most popular exhibits each year. Lance O’Donnell worked with famed Palm Springs architect Donald Wexler and his own home designs take the best features of Midcentury Modern buildings and integrate them into functional and easily livable modern homes. Frederick Fisher founded the firm that is recognized for innovative, refined and enduring designs with an approach to architecture that comes from a broad cultural and social perspective, including the famed Sunnylands Visitors Center. While Julian Lombardi of The CAD (Contemporary Art Digest), a curated Instagram, with contributions and input from LA-based artists and curators. Each has chosen several works from those that will be on display during the four-day art event, based on their knowledge and personal preferences in art. Several pieces, such as James Turrell’s Aten Reign (Richard Levy Gallery); Alex Katz’s Nicole (Adamar Fine Art); and Jesus Raphael de Soto’s Vibration (Galeria Moro) which were chosen by more than one of the experts.

Doug Herren, represented by of Peters Projects

Doug Herren’s, Ivory Table Stand, is particularly interesting because it takes on the look and feel of industrial machinery, with enamel applied in a way that suggests the worn paint you may see on a tractor.”
-Julian Lombardi, Contemporary Art Digest

The SELECTS pieces range in widely different directions, from Grace Hartigan’s The Entertainers (C. Grimaldis Gallery); to Doug Herren’s Ivory Table Stand (Peters Projects); and Cheryl Ann Thomas’ Ledge (William Siegal Gallery). While long time patrons and collectors have generally formed their own concepts of artists and genres that they personally prefer, by tapping into the sensibilities of these designers and art experts Art Palm Springs hopes to open the eyes of new collectors and expand the horizons of collectors that have not yet found their own scope of appreciation.   “We look at Art Palm Springs, and our other art fairs as a place where collectors and art patrons can be introduced to artists and their diverse works,” Davies said. “And that in this way, we can expand the world of art to everyone who attends our fairs.”


View complete list of ART PALM SPRINGS 2017 SELECTS 




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