In The News 2017

Shop Talk: Art Palm Springs 2017

artillerySource: ARTILLERY | May 2, 2017

Under the new leadership of Urban Expositions, Art Palm Springs (Feb 16–19) enjoyed record attendance on opening night—2,600 art aficionados showed up. This was the sixth iteration of the fair, formerly called the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, and boasted a record 70 booths. They expanded their programming, including some preview discussions of Desert X, and, as before, overlapped with the start of Modernism Week (Feb 16–26), a celebration of all things Mid-Century that pulled 97,000 attendees. (more…)


Art Palm Springs Opening Night Preview Party


Source: The Desert Sun | March 18, 2017

The winter art scene kicked off in Palm Springs with the recent Art Palm Springs, formerly known as the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair. It  featured  over 70 International Contemporary and Post War art galleries from the U.S., UK, Italy, France, the US, Venezuela, and Argentina.
Santa Fe, New Mexico was impressively represented by 9 galleries.  This sixth annual event coincided with Modernism Week and Desert X, attracting  thousands of international art lovers, patrons, curators, and collectors. (more…)


The Kaleidoscopic, Mystical-Surrealist Work of Artist Barbara Gothard

Source: Huffington Post | March 6, 2017

Looking into a kaleidoscope doesn’t tell the viewer a story of any kind. It doesn’t set the scene, or survey the details of a subject. But it offers the person on the looking end a twisted, beautiful perception of color, shape and light. Sometimes surrealist art can feel like you are looking into a kaleidoscope, but in this case, the viewer is offered a story. Barbara Gothard is a California based mystical-surrealist artist whose work is a kaleidoscope of desert scenes, organic subjects, vast perspective and a thread of personal history. (more…)


5 LGBTQ Artists to See at this Weekend’s Art Palm Springs

Source: Q Voice News | February 17, 2017

PALM SPRINGS — The Palm Springs Convention Center looks like art-chella this weekend with 70 international galleries and more than 80 artists — including several who identify as LGBTQ — showcasing a cornucopia of fine and modern art at Art Palm Springs.

“The art world has always included a voice for the LGBT community and we are excited each year when the Fair includes highlights from the greats like Basquiat and Haring,” said Donna Davies, Vice President of the Art Group, for Urban Expositions, producer of Art Palm Springs, said in a statement. (more…)


Opening Night at Art Palm Springs Draws an Excited Crowd, Generates Great Sales and a New Attendance Record

Source: ARTFIXdaily | February 17, 2017

Celebrating Artists of the Year, Lita Albuquerque, and Arts Patron of the Year, Donna McMillan, an estimated 2,600 collectors, curators and veritable who’s who gathered at the Palm Springs Convention Center for the opening night of Art Palm Springs.

Attendees included Palm Springs International Film Festival chair Harold Matzner, photographer Michael ChildersArlene SchnitzerJordan SchnitzerSherri Applebaum, Steven Biller, Arthur & Patty NewmanJamye andKen JesserHelene GalenBeth Rudin DeWoody, Architects Jeff Jurasky and Lance O’Donnell, City of Palm Springs Mayor Robert Moon and City Council member J.R. RobertsPat Scully from Representative Chad Mayes office, Palm Springs Art Museum JoAnn McGrath Executive Director Elizabeth Armstrong, The Donna and Cargill MacMillan Jr., Director of Art Daniell Cornell, and Chief Curator Katherine Hough. (more…)


Art Palm Springs Rounds Out Busy Weekend in Desert

Source: The Desert Sun | February 16, 2017

More than 80 artists will have their works on display at the Palm Springs Convention Center starting Thursday as part of Art Palm Springs, produced by Atlanta-based Urban Expositions, which also has shows in Aspen, the Hamptons and Houston.

Many of the featured regional and international artists attend the event to promote their works and talk to guests and collectors. (more…)


Starstruck: Light and Space Artist Lita Albuquerque Draws Inspiration from the Cosmos

blouin-artinfoSource: Art Info | February 2017

Scattered across the frozen white landscape of Antarctica, the vibrant blue spheres confound and compel the eye—seeing the stark bursts of color amid the Arctic expanse of ice and snow is like looking up to the night sky and picking out the constellations that shine through the black of space. But, like the stars, these spheres are more than an aesthetic treat to look upon. There is a meaning to their arrangement, to their varying sizes—a careful hand assembled and placed them down. (more…)


The Newly Named Art Palm Springs Fair Displays Post-War and Contemporary Art from more than 60 Galleries

american-art-collector-aps-pressSource: American Art Collector | February 2017

Returning to Palm Springs, California, this Presidents Day weekend is the newly renamed Art Palm Springs fair (formerly Palm Springs Fine Art Fair), which is produced by Urban Expositions and features national and international exhibitors. The event coincided with the city’s Modernism Week, allowing the desert locale to become a mecca for arts and culture. (more…)


With Her Gaze Turned Skyward, Light and Space Artist Lita Albuquerque Draws Inspiration from the Cosmos

Source: Art+Auction | February 2017

Scattered across the frozen white landscape of Antartica, the vibrant blue sphere confound and compel the eye – seeing the stark bursts of color amid the arctic expanse of ice and snow is like looking up at the night sky and picking out a constellations that shine through the black of space. But, like the stars, these sphere are more than just an aesthetic treat to look upon. (more…)


Events Of The Week: Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antiques Show, Palm Springs Modernism, Art Wynwood And More

Source: InCollect | February 14, 2017

Art Palm Springs will welcome a record-setting number of international galleries to the 2017 fair, with more than seventy participants from around the United States, South America, and Europe. Throckmorton Fine Art of New York; Kathryn Markel Fine Arts of New York; Bruce Lurie Gallery of Los Angeles; Fine Art Maya of San Diego; and Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art of Los Angeles are among the exhibitors. In addition to an expanding roster, the show has also increased the number of tours, talks, and special events. Art Palm Springs launches the fair with an opening night preview on Thursday evening benefiting the Palm Springs Art Museum. (more…)


Once a Hollywood Hangout, a Trio of Events in Palm Springs Catapult the Desert Escape into an International Art Destination

blouin-art-auction-logoSource: Art+Auction | February 2017

I have never known a time when fine art and design were marrying the way they are now,” says gallerist Peter Blake of Laguna Beach, California. “Before, we as fine art dealers didn’t engage the decorative world because we believed we were above it.” A longtime incubator for midcentury modern design, Palm Springs is responsible for years of artistic developments—including music, film, and fine art festivals—that have reshaped how the Coachella Valley is perceived globally. (more…)


Palm Springs Artist Reveals Path to Optimism, Art Fair

Source: The Desert Sun | February 14, 2017

About four years ago, Barbara Gothard was blindsided by Mother Nature’s crushing blow. During a rare desert rainstorm, the interior of Gothard’s Palm Springs home was damaged through an unexpected leaky roof. It would’ve been an excruciating experience for anyone. For an artist whose accumulation of recent works was vulnerable to the elements, it could plummet the creative spirit. (more…)


Events Happening this Week: Art Palm Springs

Source: Visit Greater Palm Springs | February 12, 2017

A three day premier art event in the Southwestern United States. Over 60 galleries from the U.S. and around the world exhibiting works from over 300 artists all under one roof representing paintings, sculpture, photography and other visual arts. Don’t miss what 14,000 people called “The Arts Event of the Year” in Palm Springs.

Donna MacMillan, a longtime philanthropist and avid art collector, will be honored as the Arts Patron of the Year at the opening night ceremonies. (more…)


Hot Art! Local Galleries Show Off World-Class Works at Art Palm Springs

Source: Coachella Vallery Independent | February 9, 2017

Two of the Coachella Valley’s top galleries—one from Palm Desert, and one from Palm Springs—will be showcasing their hottest artists at this year’s Art Palm Springs.

Formerly known as the Palm Springs Art Fair, Art Palm Springs takes place at the Palm Springs Convention Center Feb. 16-19.

Downtown Palm Springs’ Jorge Mendez Gallery will bring the paintings of Ariel Vargassal, and figurative abstractions by David Baca. (more…)


Art Palm Springs to Host a Record-Setting Group of International Galleries for 2017 Edition

Source: ARTFIXdaily | February 6, 2017

Over 70 galleries and special exhibits from around the U.S., South America and Europe will converge on Palm Springs for Art Palm Springs on February 16 through 19 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

“This year’s list of galleries is truly impressive,” said Donna Davies, Vice President, Art Group for Urban Expositions. Along with the expanding number of galleries, the show is also expanding the number of talks, tours and special events throughout the weekend. “Our goal is to offer guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in the galleries, artists and Palm Springs for the weekend,” she added. (more…)


Otherworldly Artist Lita Albuquerque Touches Down in the Desert

PSL-logo-smSource: Palm Springs Life | February 1, 2017

So much art wants to move you. Lita Albuquerque’s art, on the other hand, wants to ground you, align you to the cosmos, and connect you to a world bigger and deeper than the one you know. “If you’re truly in the present moment — at this time, in this place, in this state, in this country, on this planet, in this universe — and can really project your mind that way, and then come back, you get a realistic perspective of how we’re moving through space,” says the Santa Monica–based painter, sculptor, and performance artist. “I’ve trained myself to continually think in terms of the present moment.” (more…)


Here are Some Sweet Things To Plan for the Month of February

Source: Sasha Scarlett | February 1, 2017

Art Palm Springs returns to the Convention Center Thursday, February 16 through Sunday, February 19, for their sixth year, with an expanded program of panels, artist receptions and VIP access events. The weekend kicks off with an Opening Night Reception/Awards Presentation and 2017 Honorees include: Art Patron of the Year Donna MacMillan and Artist of the Year, Lita Albuquerque (more…)


The Contemporary Fine-Art Fair Returns, with Curios for Every Collector

PSL-logo-smSource: Palm Springs Life | February 1, 2017

Art Palm Springs returns to the Convention Center Feb. 16–19, anchored by Modernism Week, which features exhibitions, architecture and design tours, and a host of related events throughout Greater Palm Springs.

A number of venues return for the event’s sixth edition: Throckmorton Fine Art is back with its integration of pre-Columbian and Eastern artifacts with modern and contemporary visual art; so is Artspace Warehouse of Los Angeles, which specializes in affordable contemporary works by emerging artists from around the world. Artspace’s Claudia Deutsch says its third year at the fair will highlight artists from the United States, Germany, Australia, and Italy (more…)


SELECTS Gives a New Perspective to this Year’s Art Palm Springs

palm-springs-dot-com-logoSource: | January 31, 2017

Art and design enthusiasts from around the world will descend on Palm Springs this Presidents Day weekend. One of the major draws for art collectors, museum curators and art tastemakers is Art Palm Springs.  The show has grown to become one of the top art fairs on the West Coast. Artists and galleries from around the globe, including Venezuela, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom, and coast to coast from the U.S. are drawn to the show, and 2017 will be no exception with a record 70 galleries and over 300 artists. (more…)


Thank Goodness for Art in These Dark and Turbulent Days

Source: Coachella Vallery Independent | January 27, 2017

If you’re like me, the recent political and societal climate has got you down.

Well, thank goodness our lovely valley is doing its part to offer plenty of mood-improving distractions.

Every February, art takes center stage in Palm Springs, thanks to the Art Palm Springs fair (which is rapidly growing) and Modernism Week (which already really huge). Not-so-coincidentally, we here at the Independenthave a tradition of bringing you a selection of stories every February previewing these awesome events. (more…)


What’s Happening in Palm Desert?

Source: Palm Desert | January 30, 2017

Art Palm Springs (Formerly known as The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair) returns to an eager audience of loyal fans who appreciate world-class post-war and contemporary art. More than 60 galleries will have their artwork on display, exhibiting modern and contemporary art in a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed-media. Attendees will also enjoy awe-inspiring common area public installations and an impressive speaker program. (more…)


Bernie to Participate in Next Month’s Art Palm Springs

Source: Elton John World | January 22, 2017

Art Palm Springs returns to the Palm Springs Convention Center February 16-19, for a sixth year with an expanded program of panels, artist receptions, book signings, and VIP access events. These include Bernie Taupin.
At 5 p.m., on Feb. 17th in the theatre, Bernie Taupin: The Evolution of an Artist is to be presented. (more…)


Your Guide To This Year’s Art Palm Springs Fair

visit-palm-springsSource: Visit Palm Springs | January 4, 2017

One of the most anticipated annual events on February’s Modernism Week schedule is the massive Art Palm Springs fair at the Palm Springs Convention Center. This year’s show coincides with President’s Day Weekend, February 16 to 19.

The fair was acquired in 2016 by Urban Expositions which was founded in 1995 and is based in Kennesaw, Georgia. The company produces and manages a portfolio of 40 events in various industry sectors including Art, Gift, Souvenir, Aviation, Foodservice, Pet, Auto, and Gaming (more…)