Art Palm Springs SELECTS

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Offering Art Palm Springs 2017 patrons and collectors new ways to navigate the extraordinary artwork at the show, Art Palm Springs SELECTS highlights pieces chosen by noted curators, designers, and critics. Vice President Donna Davies has tapped top professionals in the art and design communities to review the fair and make their picks, which will also be noted at the fair and accessible online for easy reference. “We’re adding these selections to give our audience another opportunity to connect with the artwork,” 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.”

SELECTS 2017 participants to date include:

Beth Rudin DeWoody, Art Collector, Curator, and President, Rudin Family Foundations
Christopher Kennedy, Christopher Kennedy, Inc.
Frederick Fisher, Architect, Frederick Fisher & Partners
Veronica M. Fernandez, Principal Art Advisor, Fine Art Advising Services
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, Principal, Jeffrey Jurasky & Associates
Julian Lombardi, Contemporary Art Digest
Zoe Lukov, Director of Exhibitions, FAENA Art, Miami Beach and Board of Directors, Desert X
Juliet McIver, collector + advisor
Lance O’Donnell, Architect, o2 Architecture

 

 

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aps-selects-color-square2Beth Rudin DeWoody
Art Collector, Curator, and President, Rudin Family Foundations

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Carol Chave, represented by Maria Elena Kravets Gallery

“Very interested in textile art. I have been looking at a lot of artist who use fabric. From Sheila Hicks to Lenore Tawney to other artists I think these works look very interesting.


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Annie Morris, represented by Winston Wächter Fine Art

“Just love this bronze – the colors and round shapes are very cool.”


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Jay Kelly, represented by Richard Levy Gallery

“I own a lot of Jay Kelly’s and I love his small sculptures. They always have great shape and design. I just want to collect a lot of them, especially the wood and metal ones.”

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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.”


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Jeff Kellar, represented by Richard Levy Gallery

“At first I thought Jeff’s work was older as it has the influence of John McLoughlin, Frederick Hammersley and Polk Smith, except on aluminum. Love this type of work.”

 

 

V-Fernandezaps-selects-color-square2Veronica M. Fernandez
Fine Art Advising Services

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Alex Katz, represented by Adamar Fine Arts

“I think this is one of the standouts of the fair. It’s incredibly rare to have the opportunity to acquire Alex Katz’ original work – and a major work at that – in all of Southern California. You just don’t see masterpieces like this around. This painting is fairly recent, 2014, and though a late work for the 88 year-old artist, it’s a date that serious Katz collectors take particular note of.”


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Lita Albuquerque, represented by Peter Blake Gallery

“Until recently, this Land Artist had been one of the most under recognized artists of her generation. It’s a gift to see a presentation of this work at the fair and to have her accomplishments recognized in bestowing the Artist of the Year award. There’s a lot of excitement surrounding Ms. Albuquerque especially as her Desert X project approaches. She’s a force to be reckoned with and a name that collectors should familiarize themselves further with.”

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Zemer Peled, represented by The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

“This sculpture has such a beautiful integrity to it. I find it mesmerizing, an object I’d walk around over and over again to study its many intricacies. Art is all about engagement, and this work captures my curiosity. I was even more impressed to learn that the artist is a mere 32 years old. She has one bright future ahead of her!”


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James Turrell, represented by Richard Levy Gallery

“I imagine that living with a James Turrell – any Turrell – is like a dream. Many do not, unfortunately, have the space or disposable income to live with one of his ethereal installations, however, this offering should be enough to satisfy any collector given its magnificent luminosity and scale. This image was taken inside the Guggenheim Museum during the artist’s solo exhibition in 2013. It’s a significant work in how it both documents the project and also, the manner in which it emanates brilliant color and light, key elements to his larger immersive installations.”

 

 

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Architect, Frederick Fisher & Partners

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Alex Katz, represented by Adamar Fine Arts

“Alex is a wonderful figurative artist, closely associated with New York and Maine. His work has always engaged me for its simplicity and yet penetrating grasp of the personalities of his subjects. In the context of Palm Springs, I especially like the contrast of the remoteness of Alex’s Maine roots. I know him from thoughtful conversations about art spaces while designing a wing of Colby College Museum, where Alex has another wing dedicated to his work”


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Lita Albuquerque, represented by Peter Blake Gallery

“Lita’s work resonates with one’s relationship to nature and in particular the sublime, primitive experience of environments like the desert and the sky. I own a similar work from this series”

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James Turrell, represented by Richard Levy Gallery

“James is one of the greatest artists of our time. His Roden Crater project is on the scale of the pyramids. Almost unimaginable that he executed it. I respond deeply to the meditative quality of his work with light, where the subject of the work is one’s own perception of it. I own a Turrell photograph of Roden Crater”

 

 

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aps-selects-color-square2Dann Foley
Interior Designer, Dann Foley Lifestyle and Interior Design

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Hunter Slonem, represented by Jean Albano Gallery

“Hunt Slonem as an artist and decorator has single handedly taken the simple, sweet graphic and turned it into fine art. The use of color and the juxtaposition of the formal gilt frame with the simple almost juvenile imagery makes this piece jump off the wall.”


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Bonnie Star, represented by Jean Albano Gallery

“As a designer I tell my clients that color is the last place to express true personality in this homogenized retail world. This piece draws me in with its use of color, depth and technique. It tells a hundred different stories and none of them are, beige.”


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Doug Herren, represented by Peters Projects

“I am a strong proponent of functional art.  This piece speaks to my love color and function.  A side table that is also original art!? Bravo!”

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Scarlett Kanistanaux, represented by William Havu Gallery

“I have a personal affinity for busts and this particular piece in bronze is sophisticated, sleek and both contemporary and traditional at the same time. It is perfect for any home, in any room.”


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Irene Kung, represented by Chiaroscuro/Gebert Contemporary

“At 48” x 48” this image demands attention. The ethereal, almost ghost like nature of the palm is haunting without being maudlin. The dimensionality of the image creates depth and draws in the onlooker. I would love to see it hung on a very dark wall.”

 

 

 

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aps-selects-color-square2Mara Gladstone
Associate Curator, Palm Springs Art Museum

Annie Morris, represented by Winston Wächter Fine Art
Annie Morris, represented by Winston Wächter Fine Art

“This abstract painting is filled with whimsical scrawls of countless faces – a playful nod towards Cy Twombly in a time of emojis.”

 

Pablo Zuleta Zahr, represented by Richard Levy Gallery
Pablo Zuleta Zahr, represented by Richard Levy Gallery

“Zahr’s lightbox exemplifies the recent trend of analog approaches in the production of photographic images, and the result recalls 1980s computer aesthetics and the architecture of Tron”

 

 

 

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aps-selects-color-square2Brooke Hodge
Director of Architecture and Design, Palm Springs Art Museum

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Carol Chave, represented by Maria Elena Kravetz Gallery

 “I really like Carol Chave’s two wool tapestry pieces— ‘Possibilities’ and ‘Fire in the Belly.’ They are elegant, colorful, and tactile and would look fabulous in any midcentury home”

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Carol Chave, represented by Maria Elena Kravetz Gallery

 

 

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aps-selects-color-square2Katherine Hough
Chief Curator, Palm Springs Art Museum

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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.”


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Lita Albuquerque, represented by Peter Blake Gallery
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James Turrell, represented by Richard Levy Gallery

 

 

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aps-selects-color-square2Jeff Jurasky, A.S.I.D.
Principal, Jeffrey Jurasky & Associates

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Grace Hartigan, represented by C. Grimaldis Gallery

“This piece intrigued me because of its resemblance to celebratory native ethnic art. It is fun, full of movement and conveys a sense of festivity and happiness to the piece.”


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Kirk H. Slaughter and Elisabett Gutmann collaboration, represented by ten|CONTEMPORARY

“The contrast of materials, charred wood and steel is both very attractive and comparatively total opposites. The precision of the steel and the “ashes” of wood, manmade vs the chaotic elements of nature…composed to work together. In my design practice, I try to experiment with different materials for unique results, so this piece speaks to me.”


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Jesus Raphael de Soto, represented by Galeria Moro

“The simplicity of floating chaos…this piece has a serine and quiet complexity that just begs for my attention.”

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Sushe Felix, represented by William Havu Gallery

“I was drawn to this piece by the simple resemblance to commercial art. I am a fan of great graphic art and this represents the wonderful texture of the desert resort environment. The order, precision and creativity of a steady hand.”


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Kjawano Shoko, represented by TAI Modern

“Sometimes you have to marvel at the remarkable beauty of basketry, the craft and the clean composition of materials and proportion. The architecture of this piece is stunning to me.”


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Michael Kenna, represented by photo-eye Gallery

“I could stare at this piece for hours…the fact that it is a photo enhances the mystery of discovery, how a simple Zen-like image can be recognized and translated. Simply magical”

 

 

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aps-selects-color-square2Christopher Kennedy
Christopher Kennedy, Inc.

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Sergio Valenzuela, represented by Maria Elena Kravitz

“Palm Springs and the desert enjoy the most amazing sunsets.  This painting is evocative of these natural, dramatic displays of color.


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Lita Albuquerque, represented by Peter Blake Gallery

“I am attracted to the stark simplicity, high drama, and extraordinary impact of this work – like the rising moon in the cobalt desert sky.”


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Jason Salavon, represented by TAI Modern

“This piece reverberates with the excitement of all that Palm Springs has represented since the Mid-Century to the present – but using 21st century digital, conceptual innovation.”

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Xuan Chen, represented by Richard Levy Gallery

“The colors of Palm Springs – from blue skies, to the brightest greens of palm fronds, and the soft pastels of desert wildflowers and flowering trees, and the brilliance of bougainvillea.”


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Dana Oldfather, represented by Duane Reed Gallery

“Everything about Palm Springs and the Mid-Century aesthetic are encapsulated in this work – color, architectural angles, energy, joie de vivre.”

 

 

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aps-selects-color-square2Julian Lombardi
Contemporary Art Digest

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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 a industrial machinery, with enamel applied in a way that suggests the worn paint you may see on a tractor. This appearance though is in direct opposition with it’s materiality, it is a ceramic table which has been styled with an almost bauhaus sensibility which combines rounded forms with a nod to figuration. This juxtaposition of rugged machinery and historical design aesthetics is really intriguing.”


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Andrew Casto, represented by Winston Wächter Fine Art

“Andrew Casto’s, Assemblage 110, is an intelligent blend of humor and refined craftsmanship. The organic and somewhat unrefined shapes suggest a less graceful take on the traditional medium ceramics which is renowned for craft and refinement and works to expand the possibility of what the medium is capable of. The hints of gold and candy colored glazing remind us of a remnant one might find in the excavation of a world envisioned by Takashi Murakami.”


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Susan Dory, represented by Winston Wächter Fine Art

“Susan Dory’s, Superset, is a fun hard edge geometric abstract painting that suggests multiple spaces within the painting. The central shapes elude to a a figure while the background creates depth for the subject. I am intrigued by the composition and the interesting figure/ground relationship.”

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Zemer Peled, represented by The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

“Zemer Peled’s, Dusk, sculpture has a visual texture that reminds us of a Nick Cave sound suit that we featured on our blog in 2016. The immense tactility tempts the viewer to touch it and the reduced black and white palette is settling considering how active the surface is. It has unexpected details seen in ceramics that provide a unique and fascinating mix between contemporary sculpture with a tribal or primitive motif.”


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Grace Hartigan, represented by C. Grimaldis Gallery

“Grace Hartigan’s, Chinese Calendar, is a wonderful painting that is true to her expressionist roots while introducing themes of erosion and memory with loose representation. In looking at this work I can not help be reminded of young artists who have recently gained notoriety with paintings at times containing images that are eroded, faded, smeared or distressed such as Isreal Lund, Kour Pour, and Ryan Nord Kitchen. I was surprised to see the date on this painting as it could have been created yesterday.”

 

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aps-selects-color-square2Juliet McIver
collector + advisor

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Cheryl Ann Thomas, represented by William Siegal Gallery

“Ms. Thomas has created a beautiful rhythmic porcelain sculpture with high visual appeal”


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Ed Ruscha, represented by Richard Levy Gallery

“Coyote is a classic silhouette image that emerged in the 80s.  The image, date and low edition make it very desirable.”


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Hornbill and Tusk Adornment (detail), courtesy of Cassera Arts Premiers

“Primitive cultural relics and tribal objects are a great addition to any contemporary art collection, plus a excellent way to study cultural history.”

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Howard Hodgkin, represented by Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art

“Howard Hodgkin is a master painter which is evidenced in this print. The physical beauty and lofty colors make is very collectable.”


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Jeff Kellar, represented by Richard Levy Gallery

“I love minimalism. This painting is an interested mix of material with strong geometric proportion.”

 

 

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aps-selects-color-square2Lance O’Donnell
Architect, o2 Architecture

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Elisabeth Caren, represented by The Cynthia Corbett Gallery

“Vivid clarity, sexy and a moodiness to make Edward Hopper jealous!”


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David Baca, represented by Jorge Mendez Gallery

“Great visual escape while in the depths of another desert summer!”


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Mitch Dobrowner, represented by photo-eye Gallery

“A reminder to never stop seeing”

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Emmi Whitehorse, represented by Chiaroscuro/Gebert Contemporary

“Can’t stop gazing deep into the liquid color, so pull up a chair!”


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Jesus Raphael de Soto, represented by Galeria Moro

“Elemental beauty!”