(*photograph by Greg Gorman, Gorman will be presented Photographer of the Year at the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair 2014)
This weekend is said to be the “premiere cultural weekend of the year” in Palm Springs…
President’s Weekend is traditionally one of the most popular weekends in the Coachella Valley, doubling our population in size over a four day time-span. A majority of those thousands of people invading the desert are believed to be art lovers from all over the world who pour into Palm Springs to soak up a very rare and rich experience of Modernism Week events combined with the 2nd Annual Palm Springs Fine Art Fair.
Being one of those thousands of art lovers out here, this weekend is just as exciting for us! We feel so lucky to have so much culture being pumped into our small town!
Make sure to read all the information below to get the info about the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair. However, don’t forget to circle back on the blog for more special features!
Let us know if you are coming and what art piece was your favorite by @TheCVArtScene on Twitter+Instagram+Facebook etc.
About the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair
The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair returns for an eagerly awaited encore. The 2012 edition successfully uncovered one of the nations’ best kept secrets- that Palm Springs region is a sparkling cultural mecca during the winter. In 2012, a substantial 9,500 acquisition – oriented art lovers flowed into the Palm Springs Convention Center. The results were stunning—millions of dollars in art sales recorded by the 48 exhibiting galleries. Many attending art cognoscenti referred to the fair as “the best looking art fair in Southern California”. Anchored by the region’s most revered dealers, the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair in 2012 demonstrated that the wealthy, acquisition/art driven resort community will support a major international art event.
Why Palm Springs?
Once the playground of movies, captions of industry and world leaders, the region has evolved into a respected art oasis in the Southern California desert with a vibrant cultural scene devoted to the visual arts. It home to an expanding major arts museum ( 5,000 member The Palm Springs Art Museum- our opening night beneficiary), a vibrant art gallery scene ( with 20 + galleries) and a remarkably strong base of highly savvy art patrons and collectors. The region is comprised of some of the highest -income zip codes on the west coast,, such as Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, and Indian Wells. After the rousing success of the first year, Palm Springs region is set to be the gracious host to the second year edition. – with festivities beginning February 14, St Valentine’s Day 2013, at the spectacular and readily accessible Palm Springs Convention Center.
Watch the videos from past year’s debut event:
Thursday, February 13th, 5-8pm | Opening Preview Party | Benefiting Palm Springs Art Museum
Friday, February 14, 10am – 8pm
Saturday, February 15, 10am – 7pm
Sunday, February 16, 10am – 6pm
Palm Springs Convention Center
277 N Avenida Caballeros
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Evan Lurie Gallery | Carmel, IN
Frederic Got Gallery | Paris, France
Lisa Sette Gallery | Scottsdale, AZ
Maria Elena Kravetz Gallery | Cordoba, Argentina
Rêverie Arts | San Francisco, CA
TAG Gallery | Santa Monica, CA
ten472 Contemporary Art | Grass Valley, CA
The McLoughlin Gallery | San Francisco, CA
Thomas Paul Fine Art | Woodland Hills, CA
Throckmorton Fine Art | New York, NY
Timothy Yarger Fine Art | Beverly Hills, CA
Unix Fine Art | Miami, FL
Vogelsang Gallery | Brussels, Belgium
Yares Art Projects | Santa Fe, NM
Zane Bennett Contemporary Art | Santa Fe, NM
|THREE DAY PASS: Feb 14-16
THREE DAY PASS admits one person for three days of the Fair February 14-16.
|DAY PASS: Feb 14, 15 or 16
DAY PASS admits one person to any one day of the Fair February 14-16
Local Flavor at the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair
All ticket holders
In a salute to an emerging group of artists in the desert who create smart, site-specific works about the area’s natural, social and cultural landscape known as ‘Desert Art’. This first time fair exhibition gives visitors a sense of creativity and remoteness of the High Desert, Joshua Tree and the Salton Sea region. This exhibition curated by Art Writer Steven Biller, presents the work of four artists, Kim Stringfellow, Phillip K. Smith lll, Cristopher Cichocki and Scott B. Davis, who are defining and pushing the limits of this trendy new genre.
The California desert holds the same surface appeal to artists as it did 100 years ago, but it also has become a place to study, experiment and reflect. The open space, incomparable light and inviting environment is a magnet for oddballs, rebels and free spirits.
Meet the Artists
Kim Stringfellow – teaches photography and multimedia at San Diego State University, including a course called Art, Environment and Place. Stringfellow uses the field research strategies of scientists, the reporting techniques of journalists and the venues of traditional artists to tell an investigative and wildly visual story of the Salton Sea, as well as the proliferation of abandoned jackrabbit homestead properties due north in the High Desert town of Wonder Valley.
Phillip K. Smith lll – In Palm Springs, midcentury modern architecture and design drives innovation in contemporary art. Indio-based Phillip K. Smith III creates colorful, dynamic public sculpture as bright and optimistic as the desert itself. And although his work is abstract, his reverence for the landscape surfaces in his thought process, which also takes cues from minimalist geometry, Bauhaus rigidity and the possibilities of Light & Space.
Cristopher Cichocki – is Palm Springs Art Museum’s 2013 Artist in Residence, Cichocki has had several eye-catching solo exhibitions including Desert Abyss: Cycle in Cycle at PSAM, Epicenter at See Line Gallery, Natural Order at Melissa Morgan Fine Art and Desert Abyss at Marks Art Center.
Scott B. Davis – is Director of Exhibitions at MoPA and Director for the Medium Photographic Festival. Davis recently presented his thought-provoking photography in several solo shows including Vestige at JDC Fine Art, Walk from the sun at the San Diego Museum of Art, land of sunshine, at Hous Projects, Nocturnes, at Joseph Bellows Gallery and The View from Here at Etherton Gallery.
This unique exhibition gives visitors a sense of remoteness of the High Desert and the Salton Sea and the improbable innovation energizing Low Desert towns like Palm Springs and Indio. Meet the invited artists in a panel discussion on Saturday, Feb 15th, 4:30-5:30pm.
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