ALEJANDRO DIAZ Happiness is Expensive, 2009, neon on clear plexi-glass, via Royale Projects



Black Friday doesn’t = shopping at Best Buy for everyone.  For most, it can actually be a quite colorful day well spent outdoors or roaming around an art gallery.  Well, at least that’s how we will be spending ours.

Below is our hand-selected compilation of some of the hottest gallery openings this weekend in the Coachella Valley.  First one starts off on Black Friday at Royale Projects on El Paseo.  It’s not what you think, though – take a read.

See you there.








gallery hours 11-5 | Wed – Sun | or by appointment


exhibition featuring works by Joshua Callaghan, Jane Callister, Alex Couwenberg, Alejandro Diaz, Matt Fisher, Doug Fogelson, Karen Lofgren, David Allan Peters,
Phillip K. Smith III, Adam Stamp and Liat Yossifor


November 28, 2014 – January 18, 2015

Royale Projects is proud to present the gallery’s second solo exhibition by New York based artist, Alejandro Diaz. Taking his title from a nearby chain store, Anthropologie, Diaz’s Archeologie, similarly, uproots folk traditions and repositions them by adding an element of presentation, glamour and perceived value. Like many of today’s savvy consumer-driven entities, the exhibition also arranges and reinterprets other artworks, styles, and artists’ identities. In Archeologie, Diaz confronts and pokes at current social, cultural, and economic registers that surround a work of art. Museum gift store items, reflecting a diluted tie to the renowned activist artist Ai Weiwei, are reinstated as precious art objects. Primitive Mexican cooking pots are treated to a Brancusi upgrade. Magritte references playfully appear on a hand woven “Calder” tapestry and are imbedded in a meticulously crafted Pop Art text painting that states; “Ceci n’est pas un Status Symbol”. Archeologie begs the question: How have societal views toward art shifted from beauty and content to price and status? Have contemporary artists become brands of influence who can infuse prestige into an object? Can an artist take a priceless artifact, destroy it, and create a marketable product? Conversely, can the artist take a cheap souvenir, rarify it, thereby inflating its worth? In Diaz’s land of Archeologie, the question becomes: How will you collect your 15 minutes of fame with purchase?

St. Moritz Art Masters 2011(c)SAM / Alexandra Pauli

The artist’s critical thinking around the cultural frameworks of the art object are Informed by his engagement with the legacy of text-based art, conceptualism and pop. Alejandro Diaz is recognized for his use of humor, humble materials, and his study of art as a form of entertainment, public intervention, and free enterprise.

Diaz has exhibited at the Jersey City Museum, NJ; The Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; The Los Angeles County Museum, CA; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ; the Aldridge Contemporary Art Museum, CT; the RISD Museum of Art in Providence, RI; and is currently on view at El Museo del Barrio, NY. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Fundación/Colección Jumex in Mexico City. In the late Spring of 2015, the artist opens a solo exhibition at the Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio, Texas. Alejandro Diaz is represented by Royale Projects : Contemporary Art.







Heather James Fine Art – PALM DESERT opens its 2014-2015 season with four exhibitions spanning hundreds of years and a variety of media — from Asian antiquities to Impressionist paintings to glamorous photography to electroformed glass sculpture. The exhibitions open on Saturday, November 29, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., and include Steve Schapiro and Lawrence Schiller: Barbra StreisandMasterworks of Asian AntiquitiesMichael Glancy: Molecular Aesthetics, and Masters of California Impressionism.

Steve Schapiro and Lawrence Schiller: Barbra Streisand opens the occasion of the release of the artists’ new book, Barbra Streisand (Taschen), featuring a selection of intimate portraits and never-before-seen photographs of the iconic Hollywood actress and singer. Barbra Streisand comments about the book in the December 1, 2014 issue of People Magazine that “It’s very beautiful… the artful photographs bring back some great memories.” In the book and at the exhibition, the photographers will share the stories behind the images, which emphasize the films of Streisand’s first decade in Hollywood: Funny Girl, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, The Way We Were, The Owl and the Pussycat, Up the Sandbox, Funny Lady, and A Star Is Born. The photographs also capture many of Streisand’s directors, costars and confidantes, including Robert Redford, Elliott Gould, and Sydney Pollack. Steve Schapiro’sphotography has appeared on the covers of Vanity FairTime, Sports Illustrated, Life,Look, Paris Match, and People, and is in the collections of many museums. He has published five books of his photography and worked on more than 200 motion pictures. His most famous film posters are for Midnight Cowboy and Taxi DriverLawrence Schiller photographed some of the most iconic figures of the 1960s for Life, Playboy,Paris Match, and others. His book collaborations include the Pulitzer Prize-winning TheExecutioner’s Song with Norman Mailer. He has also written five New York Times bestsellers and directed seven motion pictures and miniseries for television.

Masterworks of Asian Antiquities features rare and unique art from China, Japan, Tibet, and Southeast Asia. The dramatic installation includes a superb pair of large carved stone Fu Dogs from China’s Late Ming Dynasty. The elite families of wealth and social status would place Fu Dogs in front of their home as guardian figures. Always presented in male and female pairs, the protective Fu Dogs take their name from the Chinese term for Buddhism, fojiao, but are also known as Fu Lions, a homonym based on the Chinese word “Fu,” meaning luck or prosperity. The pair exhibited in this exhibition is an exquisitely example with the male holding a ball under one paw and the female holding a lion cub. The exhibition also features a pair of massive carved wood Nio temple figures from Japan’s late Muromachi Period to its early Edo Period. Other important objects in this exhibition include the 86×86-inch Mongolian Thangka, a late-19th century Tibetan textile that depicts a narrative scene in pigment and was used to teach and share the story.

Michael Glancy: Molecular Aesthetics introduces an innovative and beautiful twist on studio glass. Initially drawn to the fire and smoke of glassblowing (he was a student of Dale Chihuly at Rhode Island School of Design and Pilchuck Glass School), Glancy mastered carving, sandblasting, grinding and engraving glass in its cold state. In fact, electroforming — applying a thin layer of precious metal (copper and silver) on blown glass and bathing it in acid — became his signature process. His cellular and geometric designs depicting the natural world begin as drawings. Glancy generally works in the Swedish tradition, favoring heavy-wall vessels (the Venetian style is paper thin) because his technique calls for deep carving to achieve the form as well as the color and mood effects. The final designs typically include a foot, or a base, for each piece.
Masters of California Impressionism celebrates the bright, optimistic paintings that changed the course of the prevailing style of the early 20th century. While American Impressionist painters on the East Coast depicted cold gray scenes from inside their homes and studios, the California Impressionists — who favored the state’s healthier climate and diverse natural scenery — painted en plein air, or outdoors, capturing the light and color of regions including Laguna Beach, Carmel/Monterey, and the desert communities near Palm Springs. A distinct subset of American Impressionism, intimately tied to the region in which it flourished, California Impressionism continued until the late 1930s, when Post-Impressionism gave way to modernism, and the artist colonies weakened as a contemporary scene began to eclipse the traditional style.






featuring the works of Victor Koast at

The Coachella Valley Art Scene

68571 East Palm Canyon Drive

Cathedral City, CA 92234

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Albert Paley Sculptures


Melissa Morgan Fine Art

73040 El Paseo  Palm Desert, CA

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melissa morgan fine art

Tue – Sat:  10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Melissa Morgan Fine Art specializes in cutting-edge international contemporary art in all media, including painting, mixed media, sculpture, tapestry, glass and resins, photography, video and installation art. We also feature art from the California movements, including Light and Space/Finish Fetish.

The gallery strives to present museum-quality programs with visionary and distinguished artists, especially outstanding emerging and regional artists.

Melissa Morgan Fine Art presents an extensive schedule of solo and thematic group exhibitions and interpretative programming, including artist and curator lectures and panel discussions.

The gallery also offers confidential advice and guidance to collectors, corporations, and institutions about identifying, locating, and acquiring works of art.




Architecture and Design Center
300 South Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, Ca 92264
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Closed Monday and Tuesday

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Through February 22, 2015
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center,  Edwards Harris Pavilion

The inaugural exhibition at the now open Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion.

Since Williams was the design architect for both the museum and the new A+D Center, it is appropriate that the first exhibition highlight and honor his long career and significant contributions to midcentury Modernist architecture. The exhibition, An Eloquent Modernist, E. Stewart Williams, Architect includes models, photographs, film clips, original renderings, and drawings to provide a complete view of his fifty-year career. To read more click here.

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The Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center is fantastic to visit…and, it’s only $5 to enter.  Take the whole family (or just all the cool people in the family) to the new design center.  You’ll be so glad you did.

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