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Visual Arts

06 Sep 2013
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The Palm Springs Art Museum’s current show at their Palm Desert Campus looks at the relationship between around 15 artists’ sculptures and their works on paper. Across Dimensions: Graphics and Sculpture From the Permanent Collection includes artists both well-known—Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, Ellsworth Kelly and Jim Dine, for example—and lesser-known, including Dan Namingha, John Buck and Robert Hudson. On one level, the show asks the question: Does this artist, by working in two media, create synergies or a sense of continuity that furthers that artist’s vision? The show answers with a resounding yes in some ways—although the exhibit does show some weaknesses. Using only artwork only from the museum’s permanent collection offers both good and bad news. The positive? The curators have a defined body of work from which to choose, and their knowledge of the collection produced some well-thought-out and synergistic pairings. But other pairings seemed contrived and/or forced.…
13 Aug 2013
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When you see Cristopher Cichocki's art installations, you senses will experience contradiction. He’s an organic artist, yet his works are illuminated by his signature neon paint, and often black lighting, creating an edgy yet natural composition. He brings attention to his underlying theme: the collision of man and nature. Cichocki is the Palm Springs Art Museum’s 2013 Artist-in-Residence. His large-scale installation Desert Abyss: Cycle in Cycle opens Friday, Aug. 16, and will be on display through Saturday, Sept. 28. (Editor's note: The exhibit has been extended to run through Oct. 27.) He often uses materials found in nature—such as on the desert floor. His works of art merge photography, painting, sculpture, video, sound and installation, creating a multi-sensory experience. Art-lovers raved about his Epicenter exhibition, at the Pacific Design Center's See Line Gallery in West Hollywood, earlier this year. The Illinois native and Coachella Valley resident has been inspired by…
16 Jul 2013
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For some 200 years, artists have been attracted to the Coachella Valley. The reasons for that attraction have changed over the years, of course; today, many artists come here to create and exhibit their works due to the proximity to Los Angeles, and the valley’s comfortable lifestyle. One artist who has come here, in part, for those reasons is Christina De Musée. She has a rich body of work spanning more than 30 years as a professional artist, including countless exhibitions throughout the country around the globe—including shows in Japan, Switzerland, Germany, the United Kingdom and Canada. Her works have been featured in numerous publications, too. Her style is bold, colorful, bright and larger than life. Her powerful, seductive images tend to capture one’s attention from the moment you lay eyes on them. Large triptychs can overwhelm, but hers somehow easily merge with any location. They have been a favorite…
02 Jul 2013
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The Desert Art Collection and Sculpture Garden, located in the heart of Palm Desert’s tony El Paseo district, is a true gem. The tucked-away location, at 45350 San Luis Rey Ave. (just south of El Paseo), is a stone’s throw from the iconic eateries, luxury stores and boutique shops that have made El Paseo a place of choice for designer fashion and world-class art. The unique building is one of the oldest in the area and offers an inviting, well-designed space. Bright decorative flags waving from the entrance welcome visitors into this elegant building. The artisan metal doors open to a delightful courtyard with wonderful sculpture. One experiences serenity and aesthetic enjoyment, thanks to bright colors and beautiful stone creations in the garden courtyard. The gallery features an array of North American artists and sculptors that are all award-winning in their respective mediums. Credit the fine curating by the director,…
18 Jun 2013
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For more than a decade, The Art Place in Palm Desert has been a hub for galleries and boutiques that offer original home décor and accessories to the public. I recently visited The Art Place—located at 41801 Corporate Way, just off Hovley Lane west of Cook Street—to review the center for an upcoming art tour. For years, decorators and designers have frequented these vendors in search of something special for their clients’ dwellings. Some of these studio-galleries have an artist in residence working on wares that can be specially ordered or customized to please a discerning eye. At Nikko Contemporary, owners Nancy Lee and Hans Ladislaus offer a collection of original, aesthetically clean contemporary paintings and modern sculptures. These are a must for all art-lovers to see. Another popular space is the Jake Dent Gallery, where large ceramic creations are the star. These beautiful works vary in size and can…
04 Jun 2013
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The Backstreet Art District is nestled at the foot of the mountains, predominantly in a midcentury dwelling that includes various galleries and decorative-arts businesses. The structure alone is worth a visit to see a segment of the modern architecture with which Palm Springs has become synonymous. Located on Cherokee Drive (behind Mercedes-Benz of Palm Springs on East Palm Canyon Drive), the Backstreet Art District, despite some tough times, continues to flourish and evolve. This hidden gem features arts and crafts by genuine local artists—and on the first Wednesday of every month, the galleries host an art walk that is open to all. The ugly recession led to tough times at this vibrant, colorful destination. Some previous anchor galleries have moved to locations that offer more foot traffic—but exciting new tenants have set up shop in this special enclave. The new occupants offer an international flair, as well as world-class portfolios.…