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Visual Arts

08 Apr 2014
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Brian Marki, an established Portland, Ore., art dealer, has opened a second gallery here in Palm Springs. The gallery, which opened its doors on March 22, is open and welcoming. Large and small areas flow together within the gallery, creating opportunities to show multiple artists—or showcase just one particular artist. Marki’s stable includes both representational and non-representational artists, plus a few whose art lives in that world in between. Marki Gallery’s inaugural show, slated to be on display through April 30, presents about 10 artists, most working with either oils or acrylics. Jason Bradbury’s paintings greet visitors as they enter the gallery—and a wonderful greeting it is. The artist works with a restricted palette, and his choice of highly saturated and vibrant colors is made all the more striking because he often paints his backgrounds in highly saturated and vibrant colors, too. The artist’s exacting brushstrokes—produced in all likelihood with…
10 Mar 2014
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Gesso Cocteau’s 20-year retrospective at the Classic Art Gallery in Palm Desert was full of works that were lyrical, intense and introspective—works which demonstrated Cocteau’s ample contributions to contemporary figurative art. Some 100-plus people attended the retrospective that all but filled every room in the gallery. There was an almost equal division between bronzes and drawings, with Cocteau’s works demonstrating respect for the unique qualities of these distinct mediums. Bronzes by Cocteau, a renowned artist who calls the valley home, are found in private and public collections worldwide; her public commission, “Endless Celebration,” located in Bellevue, Wash., is the tallest free-standing cast sculpture in the United States, standing some 51 feet tall. Her sculptures included in the show range in size. Some are small, suitable for a shelf or desktop, while life-sized and even larger pieces are better suited to an outdoor garden. “With my sculpture, I strive to create…
17 Feb 2014
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If you have not yet paid a visit to Heather James Fine Art in Palm Desert, go now—while you still have the opportunity to enjoy the fantastic Warhol exhibition that’s on display at the gallery into April. Andy Warhol’s works may very well be the most-recognizable art in the world. His parents were immigrants from Slovakia, and he was born in Pittsburgh; of course, he would go on to become one of the most controversial pop artists of all-time before his death in 1987. He turned ordinary objects into iconic symbols—celebrating the mundane as art. His art is a perfect fit for Heather James Fine Art, which shows art in various genres from around the globe, including a lot of blue-chip works. The exhibit Andy Warhol: Paintings and Prints has been on display at the gallery since November. “It was an honor and a pleasure to bring dozens of Warhol…
14 Feb 2014
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“They were obviously loving somebody I wasn’t,” observed Norma Jeane Baker—you know her better as Marilyn Monroe—regarding the characters the actress portrayed. However, in her show Hello Norma Jeane, photographer Elaine Sigwald shows there’s much to love about this world famous-icon—who spent a considerable amount of time in Palm Springs. The show, presented in Archangel Gallery’s middle gallery, is especially timely, as it coincides with Modernism Week and the imminent departure of Seward Johnson’s “Forever Marilyn” from Palm Springs—and it’s especially local, as all but one of Sigwald’s images were taken in either Palm Springs or Cathedral City. Sigwald goes beyond merely producing photographs of Norma Jeane; she titles each image with an actual quote from Marilyn Monroe. This adds dimensionality to the icon’s mystique and persona, and offers insights into the photographer’s creative process. The show of 25 photographs includes a grouping of five black-and-white photographs. The remaining prints…
04 Feb 2014
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For four days, the Palm Springs Convention Center’s main exhibition hall will essentially become a $100 million pop-up gallery. The third annual Palm Springs Fine Art Fair (PSFAF) will showcase the full gamut of modern and contemporary art from Thursday, Feb. 13, through Sunday, Feb. 16. In just three years, the Palm Springs Fine Arts Fair has become a must-do event for art-lovers. From 2012 to 2013, attendance increased from 9,500 to 12,000. This year, Rick Friedman, the show’s organizer, projects attendance will exceed 14,000. Every available inch of the Convention Center’s Exhibition Hall is reserved for art, presented by some 60 participating galleries. Only a quarter of the exhibitors are from Southern California; in fact, participants come from all over the United States and the world: This year, the Palm Springs Convention Center will become the temporary home to galleries from Great Britain, London, Brussels, France, South Korea, Canada,…
20 Jan 2014
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Indio’s annual Southwest Arts Festival is pulling away from the traditional art it has showcased for almost three decades: Now in its 28th year, the festival will focus attention on contemporary work, organizers say. About 290 artists from 22 states will set up shop at the Empire Polo Club from Friday, Jan. 24, through Sunday, Jan 26, exhibiting an array of pieces that include abstract art and glass work. Summer Parkinson, the Southwest Arts Festival’s coordinator, says that this year’s festival will be unlike any other. “We really tried to make this year’s festival more contemporary, but still have a sense of some traditional art,” said Parkinson, who has been involved with the festival for 10 years, but recently became the event’s coordinator. “The festival is really going to encompass everything contemporary art is offering, such as oil paintings, clay and textile works. “The biggest thing for us is putting…