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Modernism Week Scheduled for February 16–26, Modernism Week will highlight Midcentury Modern architecture as well as art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture in the Palm Springs area.


Forgotten Beauty Art Patron talks to Michael Gallagher and Jack Reilly about Abstract Illusionism


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Fashion Week




Agnes Pelton Daughter of the Desert



Izen Miller


Deanna Izen Miller will open a new gallery at 73-740 El Paseo in Palm Desert on February 16


The Art Room Cathedral City has a new addition to its Perez Road art corridor




Lita Albuquerque Art Palm Springs Artist of the Year


Desert X Desert X and the Coachella Valley

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Joe Luckinbill entertaining the crowd

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he historic Alan Ladd building in

artists. The event revolved around Simon’s

the space, which had long been vacant,

life. Located at 500 South Palm

Hot Rock,” studies in organic abstraction

the building was owned and operated

Palm Springs has a new lease on

Canyon Drive, Gallery 500 opened

its doors December 9 with a star-studded event showcasing its new gallery space

and artist Simon Luckinbill’s new works. We entered the gallery’s beautiful foyer,

decorated with a fourteen-foot Christmas

tree, and were offered a holiday beverage as we listened to musician Joe Luckinbill and strolled through the well-organized

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collection of new works called “Flea on a with images resembling dense forests of branches giving way to spectra of

reflected color, as if sunlight were striking dew-laden leaves. Attendees Laurence

Luckinbill, Lucie Arnaz, Harold Matzner, Joey English and Michael Childers

gathered around the works to praise the 36-year-old artist.

Gallery owner John Monahan

remarked how excited he was to use

for celebrating art. Constructed in 1968, by the Ladd family until 2002. During that time, the location went through

periodic changes but always seemed

ripe for new beginnings. Now the Five

Hundred Building is complete with a café (Ristretto), a sundry store and numerous offices, and Palm Springs residents are enjoying the fruits of John’s efforts to

reinvent the structure. Thanks, John, for giving us another gem!




he lights were on and the stage was set for the inaugural Palm

Springs Style Fashion Week, this past November featuring artists

and designers from around the globe. The three-day event was intended to educate viewers about innovative trends from

emerging and talented designers in the fashion world.

The schedule actually began a day

before the show with a VIP gathering at

the Ace Hotel. We had arrived fashionably late, of course, and the room was already

full of fashionistas young and old wearing that Moon is our city’s fashion leader and routinely pushes the limit in color and

Thanks to his upbeat vibe, the evening was charged with anticipation the latest colorful desert wear. The space was filled with an air of excitement over

the fact that Palm Springs might be on its

way to becoming a fashion hub, adding to the city’s already established status in the architectural and motion picture worlds. With over 20 local and international designers and over 30 local and

internationally known artists participating, the Palm Springs Style Fashion Week was

an event of eye-catching glamour and was

texture, we could make an exception for his outfit this particular night.

The emcee for the evening was one of

Palm Springs’ most outgoing television newscasters, Dan Ball. Thanks to his

upbeat vibe, the evening was charged with anticipation for the first two

presenters, siblings Julia and Andrew

Clancey of the Nashville boutique Any

Old Iron. Julia’s designs were light, airy and colorful gowns complimented by

sequined headdresses, while Andrew’s collection involved an austere New

Romantic revival of precisely tailored suits, eye masks and asymmetrical

haircuts. A succession of other talented designers showed off their best and

brightest threads as the week progressed. In addition to taking in fashions, we

clearly not going to disappoint.

spent time enjoying other features of

been set up across from the convention

the entry of the tent that reinforced the

The first night in the tent that had

center started with a presentation by

Mayor Rob Moon, who apologized for

his conservative dress suit but expressed his gratitude that the event was taking

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the show, including an art gallery near

glamour of the experience. Entertaining and educational, it was a week to

remember as our progressive small town cast its eyes in the direction of big-city sophistication.




well-known mainstay of Palm

and airy, and its array of serious and

opened the doors to its new home

through the viewing rooms. We couldn’t

Desert since 1987, Coda Gallery at the corner of El Paseo and

Lupine Lane on November 25 and 26. The

gallery’s opening exhibition was 30 Artists, 30 Years – a bracing mixture of newer

artists along with those it has represented since it opened in 1987.

As we entered Coda’s impressive

9,000-square-foot space, we were greeted by Director Sam Heaton, who was ready

whimsical art captured our eyes and led us help but notice the high ceilings and large street-front windows allowing visibility

to strollers along the boulevard. Mastro’s joined the celebration by offering us

delicious bites of steak and shrimp as we

circulated through the space and listened

important art movements – Laddie John

reggae duo from Joshua Tree.

Michael Gallagher in Abstract Illusionism.

to the music of Acoustic Movement, a A noteworthy aspect of Coda’s

with a smile and a signature cocktail in

philosophy is its decision to handle works

mixture of vodka, cranberry juice and

well as established figures. Collected by

hand. Called the Coda, the drink was a lemon juice, with a splash of orange juice and simple syrup. The space was open

by emerging and mid-career artists as

museums around the world, the latter

are recognized for their preeminence in

Dill in Light and Space, for instance, and One particularly striking piece was

an argon glass installation by Dill that

embodied transitioning hues of light in a simple yet uninterrupted form. Visiting

Coda is an exciting aesthetic experience as well as an education.

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AGNES PELTON Daughter of the Desert


ime has proven that the

is evident in her work. A Cove resident

1995 book about artist Agnes

had been my neighbor, she would have

subtitle of Michael Zakian’s

Pelton – Poet of Nature – was a

prophetic choice.

Pelton was one of four female artists

featured in the 2009 Orange County

Museum’s exhibition “Illumination.”

But she’s making more news now than she ever did between 1931 and 1961,

herself, St. Anthony remarks that “if Pelton been my friend. When I walk in the wash

near her home I see the purple smoke trees she painted and I think of her.”

Pelton’s vision of the desert that so

many speed by and never see is made clear in her paintings, but while

when she painted desert landscapes and transcendentally inspired subjects in the Cove neighborhood of Cathedral City.

Pelton was an artist “ahead of her time,”

says Cathedral City Historical Society

board member Margie St. Anthony. Her

fascination with the area – from its desert light, luxuriant date palms, and wispy smoke trees to the flowering plants

thriving near her residence on F Street –


Postcard from Palm Springs, circa 1942

(from the author’s collection) – America’s desert oasis, Palm Springs enjoyed an admirable reputation divided between it being a glamourous Hollywood hideaway surrounded by stunning scenery, date palms, lavish sunsets and the assurance of privacy, all factors contributing to Agnes Pelton making her home here in 1931. She took a closer look at the lush landscape surrounding her home inspiring her to capture the message on canvas. Her legacy, transcending time continues to captivate art historians and collectors. LEFT Seeds of Date, Agnes Pelton, 1935 (oil on canvas), from the collection of Robert and Kay Hillery – Bridging the gap between spiritual abstraction and vibrant realism, this lush interpretation of what she found dazzling in the startling beauty of the desert’s barren landscape is classic Agnes Pelton. “She believed deeply in the intrinsic poetry of natural phenomena transforming poet’s words into radiant imagery,” remarked an admiring art historian.

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as a transcendental artist had not

yet reached its zenith, and she never

enjoyed the financial success of such

contemporaries as Georgia O’Keeffe.

Pelton studied painting with Arthur

Wesley Dow at the Pratt Institute of

Art in Brooklyn, and her paintings Vine

Wood and Stone Age were selected for the 1913 New York Armory Show, known

officially as the International Exhibition of Modern Art. In time she began to develop a fascination with the theosophical

teachings of Madame H.P. Blavatsky

and such kindred beliefs as astrology.

She became a founding member of the

Transcendental Painting Group in 1938,

but by then she had already been working at her easel for seven years in the Cove, and her style was in transition.

Memories of Agnes Pelton remain

part of Cathedral City’s early history.

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When Pelton moved there, the

community’s population was around

100 hardy souls. Its first elected Mayor, Robert Hillery, recalls his father selling

Pelton the lot where she built the cottage that served as her studio and home.

Hillery’s Indian Wells residence has a

time–honored wall dedicated to Pelton paintings, including a radiant cluster

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Pelton’s cottage allowed her, as her

biographers have written, the “mystical

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security” she craved for her work. But as time passed and the once-desolate Cove was gradually invaded by construction sites, Pelton lamented the changes in

her diary. “I reluctantly watch strips of dear desert being torn up by tractors, Dorothee Naumburg

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there is an orgy of building going on,

little houses spring up everywhere and

twilight is filled with a human medley.” Pelton’s death in 1961 was a prelude to

her eventual recognition, which rightly

continues to flourish. She had avoided the commercialization of her work, although her paintings continued to intrigue

collectors and historians. Throughout

her remarkable range of subjects, from

portraits and traditional landscapes to her ethereal, symbolic works, her messages remain enigmatic. At a mere 14 by 18

inches, the seemingly innocent Vine Wood (from the Armory Show) captures one of those mystic, transcendental moments.

We can’t help but wonder what the four monkeys playing in the trees near the barefoot maiden are meant to convey.

“It is a classic Agnes Pelton moment,” remarks Los Angeles designer and

photographer Timmy Woods, one of her admirers.

When the Huntington Library in

San Marino announced in December

2016 that Pelton’s 1945 painting Passion Flower had officially been added to its prestigious collection, the news

reverberated throughout the art world, even in California. Pelton had toiled in

some obscurity, and as Ann Japenga had written in California Desert Art in 2010

about the artist’s treasured cottage in the Cove, “hardly anyone remembers she once lived there.”

Perhaps the first page had turned

in 1995 when the Palm Springs Desert

Museum, whose Associate Curator of Art at the time was Michael Zakian, brought Pelton into the art world’s limelight.

Then in 2013 the Cathedral City Public Art Commission, chaired by Marilyn

Cooper, curated a Pelton exhibit with

several important paintings installed in the soaring rotunda of the impressive City Council chambers. Professor

Nancy Strow Sheley of California State University, Long Beach, presented the

one-woman show Bringing Light to Life

the same year. Sheley has also portrayed

the artist on several occasions at Pelton’s former home, currently the residence of Agnes Pelton Society founders Simeon

Den and Peter Paladino. And Cathedral

City has added Agnes Pelton Way to the street signage on F Street.

It is understandable when she was

asked her opinion on how academics will rank Pelton in the future, Sheley replied, “she doesn’t ’fit’ into any categories, she was one of a kind.” 30 ART



New Izen Miller Gallery Deanna Izen Miller will open a new gallery at 73-740 El Paseo in Palm Desert on February 16

Miller began her career in the art

world 36 years ago in Venice, CA.

She studied at UCLA, going on to

represent artists from Los Angeles

and the San Francisco Bay area and

Michael Davis Scintillation, Steele, cooper, painted plywood, charcoal, blue glass crystal 57 by 57 by 8 inches; Barry Orleans Irruption 38 by 30 inches acrylic on canvas; Jay McCafferty Blue #65, solar pigmented 60 by 60 inches.

art acquisition and leasing programs

Luebtow, Barry Orleans, Ed Flynn

opened the Deanna Izen Miller

specializes in contemporary paintings,

as well as fine art appraisals. She Gallery in Venice Beach in 1994.

Today Miller represents emerging,

and Masha Keating. The gallery sculpture and works on paper.

Miller possesses a unique combi-

working with a number who have

mid-career and established artists

nation of artistic expertise and solid

figures in the development of the

the world, including Carole Beauvais,

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since been recognized as seminal West Coast School. In 1984 she

established Deanna Miller Fine Art, a

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from the Coachella Valley and around Carol Bishop, Ilana Bloch, Catherine Bohrman, Michael Davis, Vivian

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Ron Gregory, Katherine Kean, John

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Welcoming the Art Room Cathedral City has a new addition to its Perez Road art corridor and sharing the valley’s historic

original paintings by Charles Levier

himself in learning about the desert’s

original automotive concept art from

Mid-Century artifacts. He immersed

architectural beginnings and the part that a few talented pioneers played in changing its history. He started

by opening Modern Home Design

Showroom and consulting with clients With its rare vintage furniture,

abstract and expressionist art and

decorative objects, the Art Room is an eclectic collection for the MidCentury enthusiast.

Owner Mark Davis arrived in

Palm Springs in 2000 with a vision

of dedicating his time to preserving

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who wanted an exclusive Mid-Century look. With great success, he landed projects like E. Stewart Williams’

Kenaston House and was able to dream bigger. More recently he opened the

Art Room, an impressive 3200-squarefoot showroom where he could

display his entire collection of unique decorative items. The space features

once owned by Elvis Presley, as well as General Motors, Chrysler and Ford. The Art Room celebrates twice a year with shows featuring new artists, and has

scheduled an architectural photography exhibition on Sunday, Feb. 19, called “Contrast + Repetition,” organized by Sydney Institute of Technology professor and historian Annalisa

Capurro. Make a point to stop by to see this amazing collection! The Art Room 68845 Perez Road, Suite H7 Cathedral City, 92234

Modernism Week Palm Springs ✴ ✴

Scheduled for February 16–26, Modernism Week will highlight Midcentury Modern architecture as well as art, interior and landscape design, and vintage culture in the Palm Springs area. PARTY

For the twelfth year, the annual festival will feature a wide array of events, among them the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale and tours of iconic homes in more than 25 neighborhoods, including the Signature Home Tour on both weekends. Other highlights are a worldclass series of film screenings, tours of the historic Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, and a Palm Springs Walk of Stars dedication for John Lautner. Rounding out the attractions are a display of classic cars, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, nightly parties, garden tours, a series of talks about Mexico City Modern, and this year’s Modernism Week Show House, the Christopher Kennedy Compound at Villa Golightly.

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Opening Night One of the highlights of the first weekend is the annual Modernism

Week Opening Night Party on Thursday, February 16, to be presented by Ferguson Kitchen, Bath & Lighting Gallery. This red carpet affair

incorporates a 1960s-era spy-movie theme paying homage to the James

Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, which includes a famous scene shot at the Elrod House in Palm Springs. The structure was designed by this year’s Walk of Stars honoree, John Lautner.


MEXICO CITY MODERN Educational outreach has always been a core element of Modernism Week, and this year that trend continues with talks and films about Mexico City Modern. A series of four presentations on the subject will be conducted by leading experts, including Anne Rowe, Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, and Keith Eggener, author of Luis Barragan’s Gardens of El Pedregal. Also speaking will be Luis M. Castaneda, author of Spectacular Mexico – Design, Propaganda and the 1968 Olympics, and Cristina Lopez Uribe,

an architect on the faculty of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Following Modernism Week, a Mexico City Modern Tour produced by Modernism Week will visit the modernist residences and structures discussed during the presentation and many others.

Premier Double Decker Bus Tours are the best way to see the architecture of Palm Springs. Narrated by knowledgeable docents, these tours traverse the city and highlight the most interesting architectural marvels.

Designed by midcentury architect William F. Cody for millionaire socialite James Logan Abernathy in 1962, the 4,680 square foot pavilion-style Abernathy house is available for tours on February 21.

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SCREENINGS + EXHIBITS Once again, Modernism Week will present a variety of film screenings,

including the U.S. film premiere of Harry Seidler – Modernist, a new documentary from Sue Maslin, the producer of the current hit The

Dressmaker. The Architecture Film Series will feature the West Coast premiere of Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw The Future, with

cinematography by his son Eric Saarinen, who will be in attendance. Another important screening is the West Coast premiere of Elissa

Brown’s Windshield – A Vanished Vision, which recounts the story of the wealthy family that commissioned Richard Neutra to build a massive

summer home. Claremont Modern: The Convergence of Art + Architecture at Midcentury and Design for Modern Living: Millard Sheets and the Claremont Art Community, 1935–1975 will also be shown.

Other exciting programs include presentations celebrating the

photography of Slim Aarons and his work in Palm Springs, a new

documentary film on the history of neon signs, presentations and visual displays examining the architecture of the Desert Modernists, and tours and talks about modern gardens and outdoor living.

The Racquet Club Estates 9th Annual Home Tour and Reception will showcase the midcentury modern beauty of six unique Alexander homes built in the late 1950s and early 1960s, as well as street views of the seven historic Alexander “Steel Houses” designed in 1961 by respected architect Donald Wexler.

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Acclaimed modernist architect John Lautner, FAIA will receive a special star at a free special dedication ceremony on February 17. Special guests and friends of Mr. Lautner will speak about his important role in desert modern Midcentury architecture features clean lines and a refined

design and the legacy of his

aesthetic, juxtaposed by the often rugged desert terrain.

iconic structures.

Tours of iconic midcentury modern homes provide a rare glimpse into

Unique art and architecture provides a fascinating glimpse into the

the interiors of the iconic midcentury architecture in Palm Springs.

midcentury lifestyle, showcased at the Show & Sale.

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MEET + GREET CAMP, Modernism Week’s ‘Community and Meeting Place,’ will be located in a tented structure on Palm Canyon Drive near Baristo Road. Introduced in 2015 as a central location for attendees to shop, dine, learn, and relax between tours and parties, CAMP will feature stimulating programs and opportunities to meet industry luminaries through a variety of planned activities. It is also the ticket hub for the daily Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tour and – new in 2017 – group rides on Sunny Cycle electric bikes through architecturally significant neighborhoods.

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Oasis Tower and illuminated modern – The Illuminated Modern Sunset Bus Tour highlights architecturally significant midcentury and modern building facades. Buildings are illuminated with various lighting and typeface styles identifying the architect and year of construction. Enjoy the desert sunset and cool breezes atop an open-air double decker bus while viewing Palm Springs’s architectural heritage!


JOHN LAUTNER On Friday, February 17, the public is

invited to attend a special dedication on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars

for John Lautner, renowned architect of the iconic Bob Hope Estate and

Elrod House. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at the Palm Springs

Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavilion, 300 South Palm Canyon Drive.

All events are open to the public, with tickets on sale One of the highlights of the 11 day festival is the two day Vintage Trailer Show,

at A portion of ticket proceeds

which showcases a diverse collection of trailers, buses, motorhomes and

benefits the nonprofit organization Modernism Week

vintage vehicles. Owners will be on hand to talk about their trailer’s history,

and other local preservation, neighborhood and

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Lita Albuquerque Palm Springs 2017 Artist of the Year Lita Albuquerque, a pioneering artist and leader of California’s Light and Space movement in the 1970s, will receive the Artist of the Year Award during Art Palm Springs, held February 16 through 19. Lita Albuquerque, Stellar Axis: Antarctica, 2006, Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica.

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Donna Davies, Vice President of the Art Group for Urban Expositions,

the producer of Art Palm Springs.

“The scope of her work is inspiring, COURTESY PETER BLAKE GALLERY

as is her dedication to imparting her

Lita Albuquerque, Spine of the Earth, 1980. El Mirage Dry Lake Bed, Mojave Desert, California.

Coinciding with the Presidents’

Day weekend, Art Palm Springs

brings more than 60 galleries from the United States, South America

and Europe, along with hundreds of artists from around the globe, to the Palm Springs Convention Center. Represented at the fair

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by Peter Blake Gallery of Laguna

Beach, Albuquerque joins the ranks of past Artist of the Year honorees

such as Judy Chicago, Mel Ramos, Jennifer Bartlett, Fletcher Benton and Larry Bell.

“We are so pleased to have Lita

as the 2017 Artist of the Year,” says

knowledge to the next generation of

artists as a member of the Art Center

College of Design in Pasadena, where she has been on the faculty for more than 20 years.”

“With its closeness to Los

Angeles and Joshua Tree, Palm

Springs is a place that I go to for

inspiration, motivation and solitude,” Albuquerque explains. “Standing in

the presence of the mountains, there,

in the middle of the desert, everything drops out but the silence, and I can begin to listen. That listening is the beginning of inspiration, from one form of expression of the desert,

through my body, to the canvas or field or object. Getting this award

here means a lot – amidst the close

environmental artist, painter and

the years within the community as

realities of time and space through

relationships I have developed over well as with my relationship to the land itself.”

sculptor who brings together the

Drawing upon such far-flung

Valley, Albuquerque uses expansive natural backgrounds for her largescale installations and ephemeral works. She is known as an

Albuquerque’s commissioned

works can be seen at such diverse

throughout her career, which

McLean, Virginia, the Evo DeConcini

Albuquerque has earned acclaim

concepts of cosmology and everyday

locales as Antarctica and Death

the Cairo Biennale Prize.

her unique visual language.

continually questions the elemental

The scope of her work is inspiring, as is her dedication to imparting her knowledge to the next generation of artists.

that she exhibited Sol Star, which won

culture. Thoughtful and imaginative, Albuquerque uses these concepts as “a living, functional cosmology for 21st century culture within public consciousness.”

Albuquerque’s works include

her pivotal 1980 installation The Washington Monument Project,

which was featured as part of the

International Sculpture Conference and which led to commissions

at major sites around the world,

including the Great Pyramids on the

Giza Plateau. It was there, as the U.S. representative at the Cairo Biennale,

locations as Gannett Publishers in

Federal Courthouse in Tucson, the Palos Verdes Central Library, the

Koll/Obayashi Corporation in Los

Angeles, and the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Library. In addition,

her works are on display in museums

around the world, including the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Archives

of American Art at the Smithsonian

Institution, the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Going to Extremes Desert X and the Coachella Valley

When we see or hear an “X” after anything,

our instinct is to think extreme – extreme sports,

say, or extreme makeover. But extreme art? From February 25 to April 17, however, the Coachella Valley is ground zero for Desert X, an extreme

event that will present art in public places in a very dramatic fashion.

Desert X is a site-specific show that allows artists

to respond to the unique conditions of Palm Springs and the surrounding valley. The visionaries behind

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Desert X see it as an opportunity to explore both the

familiar and the unknown through the eyes of others. Desert X is produced by Desert Biennial, a not-

for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 2015 to bring the finest international artists to

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exciting. To learn more about the project, Art Patron talked to Susan Davis, president of the board of

Desert X and editorial director of the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.

“There was not just one trigger that led me to

found Desert X,” Davis says of the impetus behind the show. “I moved to Palm Springs seven years ago. I slowly learned about it and the Coachella

Valley. I fell in love with a community that I found to be amazingly rich in history, diverse socio-

economically – especially the extremes that exist

here – and of course love the beautiful environment in which we live.

“But I was also struck by the fact that there are

festivals and events throughout the year but none

focused on contemporary art,” Davis continues. “I

know that there are many, many people who spend




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frankly, I missed the energy, the way of seeing the

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world and the dialogue it inspires and has always brought to my life.”

Desert X differs from


other contemporary art events in several key

ways. Unlike ArtPrize,

An exhibition of the life of Marilyn Monroe

Desert X is a curated show. The board of

directors selects artists and the artwork is

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selected by a curator.

Besides Davis, the board

Kirkland and many more top Hollywood photographers.

includes former Palm

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Springs Art Museum

Director Steven Nash and

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famed artist Ed Ruscha. “We did not solicit

proposals or have a jury,”

Critics, reviewers and auction houses all agree, “Fine art photography is a new affordable collectible.”

Davis explains. “The artists selected have

national and international

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reputations and virtually all are collected by

major museums. They

were asked to visit the

Coachella Valley to learn about it and to seek

inspiration for a new

piece. They then worked


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with artistic director Neville Wakefield on their vision and the feasibility of

the project they had in mind. The art is expected to provide a different way of

seeing elements of the valley – often the environment, but also the area’s special socio/cultural/historical elements.”

Participating artists include Will Boone, Glenn Kaino, Sherin Guirguis, Neville Wakefield and Tavares Strachen.

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Given the diverse and divergent factors

that comprise the Coachella Valley, Desert X is no small undertaking. “While the

exhibition is free to the public,” Davis

says, “it is very costly to produce. The

underwriting has come from the board,

valley philanthropists, a very significant group of 100 founding members from

around the US, and local sponsors who are providing donations and in-kind contributions.

Davis anticipates that the audience for

Desert X will be as varied and diverse as the region. “We expect ‘cultural tourists’ as well as those who are interested in

the work of our presenting artists. There are people interested in cultural events

in general who will venture here. There

are residents and frequent visitors to the

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contemporary art or Desert X who may

come upon one of the works and who will be intrigued enough to visit others. The

board and the staff believe strongly in the power of art to be transformative.

“Additionally,” says Davis, “the

Coachella Valley presents an amazing canvas for art and has proved to be inspirational to artists. Providing a

new way for visitors to the Coachella

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them a way to see the Coachella valley through the lens of contemporary art, will be wonderful.”

For more information about Desert X, see

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Celebrate the ART, MUSIC, & DANCE of the Historic Cathedral City Cove The public is invited to the annual Home Tour of Historic Cathedral City Cove Homes and Artists on Feb 12, from 11am-3pm, commemorating the 70th Anniversary of when Agnes Pelton’s home was used as the first art gallery in Cathedral City, which continues today as the Desert Art Center in Palm Springs. • Visit historic adobe, pre-WWII, and mid-century homes and home/studios of professional Cathedral City artists; view and purchase sculpture, painting, photography and folk art • Tour the remarkable homes of the celebrated desert artists, Agnes Pelton and Val Samuelson, and noted writer, Willard Price

Works by David Henry, Sculptor and Painter Opening, February 8, 5-9 pm. Woodman/Shimko Gallery, 1105 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs.; (760) 233-1230 NOW-FEBRUARY 11

Jack Walker Show: “Sculpting the West, One Sculpture at a Time” Desert Art Collection, 45-350 San Luis Rey Ave at El Paseo, Palm Desert. Bronze sculptures by cowboy artist Jack Walker, who will be working in the sculpture garden daily, 1-4pm.; (760) 674-9955 NOW-MARCH 31

“Masters of Abstract Art” Featuring DiMora Art Car: Vicci 6.2. Rebecca Fine Art Gallery, 68895 Perez Rd #7, Cathedral City. Joe Novak, Mario Pikus, Donald Spencer, Robert Tahar, Robert Reeves, and Nathan Slate Joseph.; (760) 534-5888 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 6-8 PM

Introducing “The Marble Series” by Rosenberg Tom Ross Gallery 2682 S Cherokee Way, Palm Springs (at the Backstreet Art District). A recent resident of Palm Springs, abstract artist Rosenberg introduces a new series of circular works painted on clear acrylic panels. Inspired by his childhood memories of the awe and wonderment of looking at glass marbles close up, these paintings suggest imaginative worlds within their spherical confines.; (505) 470-7932

• Purchase limited edition, hi-resolution reproduction prints of Pelton paintings • View the Agnes Pelton Society murals commissioned to local artists on Chuperosa Lane • Walk through the exotic gardens of a former clandestine casino and bordello • Enjoy live entertainment of dance, classical and pop acoustic music • Participate making art onsite in a garden at the children’s art workshop • See an avant garde Butoh dance performance of moving sculpture by the Simeon Den Dance Theater in the Pelton Sculpture Garden The participating homes are located in Cathedral City Cove, conveniently accessible by walking, driving, and a City shuttle will be available. A printed program will be available on the day of the event and will be your passport ticket, which includes a map and information about the homes, artists, and activities of the day. Presented by theAgnes Pelton Society (a 501c3 nonprofit Arts Advocacy and Arts Education organization). TICKETS $15 per person (children free), available online at and on day of the event at the ticket booth in front of City Hall on the Festival Lawn, 68600 East Palm Canyon Drive.

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Patrick Walsh Show: “Painting with the Camera” Ý Desert Art Collection, 45-350 San Luis Rey Ave at El Paseo, Palm Desert. Photomosaic landscapes from a very unusual perspective.; (760) 674-9955 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 5-8PM

Opening Artist Reception: Sculptures by Theodore Gall Exhibition continues through February 24. CODA Gallery, 73-400 El Paseo, Palm Desert. Although Ted Gall’s work has not been limited to the human form, it has been his primary focus throughout his career. His compelling figures are most often placed in thought-provoking situations.; (760) 346-4661 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 5-8PM

Opening Reception: Paintings by Trevor Goss Exhibition continues through February 24. CODA Gallery, 73-400 El Paseo, Palm Desert. With an MFA from London’s Hornsey College of Art, Trevor Goss was a contemporary, experimental painter who worked with holographic material and developed light refractive holographic treatments.; (760) 346-4661


Artist’s Reception: Zoë Ann Fischer Rebecca Fine Art Gallery, 68895 Perez Rd #7, Cathedral City. Don’t miss an opportunity to chat with the artist and get a different perspective on her art! The gallery also is showcasing the exhibit “Masters of Abstract Art.”; (760) 534-5888 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 10AM-4PM

Art on Main Street Old Town La Quinta, 78100 Main St, La Quinta 92253. Over 80 artists exhibit and sell paintings, mixed media, jewelry, textiles, photography, ceramics, and sculpture. Live entertainment. Free admission and parking.; Information: (310) 986-5444 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 4-7PM

1st Annual Priority Lighting Builders Expo & Art Fair The Art Place, 41801 Corporate Way, Palm Desert. The Art Place and the Desert Valley Builders Association present the 1st Annual Priority Lighting Builders Expo & Art Fair! Observe one-of-a-kind home features and home building and décor demonstrations while enjoying food, music, and art.; (760) 776-2268 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 5-7PM

Opening of Bruce Kimerer solo painting exhibition “Plein Air” Simeon Den Gallery, 68895 Perez Rd, #I-27, Cathedral City. Exhibition runs through March 5.


Gabe Fernandez: Palm Springs Images in Oil Ý Opening February 10, 5-9pm. Woodman/Shimko Gallery, 1105 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs.; (760) 233-1230 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 6-9PM

Featured Artist’s Reception: Michael Goldzweig Fusion Art Gallery, 4116 Matthew Dr, Palm Springs (in the Backstreet Art District). Fusion artist Michael Goldzweig will showcase his vibrant and energetic abstracts. The show runs February 1-25., (760) 832-7568 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11-MARCH 4

Jamey Alexander Santos Opening Reception February 11, 6-8pm Joshua Tree Art Gallery, 61607 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree. Santos’ first one-man show showcases his electrifying use of color and form in his new paintings. “Don’t” addresses issues of his personal anxiety regarding daily functioning and his uneasiness with social interactions. Saturdays 10am-3pm, Sundays noon3pm, weekdays by appointment.; (760) 366-3636 ART 57


Opening Reception Ý LA Artcore-Brewery Annex, 650 A South Ave 21, Los Angeles. Terry Hastings is delighted to announce the showing of two of his photographs, “Stay with Me” and “Entangled.” Show runs through February 26. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 11AM-3PM

Home Tour of Historic & Artists’ Homes Sponsored by the Agnes Pelton Society, Cathedral City Cove. $15 passport to home sites available online at www. or at Will Call on day of the event at Simeon Den Gallery, 68895 Perez Rd, #I-27. (760) 495-3564. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 6-9PM; FRIDAY & SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 & 18, 10AM-8PM; SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 10AM-6PM

Art Palm Springs Jorge Mendez Gallery booth, Palm Springs Convention Center. Fine art fair presented by galleries from around the world exhibiting modern and contemporary art in a variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed-media.; (310) 401-4645 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17-MARCH 2

Tim Scapes: Provincetown Artist Does Palm Springs Opening February 17, 5-9pm. Woodman/Shimko Gallery, 1105 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs.; (760) 233-1230 SATURDAYS, FEBRUARY 18, 10AM-4PM

Art on Main Street Old Town La Quinta, 78100 Main St, La Quinta, 92253. Over 80 artists exhibit and sell paintings, mixed-media, jewelry, textiles, photography, ceramics, and sculpture. Live entertainment. Free admission & parking.; (310) 986-5444 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 6-8PM

“Multiplicity” The Eye of the Artist Izen Miller Gallery, 73-740 El Paseo, Palm Desert. Show includes artists from throughout the United States working in paint, sculpture, digital and limited-edition prints. “Conversation with the Artists” Saturday, March 4, 5 pm.; (760) 779-0808 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 6PM

The Waring International Piano Competition Black & White Gala Omni Rancho Las Palmas Hotel & Spa, Rancho Mirage. Black tie optional hosted cocktails, music program, gourmet dinner and dancing to raise funds for the 2017 Waring International Piano Competition. $300 includes tax deduction.; (760) 773-2575 58 ART


Robert Bradshaw: Paintings That Tell a Story Opening February 24, 5-9pm Woodman/Shimko Gallery, 1105 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs.; (760) 233-1230 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1-JULY 15

JTNP Juried Art Exhibition Call for Art 29 Palms Art Gallery, Twentynine Palms. Call for entries for 5th Annual Joshua Tree National Park Juried Art Exhibition, on display October 1-November 1. Cash awards.; WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1-18

Cliff Kearns Show: “Celebrity, Brand & Numbers” Desert Art Collection, 45-350 San Luis Rey Ave at El Paseo, Palm Desert. Contemporary canvas portrait paintings of Liz Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and more.; (760) 674-9955 FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 5-8 PM

Opening Reception: Paintings by Charley Snow CODA Gallery, 73-400 El Paseo, Palm Desert. When Charley Snow graduated with an MFA from the University of Utah, he wanted to focus on painting the figure. He never really planned on portraying beefy, four-legged creatures on canvas. “I soon discovered that every cow had its own personality and gesture.” Exhibition continues through March 24.; (760) 346-4661 FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 5-8PM

Opening Reception: Paintings by Ben Steele. CODA Gallery, 73-400 El Paseo, Palm Desert. Ben Steele considers himself to be on the outside of the art world looking in. Rather than fitting any specific movement, he’s best described as an art chameleon, using his work to comment on the history of art as a whole. Exhibition continues through March 24.; (760) 346-4661

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Artist’s Reception: Mario Pikus Rebecca Fine Art Gallery, 68895 Perez Rd #7, Cathedral City. Meet and greet Mario Pikus, originally from Argentina, mentored by Jacques Lipchitz in NYC, now living in Rancho Mirage and featured in our ongoing exhibition “Masters of Abstract Art.”; (760) 534-5888 SATURDAY, MARCH 4, 6-9PM

Opening Reception: Featured Artist Alicia Savio Fusion Art Gallery, 4116 Matthew Dr, Palm Springs (in the Backstreet Art District). Alicia Savio will showcase her dance sculptures and paintings. Show runs from March 1 through 31.; (760) 832-7568 FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 5-7 PM

Opening of “Virtual Landscapes” Simeon Den Gallery, 68895 Perez Rd #I-27, Cathedral City. Solo photography exhibit by Gary Borgstedt.; (310) 801-6538



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Opening: Tom of Finland, World-Famous Artist of the Male Image Ý

Karen Weichert

Woodman/Shimko Gallery, 1105 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs. Showing works from a private collection never before seen. Exhibit runs March 10 through 23.; (760) 233-1230

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Opening Reception March 8, 6-8pm Joshua Tree Art Gallery, 61607 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree. Group show featuring new works by Doug Dolde, Kim Chasen, Frederick Fulmer, Marcia Geiger, Timothy Hearsum, Brian Leatart, Gregg Ross, and Tobi Taboada. Saturdays 10am-3pm, Sundays noon-3pm, weekdays by appointment.; (760) 366-3636 SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 10AM-4 PM

4th Annual Rancho Mirage Artists Studio Tour (Begins at Rancho Mirage City Hall) The 4th Annual Rancho Mirage Tour of Artists’ Homes & Studios is a self-guided tour of the homes and studios of Rancho Mirage artists working in various media. New this year, in addition to photography and painting, the tour includes artists working in glass, ceramics, and textiles. Registration is required at Rancho Mirage City Hall on the day of the event. There you will receive a map and lanyard and be ready to follow the self-guided tour at your own pace. A pop-up art gallery at City Hall will showcase additional artists, not part of the home and studio tour. (760) 341-7323 SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 10AM-4 PM

Art on Main Street Old Town La Quinta, 78100 Main St, La Quinta. Over 80 artists exhibit and sell paintings, mixed media, jewelry, textiles, photography, ceramics, and sculpture. Live entertainment. Free admission and parking.; (310) 986-5444 SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 6-9PM

Opening Reception: “Pathways” Jorge Mendez Gallery, 756 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs. Exhibition of international women artists runs March 18-April 20. Gallery hours Thursday-Saturday 11am-5 pm, Sunday noon-4pm.; (310) 401-4645 60 ART

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Paintings by Aïda Marini Schneider: “Remnants II”

an eclectic collection of all things modern

Desert Art Collection, 45-350 San Luis Rey Ave at El Paseo, Palm Desert. Intriguing abstract oil-on-board paintings that remain forever mysterious.; (760) 674-9955 FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 5-9PM

Opening: Paintings by Rebecca Haines Woodman/Shimko Gallery, 1105 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, 92262. Santa Fe artist Haines paints wildlife as no one else can. Show runs March 24-April 5.; (760) 322-1230 SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 6-8PM

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Izen Miller Gallery, 73-740 El Paseo, Palm Desert. Show featuring Carol Bishop, Ed Flynn, Vivian Flynn and Christopher Georgesco, Los Angeles artists working in encaustic, painted assemblage, sculpture and painted relief. “Conversations with the Artists” Saturday, April 8, 5pm.; (760) 779-0808 SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 7 PM

The Waring Solo Preliminary Round of the Waring International Piano Competition Indian Wells Theater, CSUSB-Palm Desert Campus, 37500 Cook St, Palm Desert. Virtuoso pianists from around the world each play 30 minutes of varied classical piano repertoire. Free admission, free parking.; (760) 773-2575 MONDAY, MARCH 27-FRIDAY, MARCH 31, VARIOUS TIMES

The Waring International Piano Competition


Indian Wells Theater, CSUSB-Palm Desert Campus, 37-500 Cook St, Palm Desert. Solo, semi-finals, and concerto rounds with second piano. Virtuoso pianists compete for prizes. Free admission, free parking.; (760) 773-2575 FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 7PM

The Waring International Piano Competition Solo Finals Indian Wells Theater, CSUSB-Palm Desert Campus, 37-500 Cook St, Palm Desert, CA. Three virtuoso international pianists each play 45 minutes of varied classical piano repertoire, followed by awards presentation. $20 per ticket, free parking.; (760) 773-2575 SATURDAY, APRIL 1-22, 5 –7PM. PERFORMANCE AT 6PM

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Opening: Paintings by Juan-Manuel Alonso Simeon Den Gallery, 68895 Perez Rd, I-27 Cathedral City. The paintings are images of dancers, and a live performance by the Simeon Den Dance Theater will be presented, featuring original choreography reflecting Alonso’s bold, brightly colored paintings.; (310) 801-6538 SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 2PM

Concerto Final of the Waring International Piano Competition with the Waring Festival Orchestra

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McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Dr, Palm Desert. Three virtuoso pianists play full concerti accompanied by a full orchestra, followed by a musical interlude featuring solo winners and awards presentation. Tickets $67, first 7 rows of the orchestra; $37, most of the rest of the orchestra and founders’ circle; $27, rear orchestra; $17, balcony seats.; (760) 340-2787-box office for tickets


Opening Reception: Featured Artist Jeanie Gebhart Fusion Art Gallery, 4116 Matthew Dr, Palm Springs (in the Backstreet Art District). Fusion artist Jeanie Gebhart will showcase her impressionistic abstracts. Show runs April 5-29., (760) 832-7568 FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 5-8 PM

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Opening Artist’s Reception: Laddie John Dill, Mixed Media CODA Gallery, 73-400 El Paseo, Palm Desert. A central figure in the California Light and Space movement, Laddie John Dill has been crafting light and earthy materials such as concrete, glass, sand, and metal into luminous sculptures, wall pieces, and installations since the 1970s. Exhibition runs April 7-28. CodaGallery.Com; (760) 346-4661 FRIDAY, APRIL 7-30

Santiago Garcia Show: “Converse Shoes” Desert Art Collection, 45-350 San Luis Rey Ave at El Paseo, Palm Desert. Highly sought-after contemporary oil paintings.; (760) 674-9955 SATURDAY, APRIL 8-MAY 6

Opening Reception April 8, 6-8 pm “3 Sisters: Off the Grid” Joshua Tree Art Gallery, 61607 29 Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree. Sisters Judy Wold, Mary Wold Souza, and Martha Wold Cornwall reunite to share their creative expressions. Saturdays 10am-3pm, Sundays noon-3pm, weekdays by appointment.; (760) 366-3636 SATURDAY, APRIL 8-JUNE 30

“This.Is.Now” Opening Exhibit: Saturday April 8, 2017, 5 - 8 pm Rebecca Fine Art Gallery, 68895 Perez Rd #7, Cathedral City. Exhibit focusing on the modern art of today, with different styles and media. A little political and provocative but definitely contemporary. Includes Tim Townsley, Steve Bein, Mandy Main, and Gerald Patrick.; (760) 534-5888 SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 10AM-4PM

Art on Main Street Þ Old Town La Quinta, 78100 Main St, La Quinta. Over 80 artists exhibit and sell paintings, mixed media, jewelry, textiles, photography, ceramics, and sculpture. Live entertainment. Free admission and parking.; (310) 986-5444

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FORGOTTEN BEAUTY Art Patron talks to Michael Gallagher and Jack Reilly about Abstract Illusionism restrictions and allowing viewers

to perceive colors, not recognizable

images, as the primary subject matter.

It was in the 1960s that Al Held, Ronald

Davis and Allan D’Arcangelo started

using modes of perception and elements of color as a way to create another

kind of abstraction. They arranged


geometric objects on

a canvas and enhanced the

experience with shadows behind the

objects, projecting the image forward off

the surface. This represented a break with the tradition of depicting objects receding into the canvas or toward a focal point within the pictorial plane as we see in

early examples of the technique of trompe l’oeil (“deceive the eye”). We can say that

these artists laid the foundations on which others created the movement of Abstract

Illusionism, as New York art dealers Louis K. Meisel and Ivan Karp called it.

Artists James Havard, Jack Lembeck,

Tony King, Michael Gallagher, George

Green and Jack Reilly can be viewed as

Jack Reilly, Floating Image, 1994, 38x42 inches,

the forerunners of the movement, using

acrylic polymers on shaped canvas.

three-dimensional painting as a way

Collection of Rob Piepho, Palm Springs, CA


uring the 1970s and

began to treat the canvas as a window

a new style transformed

techniques for suggesting depth with

‘80s, artists working in the pictorial plane into

a three-dimensional space by using

shadows and angles to challenge our perceptions in an abstract way.

Over the preceding hundreds of

years, artists had accustomed our eyes

onto the unconscious, combining

realistically depicted imagery based on random thoughts to evoke a Freudian

universe. They placed their subjects in

a space in which our eyes could explore our fears and hopes and desires.

By the late 1940s, however, artists had

to the fact that a flat canvas could

reverted to the idea that the canvas is

world beyond its two-dimensional

splattered paint onto his canvases,

transport us into a three-dimensional surface. But in the 1920s the Surrealists 68 ART

essentially a flat surface. Jackson Pollock breaking out of the confines of academic

to create abstract works. Each had his

own style and ideas about the direction that depth perception and abstraction

could take him. In order to understand this shifting paradigm, Art Patron

reached out to Michael Gallagher and Jack Reilly, asking them to share their

unique experiences at the height of the movement. Gallagher lived in New

York and Reilly in Los Angeles, and

the two had approached the movement differently, with Gallagher interested

in undefined abstract forms and Reilly

more attracted to sharply defined shapes.

But these spaces were barely habitable,

he remembers. They were missing floors and had bad plumbing and electrical connections. When businesses were

closed on lower levels at night and on

weekends, there might be no heat. This was Bohemian living, as Gallagher describes it – surviving “in a space where an animal could die.”

There were fewer than half a dozen

galleries in the neighborhood, but

artists were just as respected as any

other profession. Gallagher remembers becoming fascinated early in his career Michael Gallagher, 4X, 1978, 72x70 inches, acrylic and oil on canvas. Private collction.

Educated at Yale, Gallagher explains

that New York’s art world has

changed immensely since the 1970s.

He remembers the Lower Manhattan

district of SoHo as being a warehouse area of light manufacturing (mostly

with exploring modes of perception in

fine art, specifically painting. “Learning

about the various schemes deployed for constructing illusions – overlapping,

scale and placement, linear perspective, relative hue and value, chiaroscuro

and atmospheric perspective – fueled further study.”

Gallagher and his Yale colleagues

printing and garment shops) supported

created a co-op named Razor Gallery on

population. Business was going through

shows” in which “Kurt Vonnegut gave

by a diversified blue-collar immigrant a depression and large loft spaces

became available for very little money.

West Broadway where they had “atypical readings and Annie Sprinkle showed her wire mesh house models inhabited by

Jack Reilly, Ace, 1980, 60x80 inches, acrylic polymers on shaped canvas. Private Collection, Los Angeles, CA

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horizontal and vertical lines creating a reference point in layers of loosely

applied color forms that appeared to be

floating in front of or behind the veil. The paintings were well received by critics thanks to the aggressive and daring

manner in which Gallagher balanced his abstract compositions in an organized, three dimensional scheme.

A 1978 graduate of Florida State,

Reilly became interested in a similar

approach when he discovered the endless possibilities of using an abstract format in

a three-dimensional space. He remembers this being unheard of at the time, and

contemporary abstraction was ripe for a shake-up. He began to produce his first Jack Reilly, Eclipse of Reason, 1993, 60x94 inches, acrylic polymers on shaped canvas.

hissing cockroaches while performing

large canvases of organized, floating

was then that he solidified his fascination

grid-like plane. The compositions had a

stripteases a couple of times a day.� It

with his new painting style, producing

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large-scale minimalist works – canvases

that were essentially backdrops for floating

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color fields that were often placed on a

sense of structure, held together by faint

multi-colored bars – right out of college. It was a simple yet dramatic attempt to

combine geometry, color and perception in a transcendent form of organic

composition. His works were well received

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dealer Molly Barnes discovered Reilly’s work and offered him a solo exhibition at her gallery. Like Gallagher, he was

accepted a short time later in a traveling exhibition of Abstract Illusionist artists

called The Reality of Illusion that opened at the Denver Art Museum and made its way to other museums around the country. He felt like a rock star.

Reilly describes Abstract Illusionism

as a “bourgeoning hybrid style

which combined aspects of Abstract Expressionism and post-painterly

abstraction with a longing to redefine three-dimensional depth (as a formal element) in pain ting.” He and

Gallagher made their contributions to Jack Reilly, detail from Fidelity, 1993, acrylic polymers on shaped canvas. Shadows are painted to emulate dual light sources. Collection of Stuart and Arlene Marzell, Hacienda Heights, CA.

and his first Los Angeles exhibition sold

over fifty large scale works per year to

his studio into a literal factory, producing

It was in 1979 that prominent art

out immediately. He remembers turning

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keep up with the demand.

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Nocturne installation, white bronze, Artist’s studio in Prague

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Reclining Nocturne 1, 2015, cast glass, 22 x 49 x 33 inches

Karen LaMonte’s work focuses on the idea of beauty. She observes that

beauty is not in the eye of the beholder, but a specific cultural expression equated with truth, goodness, and morality. It is the subject of philosophical musings from Plato and Nietzsche as well as

modern writers like Arthur Danto and David

Hickey. In it’s embrace or abnegation, the idea of beauty informs all art and architecture, eroticism and evolution.

Inspired by the beauty of night, LaMonte calls her

new body of work “Nocturnes”: dark, seductive

and sublime. They are absent female forms rising from penumbral garments, figurations of dusk.

With twilight as her muse, LaMonte builds on the

legacy of night meditations by Whistler, John Field and Frederick Chopin. Her works explore the 78 ART

Nocturne 5, 2015, cast glass, 59 x 25 x 22 inches


Floating World installation, cast glass

transition from known to unknown, from conscious to

unconscious, from reality to dream, and from material to

immaterial. Night is transcendent, transfiguring the personal into the universal. When the veil of daylight recedes,

the darkness of night opens the infinite space of the universe that surrounds us. Night seduces with an erotic, limitless

and unobtainable beauty. These sculptures explore evening’s sublime, the mysterious side of feminine beauty.

Sculpting with drapery, LaMonte gathers darkness around the

body using lightly tinted crystal. She envisions her technique as “drawing with dusk,” a sculptural interpretation of tenebrism. It took over two and a half years of experimentation for her to


rior to embarking on “Nocturnes”, LaMonte began research on Ukiyo in 2007 during a seven-month fellowship in Kyoto sponsored by the Japan-US

Friendship commission. The resulting works are a

culmination of her study of the kimono as a cultural icon

and her continuing investigation of beauty, seen here through the lens of Japanese aesthetics and material expression.

LaMonte’s vision for the project demanded broadening her

material vocabulary. She continued casting glass in the Czech

Republic, but also started sculpting ceramic in the Netherlands and Denmark, and forging bronze and iron in Italy.

“The kimono, as vessel to an unseen body”, LaMonte

achieve the right color and density of the glass.

explains,”reflects a cultural affinity for ephemerality and

the body. They glow like stars. Like celestial bodies, together

things.’ This attentiveness to impermanence precipitates a

Her “Nocturnes” in white bronze glisten like moonlight on

they become constellations. Those rendered in rusted iron

are locked into a process of transformation and imperceptible

decay, like waning daylight. They embody transition, as does twilight, positioned between the day and night.

emptiness, expressed as mono no aware, or ‘the pathos of

melancholic sense of beauty, which I had sought to capture

in my previous work. Indeed, despite the radical differences in cultures, I was struck by the kindred sensibility between the kimono and my disembodied European dresses. For

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Maiko (front and back), 2011,

ceramic, 34 1/4 x 20 x 15 1/2 inches LEFT Odoriko,

2013, ceramic, 49 x 26 x 17 inches

me, beauty is ephemeral, it is exquisitely somber – not a

celebration of self or individuality, but an acknowledgment of one’s limits that takes comfort in the essential and eternal.” This body of work, also referred to as “Floating World”

will begin a multi-city museum exhibition tour in April 2017,

organized by her representative Austin Art Projects located in Palm Desert, California.

Karen LaMonte’s work is included in numerous collections

throughout the world, including the Chazen Museum of

Art, Corning Museum of Glass, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Smithsonian

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Nocturne 1 2015, cast iron, 60 x 27 x 19 inches Photo: Martin Polak

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The great room of Hall’s 2003 steel and glass case study style home in the Little Tuscany neighborhood of Palm Springs houses.

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“Lady of Thunder” metal sculpture by an unknown artist sits poolside of Hall’s outdoor living patio; Contemporary furniture grouping surrounds a sculptural firepit coffee table.

ome people believe that the beauty

is in the details. But Dan Hall knows that the beauty of the details is the art that drives him to create.

Established in 1990, Dan Hall Interiors is Hall’s nerve

center. It’s from here that he begins to create his designs – from custom furniture and cabinetry to the art that

graces the walls of his clients’ homes. “I was fortunate to

have wonderful mentors in my career,” he recalls. “Steve

Chase, who had trained with Arthur Elrod, was my most important one. I began as a Delivery and Art Installation

Technician, but with time I moved on to the design team. What I noticed about Steve, besides his amazing talent,

was his attention to every detail. From the initial drawing to the finished project, Steve knew every nuance. I took that with me when I left to start my own firm.”

Following in the footsteps of legendary interior

designers is no small feat. Known for their fresh

contemporary interiors, both Elrod and Chase had a

lasting impact on the Palm Springs landscape. Both had a 86 ART

A 40 foot wall of glass opens up to outdoor living, bringing the outdoors into the interior great room.

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rich sense of design and knew how to create an environment that was right for their clients.

“Designers cannot impress all of their own wishes onto every

project,” Hall explains. “I approach each one as just that – its

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own project. When designing an interior, I need to take into

account not just the architecture and the physical location but

also the personalities. These are homes, not museums, and not model homes. They are homes that may be uniquely beautiful


Custom grey

washed kitchen cabinetry designed by Hall was installed when the house was purchased in 2015. Vintage Brno chairs surround a glass dining table with glass centerpiece bowl by Tom Bloyd; Painting” “Isadora” by French artist Pierre Marie Brisson hangs above a modernist buffet table. LEFT “The Primative figure” by Miami artist Jamali and a favorite Photograph: “Fruitloops” by Don Saxton, hang in Hall’s “work station” alcove.

but are alive because of the people who inhabit those spaces.”

my clients live in the outdoors. The desert, for example, offers

of his knowledge and love of landscape design. “The exterior is

spring seasons encourage us to move outdoors. By seamlessly

Because a home is more than its interior walls, Hall makes use

as much a part of the whole as the interior,” he says. “Many of

many possibilities for life outdoors. The fall and winter and

blending the interior and exterior, the living space is that much

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A large

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remodeled his clients Alexander home in Palm Springs several years earlier, Hall recently designed, supervised construction, and furnished this 1000 sq. ft Pool Pavilion.

more integrated into the lifestyle of the inhabitants.�

and Hawaii. “I have no fixed style but do enjoy working on the

homes in the Desert area. He has also worked in Los Angeles,

projects are modernist. Some are more traditional, while others

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Santa Barbara, Atherton, Saratoga, San Jose, Denver, Seattle,

modernist homes of this area and beyond. But not all my design are a blend of styles, or what I call Soft Contemporary.

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“I enjoy being involved from the beginning,” Hall continues.

“I am often called into a project early on in the architectural

stages of design, to help clients develop, visualize and create

their plans. It is important that all the elements come together.

That can only happen when there is an open dialogue between all the parties.

“In the past I have had the opportunity to work with some

wonderful clients like Jim and Jackie Lee Houston. We spent

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float above the existing roof lines in this recent Palm Springs remodel.

over three years developing plans with

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Palmas area of Palm Springs. Their home is a magnificent example of collaboration

between client and designer. I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked on that project.”

The chance to work with the same

clients multiple times is also very

important to Hall. “When clients entrust several different projects with me, it is humbling. To know that we, the client and I, have created a bond is unique

and special. I cannot underscore how

meaningful that relationship is to me. I have had the great fortune to work on

projects through the generations – parents and now their children. There is no better feeling than to know that my work is not

only respected but has become part of the family fabric. What could be better? “I have great respect for historic

design and architecture, and have always enjoyed blending the old with the new to

create a modern interpretation of a classic, be it mid-century modern, California

Spanish, Tuscan, or elegantly traditional.” Yet Hall does not want to work back in

time. “Modernism was new at one time,

but now it is a style. I love working within that style, but it is up to me to bring it into the true contemporary – the now.”

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stand out. It is the attention to the details

– the clients’ needs and desires as well as

their possessions. “Often my clients have extensive art collections,” the designer

explains. “It is important to respect that investment.

“On the other hand,” Hall continues,

“if the clients are not collectors or

their tastes have changed, I can work

with that too. I enjoy assisting them in

selecting and purchasing new art pieces

for their home.” Hall often achieves this through local galleries, art fairs, auction houses, or with the help of professional art consultants such as Deborah Page

Projects. “On several occasions I have

even created art for my clients. It is very

satisfying to see my artist side recognized. I think of myself as an artist who happens to have a good sense of design. Painting has been a passion since my youth, and

several of my large abstract acrylics hang in my clients’ homes.”

But while attention to detail is important,

it is Hall’s ability to create an atmosphere of livable style and elegance that is most

impressive. The hand of the artist and the eye of the designer have melded quite well into the soul of Dan Hall. For more information visit

A contemporary Balinese stone carving welcomes guest to Hall’s front entry.

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Top Row: Bernard Hoyes, Winter Clouds Embraces the San Gorgonio, watercolors, 30”x40”; Elaine Sigwald, Fishing on Elysium, Digital Painting, 48”x48”; Katherine Kean, Marsh Glow, oil, 30”x30”; Middle Row: Ruth Gonzales, Ondine Gaspard de la Nuit, oil raw pigments on canvas in 5 panels, 80”x60”; Marcy Gregory, Demeter’s Harvest, painted wood, 42”x17”x12.5”; Barry Orleans, Crossroads, Acrylic on canvas, 36” x 36”; Bottom Row: John Luebtow, Linear Form Serie-LF1-307, 1” kiln formed etched glass, polished stainless base, 22”x 10”x 5”; Downs, Manhattan’s Last Call, acrylic on canvas, 48”x72”; Nora Helmer, OK, oil on wood, 84”x25”x4.5”

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