One of the most anticipated annual events on February's Modernism Week schedule is the massive Art Palm Springs fair at the Palm Springs Convention Center. This year's show coincides with President's Day Weekend, February 16 to 19.
The fair was acquired in 2016 by Urban Expositions which was founded in 1995 and is based in Kennesaw, Georgia. The company produces and manages a portfolio of 40 events in various industry sectors including Art, Gift, Souvenir, Aviation, Foodservice, Pet, Auto, and Gaming.
Previously know as the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Urban Expositions decided to rebrand the event to Art Palm Springs. "The words 'fine art' are small, but impactful words as fine art differentiates itself as a separate genre," says Donna Davies, Vice President of Art Group for Urban Expositions. "Our art fair is modern/contemporary in its focus, so galleries whose programs focus on work post-1950 to today are our exhibitors. Rebranding as Art Palm Springs without the words 'fine art' denotes a contemporary art fair with a perspective toward new, emerging talent."
This year's fair will be larger than last year's with many new exhibitors. "We have a number of galleries exhibiting with us from Los Angeles, including Peter Blake, who will be representing Lita Albuquerque's work in the fair," notes Davies. "Lita will also be honored as the fair's Artist of the Year. We will also have a new feature in the fair with a curated focus on installations by individual artists, putting a spotlight on highly conceptual environments presented in these booths."
Many of the galleries and artists that have proved popular with collectors in the past will be returning including Charlotte Jackson Fine Art (Santa Fe), Throckmorton Fine Art (New York), Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery (London), The Cynthia Corbett Gallery (London), Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), C. Grimaldis Gallery (Baltimore), Peters Projects (Santa Fe), Hohmann (Palm Desert), Jorge Mendez Gallery (Palm Springs), Scott White Contemporary Art (San Diego), Addison Rowe Fine Art (Santa Fe), Jane Kahan (New York), J. Willott Gallery (Palm Desert), and Timothy Yarger Fine Art (Los Angeles).
There will also be many galleries that will be making their debut at this year's fair. "William Siegal Gallery (Santa Fe) will be bringing exciting work in a variety of mediums—ceramics, textiles, and paintings," says Davies. "Winston Wächter (New York and Seattle) will be bringing new work in glass, sculpture, works on paper, painting, and photography; Chiaroscuro/Gebert Contemporary (Santa Fe) will bring a juxtaposition of painting, sculpture, and Aboriginal work; TAI Modern (Santa Fe) specializes in contemporary Japanese fiber and bamboo sculpture, as well as contemporary painting and works on paper; and photo-eye Gallery (Santa Fe) will bring a focus on contemporary photography from noted artists."
Art Palm Springs, Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 North Avenida Caballeros, 760-325-6611, www.art-palmsprings.com
Captions (top to bottom): Hohmann, Robert Freimark: Dream of the Wallflower; Cynthia Corbett Gallery, Jon Carmichael: IMAGINE, 2015 (Blue Angels performing over the Golden Gate); Winston Wächter Fine Art, Annie Morris: Bronze Stack, 2016
Photography Courtesy of the Galleries