Seen and Heard at Art Palm Springs
As I arrived at the Palm Springs Convention Center—a giant undulating structure rimmed by carefully manicured palm trees—a fire engine red Bentley stopped at the crosswalk to let me cross. On the other side an older man was giving a woman a hug (his sister? his daughter?) and imploring her: "Are you sure you don't need some cash? I can write you a check for any amount you like..." Apparently I had stumbled into an alternate universe of affluence and generosity, and the feeling continued inside.
Inside, there were several photogenic, "show-stoppers" on view, including a giant, super-realist head of Picasso by Jaime Salmon.
In the second booth I visited I stood next to an well-coifed woman and admired a pleasant, Matisse-like canvas of a seated female figure. "This piece is $6,200," offered a gallery attendant , swooping in gracefully between us. "Are you interested?" she then asked with considerable directness. The answer must have been "yes" as there was another painting in its place when I left 90 minutes later.
There was also plenty of "eye-candy" on view at the show, with very little work that dealt with politics or generated angst. There were lots of bold abstract works and strikingly decorative sculptures and glass pieces. Kimber Berry's mixed media pieces seemed just right for Palm Springs.
David Hockney's "A Bigger Book" was available to those who were willing to wear white gloves as they made their way through its luminous plates.
As at the recent LA Art Fair, the Arcadia Contemporary booth was outstanding, and I was able to say a quick "hello" to owner/director Steve Diamant. The Poets and Artists Arcadia Group Show, which will be on view at Arcadia's Culver City gallery from December 2 - 13 later this year will feature 35 artists selected by Didi Menendez and myself, and we are tremendously pleased that Steve has given us this opportunity to collaborate.
Here are a few gems from the Arcadia Contemporary booth:
Art Palm Springs remains on view through Sunday, February 19th.