By Pamela Price
The Palm Springs Convention Center reverberated with a mélange of art, retro and futuristic plus everything in between during Modernism Week, February 15-19, an event attracting visitors from near and far. Louis Galper with his friends visiting from San Diego said he was spending at least four days in Palm Springs to make this a ‘marathon art weekend.’
Eighty-five premier national and international dealers featuring all design movements of the 20th century were exhibited at the Modernism Show and Sale while at the Convention Center’s adjacent space, Art Palm Springs brought 84 art galleries together for the event’s 7th edition, according to Donna Davies, Vice President of Art
Group Urban Exposures.
Catching the attention of a steady flow of jewelry fans at The Modernism Show was a retrospective exhibition of rare William de Lillo and Robert F. Clark jewelry and sculpture not previously curated for display ever before according to Carlos King of Gallery 24 Jewelry in Palm Springs. He pulled out all the stops with the dramatic collection of dazzling necklaces and bracelets. Mr. King said the designers had “many celebrity status clients and delivered jewelry in the Palm Springs area to Liberace, Mrs. William Randolph Hearst, Barbara Sinatra, and Mrs. Bob Hope, often staying with the Hopes at their Southridge residence in Palm Springs. Just steps away the Vintage Poster, specializing in original vintage European advertising posters and Poster Passion, specializing in reproductions of antique posters lured art fans nonstop with signs from TWA and
Air France side by side with recruitment posters for the Navy, Air Force and Marines. Moving on to the Art Palm Springs exhibition, just steps away revealed an international gathering of artists, alongside desert art galleries.
The Jorge Mendez Gallery in Palm Springs Uptown Design District displayed collectible works by emerging and selected artists. The Maria Elena Kravetz Gallery from Cordoba, Argentina was a show stopper with several canine-inspired mosaic sculptures by Natasha Dikareva turning the heads of dog lovers in their tracks.
Around the corner book, lovers lingered over the remarkably detailed paintings of bookshelves displaying classic “coffee table” books and more ranging from designers and artists from Dior to David Hockney.
The Host Committee for this year’s Art Palm Springs featured Harold Matzner, Arlene Schnitzer, Jordan Schnitzer, Steven Biller, Michael Childers Richard Kip Serafin, and Palm Springs Mayor Robert Moon. Among the Cultural Partners were Desert X, Modernism Week and the Beatrice Woods Center for the Arts.
A diverse, dramatic array of art, accent pieces, and jewelry spanned both the Modernism and Art Palm Springs exhibits. “There was something for everyone’s taste,” said Timmy Woods of Los Angeles who is a perennial fan of both shows.
Pamela Price serves on the Cathedral City Public Arts Commission