February 23, 2012
Art Knowledge News, 02/15/2012


Art Knowledge News, 02/15/2012

Palm Springs, California.- Hampton Expo Group announces the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, a sparkling new addition to its growing family of art fairs, from February 17th through February 19th, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Featuring more than fifty top international art galleries exhibiting more than 2,000 carefully-culled works of post-war and contemporary art, the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair appeals to the sophisticated collector and casual fan alike. Punctuated by an Opening Preview Party on February 16th, as well as an exquisite program of special events and exhibitions throughout the run of the show, the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair is a Presidents Day weekend retreat for art lovers near and far.The annual Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes and honors an artist and arts patron who has long pioneered in the field, making remarkable contributions to the world of art and the region. This year's inaugural honoree is Judy Chicago. In conjunction with the award, David Richard Contemporary of Santa Fe, who represents Chicago, will present Judy Chicago, Material Girl, highlighting the artist’s 50 year art making practice, featuring work in acrylics, needlework, paper and glass. Judy Chicago will be in attendance on Opening Night.

Palm Springs has long been a hidden gem of post-war art and culture. Located in the American Southwest’s stunning Sonoran Desert, just two hours east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs is a warm winter cultural oasis, boasting the highly regarded Palm Springs Art Museum, a thriving scene of more than 60 art galleries, and some of the nation’s most treasured Modernist architectural gems. Peter Marcelle, Director of Gerald Peters Gallery, explains the appeal of launching an art fair in the region: “The local art patrons and collectors are very well-informed, and yet this is an art fair that sits squarely between the Southwest’s major metropolitan regions—L.A., San Diego, Phoenix, and Las Vegas. With Palm Spring’s fabled sunny weather and an international airport just minutes away, the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair presents the ideal winter getaway for art lovers the world over.”

Despite celebrating its inaugural year, the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair can hardly be classified as an art world start-up. Founded by the Hamptons Expo Group (directors of the noted and successful Houston Fine Art, SF Fine Art Fair, ArtAspen and ArtHamptons), the fair boasts an acclaimed roster of international exhibitors and an exceptional Advisory Board of regional and national art dealers, including: Douglas Christmas, ACE Gallery (Los Angeles/Beverly Hills, CA); David Eichholtz, David Richard Contemporary (Santa Fe, NM); Terry Etherton, Etherton Gallery (Tucson, AZ); Peter Marcelle, Gerald Peters Gallery (New York City/Santa Fe, NM); James Carona, Heather James Fine Art (Palm Desert, CA); Leisa Austin, Imago Galleries (Palm Desert, CA); and William Shearburn, William Shearburn Gallery (St. Louis, MO/Santa Fe, NM).

The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair opens in grand fashion with the Opening Preview Benefit party, February 16th. The party offers art aficionados the first opportunity to acquire the important works of art for sale at the fair, while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and lively conversation with fellow art fans, collectors and art world luminaries. In addition to the exceptional work on view from participating exhibitors, the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair will present a series of special events and exhibitions throughout the weekend: In 'The Big Picture, Paintings from Southern California,1960 -1980' L.A. based art critic/curator Peter Frank, curates a four day, high impact historical exhibition of approximately 60 definitive and pioneering works from the L.A. art movement from 1960 - 1980. Officially sanctioned by the Getty Museum as a Pacific Standard Time Initiative Point of Interest, the exhibition will feature works culled from the inventories of exhibiting galleries.

The Palm Springs Collectors Forum is designed to provide entertaining and in-depth insights into hot art world topics. Curated by Steven Biller (Editor. Palm Springs Life) and art critic/curator Peter Frank, these daily one-hour panel discussions, lectures, films and interviews feature leading experts from around the country, including curators, critics, collectors and artists.

Actor, director, and performer Cheech Marin has developed one of the finest private collections of Chicano art in the United States. He states, “Chicano art is American art. My goal is to bring the term ‘Chicano’ to the forefront of the art world.” As recipient of the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair’s Arts Patron of the Year Award, Marin will reveal select works from his personal collection within the context of The Big Picture exhibition.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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