Palm Springs Art Fair

DisneyOn Sunday afternoon I spent a marvelous few hours at the conclusion of the very impressive Palm Springs “Art Fair.” I was in town for my listing La Mesa, a sprawling 73-acre estate tucked into the hillside of a glorious canyon mesa.

There were 55 exhibitors from many different cities and five foreign countries. I particularly enjoyed Jonathan Novak’s (Century City gallery) great exhibit featuring Jim Dine.

I purchased a very unique piece of art from Bruce Lurie, Culver City gallery owner.  The artist, Gary John, was nearly homeless and a street artist in Venice until he was discovered by Bruce and his brothers. Now his fabulous pop art painted on newspaper is selling like hot cakes! Pictured here is my acquisition. As a former Disneyland employee, I couldn’t resist buying it!

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Ride Em CopterAt the center of the art fair was a sculpture called “Ride-Em-Copter,” the artist was Steve Maloney and it was priced at $475,000.

It was a great afternoon visiting friends, enjoying the diverse and wonderful modernism art on display and basking in the fabulous Palm Springs sunshine.

“Ride-Em-Copter” — Morphing animal and machine into a contemporary sculpture by transforming a decommissioned boneyard Bell Jet Ranger Helicopter and Longhorn Steer takes private aviation to extreme heights. Dressed to the hilt with colored gemstones, Swarovski crystal chandelier, custom polished aluminum bar, yards of LED lights, ever so green shag carpet, cowhide seats, and more.