Galleries - Art of Fusion

Innovation prevails in daring works by Claire Falkenstein

Edenhurst Gallery boldly steps into contemporary art this year, beginning with an impressive exhibition of works by the pioneering California sculptor Claire Falkenstein (1908-1997).

Falkenstein’s wildly abstract and expressive sculptures often fuse Venetian glass and copper in a process fueled by uninhibited experimentation. The raw materials suggest a high degree of difficulty, yet the pieces often appear to defy their physical limitations.

Falkenstein graduated from University of California, Berkeley, in 1930, and worked in San Francisco, Paris, and Los Angeles, where she settled and gained notoriety for her exhibitions and monumental commissions. In Paris, she was part of the avant-garde scene that included early Modernist artists including Jean Arp, Alberto Giacometti, and Antoni Tapies.

Edenhurst Gallery — known for its early California and American Impressionist paintings — selected Falkenstein for her radical, conceptual use of materials, which are as important to her work as the final forms, or “structures,” as she called them. Her aesthetic continues to capture the imagination of collectors.
— S.B.

Claire Falkenstein: Fusion opens Nov. 2 at Edenhurst Gallery, 73-655 El Paseo, Palm Desert; 346-7900.

Palm Springs Life

Related Articles

Ghouls’ Night Out

Halloween is always hot in Palm Springs — and we’re not just talking about the temperature. So get your costume ready, pick your venue, and prepare for an unforgettable night.

BalletBoyz Brings 'Cool' Approach to Dance in McCallum Theatre Show

BalletBoyz, an all-male troupe, has brought a radical and amazing approach to dance, and will appear Nov. 6 at McCallum Theatre as part of the Palm Desert International Dance Festival.

40 Under Forty: Kelly McLean

Splash House co-founder Kelly McLean had aspirations of being a performer herself, starting her own girl pop group in Los Angeles and doing some acting in Palm Springs.

Nadia G. Explores Palm Springs Cuisine With New Cooking Channel Show

Nadia G.'s favorite ingredient in cooking is comedy and her new Cooking Channel show recently came to Palm Springs to explore unique cuisine and have a few laughs.

The Man Behind Coachella

15 years ago, Goldenvoice’s Paul Tollett launched a music festival that reinvented the valley’s youth tourism market.

Promotions + Contests

Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.
2014/15 Best of the Best

2014/15 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
Enter to Win A Celebrate Dance Experience!

Enter to Win A Celebrate Dance Experience!

Enter just once for a chance to win tickets to one of the second annual Palm Desert International Dance Festival performances.