The Root Cause

Native Cahuilla identity 
meets U.S. culture and politics 
in Gerald Clarke’s artwork.

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A curious title welcomes visitors to Gerald Clarke’s website: Falling Rock Homepage. An explanatory tab tells a story of the artist as a child, riding home to the Cahuilla Indian reservation with his father: “[W]e would pass several ‘falling rock’ warning signs. Not knowing what they meant, I asked my dad about them. He told me that Falling Rock was


Four to Watch

Spanning generations and geography, these artists are linked by their uncommon individuality.

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Diane Best has been coming to the desert since the 1980s. She became so enchanted with it that she eventually took up residence, first in the mountains above Pioneertown, then in Joshua Tree, where she lives today. Best embarked on a journey of making art that reflects her experience; she creates rich, meditative paintings that capture the endless roll of


See Us Roar

Women (finally) star in an exhibition of midcentury abstract expressionist painters.

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In the art world, a rising tide of exhibitions focuses on female 
artists. Although group and solo art exhibitions by women are nothing new, the trend seems to favor a deeper and more rigorous engagement with female artists’ contributions to historical and contemporary art practice. The Los Angeles gallery Hauser Wirth & Schimmel drew attention earlier this year with its

These Walls Can Talk

A mural project that reflects the lives of local immigrant farmworkers draws talent from around the world

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Coachella Walls is a stunning collection of murals in by artists who hail from around the world, spread throughout downtown Indio’s 10-block radius.

Hecho en Coachella

Collaborating as the Date Farmers, Armando Lerma and Carlos Ramirez parlay found objects into art that evokes the struggles of their immigrant community

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Armando Lerma and Carlos Ramierz, also know as the Date Farmers based in Coachella, have amassed critical and popular acclaim.

EXHIBITIONIST — Artists in Residence

In Joshua Tree, BoxoPROJECTS invites artists to learn, obsess, and make art inspired by the desert

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Bernard Leibov enjoys making things happen in the arts. So he began mounting exhibitions of Joshua Tree artists in his New York apartment. And now he hosts artists for residencies in the High Desert community.

Burning Off Water

Three contemporary artists explore the desert from near and afar

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The desert has long exerted a powerful magnetism on artists. By 1900, painters seeking a fresh source of inspiration and a healthier climate came to the Palm Springs area to work en plein air and contribute a chapter to the story of early California Impressionism.