Helene Galen, whose generous donation was the principle gift for the establishment of the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert and for whom the building is named, is not only one of the Coachella Valley’s most generous philanthropists, but also a serious art collector of both modern and contemporary art. Her homes in Rancho Mirage and Los Angeles are filled with significant artworks in all media.
A group of the finest examples in her collection will be featured in the Galen at The Galen exhibition. Paintings by early giants of Abstract Expressionism, Lee Krasner and Adolph Gottlieb, a bronze sculpture by European Surrealist artist Max Ernst, and photographs by two of America’s most influential photographers, Paul Strand and Ansel Adams, will be exhibited. Important post-war paintings by Milton Avery, Al Held, Keith Haring, Alex Katz, David Salle, James Rosenquist, Tom Wesselmann, Joan Brown, Roy De Forest, and Mel Ramos and sculpture by Karl Appel, John Buck, Nick Cave, Karen LaMonte, Helen Pashgian, and Arnaldo Pomodoro will be featured. In photography the Galen collection begins with such central modernists as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray, Ruth Bernhardt and well-known fashion photographers, Richard Avedon and Francis Scavullo and extends to contemporary photography by Alex Cao. This will be the first exhibition ever to explore the rich and diverse holdings in this outstanding collection.
Following Galen at the Galen a total of seven works from the exhibition will be included in Into the Future, a 75th Anniversary celebration at the Palm Springs Art Museum that will feature gifts of works of art and promised gifts made in honor of the anniversary. This exhibition will open in late January, 2014.
This showing at The Galen in Palm Desert is an outstanding way to initiate the 75th Anniversary year celebration.