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5 LGBTQ artists to see at this weekend’s Art Palm Springs

Elisabeth Caren’s “Double Indemnity” series of fine art photography will be exhibited at Art Palm Springs. Caren’s work spotlights film noir that’s frozen in Technicolor lobby stills. Photo: Elisabeth Caren, “Human Desire,” Limited Edition 1 of 6, 16×24 inches, Chromogenic C-Print, flat black wood shadowbox frame 2016; The Cynthia Corbett Gallery.

PALM SPRINGS — The Palm Springs Convention Center looks like art-chella this weekend with 70 international galleries and more than 80 artists — including several who identify as LGBTQ — showcasing a cornucopia of fine and modern art at Art Palm Springs.

“The art world has always included a voice for the LGBT community and we are excited each year when the Fair includes highlights from the greats like Basquiat and Haring,” said Donna Davies, Vice President of the Art Group, for Urban Expositions, producer of Art Palm Springs, said in a statement. “The real excitement for me is the evolution of the LGBT voice in art and emerging viewpoints from around the globe.”

Roger Reutimann works in bronze and resin. His sculptures of prosperity icons are covered with automotive paint to challenge their take symbolism. Photo: Roger Reutimann, “Death of Venus,” bronze with automotive paint, ed. of 2, 72 x 44 x 44 inches. William Havu Gallery.

This year’s gathering of artists at Art Palm Springs, formerly the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, is the largest in its six years. The art fair is open today and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Here are five LGBTQ artists you need to see.

Elisabeth Caren

Her “Double Indemnity” series of fine art photography will be exhibited for the first time at the fair. Caren’s work spotlights film noir that’s frozen in Technicolor lobby stills.

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Michael Gilberti

His paintings look like photographs pushed too far during development, then enlarged and distorted.

Greg Gorman

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The iconic Los Angeles-based photographer will sign copies of his latest book “Private Works” on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at booth 208.  Gorman was one of the first openly gay photographers of his generation, and “Private Works” gives a glimpse behind closed doors. The book is Gorman’s first foray into male portraiture and the nude in more than 15 years, as well as a departure in both style and content from his earlier works.

Max Lehman

A contemporary ceramic sculptor living in New Mexico, Lehman’s art has Southwest Native American and millennial view of the art world influences.

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Roger Reutimann

The Swiss-born sculptor who resides in Boulder, Colorado, works in bronze and resin. His sculptures of prosperity icons are covered with automotive paint to challenge their take symbolism.

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About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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