Ed Ruscha, a pop artist who started his intimate relationship with the Southern California desert when he and friends threw a Royal typewriter out a of a speeding Buick LeSabre for "Royal Road Test," published in 1967, is clearly enamored with the arid landscape in the region. And to encourage others to be as well, he is currently planning an art biennial in Palm Springs, Calif., that would go on between February and April. Coinciding with similar design-oriented events, like Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Modernism Week, the board behind Desert X, the dubbed name for the in-progress event, aims to invite artists to work off of the area's history, geology or mythology, in order to create site-specific works. The name they've given stands for Desert Exhibition of Art.
Notable members on the board include writer-curator Neville Wakefield, who will serve as the artistic director, and the former Los Angeles gallerist Elizabeta Betinski as executive director.
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