ABOUT THE GALLERY
Ted Casablanca is a collection of contemporary artists, with a strong emphasis on transformative vision. Included in our highly curated family are artists everywhere from Santa Monica to Dallas to Paris. But, Palm Springs, with its strong history of Phoenix-like beauty (hello, it’s the desert, we really shouldn’t be here) remains one of our guiding inspirations.
Mid-century landmarks and design. Incomparable architecture. Hollywood play-time debauchery. What’s not to love?
We also like to challenge the notion of what is art. Beauty is in the eye of the opinionated, is it not?
WHY A GALLERY?
It’s now where it began.
My mother, AAW Bibby, is an artist, and I studied sculpture and painting from a very early age. I began with welded-steel assemblages (ARC-welder in the garage) as a kid, but by the time I’d graduated from CalArts, I decided to pursue a journalism career instead.
I did that for about two decades and change. What first began with film journalism at Premiere magazine eventually morphed into an all-out, absolutely prurient ride in the gossip business, first in print, then online, then TV. My mother was entirely mortified— she’d turn off the television whenever I came on. She shut that set (think it was an RCA) down a lot in the ‘90s and up to 2013, when I took a hiatus to write a novel, just finished. While the book is being published, I decided it was time to return to my first love—art. I remained friends with many artists, collected their work, admired their genius; it’s an environment I’ve always thrived in and been highly attracted to, a most natural place for me to revisit.
I also think the arts world is one of the smartest, sharpest communities thriving today: Painting, photography, video, sculpture, online, hell, so many mediums can take you to the same place that really good reporting and writing do— perhaps a place you didn’t expect to arrive.
And that’s where we take you at ted casablanca gallery.
PHOTO CREDIT: MICHAEL CHILDERS