The Show Must Go On




DES MOINES, Iowa—Steven Vail Fine Arts – Project Room opens its first exhibition in five years—"The Show Must Go On”— October 25th. This group exhibition debuts the gallery’s newly occupied and renovated space in downtown Des Moines’ Fitch Building. “The Show Must Go On” features 14 artists ranging from France to the West Coast and is free and open to the public.


“The Show Must Go On” highlights various contemporary backgrounds spanning Nouveau-Realist Alex Katz, the post-minimalist Richard Tuttle, the conceptual John Baldessari and more. The title “The Show Must Go On” signifies SVFA-Project Room’s continuous devotion to diverse and museum-quality works.


“After nearly five years of not having an exhibition open to the public, I thought it would be fitting to show a small cross-section of contemporary artists whose work we have represented over the last few decades. This exhibition somewhat illustrates the different stages of the gallery’s development over the years. Although the Midwest and Iowa are somewhat of an unfamiliar realm for these artists, I have seen that many collectors from around the world find pleasure in discovering our exhibitions and consider our gallery a Midwestern secret,” said Steven Vail. This Midwestern secret is a secret no longer, as the new location is easily accessible for visitors in downtown Des Moines. Across the street from Exile Brewing and around the corner from John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, SVFA-Project Room offers a refreshing retreat from the routine of the city.


SVFA-Project Room’s location in the Fitch Building was created by award-winning architects from spiller. and IDEAA with the assistance of Christensen Development. The gallery was transformed from an ill-lit, unfinished space into a bright, modern exhibition salon and art research library. The ground-level entrance provides an ideal welcome for all guests seeking to expand art collections or gain new perspectives.


“The Shows Must Go On”

A group exhibition featuring works by

Joe Andoe (American, b. 1955)

John Baldessari (American, b. 1931)

Ross Bleckner (American, b. 1949)

Jonathan Borofsky (American, b. 1942)

Andy Burgess (English, b. 1969)

Karin Davie (Canadian, b.1965)

John Giorno (American, b. 1936)

Alex Katz (American, b. 1927)

Ellsworth Kelly (American, 1923-2015)

Bruce Nauman (American, b. 1941)

Laure Prouvost (French, b. 1978)

Beverly Semmes (American b. 1958)

Donald Sultan (American, b. 1951)

Richard Tuttle (American, b. 1941)


“The Show Must Go On” is accompanied by an illustrated exhibition guide.


About Steven Vail Fine Arts – Project Room

Steven Vail Fine Arts – Project Room is an exhibition space for modern and contemporary prints, multiples and works on paper that include artists from around the world. SVFA, a global leader in the acquisition and sale of high quality modern and contemporary art, is the only commercial gallery in the US to represent World House Edition and Polígrafa Obra Gráfica works in edition.


Since its inception in 2009, the gallery has mounted exhibitions of work by leading American and international artists that have included Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Jaume Plensa, Willem de Kooning, Richard Serra, Louise Bourgeois, Mark Francis, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol Lewitt, and Chuck Close. With historic expertise in the New York School, Vail’s private dealing, curatorial work, and art historical research have catalyzed sales of major works to numerous private and institutional collectors in the Americas while securing a significant clientele in Latin America, Asia, and Europe.


SVFA-Project Room is an internally respected resource for advising and consulting in the acquisition and sale of high-quality works for their clients and is a member of the International Fine Art Appraisers Association.


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1501 Walnut Street (Gallery)
2880 Grand Avenue Suite 105 (Shipping Address)
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
1501 Walnut Street (Gallery)
2880 Grand Avenue Suite 105 (Shipping Address)
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
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