By Moira Cue
Roundup: LA Art In Brief
Los Angeles Art Show
The 21st L.A. Art Show is back at the Los Angeles Convention Center in good old DTLA from January 28-31st. This is an event so massive that it has at least a dozen publicized and a dozen more unofficial invitation-only after parties stretching from Chinatown to Culver City and beyond. There will be 120 galleries representing 22 countries. Wear some walking shoes, bring a note pad and empty out the memory on your iPhone!
The VIP premiere was hosted by Amy Adams last year and will bring Anne Hathaway this year (on the evening of the Patron’s Ball on the 27th). There are separate sections for historic, contemporary, and even jewelry and interiors. There is typically a strong showing of Chinese art and a commercial vibe that borders on orgiastic, with 30 million in sales last year. There are plenty of blue chip works, but also some other surprises, if you look carefully. If you are Los Angeles local there’s no excuse to miss this!
According the to the official L.A. Art Show website; “ The LA Art Show, the 200,000 square foot art fair that welcomed more than 50,000 art enthusiasts to the Los Angeles Convention Center this past year, will launch its newly curated art show experience at the upcoming 2016 event. Looking back on the 20 year history of the LA Art Show, one can’t help noticing how it has evolved, changing locations and growing in diversity to reflect the trajectory of the burgeoning Los Angeles art scene. For the 2016 show, we want to offer visitors and collectors a new hosted art experience which will entail a fair devoted to only Modern and Contemporary art. Located next door, the Los Angeles Fine Art Show will exhibit works of Historic and Traditional Contemporary Art.”
It further states, “In recent years, the LA Art Show has become the most internationally diverse art platform in the Western world, bringing in the largest groupings of Korean, Chinese and Japanese galleries outside of Asia. Beginning in 2010, the LA Art Show has actively developed its international gallery offerings to provide collectors with a unique opportunity, to spot international trends and zeitgeist through art, a medium that has the ability to transcend language. This keen focus has been a hallmark of the show.”
Jan. 28, 2016
11am – 7pm
Jan. 29, 2016
11am – 7pm
Jan. 30, 2016
11am – 7pm
Jan. 31, 2016
11am – 5pm
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street West Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Three Day Weekend
You might have had one on MLK Day, or perhaps you’re looking forward to President’s Day in February, depending on the political inclination of your employer. But you don’t have to wait, another THREE DAY WEEKEND starts Thursday, January 28 courtesy BLUM & POE Los Angeles. But Thursday’s exhibit is only two hours so it doesn’t count. This show has three locations, ten “manifestations,” and a free vacuum cleaner.
Three Day Weekend will show Dave Muller’s three replicas of the infamous Wrong Gallery from 2004. The Wrong Gallery was the smallest exhibition space in New York, located at 516A1/2 West 20th Street in Chelsea, (2002-2005). Inside each gallery will be an installation by Brian Sharp, Dave Muller or Jon Pylypchuck. This reminds me of the time I was back in Chicago in 2013 and bumped into Meg Duguid on the SAIC campus, carrying a shoebox-sized curated traveling exhibition. Someday I hope to receive nanoparticles of art invisible to the naked eye.
Grice Bench will show paintings by Roger White as suggested/commissioned by Jacob Stewart-Halevy along with a video by Stewart-Halevy.
ROGERS will show Dave Muller sculptures of Andre Cadere crates. The first person to check off all nine of the shows on a special handout and bring it in wins the vacuum. In the event of simultaneous submissions, participants will fight to the death in an impromptu mud wrestling match. OK, I just made that up.
From February 13 to March 12, 2016, the ROSAMUND FELSEN GALLERY presents Marcia Roberts, a minimalist color field painter whose current palette invokes the late years of Monet (or an eye-shadow kit from the 1970’s). If you traced a line from Monet to Rothko, the angle of the trajectory would point straight to Roberts, though the undeniable (or projected) femininity of her work brings also to mind Eva Hesse and Ellen Gallagher. Because Roberts’ earliest work involved special lights and materials, she has been associated with Light Art movement types such as Robert Irwin, but I think that if you drew a line between Irwin and Roberts and tried to drive it you’d get stuck in traffic.
LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) hosts the annual PEN USA Emerging Voices Welcome Party on January 27, from 7 to 9 pm. PEN Center USA is a branch of PEN International, an international literary and human rights organization. PEN Center USA “advocates for imprisoned, censored, and persecuted writers throughout the world, while cultivating and expanding a diverse and engaged literary community in the western United States.” The LOS ANGELES ART BOOK FAIR is also coming up, February 11 – February 14, 2016, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.
From January 30 through March 12, 2016, Anat Ebgi presents Double Blind, the gallery’s second solo exhibition with young SAIC/CalARTS alum Margo Wolowiec, whose source material is chosen from the Internet by “an automated algorithm,” but looks like a quilt of torn squares of James Rosenquist semi-imposed beneath a layer of Richter squeegees. And they’re actually woven tapestries.
LA’S BIG ART SHOW WEEKEND
In addition to the L.A. art show, we also have Art L.A. Contemporary. “Art Los Angeles Contemporary, now in its seventh year, is the International Contemporary Art fair of the West Coast, held January 28–31, 2016 at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar. The fair presents top established and emerging galleries from around the world, with a strong focus on Los Angeles galleries.”
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