During the month of January Angelino’s can expect two things, one is the sporadic changes in weather and the other is to be stunned by Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) impressive curatorial efforts. Always on the cutting edge with diverse programming and Director, Tim Fleming’s innovative vision this year led to an interesting pairing with MOCA and MOCAtv a channel broadcasting on YouTube, programming from ALAC’s back tent. New partnerships were also formed with Rema Hort Mann Foundation, a nonprofit that has been giving young artist in New York unrestricted grants that have now expanded to Los Angeles and with Ceci n’est Pas creating a number of collaborative efforts between French artists and Los Angeles artists to expand the ever growing marketplace.
The Vernissage, or opening night, kicked off on Thursday January 24th emerging itself as THE cultural event of the season. The energy surrounding the evening created an atmosphere for collectors, gallerists, artist and art enthusiasts that was reminiscent of the days when Art Basel Miami Beach emphasized the artistry as much as the parties, if not more. Set in the familiar Santa Monica Barker Hanger for the fourth consecutive year in a row, Art LA Contemporary kept it inviting while glamorous and most importantly carefully displaying it’s gallerists and their artists work to breathe and allowing fluid movement from onlookers. Gallerists and artists were enthusiastically ready to answer any questions or curiosities you might have about their artists. Cities like Los Angeles, Miami and New York were among the some of the more represented while Milan, Portland, Milan, London, Berlin definitely held their own and even Milwaukee made a cameo appearance. Some of my personal favorites happened to be Spinello Projects, Anat Ebgi, M+B, International Art Objects Galleries and Standard (OSLO).
ALAC while still being a younger has a strong presence that makes it stand out from the rest LA’s mult media events, it’s friendly, fun and stimulating and most importantly it’s easy on the eyes.
For more information on Art Los Angeles Contemporary please check out their website and social media sites. For photo’s of the event check out their opening night reception.