Surrounded by acrylic paintings, metal sculptures, and paper prints, I could not help but feel inspired and awed by the creativity I witnessed in every corner of the LA Art Show. The opening reception gala on January 23 was swarming with celebrities such as James Franco, the guest of honor, among many others, who, like me, found excitement in the brush strokes and intricacies of art. Running for 18 years in a row, the LA Art show is the longest running platform for contemporary, modern, historic and traditional fine art in the country. We had all gathered in the name of art appreciation to start the show off with the bang and give the new China: FUSION exhibition a friendly welcome.
The party was hosted by Ali Larter of Final Destination and Hayes MacArthur of Life as We Know It. Booths around the reception area housed a number of artistic attractions such as Shepard Fairey's new Diamond Dust Prints, works from 20th century Latin American Masters, Dali's The Surrealist Piano just flown in from Switzerland, and photographs by Seth Casteel, whose book Underwater Dogs is a number 1 seller on Amazon.
In addition to the galleries showcasing modern and traditional art, the special exhibitions feature unique and thought-provoking pieces. The Letters from Los Angeles exhibition highlights texts found in Southern California art; the China FUSION exhibition showcases emerging artists from Mainland China; and Dialogs LA is a series of lectures at the show, including talks by Clifford Einstein, a top antiques collector, Irving Blum, a legendary gallerist, and author Don Thompson.
If you missed the extravagant opening reception, you can still appreciate art in all its forms through January 27. Experience underwater life in Andre Juan's video installation New Species & Sea Images, browse old and new prints, or just exist amidst the history and creativity of centuries of creative minds and get inspired yourself.