The trendsetting LA Art Show, which occurred January 15 through 19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, brings together a broad spectrum of historic, modern, and contemporary art from around the world. The abundance of special exhibits, top galleries, and quality programs continue to make this one of the premier shows in the West.
In its nineteenth year, the LA Art Show's opening drew an impressive crowd of 7,000, which included collectors, celebrities, royalty, and political officials.
Special exhibitions included: The Chicano Collection; the FLARE exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of Los Angeles and Bordeaux, France being sister cities; the Van Gogh Museum of Amsterdam's debut of Certified Van Gogh Editions; the Hues of China contemporary art exhibit; and The Present of the Century installation by Venice Biennale's artist Choi Jeong Hwa, leader of Korea's Pop Art movement.
The Paul Stolper Gallery from London was one of the highlights again this year. The gallery unveiled Shepard Fairey's "Power and Glory" series of four silk screen prints with gold foil-block. These prints demonstrate a complex understanding of American symbols and consumer society. Jamie Reid, the punk rock graphic designer of the Sex Pistols, had his "Out of the Dross" on display. Peter Saville's inspirational "New Wave" prints, referential to his graphic design work for new wave bands Joy Division and New Order, are intriguing. In addition, Damien Hirst's "Black Brilliant Utopia" and Gavin Turk's "Sneer" also garnered attention at the event.
The Los Angeles IFPDA Fine Print Fair, which occurs in conjunction with the LA Art Show, featured a variety of traditional and contemporary prints. This included a vintage poster section with iconic turn of the century pop work from legendary artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso. In addition, original Hokusai Japanese woodblock prints displayed at the Egenolf Gallery and beautiful contemporary Japanese prints exhibited at the Tolman Collection.
An added element to this year's LA Art Show was that it took place concurrently with the Los Angeles Jewelry, Antique & Design Show.
More than ever, the LA Art Fair, with its unique juxtaposition of diverse artworks, proved wide-reaching and inspirational.