Some collectors thought the 2013 Los Angeles Art Show might have been too successful. Attendance far exceeded expectations and the information booth ran out of print guides to the exhibits and talks at the show by early Saturday afternoon, a day and a half before the show concluded on Sunday, January 27. This was reflected in significant sales volume, but participating galleries were prepared. Most had several additional works of art stored at their exhibit booth to replace displayed art that collectors wanted to purchase and take home right away.
John Surovek, a fine art purveyor from Palm Beach, Florida, reported that his gallery sold four watercolor paintings in three days at the L.A. show. He also scheduled several sales consultations on site with Los Angeles area collectors to help them develop art acquisition plans. The sales results were impressive enough that Surovek has already decided to return to the Los Angeles Art Show in 2014. Sales were so brisk that the M.S. Rau Gallery of New Orleans accepted an offer to buy an antique cabinet it had brought to the show to use at its art display.
The 2014 Los Angeles Art Show has announced plans for a significant expansion. Fine antique and jewelry vendors will be able to apply for booth space. The vision for the show also includes more museum style special exhibits like the “Letters from L.A.” installation featured at this year’s show, according to Kim Martindale, Manager of the Los Angeles Art Show. Martindale is also optimistic that the current foundation of exhibitors presenting Latin American art will continue to grow and reflect the region’s increased importance in the art world.
Other highlights of sales from the 2013 Los Angeles Art Show include:
“A Colonial Relic” a sun-drenched garden and brickwork portrayal by Colin Campbell at William Kargas Fine Art
“California Landscape: a view of Mount Diablo” at William Kargas Fine Art
“Catalina Playground” by Kevin Macpherson at Redfern Gallery
“Day of Glory” a contemporary skyscape at American Legacy Fine Arts
“Envoy” a contemporary four panel metalwork display in silver nitrate by Tammy Garcia at Blue Rain Gallery
“Still Life with Fruit” by J. Kleitsch at George Stern Gallery
There was no dominant pattern to displays and sales the way that portraiture and fashion photography stood out at photo l.a. But radiant art that generates warmth did seem especially appealing during this spell of chilly weather.