LA Art Show 2015
What: LA ART SHOW 2015
When: 01/14 to 18/2015
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center
***Please scroll down to view a photo slideshow from the event***
I also interviewed Kim Martindale, Director of LA Art Show for my radio program “Echo in the Sense”. Click here to listen!
The LA Art Show is an all-inclusive, multi-faceted and multi-day event that anchors LA Arts Month. You have artwork from modern to contemporary, from prints, painting, and sculpture, to video and installation. It is also the first year of a partnership between the LA Art Show and the Palm Beach Show Group. The Palm Beach Show Group brought the Los Angeles Jewelry, Antique & Design Show to the LA Convention Center to coincide with this year’s LA Art Show.
Highlights from this year’s show include a gala Opening Night Premiere Party, Dialogs LA – Lecture Series and a Featured Guest Country. At the center of the fair was a canopy of large Arabian tents where tired fairgoers could lounge and enjoy the hospitality of this year’s guest country, the United Arab Emirates. Fairgoers were served a heady and strongly flavored coffee and platters of the best dates sat on the low tables for all to eat.
The Dialogs LA lecture series featured a lecture by Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre about a new arts movement native to Los Angeles called Dark Progressivism. Dark Progressivism comes out of the urban and racial turmoil of the 1980s and 1990s as seen in the Los Angeles Riots. His thesis and the synopsis for a self-titled film is that murals, graffiti, tattoos, and Cholo culture and lettering styles and philosophies that originate from Los Angeles and from a certain group of LA artists have had a global impact.
Another highlight of the fair was a cluster of galleries called Littletopia curated by Noah Antieau of Red Truck gallery. Littletopia featured the galleries Sloan Fine Art, Breeze Block, La Luz de Jesus, Last Rites Gallery, Roq La Rue, Spoke Art, Thinkspace Gallery, Varnish Fine Art, and Corey Helford. Many of the artists are ones that could be featured on Juxtapose magazine. Some of them are pop-surrealist artists.
There was also a strong presence from the Asian countries of Korea, China and Japan who each had almost a dozen galleries showing. This year’s LA Art Show featured Chinese ink painting and the Korean monochrome painting movement called Tanseakhwa.
This year, I found myself gravitating towards the understated booth of Galerie Fledermaus whose specialty includes symbolist work from Germany, Austria, France and Italy circa 1890 to 1930. They also represent contemporary figurative artists. The pieces I saw were prints from Gustav Klimt and a folio by Egon Schiele. They were kind enough to give a small lesson on the printmaking processes in the prints I saw. Klimt “…spurned academic art principles, seeking instead to represent psychological states, spiritual truth, and the power of symbols in his murals, paintings, and prints. …Klimt’s paintings often combine three-dimensional figuration with large areas of flat, gilded ornamentation referencing his interests in engraving, pattern, symbolism, biology, theosophy, and sacred geometry. His stunning and completely unique works are secular icons radiating spirituality and sensuality.”(Galerie Fledermaus) Another Austrian artist, Egon Schiele was a “…protégé of Gustav Klimt, Schiele was a major figurative painter of the early 20th century. His work is noted for its intensity and its raw sexuality, and the many self-portraits the artist produced, including naked self-portraits. The twisted body shapes and the expressive line that characterize Schiele’s paintings and drawings mark the artist as an early exponent of Expressionism.”(wikipedia)
I was also taken in by the collaboration glass sculpture pieces by Preston Singletary and Dante Marioni in a series called Primitive-Elegant for Blue Rain Gallery of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Marioni was inspired by glassblower Benjamin Moore and Singletary became Moore’s studio assistant for over a decade. Both men, Singletary and Marioni are childhood friends. Marioni’s style comes from study with Italian-trained teachers and in the Venetian glass tradition. He embraces functional shapes such as goblets, vases, urns and baskets. Singletary dug back into his cultural roots. He re-envisions motifs found in the Pacific Northwest Native American tradition.
Photo Credit: Christine Palma