Hollywood and artworld stars alike gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center for the Opening Night Party of the 23rd annual LA Art Show on January 10, with a portion of its tickets sales benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Guests got to enjoy a sneak peek of the LA Art Show’s premiere installations, such as the Metaphysical Orozco exhibit by MUSA Museum of the Arts of Guadalajara, Antuan Rodriguez’ “Left or Right” punching bags, and Bunnie Reiss’ Space Boat in Littletopia.
The LA Art Show’s expansive roster features more than 30 special installations, and more than 100 galleries exhibiting from more than 18 countries with an emphasis on the Pacific Rim, including China and Japan, as well as France, the United Kingdom and Mexico. Already the city’s largest international art fair, the showcase is continuing its expansion into the Latin-American art market with special programming featuring The MUSA Museum of the Arts Guadalajara, Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), The UCLA Art | Sci Center, Building Bridges Art Exchange and Antuan Rodriguez. Many of these exhibits are showing outside of Latin America for the first time ever.
Returning exhibitors include heavyweights Patrick Painter, Timothy Yarger, SM Fine Art and more. ROOTS, a section devoted to historical works, returns for the second year in a row with exhibitors such as MS Rau Antiques, Rehs Gallery and Maxwell Alexander, to name a few. Littletopia returns with the rising galleries of the contemporary lowbrow art scene. DESIGN LA is a new addition to the show, focusing on functional art, modern furniture, accent decor, architectural objects, jewelry and more.
As LA rises as the world-class destination for art, the LA Art Show continues to lead the way with innovative programming and one-of-a-kind experiences for an expanding collecting audience. Building on last year’s excitement, DIVERSEartLA programming dedicates over 60,000 square feet in the LA Art Show to performance art, installations, exhibits and programs highlighting the vast diversity of the global contemporary art world.
The LA Art Show runs through January 14, with ticket prices starting at $30.
By Kinya Claiborne, STYLE & SOCIETY
Photo Credit: Tiana Janine
Wardrobe: Cadieux Paris