The 23rd Annual LA Art Show@LA Convention Center-January 10 – 14,2018
With 260,000 square feet of exhibition space with over 100 galleries from more than 18 countries, including South Korea, China, Japan, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Austria and more. Rebranded as DIVERSEartLA, Southern California’s most prestigious art institutions including LACMA, MOLAA, The Autry and more returned for the second year in a row to create exclusive programming highlighting the immense diversity of art and creativity that defines our region. The California African American Museum and MUSA Museum of the Arts of Guadalajara were among the exhibitors for the first time ever.
The LA Art Show kicked off 2018 with a bang, featuring the largest and most diverse lineup of programming in its 23 year history.
On January 10, the LA Art Show premiered with a star-studded Opening Night Gala featuring Hollywood and artworld stars alike. Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor, director and producer Jon Hamm graciously hosted the evening on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Last year’s host Emma Roberts joined the festivities, along with VIPs such as Matthew Modine, Jay Duplass, Aldis Hodge and many more. 100% of proceeds from VIP Vanguard and Patron tickets, and 15% of proceeds from Friend tickets went to benefit the lifesaving mission of St. Jude. Nearly 6,500 VIPs supported the charity at the gala.
On January 11, the LA Art Show opened to the public and brought in nearly 70,000 attendees over the next four days, delighting with more highlights and featured exhibitions than ever before.
As part of the DIVERSEartLA programming, The MUSA Museum Guadalajara, Mexico exhibited Metaphysical Orozco for the first time ever in the United States—a digital projection of the works of legendary Mexican muralist Jose Clemente Orozco. The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) made the world premiere of Aporías Moviles, an installation by Argentinian artist Nuna Mangiante. The UCLA Art | Sci Center presented Brainstorming: Empathy, a performance/experience work created by Victoria Vesna in close collaboration with neuroscientist Mark Cohen. Other installations included Synesthesia: What is the taste of color Blue?, Plantigrade an experiential installation by Marcos Lutyens, and Space Palette by Tim Thompson & Paul Sable. Antuan Rodriguez’ “Left or Right” proved to one of the most popular exhibits of the fair, with attendees literally wailing on the punching bag depicting Trump.
On the evening of the opening day, Margaret Keane was honored under the Littletopia archway with a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Mab Graves. This was followed by the memorial of JUXTAPOZ co-founder Greg Escalante, presented by Robert Williams.
Friday featured performances by the mysterious Pandemonia, a number of Dialogs and live drawing by Korean comic artist Jung-Gi Kim. Saturday, traffic at the fair exploded, with long lines and even a few celebrity sightings, including Adrian Grenier and Wilmer Valderrama. A healing meditation was held in the morning at Antuan Rodriguez’ “Left or Right” punching bag exhibit. Sunday saw the highest level of traffic for the weekend, with thousands upon thousands of attendees trying to see all the art and exhibitions they hadn’t seen yet before the show closed at 5pm.
Gallerists interviewed all mentioned a noticeable increase in traffic from last year, high sales and greater interest than they have in previous year. Several galleries even sold most of their work before the weekend ever started. Simard Bilodeau Contemporary sold both of 22-year-old artist Yalda Sepahpour’s works before the weekend was over, including her large scale 82” x 180” triptych “Flamingos.”
The 24th edition of the LA Art Show is schedule for January 23 – 27, 2019.
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