A global epicenter of art and culture with a distinct, interwoven multi-cultural influence unique to the city, Los Angeles rises as the world-class destination for art. Distinguished as the region’s foremost event dedicated to the visual arts, the LA Art Show aims to highlight the city’s diversity and showcase art that includes or transcends all borders. Taking place for over two decades, the fair continues to lead the way with innovative programming and one-of-a-kind experiences for an expanding collecting audience.
Celebrating an important milestone - the 25th anniversary, the LA Art Show 2020 comes back to the Los Angeles Convention Center, presenting the largest lineup of art programming in the city’s history. Kim Martindale, the founder of the show, explained that 25 years ago, there weren't any big art fairs in the area.
This is one of the most creative cities on the planet, and I always hoped that we would become a major arts capital. I felt it was important for the city to have a show of its own, to help put us on the map in the larger art world. I created the LA Art Show to establish us as a marketplace.
The show will host over 100 galleries from 18 different countries, presented across seven sections. Coming back for its third iteration, DIVERSEartLA will be a true celebration of pride in LA's cultural diversity, dedicated to exhibiting the institutions, artists and non-profits from Southern California, around the Pacific Rim, and beyond. This year, the show premiers the European Pavilion, a brand new programming section comprised of contemporary European galleries, with an emphasis on exhibitors and artists from Spain, Italy, and the UK. The audience will also have an opportunity to enjoy a range of special sections, exhibitions, performances, talks and much more.
This year, the fair will offer the largest lineup of art programming in the city’s history.
As part of the newly rebranded Featured Exhibitions, the fair will present an exciting line-up of installations, sculptures, and artworks from around the world. Be sure to check out The M.C. Escher Experience by M.C. Escher presented by Walker Fine Art, showcasing the “rarest of the rare” from the galleries extensive collection; Karma: The Moon Jar as the epitome of life by Choi Young Wook presented by SM Fine Art; featuring his works depicting Chosun’s moon-jars; ALPHACUBE by Lorenzo Marini curated by Sabino Maria Frassà and presented by Bruce Lurie Gallery, presenting the artist's latest installation; The Sue Wong Signature by Sue Wong, presented in a new FASHION section of programming and featuring nearly a dozen gowns worn on red carpets by Hollywood stars like Anne Hathaway, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Biel, Minnie Driver, Reba McEntire, Tyra Banks and more; 3/11: Requiem And Revival by Sogen Chiba presented by Gallery Kitai, featuring a work transcribing newspaper reports of the Great East Japan Earthquake in large-scale calligraphy murals; The Maize Project by Eric Johnson presented by Fabrik Projects Gallery, featuring a work abstractly representing a lodge pole-like structure; ICONOCLASTS by Kazu Hiro presented by Copro Gallery, featuring the artist's newest hyperreal portrait sculpture alongside a retrospective of several of his past works; Of Aesthetics & The Vernacular by Baua Devi presented by Arushi Arts; showcasing a selection of works by this master artist of the Mithila or Madhubani style of painting in India; and Taylor Camp: The Edge of Paradise by John Wehrheim presented by Mark Blackburn, featuring the artist's 1970s series revealing a community that created order without rules and rejected materialism for the healing power of nature. Other highlights include Grandmother’s Country: Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi presented by Australian Aboriginal Art Gallery, Shark: RISK presented by 5Art Gallery, and Master Piece – Immortal Beloved: Mari Kim presented by SM Fine Art Gallery.
Returning to the section is INK, featuring the largest presentation of ink painting (both contemporary and traditional) of any art fair outside of Asia. For the first time ever, the LA Art Show will be hosting a live ink painting demonstration, by Japanese master Sogen Chiba. Walker Fine Art will be presenting a blockbuster showcase of the works of M.C. Escher, including some never-before-seen VR experiences, and Oscar-winning artist Kazu Hiro will be premiering brand new hyperreal portrait sculptures in his exhibition Iconoclast.
Curated by Marisa Caichiolo, the third edition of the DIVERSEartLA showcase will present a rare yet magnificent program to reflect LA’s vast natural spaces and cultural diversity. The lineup includes LACMA, The Broad, La Neomudejar Museum from Madrid, MOLAA, Art Al Limite, LA Art Association, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, and many others. For the first time ever, work will be presented by the Danubiana Museum of Bratislava, with a special exhibition from the collection of Homeira Goldstein, and more. The performance programming will include work by PSJM Collective from Spain and artist Miss Art World, presented by the LA Art Association.
For its 25th anniversary, the fair inaugurates the European Pavilion which will celebrate the profound influence that European art has had on the world. The participating galleries will curate exhibitions that highlight the various movements and stylistic developments that have defined much of Western art, including a special exhibition showcasing Catalan artists from 1900 to present. Among the participating galleries within the section are Galleria Stefano Forni, L'Arcada Galeria d'Art, Galeria Cortina, Neue Kunst Gallery and Galerie Wolfsen, among others.
The L.A. Art Show 2020 will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall from February 5th until February 9th, 2020. The Red Card & Patrons Preview will take place on February 5th, 2020, from 6 to 11 p.m. while the Opening Night Premiere will take place from 8 to 11 p.m.
The fair will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday
The price of the Opening Night Ticket will be $200 (with Patron Tickets for the Opening Night being 300$), the price of the 4-Day Pass will be $80, while the price of the 1 Day General Admission Ticket will be $40.
For more information about the fair and the tickets, visit the official website of the fair.
Featured images: YoshioIkezaki - The Earth Breathes - Mind Landscape 15. Kylin Gallery; Walter McConnell - White Stupa. CROSS Mackenzie Gallery. All images courtesy LA Art Show 2020.