After short holiday break, the world of contemporary art is hitting its highest speed again. And if you ask yourself where to start in 2016, here is your answer – LA Art Show! We could definitely say that LA Art Show is a fabulous, amazing art event that must be visited. Last year, the art fair celebrated its 20th anniversary, welcoming close to 60,000 art enthusiasts from all over the world. In the 180,000 square foot big space, there is everything for everyone – from contemporary painting to mixed media and even traditional and representational works. In recent years, the LA Art Show has become the most internationally diverse art platform in the Western world, bringing in the largest groupings of Korean, Chinese and Japanese galleries outside of Asia. This diverse, exciting art fair is designed with the true collector in mind, showcasing many artistic genres and styles to capture the essence of the ever-evolving art market. Celebrating the 21st edition of the LA Art Show, the art fair will bring together more than 80 galleries representing 20 countries from the Americas, Europe and Asia.
What makes LA Art Show special is its program of amazing shows that are taking place parallel with all the events related to the Gallery section. When it comes to the exhibitors, there will be dozens of exhibitors that will present a wide range of different art styles and movements. You should visit the booth of the UNIX Gallery from New York, Gallery Tableau from Seoul, Doyle from New York, to mention just a few. Truly remarkable galleries will be present at LA Art Show. However, what will also be exciting to visit are a number of great shows that will be accompanying the main gallery sector. One of the shows is the exhibition of amazing works by Spanish artist Lluis Barba, presented by Cynthia Corbett Gallery, with the artist being presenting a rare lecture during the show. One of the shows that should also be visited is Days of Future Past - a special solo show of Mari Kim’s artwork. Speaking about Korean art, there will also be a great show - Dansaekhwa: The Traces of Four Artists, celebrating Korean Monochrome painting, known as Dansaekhwa, and featuring works by Young-il Ahn, Kim Hyung Dae, Lee Seung Jio and Yoo Byeong Hoon.
The street art-lovers will enjoy the show entitled From the Streets to Canvas. Inspired by the LA’s mural culture, the exhibition features works by Carlos Almaraz, Christopher Brand, Espi, Ignacio Gomez, Willie Herrón III, Steve Martinez, MEAR ONE, Art Mortimer, Gilbert Ortiz, Frank Romero, Shizu Saldamando, Evan Skrederstu, and John Valadez. LA Art Association Launches Ping Pong Exhibition (a cross-cultural exhibition and artistic exchange between Los Angeles, Basel and Miami) at 2016 LA Art Show featuring artists Bhakti Baxter, Dirk Bonsma, JT Burke, Robert Chambers, Meeson Pae Yang, Richard Slechta, Gert Handschin, Sue Irion, Daniela Keiser, Miguel Osuna, Matthias Spiess, Mette Tommerup, Antonia Wright, Clare Kenny, Martin Chramosta and Markus Muller. You should also visit the Visions of Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition (organized by National Base for International Cultural Trade (Shanghai) and Supported by the Bureau for External Cultural Relations, Ministry of Culture, People’s Republic of China); Virtues & Vice Street Art Exhibition Curated by G. James Daichendt; Japanese contemporary art program; the Way of Modern Man installation and performance piece by Jana Cruder; Charm of Ink and Wash that spotlights contemporary Chinese ink painting; Catherine Coan’s Rogue Taxidermy installation presented by Downtown Art Walk; Africa Contemporary show curated by Marisa Caichiolo and Mostapha Romli.
There will be a number of amazing supporting programs during the LA Art Show 2016. Be sure not to miss Dialogs LA. There will be also one quite interesting show during the art fair – Littletopia. Littletopia was conceived by Noah Antieau, of Red Truck Gallery, as a way to showcase a diverse but congruous collection of galleries within the LA Art Show. Visitors will enter Littletopia through an installation by artist Jeff Gillette, known for his Dismaland collaboration with Banksy. A number of other activities are planned within the major Littletopia project.
LA Art Show is a must-see art fair in early 2016. The show will open with a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Anne Hathaway & Adam Shulman will host LA Art Show & Los Angeles Fine Art Show opening night premiere (2015 Opening Night beneficiary hosts Amy Adams & Darren Le Gallo, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Melanie Griffith, Nikki Sixx, Seth Green, Olivia Holt, Yara Shahidi, Barbara Streisand, James Brolin, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Franco, Lily Collins, Eli Broad, Gayle Rossi and Shepard Fairey among others). The Opening Night Premiere Party will feature exclusive performance art pieces, special installations and a live musical performance, and will take place on January 27, 2016. The LA Art Show will take place from January 27 until January 31, 2016 at Los Angeles Convention Center. One-day pass costs $20 ($5 discount when purchased online), while four-day pass costs $40 ($5 discount when purchased online). For more information, please visit the official website of the art fair.
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