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The LA Art Show is Back

By Yash Thadani, Krish Narsinghani

Los Angeles’ longest-running art show returned Wednesday evening, January 23rd. The exhibition was held at the Los Angeles Convention center in the heart of Downtown LA. Immediately upon entering the venue, patrons were presented with a red carpet walkway leading to the south hall ballroom that featured work from numerous artists from around the world. Installations from Takashi Murakami to Banksy were all at arm’s-length available to purchase. 

Venturing off to the back area of the hall guests were greeted by various vendors from DogHAUS to BuzzPop sampling their products. The event also had countless stands offering premium open bar services for the attendees. In addition, there was a lounge with embellished furniture and two champagne bars for VIP attendees. 

This 2022 exposition has also integrated cutting-edge forms of digital media such as NFTs to create a depiction of emotional and alluring experience for the audience. Johnny “KMNDZ” was one of the many artists breaking barriers of digital art with a collection of nearly 900 exclusive NFTs that premiered at the LA Art Show

A crowd favorite was a portrayal of The Joker and Batman in a boxing ring. In true artistic irony, Batman was beaten and confused with The Joker standing over him being the clear winner. It was a distasteful paradox showing that bad guys sometimes do end up winning. 

To top it off, the Off-White model and notably recognized international actress Kaia Gerber was the official host of the 2022 premiere party. As one of the largest international art fairs in the U.S. this occasion was the perfect place to view prominent artists and their work across a number of verticals including paintings, prints, sculptures and NFTs.

About the LA Art Show

The LA Art Show creates one of the largest international art fairs in the United States, providing an exciting, immersive, insider art experience to sponsors, their select guests and VIP clients. The show attracts an elite roster of national and international galleries, acclaimed artists, highly regarded curators, architects, design professionals, along with discerning collectors. This innovative, exceptional cultural environment attracts executives and board members of Southern California businesses, state, county, and municipal government representatives, as well as leaders of the region’s cultural institutions. Attendees are trendsetters, influencers and alpha consumers, who seek and demand the newest and the best in all areas of their lives—art, design, food, technology and travel being specific passion points.

Since 2015, LA Art Show has been a strong and unwavering supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® as it leads the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. In 2022, St. Jude returned as the beneficiary with the LA Art Show donating 15% of all ticket proceeds to its life saving mission. The LA Art Show is proud to bring together St. Jude and the art community.

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Kaia Gerber × LA Art Show

The LA Art Show 2022 Opening Night premiere party was hosted by international model and actress Kaia Gerber, kicking off the Los Angeles 2022 art season. The event was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Wednesday, January 19 from 7-11 p.m.

Gerber, known for her love of fashion, art, and culture, was a perfect voice for the next young generation of collectors and a great supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the LA Art Show. With a passion for fostering community, whether it be her social media-based book club or lending her platform to others for the sake of education, Gerber was an exciting addition to this year’s LA Art Show. For eight years, the LA Art Show has been a strong and unwavering supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as it leads the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. In 2022, St. Jude continues to be the beneficiary, with 15% of all ticket proceeds going towards its lifesaving mission: Finding cures. Saving children.

In addition to food, beverages, and art, opening night attendees were given a special sneak peek of the LA Art Show’s exciting new programming. As opening night guests navigated the fair, they discovered some of the latest trends in art, experienced new technology, and participated in discussions about the ecological state of our world. The LA Art Show returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center from January 19-23, safely uniting the contemporary art community. As the city—and the West Coast’s—largest art fair, and one of the most diversely programmed in the world, the LA Art Show features a comprehensive lineup of local and international exhibitors ranging from traditional contemporary and modern art to digital art and more!

About Kaia Gerber

Kaia Gerber is a muse to many. She made her debut for the Young Versace ad campaign at the age of ten. Since then, she has worked with the likes of Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Isabel Marant, Loewe, Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, Versace, and countless other luxury brands. Having graced numerous international and US magazine covers, as well as being honored with the Daily Front Row’s 2017 Breakout Model of the year and the 2018 Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, she has established herself in the new generation of fashion icons. Kaia has swiftly made her mark, working with celebrated photographers like Steven Meisel, Inez & Vinoodh, Craig McDean, Mikael Jansson, and David Sims. She has been the face of campaigns for Marc Jacob’s Beauty and the brand’s Daisy fragrance since 2016 and has been a brand ambassador for OMEGA as of 2017. In 2018 Gerber became the face of YSL Beauté and partnered with the late Karl Lagerfeld to create the Kaia x Karl collection which combined Lagerfeld’s iconic Parisian chic with Kaia’s laid-back California style.

About the LA Art Show

The LA Art Show creates one of the largest international art fairs in the United States, providing an exciting, immersive, insider art experience to sponsors, their select guests, and VIP clients. The show attracts an elite roster of national and international galleries, acclaimed artists, highly regarded curators, architects, design professionals, along with discerning collectors. This innovative, exceptional cultural environment attracts executives and board members of Southern California businesses, state, county, and municipal government representatives, as well as leaders of the region’s cultural institutions. Attendees are trendsetters, influencers, and alpha consumers, who seek and demand the newest and the best in all areas of their lives—art, design, food, technology, and travel being specific passion points.

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LA ART SHOW’S SPECIAL SUMMER EDITION CELEBRATES MAJOR SUCCESS WITH RECORD SALES FOR MANY PARTICIPATING GALLERIES

The Return to Live Art Fairs with COVID-Conscious Guidelines Limited Attendees But Double Sales

Among the first events to return live, this weekend the LA Art Show wrapped a socially distanced special summer edition of the fair with half the attendance but double the sales. Galleries, art dealers, curators, collectors, and art lovers masked up and made their way to Los Angeles Convention Center this past weekend to surround themselves with arts and culture, marking the first time in 18 months for some visitors.

Utilizing 150,000 square feet, new director Kassandra Voyagis was able to create an airy show with room to roam. In past years, as one of the most popular art fairs, the LA Art Show has hosted 65k guests, showcasing up to 150 galleries and museums from around the globe. Protocols for 2021 included wide aisles, clean air circulation, mandatory masks and limited total attendance of 30k art lovers over the course of 4 days. However, the decreased capacity certainly did not diminish the experience.

The event kicked off with a visit from Mayor Eric Garcetti, celebrating both the return of the show and the 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles Convention Center, followed by a successful opening night complete with red carpet. The celebration was hosted by international pop star Rita Ora in conjunction with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® for a celebration of art and charitable components. The excitement was palpable, with an air of festivity from the outfits to the assumed smiles under everyone’s masked faces. The exhilaration continued throughout the weekend, heightened by a surprise visit from Arnold Schwarzenegger to the delight of the galleries.

The excitement of this year’s show was evident from the moment patrons stepped foot on the show floor, where they were instantly met with an NFT introduction, bringing live NFT sales to a consumer market. This presence is thanks to Vellum LA, the first physical gallery for NFT-backed digital art in Los Angeles ahead of their launch in September, and SuperRare, the leading and most trusted NFT marketplace for digital art. The strictly NFT gallery highlighted the most exciting female artists currently in the digital space, with their brand new show Sea Change. In a partnership with SuperRare as the LA Art Show’s official NFT marketplace, live NFT auctions were accessible to everyone on the floor, creating an exciting energy from the get go. Eight of the twelve artists sold beyond their reserve with a total Vellum LA and SuperRare sales of over $247,000. Additionally, Vellum’s technology partner StandardVision released their newest product Luma Canvas to great interest and even a sale of this first ever museum-grade LED display for digital art and NFTs, ushering in the art screens of the future.

Traditional galleries also had quite a busy weekend full of sales. Arcadia Gallery, one of the galleries returning to the show for another successful year, sold 65 pieces, a pleasant surprise for the veteran participant. Rehs Galleries, a New York based institution, was overwhelmed by the sales of the weekend, noting that every buyer was a new buyer. In fact, most galleries noted strong sales to new collectors, establishing meaningful connections with an entirely new clientele. Local favorite, Simard Bilodeau Contemporary said each of their artists sold a piece if not multiple, marking a successful weekend for their artists. Copro Gallery, known for their steeped history in lowbrow and pop surrealism was overwhelmed with sales, thrilled by the unexpected rush. 14-year-old Tex Hammond, nearly sold out of his work on display at Acosta Arts, an incredible feat for any artist, let alone the youngest to ever exhibit. Other galleries with stellar sales include Jane Kahan Gallery, Aibo Gallery, Abend Gallery, Peri Art, and first timer from Paris, Spaceless Gallery.

Continuing the many successes of the weekend, Citibank returned with an important presence at the show. Not only did they create a beautiful physical space, but they extended the reach of the fair to those unable to attend with a series of virtual gallerist talks. Each of the four featured galleries–the aforementioned Simard Bilodeau Contemporary, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Pigment Gallery, and Rebecca Hossack Gallery – joined the other exhibitors with high sales and exposure.

This special LA Art Show Summer Edition was the idea of new director, Kassandra Voyagis. Having been met with such success and resounding positive feedback from visitors and exhibitors alike, the show organizers couldn’t feel more hopeful about the state of art fairs post-pandemic. Those who missed the show, or who attended and are already experiencing LA Art Show withdrawals, do not have to wait long. The LA Art Show returns January 19-23, 2022 meaning there’s less than a six month wait!

About the LA Art Show

The LA Art Show creates one of the largest international art fairs in the United States, providing an exciting, immersive, insider art experience to sponsors, their select guests and VIP clients. The show attracts an elite roster of national and international galleries, acclaimed artists, highly regarded curators, architects, design professionals, along with discerning collectors. This innovative, exceptional cultural environment attracts executives and board members of Southern California businesses, state, county, and municipal government representatives, as well as leaders of the region’s cultural institutions. Attendees are trendsetters, influencers and alpha consumers, who seek and demand the newest and the best in all areas of their lives—art, design, food, technology and travel being specific passion points.

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WELCOME TO THE METAVERSE

LA ART SHOW ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH SUPERRARE AS THE OFFICIAL NFT MARKETPLACE OF THE SHOW

From Analog to Digital For 26 Years LA Art Show Has Embraced Art Trends And Conversations

In just a few short weeks, LA Art Show, the most comprehensive international contemporary art show in America, officially kicks-off the city’s 2021 art season at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This special Summer Edition–on the heels of the landmark 25-year anniversary and now with new director Kassandra Voyagis – takes a closer look at some of the latest technological trends in the art world, while still offering a conventional lens for art from around the globe. Taking a leap into the future, while remaining cognizant of the traditional contemporary and historical programming, the LA Art Show has incorporated a focus on women, art, and technology. Upholding a longstanding convention of paving the way for other fairs to follow suit, this year marks the LA Art Show as the first LIVE show to join one of the most buzzed-about conversations in art: NFTs. As a show with a strong traditional reputation, the integration of NFTs and other new technology is monumental, emphasizing the legitimacy and wonder of digital art. To supply the most comprehensive and accessible NFT introduction, the show has partnered with SuperRare as official marketplace partner, meaning patrons will be able to purchase the work immediately at the fair with the help of experts, removing anxiety surrounding the new kind of transaction.

To present the most striking and comprehensive NFT debut, the LA Art Show welcomes Vellum LA, the first physical gallery for NFT-backed digital art in Los Angeles, ahead of their launch in September. Vellum LA was created with the goal of meaningfully situating the digital and crypto art communities within the context of art history, while also educating the public on the potential of NFTs to impact the future of art. Aiming to bridge the gap between the physical and the digital world, the crypto and the traditional art collectors, Vellum LA presents carefully curated shows designed to be relevant to patrons on either end of the digital-analog spectrum, and anywhere in between.

This year’s LA Art Show is the ideal platform for Vellum LA programming, prioritizing NFTs whether it be an introduction for many of the patrons of the fair or an exciting addition for those who are already fans of the genre. Crafting the optimal first impression, Vellum LA presents Sea Change, a physical NFT exhibition in partnership with SuperRare, the show’s official marketplace partner. Sea Change will feature the works of 11 new media artists, whose work embraces our inevitable technological immersion, exploring the new language, materiality, and logic of the metaverse. The exhibition will include works by Claudia Hart, Auriea Harvey, Krista Kim, Marjan Moghaddam, Itzel Yard (Ix Shells), Blake Kathryn, Nicole Ruggiero, Sam Clover (PLANTTDADDII), Sabrina Ratté and more. Curated by Nxt Museum curator Jesse Damiani and Vellum LA curator Sinziana Velicescu, Sea Change is a model of collaboration in the art world. Bringing together not just artists, curators, but tech companies as well, this exhibition is a worthy preview of what NFTs have to offer. The show caters to the collector, both the already avid NFT fans and those who might not even know what NFT stands for yet. Thanks to the partnership with SuperRare, a pioneering online peer-to-peer marketplace for premium single edition NFTs built on the Ethereum blockchain, purchasing NFTs at the fair is highly accessible for anyone, whether they be tech savvy or previously luddite (just make sure to secure some ETH for purchases ahead of the event). Although NFTs have been around for a while now, the technology patrons will see is brand new, featuring state-of-the-art StandardVision LumaCanvas displays developed specifically for Sea Change and designed to be the first ever collector/museum-grade digital art display canvases.

The return of in-person programming has generated quite a few questions about the future of the art world, but it is becoming increasingly apparent that many artists want to have their work seen in person, and that is true of digital art as well. Velicescu is thrilled to bring this new kind of viewing experience to this special LIVE summer edition of the LA Art Show, noting that the return of live programming is important for NFTs and digital programming just as it is important for analog art.

Having curated work for large scale media facades at StandardVision, I understand the importance of the in-person experience. I think with everything re-opening, people will crave these experiences more than ever and I think there’s an opportunity to show this work in ways that hasn’t been shown before, taking into consideration all the complexities of digital art–some of the work is time based, some has the capability of being fully immersive, some involves AR.

The technology revolution does not stop there. White Cross Gallery is bringing their expertise from over 5 years of NFT experience along with 5 new releases, and NFT giveaways. Continuing the theme of technological advancements, one of the most highly anticipated traditional elements of the show is getting an upgrade as well, with the return of DIVERSEartLA. This important part of the fair, curated by Marisa Caichiolo, will focus on the presence, contributions, research, and documentation of women and non-binary artists at the forefront of work at the intersection of art, science, and technology, represented by guest museums and institutions. Continuing the theme of juxtaposing old and new, this fan-favorite section will expand upon previous years into new, more interactive, and technological ground. This year’s tech-focused exhibits include a wide range of mediums from AI to video and plenty in between. The San Marcos Museum of Art (MASM) from Lima, Perú, which will bring a new media project by Peruvian artist Angie Bonino. “THE SYMPHONY OF NOW,” consists of a video installation, and interactive sound installation focusing on the Andean techno de-colonial shamanism. Museum La Neomudejar from Madrid is bringing _DATA | ergo sum | RELOADED by artist Ana Marcos, an interactive art installation that visualizes the capability of viewing machines using artificial intelligence to extract data by a simple observation of visitors. Art Museum of the Americas (AMA) has joined with a special project curated by Fabian Goncálves, that will feature a compilation of material and an exhibition of the work of women artists who have played a central role in the development of new media practices throughout history and women and non-binary people whose forward-thinking practices are currently reshaping the field. The UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center is bringing a special project curated by Chon Noriega titled Immersive Distancing by LA-based artists Carmen Argote and Zeynep Abes, which will examine recent media art produced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continuing the Los Angeles presence, Now Art LA and Building Bridges Art Exchange have joined forces as local non-profit organizations to exhibit the work Agua by Luciana Abait, a video projection created as part of LUMINEX Project by Now Art LA. This work is inspired by the flood-myth motif that occurs in many cultures, in which water acts a healing and rebirth tool, often referencing ideas of creation, purification, and sustaining life.

This year’s diversification of mediums continues with Tiffany Trenda, a multidisciplinary performance artist, known for exploring the relationship of the female body to today’s ever-changing technologies. In partnership with DIVERSEartLA, Trenda is safely bringing live performance to the art fair. Through the use of QR codes, she is coordinating a unique viewing experience for attendees. Each person can use their own smartphone to participate in real-time via volumetric video recording, creating an interactive and compelling experience.

The LA Art Show is excited to broach new artistic waters, welcoming back old friends and joining new ones for the first time. With the draw of a long-awaited in-person event, in conjunction with the groundbreaking new technology, tickets for this event are likely to sell quickly. Please visit the official website to learn more, tickets can be purchased here.

About SuperRare

Founded in 2017, SuperRare is a pioneering online, peer-to-peer marketplace for premium, single edition non-fungible tokens (NFTs), most notably CryptoArt, built on the Ethereum blockchain. Created with the goal of reinventing art collecting for the digital age, SuperRare has facilitated artists and collectors around the world to sell and purchase more than $71M worth of art in the last year alone. On the heels of a successful first round of funding in 2021, SuperRare continues to work with key art curation and auction partners across the globe.

About the LA Art Show

The LA Art Show creates one of the largest international art fairs in the United States, providing an exciting, immersive, insider art experience to sponsors, their select guests and VIP clients. The show attracts an elite roster of national and international galleries, acclaimed artists, highly regarded curators, architects, design professionals, along with discerning collectors. This innovative, exceptional cultural environment attracts executives and board members of Southern California businesses, state, county, and municipal government representatives, as well as leaders of the region’s cultural institutions. Attendees are trendsetters, influencers, and alpha consumers, who seek and demand the newest and the best in all areas of their lives—art, design, food, technology and travel being specific passion points.

Sofia Vergara x LA Art Show

SOFIA VERGARA TO HOST 25th ANNUAL LA ART SHOW OPENING NIGHT GALA

Proceeds From Star-Studded Event Will Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

OPENING NIGHT PREMIERE
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Red Card & Patrons Preview | 6pm – 11pm
Opening Night Premiere | 8pm – 11pm

SHOW HOURS
Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 11am – 7pm
Friday, February 7, 2020 | 11am – 7pm
Saturday, February 8, 2020 | 11am – 7pm
Sunday, February 9, 2020 | 11am – 5pm

LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER – SOUTH HALL
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

The 25th Annual LA Art Show is proud to announce that actress Sofia Vergara will be the official host of the 2020 Opening Night Premiere Gala being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Wednesday Feb. 5 from 8 – 11 pm. The beloved Colombian actress is known for her role as Gloria Delgado on the ABC television series Modern Family. The long-running, multiple-Emmy award-winning series is currently in its 11 and final season.

Proceeds from the event will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the sixth year in a row. Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their children live.

All proceeds from the sale of Patron and Vanguard tickets and 15 percent of sales of Friend tickets will go directly to the charity. All attendees of the Opening Night Premiere party are supporting the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children. ®

In addition to food, beverages, live music and art, gala attendees will be given a special sneak peek of the LA Art Show’s 200,000 square foot of programming featuring more than 100 galleries from 18 countries. They will have first dibs to explore DIVERSEartLA, a celebration of pride in LA’s cultural diversity, view Oscar-nominated Kazuhiro Tsuji’s three-dimensional portraits of legendary, historical figures and get up close to 25 years of red carpet dresses designed by Sue Wong (and worn by stars like Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Minnie Driver and others).

The LA Art Show returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center from Feb. 6 – 9. As the city (and west coast’s) largest art fair, and one of the most diversely programmed in the world, the LA Art Show features a comprehensive lineup of exhibitors not only in contemporary and modern art, but also classical and other specialized art scenes that often command their own dedicated shows.

DIVERSEARTLA 2020
“The Birth of the Niemand” by Viktor Freso
DIVERSEartLA showcase will be a full on celebration of pride in LA’s cultural diversity. This special programming section within the fair is dedicated to exhibiting the institutions, artists and non-profits from Southern California, around the Pacific Rim, and beyond, donating 20,000 square feet of exhibition space to the participating organizations. The work is not for sale.

For 2020, DIVERSEARTLA will be expanded to embrace and celebrate those art institutions and art collectors who support LA’s newest and largest iteration of art community, as well as to create a strong conversation around a variety of events and programs. Thus serving as a platform and resource for diversity best practices and leadership, including all of Los Angeles’s communities.

So far, 2020 lineup for DIVERSEartLA includes LACMA, The Broad, Japanese American National Museum, 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, as will a special exhibition from the collection of Homeira Goldstein, and more. Proving to be popular in years past, the performance programming for the 2020 DIVERSEartLA includes work by PSJM Collective from Spain and artist Miss Art World, presented by the LA Art Association.

2020 HIGHLIGHTS

ICONOCLASTS
By Kazu Hiro
Presented by Copro Gallery

Kazu Hiro is a contemporary hyperrealist sculptor living and working in Los Angeles. After working 25 years as a special effects makeup artist in Hollywood, Kazu decisively shifted focus in 2012, dedicating himself semi-full time to fine art sculpture. Using resin, platinum silicone, and many other materials, Kazu constructs three-dimensional portraits in a scale two times life size. Kazu has received numerous accolades throughout his career including an Academy Award in 2018 for his work in the film “Darkest Hour” helping good friend, actor, Gary Oldman to portray Winston Churchill. Kazu Hiro’s newest hyperreal portrait sculpture will be unveiled at the LA Art Show in Copro Gallery’s booth, alongside a retrospective of several of his past works. The artist will be in attendance at select times throughout the fair.

The Sue Wong Signature
By Sue Wong
Sue Wong never fails to astonish, employing the revered age-old couture techniques implemented by the finest Couture houses in Europe, and evoking the allure and glamour of various eras such as Weimar Berlin, 1930s Shanghai, Precode Hollywood and Manhattan’s gilded Jazz Age. While often adopting vintage style, every design belongs in the now and is decidedly very Sue Wong; exquisite fabrics shimmering with incandescent beads, unique embroideries and layered textures embellished with passementerie and soutache combine to create works of art that are graceful, elegant, unique and timelessly beautiful. The 2020 LA Art Show will be taking place the same weekend as Tinseltown’s premiere awards ceremony: the Oscars. It’s only appropriate to celebrate with 25 years of the iconic style of Sue Wong in a new FASHION section of programming, 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.

The M.C. Escher Experience
By M.C. Escher
Presented by Walker Fine Art

Exploring the intersection of art, mathematics, science and poetry, Escher’s work has fascinated and astounded generations of artists, architects, mathematicians, musicians and designers alike. Over 40 years, Walker Fine Art has assembled the largest collection of Escher works in the world, and will showcase the “rarest of the rare” at the 25th Annual LA Art Show. The M.C. Escher experience runs the span of his entire career, and will include rarely seen lithographs, wood cuts, engravings, and mezzotints, as well as the artist’s iconic custom furniture. Many of these will be shown in California for the first time ever. In addition to seeing the artist’s work up close, LA Art Show attendees will have the opportunity to become Escher. A special photo-booth will recreate his iconic sphere self portrait with you in the reflection.

ALPHACUBE
By Lorenzo Marini
Curated by Sabino Maria Frassà
Presented by Bruce Lurie Gallery

After Milan, Venice and Dubay Lorenzo presents his new art-installation ALPHACUBE in the USA. Curator Sabino Maria Frassà explains that AlphaCube turns that paradigm of the white cube as the best form for conveying contemporary art. The artwork is a large white cube, that immerses guests in a space animated by letters, light and sound.

The white cube rises in space like something alien, as much in form as in content: while it is obvious that the artist has a certain fascination for Dadaism and Futurism, which he reinterprets and actualizes, it also cannot be denied that the focus of the installation is not an aesthetic satisfaction but a social and cultural stimulus.

3/11: Requiem And Revival
By Sogen Chiba
Presented by Gallery Kitai

On March 11, 2011, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the history of Japan occurred off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku. The earthquake triggered powerful tsunami waves that killed over 19,000 people. Premiering originally at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Sogen Chiba’s 3/11 Requiem and Revival work transcribes newspaper reports of the Great East Japan Earthquake in large-scale calligraphy murals.

For the 25th annual LA Art Show, Chiba has created a never-before seen work in this series. Nearly a decade has passed since the tragic events of 3/11, so the lessons learned from the event are now fading. In this exhibition, Chiba seeks to record the memories of unimaginable disaster, and consider how we can move beyond them. Chiba himself is from the disaster-hit Ishinomaki district, and has used his indomitable spirit to move beyond misfortune and challenge himself to create works and imagery that can only be expressed in calligraphy. The artist will be performing each day at the LA Art Show.

EAST ASIAN INK SHOWCASE
Ink painting originated in East Asia as the tradition of using carbon-based black ink and calligraphic brush painting techniques, and has continued to evolve as the basis for much contemporary works in the region. Ink is as synonymous with painting in the East as oil is with painting in the West. From traditional and historical, to contemporary, to avant-garde, the LA Art Show offers the largest showcase of ink painting of any art fair outside of Asia. This a unique opportunity to appreciate the rich spectrum of ink painting styles. Learn more here:

The Maize Project
By Eric Johnson
Presented by Fabrik Projects Gallery

The “Maize Project” abstractly represents a lodge pole-like structure. In the Native American culture, the lodge pole is a gathering place and the title and shape of the sculpture references a section of an ear of maize corn. For Johnson, this alludes to his Native American heritage and also is a call to raise awareness to issues of global hunger, alternative fuel, and corn’s complicated relationship to our food supply. The piece is assembled from more than 300 individually cast polyester resin units—”kernels,” as he calls them. The kernels were made in Johnson’s studio with assistance from various artists, friends and community members. The communal project took several years to complete. Participants were invited to select resin colors, sequencing of pours, and encase small objects or messages into the kernels. Customization ranges from the light hearted (candy corn) to the profound (baby teeth of a lost child).

DIALOGS LA & PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Returning for the 7th year in a row, the DIALOGS LA series of conversations will connect audiences directly to the artists, curators, and other art world luminaires involved in the LA Art Show.

Live art demonstrations by renowned ink painter Sogen Chiba, and sculptor Ichitaka Kamiji are also scheduled throughout the fair. Attendees will also be able to see and interact with performances by Miss Artworld and PSJM Collective. For the first time ever, the DIALOGS LA booth will be screening The Edge of Paradise: Taylor Camp Kaua’i 1969-1977 on Friday and Saturday as well.

HIGHLIGHT
Saturday, Feb 8 / 4pm / A Conversation With Gronk & Sellars
Moderated by Marisa Caichiolo

Two legendary L.A.-based artists will discuss their theatrical and opera collaborations around the world over the last three decades. Gronk and Sellars will also share their experience and thoughts on the role of art in a time of profound social upheaval and inequity. The conversation will take place on Gronk’s installation Pyramids, a full-size mock-up of a theatrical stage that Gronk will be painting throughout the run of the LA Art Show. Pyramids re-imagines Gronk’s 2013 set design for Sellar’s Purcell’s “The Indian Queen,” an innovative updating of the 1695 semi-opera. For the LA Art Show, Gronk brings the piece into 2020, while also providing visitors with a behind-the-curtain view of his artistic practice. Rather than enter a theater where the stage is already set, visitors will be able to interact with the artist, participating in the process of making a “political theater” for our contemporary moment. Gronk is a featured artist in DIVERSEartLA, where his project brings together elements of his lifelong work as a painter, muralist, performance artist, set designer, sculptor, and printmaker. His expansive art flows out of his DTLA studio into the hallway, where the resulting 40-foot long wall mural has been declared a city landmark. Peter Sellars is a renowned theater, opera, and festival director. He is co-organizer of the exhibition Inside the Mask, on Central American masks after the Conquista, which opens at the Hammer Museum on February 15.

About the LA Art Show
The LA Art Show creates one of the largest international art fairs in the United States providing an exciting, immersive, insider art experience to sponsors, their select guests and VIP clients. The show attracts an elite roster of national and international galleries, acclaimed artists, highly regarded curators, architects, design professionals, along with discerning collectors. This innovative, exceptional cultural environment attracts executives and board members of Southern California businesses, state, county, and municipal government representatives, as well as leaders of the region’s cultural institutions. Attendees are trend setters, influencers and alpha consumers, who seek and demand the newest and the best in all areas of their lives—art, design, food, technology and travel being specific passion points. www.LAartshow.com