LA ART SHOW
The fair runs Jan 18 - 22 at the Convention Center in West Halls A and B. There are two separate shows running simultaneously, The Los Angeles Fine Art Show: Historic and Traditional (HAT) and the LA Art Show: Modern & Contemporary (MAC). Based on the turn-out at the opening night premiere party last night, hosted by David Arquette, it looks like outreach will successfully be elevated to new levels.

The Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA) who has organized the annual LA Art Show for the last 17 years is pleased to announce a new partnership and direction for the future. FADA President Betina Tasende states, “Partnering with Art Miami will bring a new level of commitment and future growth to the fair while adding value for Galleries. The two-show format is very exciting. We have set the highest standards for these shows and created an atmosphere catering to both the discerning collector and respected galleries”.

Come scope works by emerging artists, as well as your favorite established artists, like Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Henry Moore, Sebastião Salgado, David Hockney, Judy Chicago, Roy Lichtenstein, Arshile Gorky, Jim Dine, Andy Warhol, Fernando Botero and others.
Get your tickets here for an art filled weekend.

ART LA CONTEMPORARY
Now in its third year, the fair returns to the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica from January 19–22 to present 70 top international blue chip and emerging galleries from around the world.

Opening night is tonight so you should buy your tickets here.

There's a strong emphasis on Los Angeles Galleries at the fair, as well as artist talks, museum curator led panel discussions, film screenings, special events and a performance series. Sounds like an exciting time for discerning collectors and art appreciators alike.

See a list of participating galleries here to get yourself even more amped.

___Opening Night Thursday, January 19, 7–9pm

Hours
Friday, January 20, 11am–7pm
Saturday, January 21, 11am–7pm
Sunday, January 22, 11am–6pm


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Location
The Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405
 
 
_Matthew Mark's first gallery on the West Coast is opening tomorrow night, on January 19. Located in Los Angeles, on Orange Grove Avenue, the building itself, as Mr. Marks told the Times, "is a work of art".

Peter Zellner of Culver CIty firm Zelnnerplus designed the square, white, stucco, building, while the entire facade of the space has been graced by a monumental sculpture by none other than minimalist artist, Ellsworth Kelly. A black stripe, 8 x 40 feet, is almost 30 feet off the ground and ten inches out from the face of the building. Although Kelly often draws from shapes and colors found in architecture and shadow, this is the first piece of his to incorporate a building’s architecture into his personal work.
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_Marks formerly collaborated with Kelly back in the early 90's, when Mark's opened his first Chelsea gallery with a show of Kelly's works. The Los Angeles opening will be no different, with an Ellsworth Kelly exhibit of his latest works scheduled from January 19 to April 7. Fittingly, the exhibit will also feature two pivotal, early works by the artist which relate to, if not inspired, the sculptural installation on the front of the gallery.

Black Over White, a 1966 painting made in New York City.
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_Matthew Marks Gallery has shown an incredible roster of artists on the East Coast, including Andreas Gursky, Nan Goldin, Jasper Johns, and Willem de Kooning. I'm certain that the gallery will help to cement Los Angeles as a growing art destination, just as the Matthew Marks Gallery helped to catapult Chelsea's neighborhood in New York into the global art sphere.
 
 
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_Banks Violette's first solo exhibit in Los Angeles is opening at Blum & Poe in Culver City tomorrow night, January 7th. His large scale, conceptual installations have been staggeringly astonishing in the past and this show should be no different. Here is a sculpture from his show at Gladstone Gallery in New York’s Chelsea last year.

His press release describes his work as being arrested in time: "Violette’s sculptural objects and installations function as elegant reminders of darker moments past and present." This is because his work is mostly minimalist in form, but made from a diversity of industrial materials like neon tubing, salt, resin, aluminum, powder-coated steel and glass. The result is a rather contemporary effect.

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image via slamxhype.com

His work has been described as Neo-Gothic, which emphasizes a rebellion against normality, and so it's no wonder his work is heavily influenced by subcultures like hardcore punk and drone metal bands. Violette has explored teenage suicide, ritual murder, political conspiracies, religious fanatics, and NASCAR iconography in the past, so he's well known for referencing a culture of excess, but in a minimalist light.

In British style magazine, Dazed and Confused, Francesca Gavin coined the New Gothic Art movement as "The Art of Fear" and quotes Violette saying:

_"I'm interested in a visual language that's over-determined, exhausted, or just over-burdened by meaning. The heavy-handed one-to-one of 'black-equals-wrong' is incredibly interesting to me -- less as something that has a meaning in itself, but more in how those visual codes can somehow become reanimated. That's constant throughout my work."

Here is an image from tomorrow night's show for an idea of what's to come...
Hope to see you there!