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LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA, January 23-27

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An overview of the gallery booths at the 2012 LA Art Show.

This story was featured in the January 2013 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Order the Southwest Art January 2013 print edition, or download the Southwest Art January 2013 issue now…Or just subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss an issue!

More than 100 national and international galleries converge in Los Angeles, CA, this month for the 2013 LA Art Show. Now in its 18th year, the show is one of the longest-running venues for contemporary, historical, and traditional art in the country—and Southwest Art is proud to be a media partner again this year. Works on display include paintings, sculptures, photographs, and more.

The 2012 show drew more than 50,000 visitors with its two-part concept that distinctly separated contemporary works from historical and traditional exhibits. This year’s show will build upon that concept to showcase four types of art with separate display sections for each: a modern and contemporary section, a historical and traditional section, a vintage poster section, and a section for the International Fine Print Dealers Association’s Los Angeles Print Fair. Also new this year, the show is launching a special series of art talks titled “Dialogues LA.” Other events include lectures, tours, special exhibits, and after-parties.

Aron Wiesenfeld, The Dropout, oil, 33 x 24, Arcadia Fine Arts.

Aron Wiesenfeld, The Dropout, oil, 33 x 24, Arcadia Fine Arts.

The show kicks off with an Opening Night Premier Party on January 23. Attendees are the first to preview art from top galleries and enjoy culinary delights and beverages courtesy of some of the finest restaurants in Los Angeles. The opening-night events benefit two organizations: the J. Paul Getty Museum Education Department’s Title One School Visit Program, and The Art of Elysium, a nonprofit organization that encourages working actors, artists, and musicians to volunteer at art workshops for children who are battling serious medical conditions. The Getty Museum also hosts a VIP Welcome Party for LA Art Show patron ticket-holders on Tuesday, January 22.

The show runs through January 27. Each year there is a special selection process to determine which galleries are invited to participate, and this year there is a significant change in the roster: Many—but not all—of last year’s galleries are returning, and there are several new galleries joining the show this year.

One of the returning galleries is George Stern Fine Arts, located in West Hollywood, CA. Owner George Stern was the founding president of the Fine Art Dealers Association, the nonprofit organization that created the LA Art Show 18 years ago. The gallery has specialized in California Impressionism and American Scene painting for more than 35 years, and it maintains a large inventory of works from 1880 through 1940 and beyond.

Joseph Kleitsch, Still Life With Fruit, oil, 16 x 24, George Stern Fine Arts.

Joseph Kleitsch, Still Life With Fruit, oil, 16 x 24, George Stern Fine Arts.

Another returning gallery is Arcadia Fine Arts, located in New York, NY. The gallery was founded in 1998 with the goal of creating a showcase for contemporary representational artwork. Since then Arcadia has become known for representing acclaimed painters such as Malcolm T. Liepke, Jeremy Lipking, Ron Hicks, and many others. Additionally, the gallery prides itself in showcasing emerging artists who are poised to become tomorrow’s master painters.

Many more galleries from across the U.S. and abroad are participating in the show. The wide variety of styles, mediums, and subject matter displayed under one roof is sure to appeal to a diverse and expansive audience again this year—and that’s why attending the LA Art Show continues to be a unique and positive experience for so many collectors. —Lindsay Mitchell

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