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Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Convention Center, January 14-18

Montague Dawson, The Flying Fish, c. 1962, oil, 40 x 50, M.S. Rau Antiques.

Montague Dawson, The Flying Fish, c. 1962, oil, 40 x 50, M.S. Rau Antiques.

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The annual LA Art Show, which provides one of the largest and most comprehensive arenas for contemporary and traditional art in the West, celebrates its 20th anniversary this month. Over the years the show has become both a showcase for established artists and a launching pad for emerging talent in the global fine-art market. “The 2015 show features an array of works presented by 120 galleries from the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America,” explains Kim Martindale, who produces the show in partnership with the Palm Beach Show Group. This year’s event kicks off with an Opening Night Premiere Party from 8 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, January 14. Additional programs—including lectures, tours, special exhibits, and after parties—take place throughout the show, which runs from Thursday, January 15, through Sunday, January 18, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

As usual, the show contains two distinct sections, Modern & Contemporary and Historic & Traditional, in the 180,000-square-foot exhibit hall. Participating galleries exhibit works in a variety of media—including paintings, photography, mixed media, video and other installations, works on paper, and sculpture—created in styles ranging from contemporary realism to abstract and from impressionism to pop-surrealism. “The show has been carefully designed to meet the needs of collectors with diverse tastes who appreciate past artistic traditions, embrace the present, and look to the future,” Martindale says.

One of the U.S. galleries exhibiting at this year’s show is Thomas French Fine Art of Fairlawn, OH, which presents historical works by Benjamin West, Edward Hopper, George Bellows, and others. New Orleans’ M.S. Rau Antiques is another major exhibitor of historical art, presenting works by renowned 19th-and 20th-century artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Norman Rockwell, Montague Dawson, John William Godward, and Berthe Morisot. Of course, a number of galleries offer works by living artists, too—such as New York City’s Rehs Contemporary Galleries, which represents a number of today’s established and emerging representational artists, including figurative and animal painter Bill Suys, wildlife sculptor Bart Walter, trompe l’oeil artist Jay Davenport, and landscape painter Ben Bauer. “We have so many great exhibitors bringing so much amazing and diverse art,” says Martindale, adding, “There really is something for everyone.”
—Lindsay Mitchell

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