Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Convention Center, January 27-30
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The LA Art Show was founded in 1994, and in the early days, it was a small regional event featuring about 14 galleries. Today the show has grown exponentially into an international marketplace that boasts 120 galleries representing more than 20 countries. Last year 60,000 collectors and art lovers packed the sprawling Los Angeles Convention Center to peruse art from a vast array of genres, styles, and historical periods.
Kim Martindale, the show’s producer, points out that the event is specifically curated to provide collectors an experience that mirrors the diversity of Los Angeles. “It is one of the most internationally diverse art fairs in the world, bringing together the largest groupings of Korean, Chinese, and Japanese galleries outside of Asia, as well as strong showings from South America and Europe. The 2016 edition will expand this reach to include a special exhibition from Africa.”
For the first time this year, the art fair has been split into two separate shows. One focuses on modern and contemporary art. The other, called The Los Angeles Fine Art Show, presents galleries that focus on historic art, as well as traditional art by contemporary artists. Participating galleries include Santa Fe’s Blue Rain Gallery, New York’s Daphne Alazraki Fine Art, and Maxwell Alexander Gallery in Culver City, CA. “The Los Angeles Fine Art Show is the only art fair dedicated to historic and contemporary works that continue the strong traditions of painting, drawing, and works on paper,” Martindale says. “Genre-specific, this show is curated to provide a comprehensive experience for collectors of American regionalism, plein air, impressionism, and portraiture.”
Beau Alexander, owner and director of Maxwell Alexander Gallery, is participating in the event for the third year. For Alexander the art fair continues to confirm Los Angeles’ importance in the art world. This year the gallery is presenting works by Logan Maxwell Hagege, Michael Klein, Mark Maggiori, Jeremy Mann, Joseph Todorovitch, and Vincent Xeus, among others. “As a top western art gallery, we are there to show collectors they do not need to go to Scottsdale or Santa Fe to find the best fine art,” Alexander says. —Bonnie Gangelhoff
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