Show Preview | LA Convention Center: LA Art Show

Los Angeles, CA
January 15-19

Edgar Payne, In the Canal, Chiogga, oil, 28 x 34, William A. Karges Fine Art.

Edgar Payne, In the Canal, Chiogga, oil, 28 x 34, William A. Karges Fine Art.

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Over the past several decades, Los Angeles has blossomed into one of the country’s major art centers. Today the city is awash in prominent galleries, museums, art schools, and artists that combine to make the metropolitan area a world-class art destination. Thus it comes as no surprise that a thriving art show has found a welcome home here. This month more than 100 galleries from across the globe converge at the downtown convention center for the 19th annual LA Art Show, which brings together historical, contemporary, and traditional art in an exciting five-day event. The show opens with a reception on Wednesday, January 15, a chic affair that usually sports a cast of celebrities from the entertainment world. Party-goers are the first to preview the art while they enjoy cuisine from the city’s top restaurants. Last year’s fair boasted record-breaking attendance of 50,000 visitors, and show organizers expect this to be an equally strong year.

The show offers something for every artistic taste and sensibility. It is again divided into four sections: Modern & Contemporary, Historic & Traditional, Vintage Posters, and the International Fine Print Dealers Association’s print show. Two new sections this year give even more choices to art lovers—Emerging Galleries and the Los Angeles Jewelry & Antique Show. Emerging Galleries spotlights a cadre of newer galleries that specialize in representing works by today’s up-and-coming art stars. “We are very excited about this new section,” says Kim Martindale, the show’s general manager and partner. “It’s a chance for visitors to continue the spectrum of what the LA Art Show does while providing an opportunity to see today’s art masterworks juxtaposed against the historical, and now, to see what’s coming next.”

Dennis Doheny, End of Summer--Heart Lake, oil, 20 x 24, William A. Karges Fine Art.

Dennis Doheny, End of Summer–Heart Lake, oil, 20 x 24, William A. Karges Fine Art.

Additionally, the show has expanded upon the successful lecture and panel discussions known as Dialogs LA. This year’s panel discussions include topics such as To Live and Paint in LA, The Back Story of Art, Chinese Artists of the 1960s, Letters From Los Angeles: Text in Southern California Art, and The Joy of Collecting Art. On January 26, a special event features Alexandre Renoir, the great-grandson of French Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, in a lecture and workshop titled The Joy of Painting Children. Renoir discusses his own work with youngsters as well as his family’s legacy. The children are invited to complete a “masterpiece” during the session.

Finally, Russian-academy trained Alexey Steele, now living in Southern California, demonstrates how he meticulously plans and draws classic portraits on January 26 and 27. Two contemporary representational artists, Peter Adams and Tony Pro, serve as Steele’s models for the demonstration. Steele is well-known for his larger-than-life multifigure works.
—Bonnie Gangelhoff

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