Celebrating its twenty first year anniversary, 2016 LA Art Show promises to be the biggest ever! For four days, the Los Angeles Convention Center will be host to over 50,000 attendees who can visit more than 120 galleries representing 22 countries.
In those twenty years, LA has become a major art world center. Our city is the birth place of Low Brow and Pop Surrealism, so it’s only fitting that the LA Art Show showcases this now global style with Littletopia, a special section devoted to the genres, this year co-curated by Greg Escalante– founder of Gregoria Escalante Gallery on Chung King Road, co-owner of Copro Gallery at Bergamot Station and co-founder of the seminal Low Brow art magazine, Juxtapoz–and Littletopia’s creator, Noah Antineau from Red Truck Gallery.
Los Angeles has always been a city of street art and murals, beginning with the Chicano placasos of the 1920s, and the art form’s force is seen in galleries exhibiting graf-based works at the LA Art Show, and two special exhibitions: Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles’ installation “From the Streets to Canvas” curated by Isabel Rojas-Williams, and “Virtues & Vice Street” curated by Jim Daischendt. These exhibitions serve to further cement Los Angeles’ title as “Mural Capital of the World.”
In recent years, the LA Art Show has become the most internationally diverse art platform in the Western world. As a part of the Pacific Rim, the LA Art Show this year, as in the past, welcomes galleries and exhibition from Korea and China. The continent of Africa is represented in the first of a three year series, “Africa Contemporary-A Curatorial Project: Continental Shift.”
The LA Art Show was the first and only event to strategically incorporate galleries representing diverse art genres, broadening its audiences to include enthusiasts of: modern, contemporary, historic and traditional works, as well as works on paper, sculpture and installations, in one art fair. This show format was specifically selected to meet the needs of the LA market. And, it has paid off with attendance and galleries increasing year over year. This out-of-the-box thinking has been a hallmark of the show production team, which has consistently developed programming and special exhibition content, that following its debut at the LA Art Show, has grown to acclaim in the international art world.
Other events include the LA Dialog panels and performances, and during the next week we’ll be filling you in on all these and more. And as media sponsors, we’ll have a special team of artists and writers to capture the LA Art Show in all its glory.
Tickets range in price from $15 for one day admission to $250 for the Wednesday VIP and preview party, benefiting St. Jude’s Hospital.
LA Art Show
Wednesday, January 27 to Sunday, January 31
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Wednesday evening VIP and Preview: 7pm for VIP; 8pm for preview ticket holders
Thursday-Saturday 11am to 7pm
Top: Okuda San Miguel, Thinkspace Gallery in Littletopia at the 2016 LA Art show.