Save the Date & Preview: LA Art Show – January 11th – 15th

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Already considered one of the largest international art fairs in the United States, with 70,000 attendees last year, the LA Art Show is significantly expanding its footprint for its 22nd edition opening January 11-15, 2017.

Cartwheel Art is excited to be a media partner for our 4th year!! Stay tuned for our coverage!!

The 2017 fair will feature the most international list of exhibitors to date, with more than 100 galleries from over 20 countries including China, Czechoslovakia, France, Japan, Mexico and the United Kingdom; an expanded group of corporate and media partners, including Stella Artois and the China Cultural Media Group, among many others; and an exciting roster of new exhibitions and programs curated by major local and international museums and arts organizations.

More details here to see the list of Participating Galleries.  Featured Los Angeles galleries, currently followed by Cartwheel Art, are as follows:

  • Cantor Fine Art
  • Coagula Curatorial

In addition , the Littletopia Section is returning, with the following galleries exhibiting:

    • Art du Marche
    • Artists Republic
    • Copro Gallery
    • Gregorio Escalante Gallery
    • Paradigm Gallery
    • Red Truck Gallery 

Check out the Littletopia preview below:

Natsuko Tanihara will be showing with Art du Marche in Littletopia

Chad Hasegawa will be showing with Artists Republic Gallery in Littletopia

Shepard Fairey will be showing with Gregorio Escalante Gallery in Littletopia

Hilary White will be showing at Paradigm Gallery

“When Animals Attack” by Justin Hager will be showing at Red Truck Gallery in Littletopia

Mel Ramos Lifetime Achievement Award:
Join us for the LA Art Show x Littletopia Mel Ramos After Party with Flavor Rav presented by Juxtapoz Magazine and Gregorio Escalante Gallery, on Saturday night in Chinatown. Facebook invite here.

Special note: During the after party event, Chung King galleries will also be open with the following exhibitions: Gregorio Escalante Gallery – Robert Xavier Burden: “Original Myth”; Coagula Curatorial:  Leslie Lanxinger – “White Whale”; The Good Luck Gallery with Sylvia Fragoso Opening; Yes, Please & Thank You: Orkideh Torabi: “New Paintings”; Charlie James Gallery: SNEAK PEEK: Patrick Martinez – “All Season Portfolio”; Chungking Studio: Cristopher Cichocki, Jay Mark Johnson, Osceola Refetoff “Focal Planes”. Hope to see you there!

More details here on Special Exhibits, including the following highlights:

Kim Abeles: Legends for a Reanimated Woman
Presented by the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk

Kim Abeles has a history of creating biographical artworks of strong females, including Calamity Jane, Rosa Parks, St. Bernadette, Eva Peron, Carmen Miranda, Beryl Markham, and more recently, Pope Joan. In her latest body of work, “Legends for a Reanimated Woman”, Abeles presents new works about Jeanne D’Arc (aka Joan of Arc), and selections of her earlier work.

Retna/Nunca: Indigenous Reflections
Presented by Art All Ways Projects

Retna/Nunca: LA/LA offers a thriving exploration of the artistic connections between Retna and Nunca, which means “Never” in Portuguese. They represent the influential Los Angeles and Latin America (Brazil) urban graffiti art scene.

This compelling mural painting will be their first collaboration in the US. It conveys their appreciation for the Heritage of Mural painting emphasizing the indigenous reflections in each others work.

Dosshaus 2017 – The Artist’s Room
Presented by bG Gallery

Sculptures made of Cardboard and Acrylic Paint

Collaborative duo Dosshaus present “The Artist’s Room”, a life-sized fantasy live/work space. A combination of installation and performance, the artists inhabit a sculptural environment where everything, including their clothing, is created from recycled cardboard. Dosshaus engage cultural questions with whimsy and insouciance.

Luis Millé
Presented by Alex Slato Kabinet and the Business of Art

Millé defines his work as a phenomenology of space based on the conception of threedimensionality as a dynamic condition through inflection, expansion and tension, where space does not merely contain the work: space is the artwork.

More details here for the schedule and about Dialogs LA, a series of high-level talks and panel discussions among a roster of top artists, collectors, museum directors, curators and internationally, renowned thought leaders who provoke new ideas about issues that simultaneously catalyze, and influence the Los Angeles and international art scenes.

More details here about the performances and installations at the LA Art Show. Cartwheel Art highlights, are as follows:

Melanie Pullen | Violent Times
Curated By Marisa Caichiolo
Presented By Esthella Provas & Associates, Beverly Hills

The performance Violent Times, by artist Melanie Pullen, is an abstract interpretation that explores both the ceremonial and crude facets of violence, inherent in both nature and the human condition. Pullen, to create a tempo for the extreme nature of the piece, will create a theatrical setting, using the sounds of base bodily functions, including a human heartbeat, and breathing, made in real-time. As the physical sound evolves the performers also fluctuate between the concept of inflicted human torture to barbaric untamed aggression.

Curated By Chon Noriega
Presented By LACMA

Part of Fragments From Home, a preview of Home So Different, So Appealing
Opening on June 7, 2017 as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

The Cut-Outs installation piece, an 8 x 73 foot acrylic on cardboard mural, deals with scenes from Gomez’s West Hollywood neighborhood. Gardeners and pool cleaners tend to the outside, then the mural proceeds inside, depicting housekeepers cleaning the living room, dining room, the bathroom and finally, the bedroom. Playing with negative space and with perspective, Gomez has life-sized cardboard figures emerge from the body of the mural, standing alone in the space, confronting the viewer. The piece functions as a still-life of affluent Los Angeles.

Scherezade Garcia | In My Floating World
Presented by MOLAA

“In my Floating World, Landscape of Paradise”, a soft sculpture, Garcia collected inner tubes in different sizes and in a variety of shades of blue. She also bandaged the surface of some of the inner tubes with photographic images of the sea on which she has drawn a variety of symbols from her visual repertoire that refer to the memory of the sea. She composed a floating landscape with these inner tubes, creating a randomly organic form connected by electrical ties, sometimes tied very tightly, a suggestion of the struggles hidden within the deep blue beauty. Also each of the inner tubes carries an airport baggage tag that identifies the intended destination of the waves, which is New York, alluding to the contemporary promised land of the free.

Words by Kim Martindale, Director and Producer of LA Art Show:

In recognition of Los Angeles’s new position as an international hub for cutting-edge contemporary art across all mediums — from painting, sculpture and drawing to performance, video, and installation — the fair’s board of directors is placing a new focus on post-war modern and contemporary artwork. This year the LA Art Show will also launch ROOTS, an exclusive curated section of historical dealers from the old Los Angeles Fine Art Show, presenting exhibitions of 18th Century European, Contemporary Realism, California Plein Air and Hudson River School paintings.

“As Los Angeles takes its place at the vanguard of the global art scene, our ability to adapt and evolve to meet the art market’s current trends and provide strong civic support is vital,”

says LA Art Show producer and partner Kim Martindale.

“The evolving role of the art fair as a fulcrum for art commerce, connecting galleries, artists, curators and international and multi-generational collectors drives our program.”

Opening Party:

For the third year in a row St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® will be the beneficiary of LA Art Show’s Opening Night Preview and Premiere Party, which will kick off festivities on January 11, 2017 with a portion of ticket proceeds benefitting the hospital’s mission. Last year’s Opening Night Preview was attended by more than 7,000 VIPs and was hosted by Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman.

Patron Reception $250, 7pm–11pm
Vanguard Entrance $200, 7pm–8pm
Friend level $125, 8pm–11pm
Purchase tickets here.


LA Art Show takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center – West Hall: 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles

Show dates & hours:
Wednesday January 11, 2017 3pm – 5pm
Wednesday January 11, 2017 7pm – 11pm

Thursday January 12, 2017 11am – 7pm
Friday January 13, 2017 11am – 7pm
Saturday January 14, 2017 11am – 7pm
Sunday January 15, 2017 11am – 5pm

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