LA Art Show Celebrates 20 Years Showcasing Versatility In Global Arts

The 20th Anniversary of the LA Art Show kicked off last Wednesday evening at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Downtown Los Angeles. The star-studded benefit drawing in over 7000 attendees. High profile celebrities, philanthropists, collectors and political officials were all in tow including James Franco, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Melanie Griffith, Nikki Sixx, Seth Green, Lifehouse, Melanie Griffith, Marieh Delfino, Olivia Holt, Yara Shahidi, Dania Ramirez, Josh Bowman, Joanna Cassidy, AFI’s Davey Havok and U.A.E. Consul General Alsabusi just to name a few.

          Hosted by the lovely Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo this year benefit honored St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. “We are excited to partner with St. Jude at the 20th Anniversary LA Art Show,” said Kim Martindale, general manager and producer of the LA Art Show. “By sharing their knowledge freely and exchanging ideas openly, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital inspires more collaboration between doctors and researchers worldwide, and as a result, more lifesaving treatments for children everywhere.”

              Amy Adams
              Amy Adams
              A display of international art ranging from modern, contemporary, experimental, historic and urban alongside the Los Angeles Antique and Design show covering 200,000sq ft. Which includes 134 galleries from 22 countries, 16 participating museum and arts organizations 60,00 visitors in the span of 5 days.

                      So what are the highlights?

                          My favorite Littletopia: A collective of 14 cutting edge galleries. Copro Gallery, Corey Helford Gallery, Hashimoto Contemporary, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Red Truck, Spoke Art and Thinkspace Gallery all had eclectic innovative exhibits that drew in the curious and young collector.

                              Copro Gallery, Littletopia
                              Copro Gallery, Littletopia
                              Works on Paper: Barclay Samson (France) original Vintage Posters, Galerie Fledermaus (Chicago) symbolist, secessionist and expressionist artwork from 1890 - 1930 / contemporary figurative realism. Revolver Gallery (Beverly Hills) specializes in exclusively selling original prints and paintings by Andy Warhol, Verne Collection (Cleveland) specializing in antique & contemporary Japanese prints and prints done by American artist living in Japan.

                                      Projects Spaces: Lighthouse (Cuba) representing 5-10 contemporary Cuban artists living in Cuba. Modern & Contemporary: Art Unified (Venice) providing with the opportunities to showcase and promote their work and reach new audiences. Axiom Contemporary (Santa Monica) POP, Abstract, Neo-Street & Contemporary Art by emerging & mid-career artists of all mediums. Duke Gallery (Shanghai) Galleria CA D’Oro (Miami/New York) promotes European Contemporary Art in the US. And Historic. Historic & Traditional Contemporary; The Estate of Bert Stern (NYC) exhibiting photography, Brisset Art Gallery (Los Angeles/ Toluca Lake) representing exclusively European artists from emerging to established ranging from Abstract POP and Contemporary Art and Thomas French Fine Art (Ohio) master prints and drawings.

                                          Building Bridges exhibiting works from international artists Alesandro Savelli, Franco Marrocco, Italo Bressan and Cocetto Pozatti curated by Marisa Caichiolo. Los Angeles Art Association. J.T Burke’s: Paradise Circus. Jim McHugh Studio “Scratch” an installation highlighting graffiti and tattoo artists.

                                              Cuban artist, Angel Ricardo Rios, stands in front of his 12 meter inflatables at the LA Art Show. Curated by Marisa Caichiolo. Photo By: Eric Minh Swenson
                                              Cuban artist, Angel Ricardo Rios, stands in front of his 12 meter inflatables at the LA Art Show. Curated by Marisa Caichiolo. Photo By: Eric Minh Swenson
                                              Relevant dialogues were also a large part of the five-day event. With panels that range from Now and Then: A conversation about the differences in the artistic processes of art from two Cuban artists living in different countries. Speakers: Cuban artists Angel Delgado and Angel Ricardo, Ricardo Rios Moderators: Marisa Caichiolo, President of Building Bridges Art Foundation and Shana Nys Dambrot.

                                                      Cartwheel Art showcasing their first international presentation with the popular LA phenom Dark Progressivism: Metropolis Rising. Artists include Abel M. Alejandre, Big Sleeps, Chaz Bojorquez, Cryptik, Daniel Gonzalez, Roberto Gutiérrez, Ed Gutter, Jesse Hazelip, Jason Hernandez, Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez, Alex Defer Kizu, Jack Morris, Rafael Reyes, Joe Prime Reza, and Gary Wong. Plus pieces created specifically for the exhibition from Big Sleeps, Cryptik, Defer, Prime, Jason Hernandez, and Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez. Several collectors loaned us works, others came from the artists’ archives. It is a strong show–all black and white, elaborating on the concept of German Expressionism and film noir.

                                                          RETNA at Art All Ways booth at the LA Art Show. Photo by: Eric Minh Swenson
                                                          RETNA at Art All Ways booth at the LA Art Show. Photo by: Eric Minh Swenson
                                                          The Arts District: The Development of an Art Scene and the Art of Development presented by Cartwheel Art and Arts District.Panelists: Yuval Bar-Zemer, Mark Borman, Stephen Seemayer, Carlton Davis, Steve Grody, Ashleigh Sumner, Yasmina Cadiz, Weimei Chen, Damon Martin, street artist, endangered species art campaign activist and Downtown Los Angeles Arts District artist and resident. Founding committee member for All City Mural Endeavor (ACME) and Arts District Alliance (ADA) and Angela Zhu, creative director and founder of Sensorial Studios, an art and technology development design studio: Downtown Los Angeles Arts District artist and resident. Co-Moderators: Cindy Schwarzstein and Justin Shenkarow.

                                                              LA Art Show The Mural Conservancy Los Angeles’ (MCLA) booth which features Petal and Blossom and Los Quatros, along with art galleries from around the world). MCLA's star-studded panel & the one with the highest attendance at the 2015 Los Angeles Art Show: "Public Art Land Grab: The Gold Rush Economy of LA’s Mural Renaissance" with MCLA's President of the Board Eric Bjorgum, past President Bill Lasarow and executive director Isabel Rojas-Williams. Featured panelists: David Brafman (Curator – Rare Books, The Getty Research Institute), Danielle Brazell (General Manager DCA), Miles MacGregor (“El Mac”), Cheech Marin (actor, director, art collector), Councilmember Mitchell O’Farrell, and Ed & Brandy Sweeney (donors of the Getty Black Book).

                                                                  Scott Hove's work at The LA Art Show is sure to raise eyebrows at La Luz De Jesus booth in Littletopia sector Photo by: Eric Minh Swenson
                                                                  Scott Hove's work at The LA Art Show is sure to raise eyebrows at La Luz De Jesus booth in Littletopia sector Photo by: Eric Minh Swenson
                                                                  Can’t forget to mention the music, food and drinks that accentuated the opening night. Music/DJ’s curated by Debi Mae West of Family Affair (parties with a purpose) Including Visual Artist/DJ Andrea Shapiro aka DJ Big Drop. Food and beverage by local LA eateries: Angel City Brewery, Barefoot Bubbly & Wine, Bell Air Bar & Grill, Besom, Black Momma Vodka, Ca Del Sole, Calavera Tequila, Cerveteca Downtown, Chaya Downtown, Chivas Regal, Dandy Don's Homemade Ice Cream, Diabolo Beverages, Essential Chocolate Desserts, Evian, Fabiolus Cucina, Hama Sushi, Hanaharu Sake Brewery, Jinyu Sake Brewery, John & Pete's Fine Wine & Spirits, Julie's Waffles, Maison Akira, Maria's Italian Kitchen - Marina Del Rey, Nanbubijin Sake Brewery, Nescafé Dolce Gusto, Pink's Hot Dogs, Rao's Hollywood,Rasta Taco, Sinners & Saints Bakery, Sonoma Wine Garden, Uncle Val's Botanical Gin, Wood & Vine.