The largest art fair on the West Coast, the 19th-annual LA Art Show wrapped up yesterday. Last week, we gave you a preview of “Littletopia,” the New Contemporary-centric part of the fair that featured many galleries that have appeared on the blog, such as Roq La Rue, Thinkspace, Spoke Art, La Luz de Jesus, Varnish Fine Art and more. At LAAS, we were excited to make new art discoveries as well as see new work from artists that have previously appeared in the print issues of Hi-Fructose. Read more after the jump!
In its 19th year, the LA Art Show (LAAS) will open later this week on January 15 and will be exhibited through Sunday, January 19. The largest art fair on the West Coast, LAAS includes dozens of international galleries that specialize in different styles of contemporary art. “Littletopia” is the fair’s New Contemporary oasis. Organized by Red Truck Gallery, a New Orleans-based gallery that curates events all over the country, “Littletopia” includes galleries that will be familiar to our readers: Roq La Rue (Seattle), Thinkspace (Culver City), Varnish Fine Art (San Francisco), Spoke Art (San Francisco), La Luz de Jesus (LA), Last Rites Gallery (New York) and Breeze Block Gallery (Portland), as well as others. Read more after the jump.
Amongst the thousands of paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs featured at the 2012 LA Art Show, one gallery’s booth in particular caught our attention with their strong new contemporary programming, Arcadia Fine Arts from New York. We featured the gallery here on the Hi-Fructose site last year, and with artists such as Aron Wisenfeld (HF Vol. 14) and Kris Lewis (HF Vol. 20) showing there regularly, stay tuned for more on this established and exciting space. In the meantime, get a look at the new works by Wiesenfeld, John Brosio, Malcolm Liepke, Francis Livingston and more, here on Hi-Fructose.
This past weekend, Hi-Fructose took a trip down to Los Angeles to check out the 2012 art fairs (see our coverage of the Affordable Art Fair here.) The city’s largest fair, the LA Art Show, opened with a bang on Wednesday night, packed with celebrities (as to be expected in Los Angeles) for a star studded night of fine and contemporary art. Of course, we were in attendance to check out the art, of which there was plenty. Though the fair lacked any real street art presence (odd considering the successes of the recent MOCA show), there were still some gems scattered throughout the fair which presented a refreshing blend of fine, contemporary, classic, Chinese and print works. Get a look at some of the pieces that caught our eye after the jump.
With the LA Art Show officially at a close this past Sunday, Hi-Fructose wanted to take a quick look back at the sixteenth installment of the West Coast’s premier annual art event. In addition to the multitude of contemporary and fine art galleries exhibiting was also a notable live painting session featuring Andrew Hem, Shark Toof and Chor Boogie (fresh off their opening night festivities here) which served as an indoor aspect to the LA Art Machine’s Vox Humana project, who’s city-wide mural project will be kicking into high gear in 2011. More info on that later, but for now check out Hypebeast / Hi-Fructose photographer Brandon Shigeta‘s photos of the mural event as well as his personal highlights from the weekend long fair.
Following the opening of the LA Art Show this weekend, Hypebeast and Hi-Fructose correspondent photographer Brandon Shigeta attended the invite-only VIP after party at the new Ritz Carlton in downtown LA. As we previewed earlier, the party featured floor to ceiling installations by street art greats Mear One, Chor Boogie and Shark Toof, as well as some nice fine art pieces by Shepard Fairey. Hosted by the good folks over at the LA Art Machine, check out the party’s festivities after the jump.