Downtown Los Angeles is known for hosting many art events such as Art Walk, Pancakes and Booze Art Show, Autumn Lights Festival, and the upcoming Bacon Social. One of the largest annual events to be held in Downtown is the Los Angeles Art Show located in the LA Convention Center.
Created in 1995 by the Fine Art Dealers Association, the LA Art Show takes place for four days in January as part of Los Angeles Arts Month. $20 ($15 online) allows you to attend the event for a day, but as Holly from “The Social Bug” and I found out, one day is simply not enough to view over 100 galleries. There are a large variety of artwork, including paintings, photographs, sculptures, and mixed media. Luckily those in charge of the LA Art Show do categorize the galleries into sections for the convenience of guests even though many galleries do not fit under certain themes. While the main purpose of attending the exhibition is to either look at art or to purchase them, there are other events for patrons to attend in the LA Art Show such as free sketching demonstrations.
For this year’s LA Art Show, there were a few pieces that made a long-lasting impression on me. Yu Nancheng’s abstract oil canvases and brush strokes showcase hundreds of Chinese soldiers and dancers dancing brilliantly in unison. Dorian Vallejo’s realistic painting, “Dream Freefall No. 1,” portray a different type of movement with a girl’s white gown flowing gracefully as she falls underwater. Seth Casteel’s series of photos also occur underwater but with adorable canines diving in. His photos are intriguing because they have initially gained a lot of Internet exposure, therefore showing the importance of social media in marketing today’s art. Artist Li Guanglin captures the presence of his subjects (i.e. children, elders, monks) so perfectly in his oil paintings that they seem to pop out of the canvas. Peter Kellett also captures the same feeling with his anographics of landscapes. His usage of anographics (a type of aluminum) help capture the color and brilliance of sunsets in his works. However, art inside the LA Art Show aren’t just limited to materials as Hiroko Tsuchida turns herself into a performance art about identity by sitting idly in front of bystanders, chained to a large mirror.
Whatever your preference may be, there is something for everyone at the Los Angeles Art Show. The LA Art Show is held at the Los Angeles Convention Center at 1201 S Figueroa St. off the 110 and 10 freeway. There are numerous parking lots inside and outside, but they tend to be over $15. There are also metered street parking (which are free on Sundays) on Flower St, Hope St, and Venice Blvd and some free street parking west of the 110 freeway. You can also take buses #33 and #733. Daily tickets are $20 with $5 discount when purchased online here. The next show dates are from January 16, 2014 to January 19, 2014.
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