Scenes from the LA Art Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center

LA Art Show

Crowds at the LA Art Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center prevented free movement through some of the aisles when we attended on Saturday. The show had been going on since Thursday. The show was remarkably diverse, both in terms of the exhibitors and in terms of the attendees.

While a fair share of the exhibitors are from California, Cuba, Japan, South Korea, China and many others were represented- 22 countries in all according to the website.

Most often art shows include primary works by living artists-lesser-known old art goes to antique shows. This one is different. Galleries selling “antique art” make up about a quarter. Don’t think “old masters,” however. These are as much in the vein of under the radar mid-century artists as they are recognized, impressionists.

Then the pendulum swings and there are booths displaying student work- the first for me at an art show. The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena displayed works by Chris Youssef, Renee Henderson, Valerie Pobjoy and others.

Held adjacent to an antique and jewelry show (with dual admission), the LA Art Show seems an odd mix of new and old and is in the act of becoming. This isn’t entirely a contemporary art fair, it’s a general art fair with a broad-range picking from burgeoning, established, unknown and perhaps once overlooked art. It has a wide appeal to collectors, decorators, art snobs and cultural curiosity seekers.

Here’s some of what we noticed…

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Hans Burkhardt, 1950-1960, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles

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Casey Baugh, After Midnight, 2014, Arcadia Contemporary, New York (sold)

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Red Truck Gallery, New Orleans

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Michael Gorman, Serilla, Bruce Gallery, Culver City

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Kazuhiro Tsuii, Andy, Copro Gallery, Santa Monica

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Dennis McNett, Winter Queen, 2014, Artists Republic for Tomorrow, Long Beach

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Masae Kato, Brilliance, Silver Shell Gallery, Tokyo

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Eugenio, Merino, Punching Putin, Unix Gallery, South Korea

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Work by Renee Henderson (left) and Chris Yousseff, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

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Renee Henderson with her painting.

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Logan Maxwell Hagege with his work, Maxwell Alexander Gallery, Culver City

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Sedrick Huckaby, Just a Few Patches, Thomas French Gallery, Cleveland

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