Yesterday marked the kickoff of the 17th Annual LA Art Show, a huge art event that brings together artists and art vendors from all over the world to share things in the field that they find exciting. The show is broken down into three sections: the Modern & Contemporary wing, Historical & Traditional Fine Art wing, and Fine Print Fair swing. You get to see a lot of great art, many of which are for sale at prices that may make you gasp.
To kick off the show, actor David Arquette threw a party to celebrate it, attracting people like Raven Simone and Tarina Tarantino to peruse the gallery floors. Even though he (and most of the other celebrities) were no where to be found, the art was not hard to be found because it was everywhere. As you ascended the stairs, you were greeted by signed performers reperforming an updated piece by Suzanne Lacy, her Los Angeles focused, iconic political piece Three Weeks In January. The performers were placed by drink tables and walked around quite ominously, occasionally spouting rape myths and facts in unison. It was quite a jarring piece (but also a little funny-uncomfortable, as you saw art enthusiasts reaching for a glass of champagne as a giant poster with a rape fact breathed down their neck).
The inside of the show, held on the main Convention Center floor, was full of mini galleries that just go on forever. A good portion of the art is very exciting and makes you want to know so much more about the process and history behind the piece. Unfortunately, a large chunk on the other end of the spectrum–namely in the contemporary wing–were art items that were definitely “trying to be cool just to be cool” instead of actually being exciting. It was sad to walk past a few, darting for something more exciting in the distance. Then again, there is something for everyone at the show–and the things that we were not excited about may be just what the doctor ordered for another person.
The Show’s first day open to the public is today and remains open through Sunday. There will be lots of events happening at the show, including daily tours, demonstrations, and workshops, so be sure to check their website for details. We’ll be stopping by again this weekend to snap more photos and will be sharing our top five artists and/or exhibitors at the Show next week.