LA Art Show Preview: What to Look Forward To

  • 01/16/19

Los Angeles has become a major art hub. With some of the most creative minds from all over the world flocking to the city, LA is a place where influences from across the globe combine with and inspire one another. It is this spirit of diversity and innovation that makes the LA Art Show one of the most extensive and compelling artistic experiences around.

​​​​​​​This year, the LA Art Show will include over 200,000 square feet of exhibition space housing over 20,000 works of art, featuring an eclectic selection of stunning masterpieces. From time-honored paintings to experimental sculptures, work from highly-regarded legends to buzzed-about up-and-comers, the variety and quality of work at the LA Art Show is inimitable and irresistible. Here are some of the most exciting collections and exhibits you can find at this year’s show.

A 1000-year-old tradition that requires carbon-based black ink, calligraphic brush painting, and a high degree of concentration and control, you’ll rarely find an ink painting showcase this large outside of Asia. The LA Art Show will feature ink painting specialists from South Korea, Japan, and China, with a particular focus on Chinese contributions presented in a highly-anticipated exhibit by Michael Goedhuis. Combining tributes to classic styles and fresh, surprising aesthetics, the chance to see this beautiful collection of ink painting is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you won’t want to miss. 

The largest section in the show, Modern + Contemporary exhibits combine work from over 60 galleries across the world. From local LA pieces from galleries like Art Unified in Venice and Denis Bloch Fine Art Gallery in Beverly Hills to work from France, The Netherlands, and Australia, the LA Art Show will bring experimentation and technology to the forefront. Alongside this, the show’s Core section will feature galleries specifically recognized as being trailblazers of contemporary art. 


​​​​​​​Featured Program: Grandmother’s Country

This year’s featured program will focus on premier Australian Aboriginal artist Gabriella Possum Nungarrayi. Having learned the craft from her father--renowned painter Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri--Nungarrayi depicts the sacredness and wonders of the land through modern dot representations. Her highlighted painting, Grandmother’s Country, celebrates both the fertility of the earth and strength of femininity. 

Honoring the works of the past, Roots is a dedicated space to showcase revered historic pieces alongside newer work that follows in their traditions. Though Roots is a smaller section in the show, it’s undeniably powerful, with eight galleries across the US and UK participating. 

A truly unique aspect of the LA Art Show is its Luxury PBSG exhibit. This is a space where artists specializing in luxury fine art such as jewelry, accessories, and home decor can present their work. Expect to see pieces made of silver, brass, and gemstones from the eastern seaboard of the US, Denmark, and Belgium at this year’s event. 

​​​​​​​The LA Art Show will be held at the LA Convention Center and run from Thursday, January 24th to Sunday, January 27th. The opening party will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23rd. Tickets ranging from a one-day general admission pass to multi-day VIP access can be found here.

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