LA Art Show
- By Arlene Winnick
- Photos Courtesy of the LA Art Show
It’s February Angelenos so get ready for the biggest and best showcase of the arts you will ever see – yes, it’s the four day 25th Annual LA Art Show at the LA Convention Center’s South Hall with more than 200,000 square feet of visual programming, special displays, interactive exhibits, unique experiences and unusual attractions. The show attracts an elite roster of national and international galleries from more than 18 countries; acclaimed and up and coming artists; highly regarded curators, architects, design professionals… and discerning collectors. I am always delighted and amazed by the wide variety of art and artists represented.
For the sixth year in a row, the Opening Night Premiere Gala on February 5 – hosted by actress Sofia Vergara – will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Gala attendees will enjoy food, beverages, and get an advance up close look at the diverse selection of exhibitors not only in contemporary and modern art, but also classical and a wide variety of specialized art scenes and collections.
Here’s only a partial list of the things I want to see and experience:
On view at The M.C Escher Experience is the largest collection of the Dutch artist’s works from all periods of his career as he explored the intersection of art, mathematics, science and poetry. Included are rarely seen lithographs, wood cuts plus his iconic custom furniture. There’s even a special photo-booth which recreates his iconic sphere self-portrait with attendees in the reflection.
The Sue Wong Signature – Any Hollywood red carpet aficionado knows that fashion is art and no one does it better than designer Sue Wong. Her gowns reflect European couture with vintage style, exquisite fabrics and embellishments that are true works of art. This exhibit showcases a collection of her timeless dresses.
3/11: Requiem and Revival is a never-before-seen work by Sogen Chiba, a new addition to his large-scale calligraphy murals honoring the memories of the most powerful earthquake ever record in the history of Japan.
The Maize Project was designed to raise awareness of global hunger and abstractly represents the lodge pole, a gathering place from Native American culture. The piece is assembled from more than 300 individual resin units or “kernels” as artist Eric Johnson calls them.
Don’t miss Iconoclasts and a chance to meet hyperrealist sculptor Kazu Hiro. After a career as a special effects artist in Hollywood, Kazu now creates oversized portrait sculptures of Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Abraham Lincoln and others that simply amaze in their detail. He won an Academy Award in 2018 for his work in the film “Darkest Hour” helping actor Gary Oldman portray Winston Churchill.
One of the most exciting aspects of this year’s LA Art Show will be DIVERSEartLA curated by Marisa Caichiolo with many performances, interactive displays and unusual exhibits offered by many of the city’s top museums, universities, private collectors and local communities. Adds Caichiolo, “While the city’s communities reflect a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds, its environment reflects a richness of natural areas.” Highlights from DIVERSEartLA include: artist Gronk painting a full-size theatrical stage; an immersive photography and video installation reflecting the experiences of diversity apprenticeship programs at local museums; a textile exhibit created by Argentinian artists Leo Chiachio and Daniel Giannone in collaboration with more than 3,000 members of the Long Beach and LA communities; Diversity Walks and Talks allows participants to walk the runway showing what diversity means to them; avid collector and champion of artists Homeira Goldstein exhibits her collection of the works of Tim Tompkins.
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