LA ART SHOW HAS SURGE OF NEW GALLERIES FOR 2014 EVENT
(Los Angeles, CA – May 13, 2013) The LA Art Show, the largest and most successful platform for contemporary and traditional art in the West, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall J & K, January 15 – 19, 2014. Produced by the Palm Beach Show Group, the 2013 show was a record-breaking success with show hours extended to accommodate more than 50,000 energetic collectors. Participating galleries reported strong sales and more than twenty-five million dollars in transactions were made throughout the 4-day show with many more recorded post-event.
The LA Art Show has been the only art event in the region to consistently grow, develop and expand. Throughout its 19-year history, other art shows have come and gone, including Art Platform-Los Angeles which recently announced that it will not pursue a third edition. With a finger on the pulse of the West Coast art scene, the LA Art Show is the only show to thrive in Los Angeles, outgrowing three previous venues before finding its home at the world-class Los Angeles Convention Center. The LA Art Show has proven its success with galleries by attracting enthusiastic collectors. Year after year, galleries that have exhibited at other shows in the region have flocked to the LA Art Show to take advantage of the strong collector support and the 360 degree support by show management ensuring that each gallery participates in its extensive marketing, pr and consumer outreach.
“We have deep roots in Los Angeles and have nurtured them for nearly two decades,” states Show Producer Kim Martindale. “This is why we are LA’s art show. Our foundation here is strong and our complete art experience format continues to resonate with Angelenos.”
The LA Art Show is unique in the art world, providing collectors with an expansive breadth of galleries that crosses contemporary, historic and print genres. Acquired by the Palm Beach Show Group in 2012, the LA Art Show celebrated its most successful show to date in its inaugural year under new ownership.
“Expanding into the West coast has been especially thrilling for us,” states Palm Beach Show Group CEO, Scott Diament. “Our services as show producers is overarching and provides galleries the most extensive marketing and promotional resources in the art fair industry. The resources and support we are able to devote to the LA Art Show have led and will continue to lead it in a positive direction. We can create a stage for the latest developments in the art world in the West Coast art market”
The LA Art Show will feature an exclusive and impressive collection of galleries selected by the LA Art Show’s Gallery Selection Committee, and an exciting roster of programming including an engaging lecture series, ground-breaking special exhibits by top curators, artist book signings, guided show tours, mixers, and evening events.
The 2014 event will build upon last year’s robust marketing and PR campaigns which resulted in accolades in several national media outlets including LA Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, Architectural Digest, People, Art + Auction, Art Newspaper, Huffington Post, Glamour UK, People and US Weekly, as well as important regional outlets such as LA Confidential, KCET, KPCC, NBC Los Angeles, Daily News, Los Angeles Magazine, and Long Beach Press Telegram. Strategic partnerships with select media outlets and national ads in will kick off the months-long marketing and PR initiatives in early summer. Participating galleries are encouraged to take advantage of the LA Art Show extensive media channels by submitting images early for long-lead press distribution and inclusion on printed and web-based marketing materials.
Sister Cities of Los Angeles, which creates and strengthens relationships between Los Angeles and her 25 Sister Cities around the world, will partner with the 2014 Opening Night Premiere Party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Los Angeles’ partnership with sister city, Bordeaux, France. The LA Art Show will announce the 2014 celebrity host shortly.
Always a star-studded affaire, the 2013 Celebrity Art Ambassador and Guest of Honor at the Patron Reception was James Franco and Ali Larter and Hayes MacArthur hosted the evening. Additional celebrities included: Aldis Hodge, Sam Trammell, Leslie Birkland, Lubov Azria, Molly Culver, Natalie Dreyfus, Nikki DeLoach, Riley Smith, Ron Scott, Sammi Rotibi, Shane Keough, Shepard Fairey, Stella Maeve, Steve Rizzo, Tom Hallick, Tracey Heggins, Vik Sahay, Zach Sale, Evan Williams, Alexandra Choi, CCH Pounder, Lilley Collins, Donna Meagle, Billy Morrison, Ann Archer, Michelle Stafford, Katlin Mastandrea, Kevin Nealon, Lance Reddick, Dan Flores, Amanda Fuller, Bria Murphy, Clement von Frackenstein, Edwin Hodge, EJ Bonilla, Eva La Rue, Jay Harrington, Jenn Lilley and Jesse Johnson among others.
Centrally located at one of the most technologically advanced Convention Centers in the world, the LA Art Show has helped spearhead the transformation of Los Angeles’ Downtown Area from a business center to a lively entertainment and art district. The LA Art Show takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, directly across the street from the Ritz Carlton, Staples Center, and the city’s newest entertainment hub, LA LIVE, home of the Grammy Award’s, in close proximity to renowned institutions including, MOCA, The Music Center and Disney Concert Hall. Easily accessible, at the confluence of three major freeways, the LA Art Show draws a strong local and international audience.
The LA Art Show’s distinctive ‘fair-within-a-fair,’ features four sections in the 180,000 square foot exhibit hall: A Modern & Contemporary Section, Historic & Traditional Contemporary Section, Vintage Poster Section and the LA IFPDA Print Fair. Each section is carefully honed to meet the needs of serious collectors and allows galleries the opportunity to connect with like-minded collectors. Within the show, galleries can maximize exposure and showcase their works outside of their booths through select communal spaces such as the VIP lounge as well as additional lounge spaces on the show floor.
Galleries can continue to have access to a strong collector community through CollectosrNet.com, an international marketplace for fine art, antiques and jewelry where members can view and purchase the world’s most exquisite treasures 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. Created especially for dealers, collectors and interior designers, the site is unique in that it is the only online resource where members can virtually interact with and purchase from an exclusive, handpicked community of Palm Beach Show Group dealers.
Galleries interested in exhibiting at the LA Art Show are invited to download and submit an application online at http://www.laartshow.com/Exhibitor-applications.asp. For additional exhibitor information, please call:
LA Office:  822-9145
Palm Beach Office:  822-5440
The Los Angeles Art Show takes place from January 15 – 19, 2014 concurrently with the Los Angeles Jewelry & Antique Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall 1201 Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015. For additional information about the Los Angeles Art Show, to register for lecture or purchase online tickets, please visit www.laartshow.com.
About The LA Art Show:
For 19 years The LA Art Show has delivered the broadest spectrum of art from across the globe to Los Angeles' diverse and engaged collector base. The Los Angeles Art Show, created by KR Martindale Show Management and FADA, is the longest running venue for contemporary, modern, historic and traditional art in the country.
The Palm Beach Show Group (PBSG) acquired the LA Art Show in 2012. Under the new ownership, the LA Art Show will be produced and operated by LA Art Show, Inc., under the umbrella of The Palm Beach Show Group, in partnership with Kim Martindale, General Manager.