The LA Art Show, the most comprehensive international contemporary art show in America, will officially kick-off the city’s 2020 art season at the Los Angeles Convention Center from February 5-9, 2020, with a full lineup of international galleries, museum exhibitions, panel discussions, film screenings, performances, and more.
LA Art Show’s Opening Night Preview and Premiere Party, which will be held on February 5, will donate a portion of its ticket proceedings to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Honoring LA's position on the Pacific Rim, the LA Art Show has been devoted to honoring the influence of Latin America and Asia. This year's programming lineup has proven to be the most diverse to date, with Featured Exhibitions showcasing the largest collection of ink painting of any art fair outside Asia, and DIVERSEartLA's non-profit and museum exhibitors hailing from Chile, Spain, and all over Europe and Latin America.
Returning for the 7th year in a row, the DIALOGS LA series of conversations will connect audiences directly to the artists, curators, and other art world luminaires involved in the LA Art Show. This year, audiences will be able to participate in conversations with legendary Chinese fashion designer Sue Wong, whose gowns have graced the red carpets at the Oscars, curators at MOLAA, directors at the Museo La Neomudejar in Madrid, Spain, and more.
Live art demonstrations by renowned ink painter Sogen Chiba, and sculptor Ichitaka Kamiji are also scheduled throughout the fair. Attendees will also be able to see and interact with performances by Miss Artworld and PSJM Collective. For the first time ever, the DIALOGS LA booth will be screening The Edge of Paradise: Taylor Camp Kaua’i 1969-1977 on Friday and Saturday as well.
Additional films curated by the Fine Art Film Festival will also be shown in the lobby, before patrons even enter the fair. These films include the animated short, X-Power, the experimental dance video Sing to Me, the short narrative Roots Grow Together, and the Russian performance video je ne dors plus. Additional films and information can be found here.
The M.C. Escher Experience
Featuring the world's largest collection of M.C. Escher's work.
Presented by Walker Fine Art
For over 40 years, Walker Fine Art has assembled the largest collection of Escher works in the world, and will showcase the “rarest of the rare” at the 25th Annual LA Art Show. The M.C. Escher Experience runs the span of the artist's entire career, and will include rarely seen lithographs, wood cuts, engravings, and mezzotints, as well as the artist’s iconic custom furniture. Many of these will be shown in California for the first time ever. In addition to seeing the artist’s work up close, LA Art Show attendees will have the opportunity to become Escher. A special photo-booth will recreate his iconic sphere self portrait with you in the reflection.
TRANSCENDIENTS: Heroes at Borders
Created by artist Taiji Terasaki, in collaboration with Japanese American National Museum (JANM)
TRANSCENDIENTS is a unique collaboration between artist Taiji Terasaki and JANM that honors the “heroes at borders,” individuals that advocate and fight for those who face discrimination, prejudice and inequity at borders both physical and conceptual.
This participatory exhibition spotlights important figures working to overcome and transcend borders that reinforce discrimination, inequity, and intolerance. Whether it be those fighting to rectify human rights injustices and to counter anti-immigrant sentiments and actions, members of the LGBTQ+ community seeking equal rights, women pressing for equal pay, or religious adherents who want to worship in safety, these heroes use their personal experiences to build bridges of understanding that connect us at the core of our collective humanity.
The European Pavilion
The European Pavilion is a brand new programming section comprised of contemporary European galleries, with an emphasis on exhibitors and artists from Spain, Italy, and the UK. The pavilion will be a celebration of the profound influence that European art has had on the world, with participating galleries curating exhibits that highlight the various movements and stylistic developments that have defined much of Western art. Within this new section will be a special exhibit showcasing Catalan artists from 1900 to present, offering a glimpse into the modern art history of the region. This first year will shine a spotlight on the Catalan Modernism Movement, which was an avenue for Catalonia to set itself apart from the rest of Spain and establish a form of independence. The Movement is stylistically characterized by motifs, shapes, colors and concepts inspired by nature, with the artists adapting physical shapes from nature and using natural light, colors and symbolism throughout their work.
New Photo-Realistic Portrait Sculptures by Kazu Hiro
At art fairs across the world, you've seen the eerily realistic sculptures of the heads of Abraham Lincoln, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol and other pop-culture luminaires created by Oscar-award winning makeup artist and sculptor Kazu Hiro. Now, for the 25th annual LA Art Show, Kazu will present a retrospective of his work, and unveil several new pieces that have never been seen before. The artist will be in attendance at select times throughout the fair.
More info, program highlights and exhibitor details: www.LAArtShow.com