Frieze LA | Feb. 14-17
The inaugural edition of Frieze Los Angeles takes place inside Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood. The art fair brings together 70 of the most significant contemporary art galleries from around the world. Frieze LA is the newest venture of the international Frieze art fairs and frieze magazine. The prominent Frieze London began in 2003, followed by Frieze New York in 2012. At Frieze LA, the galleries will be in the familiar Frieze tent. But Frieze Projects – an exciting group of predominantly L.A. artists including Barbara Kruger, Max Hooper-Schneider, and Sarah Cain – are transforming Paramount’s outdoor New York City backlot with large-scale installations. A curated program of talks, site-specific artists’ projects and films enhance the fair experience.
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Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) | Feb. 13-17
The tenth edition of ALAC will have a new look and two new exhibitor sections. Featuring about 65 top established and emerging galleries from around the world, the fair also includes a new Salon section (“The Academy”) and a publishing section (“Moveable Types”). ALAC has a young, fun vibe. You will see works by important world-class artists along with notable emerging talent. ALAC is held at its usual location, Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, but this year it takes place in February to coincide with Frieze LA instead of its former January time slot. A variety of art talks and other events round out the experience at ALAC.
Felix LA | Feb. 14-17
Felix LA makes its debut, aiming to create a more intimate art fair experience. The fair takes place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with a diverse roster of about 40 leading galleries exhibiting in the hotel rooms, offering collectors, dealers and artists intimate access in an informal setting. Site-specific art projects, such as the interactive installation “Record Store From Outer Space” presented by Susanne Vielmetter, will be showcased in the lobby and other spaces throughout the hotel. Admission is free.
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stARTup LA | Feb. 15-17
The fair, which takes place at hip and stylish Kinney Venice Beach hotel, connects art buyers directly to highly curated up-and-coming artists in a fun, intimate environment. Over 60 artists not represented by galleries – selected by art world experts – transform hotel rooms into individual exhibition spaces and offer their works for sale to art lovers. 2019 marks the fourth edition of stARTup LA, which also has annual editions in San Francisco. This year, the fair’s theme is Art & Technology. Visitors can interact with videos, augmented and virtual reality projects, and artificial intelligence experiences in the hotel’s public areas.
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Superfine! LA | Feb. 14-17, 2019
Superfine! art fair brings diverse, accessible art to DTLA’s Magic Box at The Reef. Discover and collect the work of over 250 emerging contemporary artists at the inaugural West Coast iteration of the art fair that made waves in New York, Miami, and Washington DC. Most of the artworks on offer range from $100 to $5000. The fair’s focus on accessibility includes spotlighting more work from underrepresented artists — LGBTQ, artists of color and female artists.
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Spring/Break Art Show | Feb. 15-17
Held in downtown L.A. in the stalls of Skylight ROW, a former fruit market, the fair features over 40 participating artists, non-profit organizations, curators, artist collectives and galleries, most of whom are L.A.-based. Spring/Break transplants to L.A. the model it pioneered in New York in 2012, offering curators and artists a low-cost space to exhibit within a disused urban building. The fair’s curatorial theme for this year is “Fact and Fiction”. Surprise programming is taking place in the parking lot.
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Art Palm Springs | Feb. 15-18
Art Palm Springs is the premier art fair in the Southwest presenting post-war and contemporary art. This year’s edition will brings galleries from Asia, Europe, North and South America representing hundreds of artists to the Palm Springs Convention Center. The fair coincides with Palm Springs Modernism Week. Art Palm Springs runs through Monday, so art lovers can jaunt to lovely Palm Springs after Frieze LA and enjoy another worthwhile art fair. While in Palm Springs, don’t miss “Unsettled|Art on the New Frontier” exhibition at Palm Springs Art Museum, and Desert X Biennial.
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Desert X | Feb. 9 – Apr. 21
It’s not an art fair, but I have included Desert X here because it is such a powerful art event. The second edition of Desert X biennial sprawls across 55 miles of the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, California. With site-specific outdoors artworks by 18 international artists, the installations engage viewers and focus on the natural wonders and socio-polital-economic issues of the region. This year, works include “Specter” by Sterling Ruby, “Lover’s Rainbow” by Pia Camil, a series of billboards by Cara Romero, “Ghost Palm” by Kathleen Ryan, and augmented reality experiences by Nancy Baker Cahill. (Tip: Download the app 4th Wall to view Cahill’s AR installation.) Desert X is free and open to the public. Pick up a map at one of the three Desert X Hubs, or download the Desert X app (see Visitor Info link below).
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