Visitors are loving Beauty CULTure, breaking attendance records at Annenberg Space for Photography. Featuring works from over 100 acclaimed photographers, Beauty CULTure examines photography’s role in capturing and defining notions of modern female beauty and how these images profoundly influence our lives in both celebratory and disturbing ways. Among the nearly 700 print and digital images are works by Melvin Sokolsky, Tyen, Lillian Bassman, Matthew Rolston, Herb Ritts, Bert Stern and other world-renowned beauty, fashion and fine art photographers.
How does art find its way today from the artist’s studio to a collector? What interactions take place among art world players in the online age?
I enjoyed taking part as one of the four guest speakers to address these issues at the panel discussion “The Art of Collaboration: New Dynamics in the Worlds of Art and Design” which took place yesterday as part of the annual Avenues of Art and Design week in West Hollywood. David Keeps, reporter for the Los Angeles Times and a contributing editor at House Beautiful Magazine, was the moderator of this event, set in the resplendent Phyllis Morris Showroom.
I am pleased to share my top picks from my visits to the New York art fairs this past week. Get a taste here of exciting artworks by new rising stars as well as accomplished contemporary artists, from PULSE, SCOPE and INDEPENDENT art fairs. (See my last blog for my picks of The Armory Show.)
It’s that time of year again….New York is bursting at the seams with art and festivities during the annual Armory Arts Week.
I am pleased to share highlights with you as I attend fairs throughout the city.
Explore the potential for art to reveal the mysterious and the magical in everyday moments. Visit the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles to see ALL OF THIS AND NOTHING, a group show of more than 60 works by 14 artists, who take mundane materials and reinvent them into a new aesthetic life, thereby encouraging us to look at the world differently. Thursdays are a great day to visit the Hammer Museum, because admission is free and the museum is open late until 9pm.
The art fair offered visitors a cross section of what is happening now in contemporary art making. A majority of the participating dealers showcased fresh emerging talents, although the show was peppered with recent works by established artists. Over 70 U.S. and international galleries exhibited at Barker Hanger at the Santa Monica Airport for the second year of Art Los Angeles Contemporary.
I hope you had a chance to visit Photo LA 2011 and peruse the vast array of vintage and contemporary photographs. Dealers from around the world exhibited, with galleries from the U.S., France, United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, Australia and China.
Some of my top picks of the fair are: