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Your Guide to Frieze Art Fair Week in Los Angeles

Frieze Art Fair New York

Frieze Art Fair in New York (Photo by Perkey Fine Art Advisor)

Here’s your art fair guide for Frieze week Los Angeles, February, 2019. With all the buzz around the influential Frieze international art fair coming to L.A. for the first time, and six other art fairs happening across Southern California during the same week, it promises to be one of the most dynamic weeks of art ever in Los Angeles. It’s my pleasure to put together this Los Angeles art fair guide to help you plan your Frieze week art experiences. Feel free to contact me at Perkey Fine Art Advisor for more tips on collecting and enjoying art!

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.
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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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What To See At Los Angeles Art Fairs

Art Los Angeles Contemporary art fair Los Angeles 2017

Art Los Angeles Contemporary returns for its eighth edition January 26–29, 2017 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica

Los Angeles hosts several art fairs in January, kicking off the 2017 international art fair circuit. But with the Los Angeles art fairs spread over a three week period, and each of the fairs offering quite different types of art, you may want to plan ahead. To help you to find the art that interests you the most, here is Perkey Fine Art Advisor‘s guide to what to see at the Los Angeles art fairs.

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It’s Raining Art! Six Art Fairs in Los Angeles in January

Art Fair in Los Angeles

Art Los Angeles Contemporary at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, photographed during last year’s event, is one of six art fairs in Los Angeles in January, 2016.

Skies in L.A. may be mostly sunny, but in January it’s raining art in Los Angeles! There will be six art fairs in Los Angeles this month. Be sure to take this once-a-year opportunity to visit the art fairs in Los Angeles. You can experience diverse art from around the world, discover exciting new art, meet artists and mingle with collectors and art professionals.

To help plan your visits, I put together this handy L.A. ART FAIR GUIDE 2016 for you:

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Don’t Miss the Art Fairs in Los Angeles!

LA Art Show art fair in 2014

LA Art Show offers diverse art styles, subjects and mediums, from contemporary to historic. Photo by Perkey Fine Art Advisor.

Enjoy a huge variety of art from around the world, see works by your favorite artists, and discover exciting new art! It’s all happening at the art fairs coming to Los Angeles this month.

Each of the art fairs has a different focus, so be sure to attend the fairs that feature the types of art you like. See following descriptions. Feel free to contact Perkey Fine Art Advisor and I will be glad to answer your art collecting questions and help you to get the most from your art fair experiences.

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How To Plan Your Visit To Art Basel Miami Beach

Miami Art Week 2014 How to Navigate the Art Fairs Top three tips from art advisor Cheryl Perkey for getting the most out of your art fair experience during Art Basel Miami Beach Art Week 2014:

So much art, so little time! During the first week of December, Miami hosts over 20 art fairs, plus a galaxy of pop-up art events, museum shows, public art installations and fabulous parties. You will want to stay in Miami at least four days to enjoy this whirlwind art experience.

What to see? Spend at least one full day at the main event, Art Basel Miami Beach, held at the Miami Beach Convention Center. One of the largest and most important art fairs in the world, Art Basel Miami Beach features more than 260 leading galleries from 31 countries and is not to be missed.

Then split the rest of your time in Miami between the other art fairs and events. Select those fairs that interest you the most, since it will be impossible to see everything this week. How to navigate the choices? Check out this Guide to Miami Art Week During Art Basel, with links to websites of the various art fairs. Find those fairs that have the type of art that interests you. Also, look at the “Exhibitors” on each site, and see if any of the galleries listed may offer the type of art you like.

In a given day, visit art fairs located in the same area of the city to minimize the time and expense of travel between fairs. Most of the Miami art fairs and events are located in three areas: 1) Miami Beach, 2) Midtown, Wynwood & Design District, and 3) Downtown, Brickell & Coconut Grove. Plan your itineray with this handy online Map of Miami Art Week 2014.

Contact me at Perkey Fine Art Advisor for more tips and my art picks from Art Basel Miami Beach throughout the week. See you at the fairs!

Best Art Fairs 2013

The Armory Show in New York A Leading International Art Fair

The Armory Show in New York. Photo by Cheryl Perkey, Perkey Fine Art Advisor.

Where in the world is the best place to see contemporary art? Depends on the month! Throughout the year, major art fairs are staged in various cities around the globe. These fairs give art lovers the chance to see a huge diversity of art, all at one time, all at one place.

I am pleased to give you my recommendations for the top contemporary art fairs in 2013. Mark your calendar!

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Armory Show 2012: Top Picks of the NY Art Fair

The Armory Show New York 2012 Art Fair The contemporary art world converges in New York City this week for the annual Armory Show and other art fairs around Manhattan. I enjoy attending the New York art fairs each year, and here I am again, in search of engaging artworks for my clients.

The 2012 edition of The Armory Show art fair is scaled down in size from previous years, which I found to be a good thing. More meat, less fat!

Check out my art fair photos to experience some of my top picks from the 2012 Armory Show. Like what you see? Feel free to contact me for more infomation.
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Top Picks from More NY Art Fairs

Pulse Art Fair in New York

The scene at Pulse art fair in New York City 2011

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.)

Check out my photos, and feel free to contact me for more details.
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New York’s Mega Art Fair – The Armory Show 2011

Entrance of The Armory Show 2011 in New York

The Armory Show 2011 at Pier 92 and Pier 94 in New York

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.

Check out my photos of the Armory Show, the largest of the NY art fairs, and feel free to contact me for more details.
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Here and Now: Highlights of Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2011

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Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2011

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.
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