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Your Guide to Frieze Art Fair Week in Los Angeles

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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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DAMIEN HIRST

DAMIEN HIRST (British, b. 1965)
Your Heart (from the series The Wonder of You), 2015
Polymer-gravure etching with lithographic overlay in colors on wove paper
36 1/4 x 26 3/8 inches (92 x 67 cm)
Edition of 55
Signed on recto; numbered on verso

Damien Hirst is a leading figure in the Young British Artist (YBA) movement of the 1990s. Key themes in his art are life’s mortality and modern science’s palliative, seductive allure. The butterfly, with its ephemeral lifespan, is a frequent subject of his work. In 2012, Hirst showed what went on to be one of his most controversial work in decades, the installation In and Out of Love, which consisted of two white windowless rooms in which over 9,000 butterflies flitted around and died. His artistic practice varies wildly, from dead animals submerged in formaldehyde, to ominous medicine cabinets, to paintings of color spots with pharmaceutical names. A winner of the coveted Turner Prize in 1995, Hirst’s works are held in major collections such as the Tate Gallery in London and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

Contact Perkey Fine Art Advisor to learn more and for information on artworks by Damien Hirst available for sale.

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE (American, 1946-1989)
Double Jack-in-the-Pulpit, 1988
Dye-transfer print
22 ½ x 22 inches
Edition of 7

American artist Robert Mapplethorpe’s provocative and powerful photographs have established him as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.

Two complementary museum exhibitions of Mapplethorpe’s work are on view now through July 31, 2016 in Los Angeles. One is at the J. Paul Getty Museum and another at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Each of these shows highlight different aspects of the artist’s body of work.

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Art Auction Market – How High Will It Go?

Christopher Wool record sale of painting by living American Artist

Christopher Wool’s Untitled (Riot), 1990, enamel on aluminum, 108 x 72 in., sold for $29,930,000 at Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Sale.

I am interviewed in Robb Report August 2015 issue, providing insights into the record-breaking spring art auctions in New York.

At Christie’s, Pablo Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger became the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction ($179.4 million) and Alberto Giacometti’s Pointing Man became the costliest sculpture ($141.3 million).

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DOUG AITKEN

DOUG AITKEN (American, B.1968)
BAD, 2014
Glass, colored mirror glass and high-density foam
32 x 82 x 11 1/2 inches
Edition of 4 plus 2 artist’s proofs

Multi-media artist Doug Aitken’s innovative artworks lead viewers into a world where time, space and memory are fluid concepts. His body of work ranges widely from photography and sculpture to video works and installations.

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MARILYN MINTER

MARILYN MINTER, (American, 1948)
Leggings, 2009
Chromogenic Print (C-print)
59 3/8 by 44 1/2 inches

Marilyn Minter is like an alchemist who transforms grit into glamour. Her photographs and photo-realistic paintings, at once seductive, sensual and decadent, continue to be highly in demand with collectors and museums.

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What’s Happening in Contemporary Art: NY Art Fairs 2014

The pulse of the art world is captured at the art fairs that take place in New York City in March every year. The Big Apple buzzes with excitement as throngs of art lovers flock to the art fairs to get a look at art from around the world, and collectors vie to acquire works by leading international artists and hot new talent.

The Armory Show, one of the world’s largest art fairs, is the main attraction, augmented by number of other fairs in NYC the same week, including ADAA The Art Show, Volta NY, and Scope NY.

Check out my photos below of some of the most remarkable artworks at the NY art fairs I attended.

What catches your eye? Feel free to contact Perkey Fine Art Advisor for the lowdown on art market trends and how to find the perfect art for you!

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JAMES TURRELL

JAMES TURRELL, (American, 1943)
Deep Sky (suite of 7), 1984
Aquatint
12.8 x 19.5 inches
Edition of 45
Signed and numbered in pencil

A leading artist in the “Light and Space” movement, James Turrell is best known for immersive art experiences that contemplate perception, light, color and space. The Deep Sky suite of prints represent seven vantage points of Turrell’s project at Roden Crater, an extinct volcano in northern Arizona, which for more than 30 years the artist has been transforming into a series of rooms and tunnels that open onto vistas of the desert sky as an exploration of the ways the eye perceives light.

See James Turrell: A Retrospective at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, now through April 6, 2014.

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LITA ALBUQUERQUE

LITA ALBUQUERQUE, (American, 1946)
Auric Field, 2013
Pigment on panel, white gold leaf
36 x 36 inches

“Auric Field” is a new work by internationally renowned artist Lita Albuquerque, a pioneer in Process Art, Environmental Art and Earth Art and a seminal part of the California Light and Space Movement. Her distinctive visual language brings the realities of time and space to a human scale.

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TONY CRAGG (British, 1949)

TONY CRAGG, (British, 1949)
Black Diabas, 2006
Black diabas (stone sculpture)
53.125 x 19.75 x 19.75 inches

This eloquent stone sculpture by Turner Prize-winning British artist Tony Cragg shifts our sense of perception. What appear to be human profiles blur and morph as you move around them.

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