洛杉矶艺术展

Looking back on the 24-year history of the LA Art Show, one can’t help noticing how it has evolved, changed locations and grown in diversity to reflect the trajectory of the burgeoning Los Angeles art scene.

 

LA ART SHOW BRINGS WORLD-CLASS CONTEMPORARY ART, THOUGHT-PROVOKING SOCIAL COMMENTARY, IMMERSIVE INSTALLATIONS AND LIVE PERFORMANCE WORKS TO DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES’ CONVENTION CENTER
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100 Galleries representing 19 countries featured across 200,000 square feet of exhibition space

Los Angeles, CA–With its most diverse and international list of exhibitors and programming to date, LA Art Show 2017 is
expanding its reach across all platforms with a focus on modern and post-war contemporary works and a thematic focus, this
year on Latin American and Latino art to coincide with The Getty’s upcoming Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching
and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.

Now presenting its 22nd edition, the LA Art Show has, since its inception, been adept at identifying the most compelling
artistic endeavors and contextualizing new movements and voices for an LA audience that now finds itself at the vanguard of
the production and exhibition of contemporary art.

* Carlos Martiel places his body in extreme circumstances, employing his own flesh as a canvas and testing the limits of the
human body to address topics of repression, discrimination and immigration. With Cauce/Riverbed, the Cuban artist who
once allowed the public to beat his burlap-sack clad figure with batons, exposes the nature of undocumented immigration and
shows how it impacts the lives of some eleven million individuals and their families.

* Fragments from Home, a special exhibition by American octogenarian artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz organized by
LACMA, will comprise three performance/installation pieces involving the planned ruin of innocent household items with
Piano Destruction Ritual: Cowboy and Indian, Part Two and Couch Destruction: Angel Release (Pennies from Heaven). Visitors will be
invited to participate in the artists’ interactive performance work, Shred Your Worries.

* Expectations for LA-based artist Melanie Pullen’s staged performance piece are high, following the artist’s bloody, yesthat-
really-happened, High Fashion Crime Scene installation at last year’s Show. In Violent Times, which includes several largescale
artworks from Pullen’s Violent Times series, Pullen explores the ceremonial aspect of violence and how we dress for war
in her new work. For the first time, Pullen will work with stills produced during the performance to create unique, entirely
new limited edition works that will be available at the LA Art Show to the public.

IMMERSIVE INSTALLATIONS
*Another aspect of the LA Art Show that makes it an enjoyable visit for serious collectors and casual art lovers is its large-scale
installations. This year several common socio-political themes have emerged, among them Norton Maza’s Deep Impact, a
world map highlighting the planet’s immigration borders that are currently subject to the toughest surveillance controls and
regulations. The installation will be closely guarded to reflect the impenetrable borders confronting millions of refugees, and
will highlight Maza’s method of placing the viewer in an inconvenient position that forces immersion in his scenes and evokes
inward reflection rather than reaction.

*Born to working-class Mexican immigrants in East LA, artist Ramiro Gomez’s subjects are the nannies, gardeners,
housekeepers: the people behind our images of luxury. The expansive cardboard mural installation and it’s life-sized cardboard
figures in Cutouts bring the predominantly Latino workforce serving the affluent areas of Los Angeles, into focus.
*Louis Hock’s A Wall is a cardboard brick barrier meant to trip up visitors, and the snaking, 8-foot tall installation will be
placed in an area that forces confrontation to incite viewers to think in some small way about what happens when a wall runs
through a community. Since the late 1970s Hock has made videos documenting the daily struggles of the Mexican immigrants
who were his neighbours where he grew top in San Diego.

*Part installation, part performance, Dosshaus creates and inhabits a life-sized fantasy live/work space where everything,
including clothing is made of recycled cardboard in The Artists Room. The sculptural environment enables Dosshaus to engage
with cultural questions with whimsy and insouciance.

*Submerge is a laser installation by Marc Brickman, world-renowned visual light artist and the artist-in residence for Empire
State Building since 2012. He has worked with Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Cirque du Soleil (Viva Elvis), David
Gilmour, Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, and on the films, Running Man, Minority Report, and A-I. The installation,
presented by the gallery Art All Ways will feature a radiating line drawing that becomes weightless architecture for viewers to
travel within.

Lindsay Scoggins’ large-scale, site-specific video installation Dichotomy Bifuracation will be on view at the front entrance of the
fair. Scoggin’s most political artwor


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