During Frieze Los Angeles, Artnet’s Wet Paint and Cultural Counsel Teamed Up to Toast an Action-Packed Art Week

At MARS in Hollywood, the art stars mingled for an evening with Wet Paint.

Annie Armstrong, dealer Louis Shannon, podcaster Eileen Kelly. Casey Kelbaugh/CKA.

Hollywood may know how to throw a good party, but so does Artnet’s Wet Paint.

While one enduring memory of Frieze Los Angeles may have been watching art world heavyweights peeping in the windows of Jimmy Iovine’s mansion party, the party of the week was actually held by our own Annie Armstrong. The gossip columnist threw a party in Hollywood alongside Adam Abdalla’s PR firm Cultural Counsel to celebrate the action-packed art moment.

At the cocktail lounge Mars, tucked behind the historic Citizen News building, art-world denizens such as dealers Hannah Traore, Max Levai, and Mills Morán, curator Storm Ascher, and artists Lauren QuinJan Gatewood, and Cristine Brache, brushed elbows with Artnet PRO subscribers—yes, party invites are a perk of membership, get yours here. Together, they supped on the bar’s signature Melontinis with vodka (provided by BODY vodka), and danced the night away to DJs BJ Panda Bear and the local duo Nitefire.

The leap-day fête wrapped up a rollicking week in Los Angeles that saw the city light up with countless art openings, buzzy satellite fairs and auctions, and of course, thousands of people descending on the Santa Monica Airport for Frieze.

Below, take a look at photos from the party…

Alejandro Piñeiro Bello, Ingrid Lundgren

Artist Arthur Peña, advisor Ingrid Lundgren. Casey Kelbaugh/CKA.

Pietro Alexander, Chris Lloyd, Daniel Oglander.

Dealer Pietro Alexander, artist Chris Lloyd, advisor Daniel Oglander. Casey Kelbaugh/CKA.

Casey Kelbaugh/CKA.

Onyedike Chuke, Mills Morán, Christine Brache.

Dealer Onyedike Chuke, dealer Mills Morán, artist Cristine Brache. Casey Kelbaugh/CKA.

Heather Hubbs, Carlye Packer.

New Art Dealers Alliance director Heather Hubbs, dealer Carlye Packer. Casey Kelbaugh/CKA.


Nitefire. Casey Kelbaugh/CKA.


Nitefire. Casey Kelbaugh/CKA.


Nitefire. Casey Kelbaugh/CKA.

Piper Huntington Olivas, Simon Bermeo-Ehmann.

Artist Piper Huntington Olivas, dealer Simon Bermeo-Ehmann. Casey Kelbaugh/CKA.

Cierro Britton, Hannah Traore, Storm Ascher.

Dealers Cierro Britton and Hannah Traore, curator Storm Ascher. Casey Kelbaugh/CKA.

Chris Lloyd, Jan Gatewood.

Artists Chris Lloyd and Jan Gatewood. Casey Kelbaugh/CKA.

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