5 Booths to Check Out at This Year’s Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair

From chilly photos of Antarctic landscapes to colorful drawings that capture the heart of New Orleans, a not-to-miss list from the ninth edition of the fair.

Standard Oslo, 2017. Photo by Gina Clyne. Courtesy of Art Los Angeles Contemporary.

The ninth edition of Art Los Angeles Contemporary opens today, bringing together over 60 established and emerging galleries from around the world under the roof of the 40,000-square-foot Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Should you find yourself in southern California this weekend, here are a few fair highlights from artnet Member galleries to keep an eye out for.


Kayne Griffin Corcoran

Liza Ryan’s Antarctica Study 12 (2017). Image courtesy of Kayne Griffin Corcoran.

When artist and photographer Liza Ryan first traveled to Antarctica, she couldn’t imagine trying to communicate the immensity of the landscape. “One cannot ‘capture’ Antarctica on film or with anything else,” she said in a statement from her LA-based gallery, Kayne Griffin Corcoran. Instead, she sought to recreate the feeling of being there, printing photos of the landscape and altering them with charcoal, graphite, ink, and other materials to illustrate the color, shape, and texture of the land. The resulting body of work, Antarctica (2017), will be the sole focus of Kayne Griffin Corcoran’s ALAC booth, which will show 11 prints from the ongoing series.


Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Federico Solmi’s The Beloved Trickster (2017). Image courtesy of Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

A selection of politically charged works by Josh Reames and Federico Solmi will don the walls of art dealer Luis De Jesus’s booth. “Both Reames and Solmi have chosen to address the current political landscape in their new works,” says De Jesus. “Josh Reames’s recent paintings feature iconic symbols of American history and commerce singed by trompe l’oeil burns. These paintings are statements on the destruction of myth and the power that images can hold. Solmi has created new animated video-paintings featuring Donald Trump gallivanting with past and present world rulers in handmade ‘patriotic’ frames. These pieces are satirical, grotesque, and very on point.”



Dapper Bruce Lafitte’s T.D.B.C. Presents All I Need Its One Pen(2017). Image courtesy of M+B Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Jeff McLane.

Hometown gallery M+B will dedicate its booth to a series of new drawings by self-trained artist Dapper Bruce Lafitte—marking the artist’s West Coast debut. Lafitte grew up in Lafitte Housing Projects in the 6th Ward in New Orleans, and his recent drawings focus on the resilience of the city’s communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Rendered in ink on paper, Lafitte’s playful style is characterized by repetition and seriality, vibrant color, and an omniscient, aerial perspective. There’s an emphasis on community, and often a celebratory spin, such as his intricate pictures of parades.



John Baldessari’s Eight Colorful Inside Jobs: Orange (2017). Courtesy of Mixografía®.

Mixografia, the printmaking studio known for its patented 3-D printing process, will present more than a dozen of those storied custom-made prints at the fair. In its booth, the studio will bring together works that come from six different artists: John Baldessari (showing his whole “Eight Colorful Inside Jobs” series), Alex Israel (showing works from his famous self-portrait series), Ed Ruscha, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Jacob Hashimoto, and Analia Saban.


Peter Blake Gallery

Cole Sternberg, if you turn your head to the side, the horizon moves upwards (2017). Courtesy of Peter Blake Gallery.

Peter Blake Gallery will present a selection of new works from Virginia-born, Los Angeles-based artist Cole Sternberg. The artist makes both photographic wood transfers and pastoral paintings of the sky and sea on linen, then experiments with the surfaces, often subjecting them to the weather in the place where they were made. His new paintings were done at Lake Michigan in the summer of 2017. “They were created through a process of layering a mixture of mediums and exposing the minimally primed linens to the elements,” says Sternberg. “They were left out in the woods, in the rain, and most significantly, dragged behind a ship. In the end, the environment becomes the dominant visual—and artist—of the works.”


Art Los Angeles Contemporary will be on view at the Barker Hangar at 3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, through Sunday, January 28.

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