January seems to be the month of the art fair. As the new year kicks off, several major art fairs will be coming to Santa Monica and surrounding areas, beginning with “photo l.a.” this weekend. Here are a few highlights.

PHOTO L.A. — In its 17th year, the International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition has been moved to Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport to accommodate more art and larger crowds.

Architecture photographer Julius Shulman will be honored at the opening night reception to benefit the Photography Department of Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Shulman will receive an inaugural lifetime achievement award in association with The Center, a nonprofit organization that honors, supports, and provides opportunity for gifted and committed photographers.

The exhibition will include works by artists such as Masao Yamamoto, Chris Jordan, William Eggleston, Dorothea Lang, Diane Arbus, Edward Weston, and Ansel Adams.

The show will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, January 11th and 12th, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, January 13th.

Information, (323) 932-5846.

VERNACULAR PHOTOGRAPHY FAIR — D3 Projects at Bergamot Station presents its first Vernacular Photography Fair at the Santa Monica Art Studios from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, January 12th and 13th.

Vernacular photographs, or anonymous images, have been separated from their owners or lost in time, and are rediscovered when sold in public areas such as flea markets, yard sales, and in abandoned boxes.

Found photographs, anonymous images and snapshots from the 1920s to the late 1970s will be offered for showing and sale to the public.

Information, (310) 829-9856.

SANTA MONICA ANTIQUE SHOW — The Santa Monica Antique Show features antiques, decorative arts, and collectibles ranging from 18th, 19th, and early 20th century furniture, as well as art nouveau and art deco accessories, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Saturday, January 11th and 12th, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, January 13th, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

Information, (310) 458-2288.

ART L.A. — The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium will host this year’s “art l.a.” Thursday through Sunday, January 24th through 27th. More than 60 of the top established and emerging galleries will represent “the most compelling and challenging work being created in art centers including Berlin, London, Mexico City, New York, Paris, and Tokyo,” organizers say.

Second-year director Tim Fleming says the event indicates the increasing level of influence Los Angeles has in the art world.

“The city has become an important and internationally recognized center for art making,” Fleming says. “Art l.a. champions L.A.’s vibrant art scene and supportive arts community in the context of international trends.”

The opening night will benefit Hammer Projects, a series of exhibitions in the Hammer Museum that focus primarily on the work of emerging artists.

“There is a really nice connection between the artwork presented in our series and art l.a.’s attention to work by emerging artists,” says Hammer Museum Director Ann Philbin.

Information, (310) 443-7026.

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