Five centuries of fine art will be on display at the 12th annual Los Angeles Art Show, scheduled from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, January 25th to 28th, at the Santa Monica Airport Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica.

General admission is $18 per day or $45 for a three-day pass. A 32,000-square-foot pavilion space next to the Barker Hangar has been added to the show due to increased gallery participation this year.

A preview opening night gala, to benefit the Art Museum Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and its underwriting of the 2007 exhibit, The Arts in Latin America, 1492-1820. The Art Museum Council is LACMA’s oldest support organization, having become active in 1952 while the museum was still part of the original Museum of History, Science and Art located in Exposition Park in Los Angeles. In its history, the council has raised some $8 million to fund the purchase of about100 works of art for the museum’s permanent collection.

The Los Angeles art show selects about 80 international galleries to display art work from various art movements spanning the last five centuries. The show was first launched 12 years ago as a way to showcase dealers in California Impressionist art and it has since expanded to include other styles, including Western art, Taos and Hudson River Valley Schools.

All works displayed at the show are vetted for authenticity by authorities in the fields represented at the show. The Fine Art Dealers Association sponsors the vetting.

About 20,000 guests are expected to attend the Los Angeles Art Show this year, organizers say. Some of the galleries participating will be Gemini G.E.L., Pace Prints, Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Forum Gallery, Louis Stern Fine Arts and Wooster Projects.

Several museums will also have displays set up at the expo, including LACMA, Autry National Center, Irvine Museum, Los Angeles Art Association Gallery 825, Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) and the Ventura County Museum of History and Art.

The 2007 Los Angeles Art Show lecture series will feature distinctive voices from the art world, with a variety of themes in mind, including “Designing With Art,” “How Art Can Change Your Life,” “What Collectors and Dealers Need to Know about Holocaust Era Looted Art” and How to Look at Art Without Feeling Inferior.”

Presentations will take place directly across the street from the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Art Studios Arena 1 Gallery, 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. All presentations are free with the cost of admission, except for the “Art Collectors’ Boot Camp,” which is $150.

A panel discussion and lectures will look at well-known artists’ views of the Los Angeles art scene at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 25th.

At 1 p.m. Thursday, January 25th, Andreas Neufert, director of the Wolfgang Paalen Archive in Berlin, will present a lecture on the visionary Surrealist Wolfgang Paalen. Konrad Oberhufer, author, curator, professor and former director of The Albertina Museum in Vienna, will discuss many of the artists represented at the Los Angeles Art Show, highlighting Paalen’s abstract expressionist influences in New York during the 1940s.

A discussion of “What Collectors and Dealers Need to Know About Holocaust Era Art” is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, January 26th. The discussion will feature Sharon Flescher, executive director of the International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR) leading a panel of legal specialists that includes Jessica L. Darraby; E. Randol Schoenberg of Burris & Schoenberg, LLP; Thaddeus J. Stauber of Nixon Peabody LLP; and Steven E. Thomas of Irell & Manella LLP. Panelists will discuss current legal issues surrounding the ownership and restitution of artwork looted during World War II.

Milton Esterow, scholar and publisher of ARTnews, will discuss “How to Look at Art Without Feeling Inferior,” giving tips on how to approach art with open eyes and an open mind at 2 p.m. Friday, January 26th.

A lecture, “The Glamour: The Horror and So Forth: Being an Artist in an Overheated Art Market,” is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 27th. David Pagel, assistant professor of art theory and history at Claremont Graduate University will lead artists Wendel Gladstone, Sherin Guirguis and Max Jansons in discussion on the thrills and pitfalls of being artists in today’s Los Angeles, focusing on the transition into “real world” art jobs in corporate, education and entertainment industries of contemporary culture.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, January 27th, the lecture “After Dinner The Party Goes On” will feature pioneering 1970s feminist artist Judy Chicago giving insight into the continued relevance of feminist art. She will discuss increased involvement and freedom of expression for women and will address the role of feminism in the artistic process.

The “Art Collectors’ Boot Camp,” a workshop about assembling a visionary art collection, where participants spend $50,000 in virtual money creating a fantasy collection, led by Joel Finkel, contributor to the New York Times, Art + Auction and ARTnews, is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, January 28th. The $150 workshop includes a catered lunch.

The final workshop in the series is “The Stained Glass of Judith Schaechter: A New Direction in Contemporary Glass” set for 3 p.m. Sunday, January 28th. Following the lecture on her glasswork, Schaechter will sign her most recent monograph, titled Extra Virgin.

Information, (310) 822-9145.

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