Modern and contemporary art will be the focus of the upcoming Art L.A. exposition in Santa Monica, organized by the creators of the Photo L.A., Photo Miami, Photo San Francisco and Photo New York events.

Art L.A. viewing hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, January 26th to 28th, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $15 for a one-day pass and $25 for a three-day pass.

A preview reception, that benefits MOCA Contemporaries, is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, January 25th. Tickets to the preview reception are $50. Reception reservations, (213) 633-5381. MOCA Contemporaries is a support council Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). The group gives financial support to the museum through fundraising activities and seeks to nurture the next generation of young artists. Members of MOCA Contemporaries attend studio and gallery visits, tours, lectures, day trips and fundraisers throughout the year.

At the Art L.A. exposition, modern works of sculpture, painting, installation, video and new media will be exhibited and sold. The expo will primarily focus on Los Angeles’s vast number of galleries that are forging trends in the contemporary art world. Exhibitors will range from blue-chip galleries to young experimental art spaces.

“Our concept is to bring together a diverse range of L.A.’s influential contemporary galleries ranging from the very established to the radical younger spaces in an effort to strengthen the ever-growing Los Angeles art community,” says Art L.A. director Tim Fleming. “Art LA is an intimate fair offering the interested art patron a broad view of the Los Angeles art scene and its relationship to contemporary artistic production on a global scale.”

Curated projects by local nonprofit groups Machine Project, Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), and emerging Los Angeles project space TRUDI will be a new addition at this year’s Art LA. Machine Project will offer workshops, lectures and performances throughout the weekend at the fair. In addition, Useless Magazine and Projects from New York/London have been invited to curate a multichannel video installation using video art and interviews.

The list of exhibiting galleries at this year’s Art L.A. includes Ace Gallery; ACME; Christine Argillet Gallery; Bamboo Lane Gallery; Bank; Lisa Boyle Gallery from Chicago; Kevin Bruk Gallery of Miami; Galerie Brunnhofer of Linz; Galerie Hitomi Bushi d’Eau of Paris; Cherry and Martin Gallery; China Art Objects; Chung King Project; GalerÌa Comercial of Puerto Rico; D.A.P. from New York; Dangerous Curve; de Soto; Destroyer Inc.; La EstaciÛn Arte Contempor·neo of Chihuahua; Honor Fraser; Klemens, Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc. of New York; Anna Helwing Gallery; Galerie Caprice Horn of Berlin; Daniel Hug Gallery; Rebecca Ibel Gallery of Columbus; Kantor/Feuer Gallery; Karpio + Facchini of Miami; Kontainer; LACE; Sam Lee Gallery; Kim Light Gallery; Federico Luger Gallery of Milan; Mandarin Gallery; Katherine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects of Toronto; Nazraeli Press of Portland; Outpost for Contemporary Art; Patrick Painter; Franklin Parrasch Gallery of New York; David Patton; Peres Projects; and Quint Gallery of La Jolla.

Information, (323) 937-4659.