seeks to make L.A. an art capital

It’s the tenth year of the Los Angeles Art Show, a show geared towards collectors and appreciators of high value art.

Display space at the Los Angeles Art Show is by invitation only, and invited art dealers will exhibit what organizers call a “museum-quality” selection of paintings, sculptures and drawings at the event. Potential exhibitors must apply to be part of the show and are selected based on the content of their collections.

The Los Angeles Art Show is scheduled for noon to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, October 15th to 17th, at the Santa Monica Airport Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Tickets are $18.

An opening night gala is scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, October 14th. Tickets are $150, and proceeds benefit the Art Museum Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The Los Angeles Art Show will have about 3,000 works of art on display, according to K.R. Martindale Show Management, the Los Angeles Art Show organizers.

The selection embraces works from old masters to contemporary and includes Impressionist, Taos and Hudson River Valley School, French and British Academy, Regionalist, Post-Impressionist, Modernist, Plein Air, Expressionist, Latin American and photographic works.

Artwork at the show is said to be appraised and verified for authenticity and validity.

Organizers say the show embraces an understanding that serious art collectors exist in abundance outside traditional art capitals such as London and New York, and that Los Angeles has grown to represent a significant hotbed of art collectors.

Collections at the Los Angeles Art Show will feature works from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, giving viewers an opportunity to study changes in art styles and movements.

The show provides a meeting ground for art world professionals as well as a place for art lovers and collectors to browse gallery collections from all over the United States and Europe.

The event is sponsored by the Fine Art Dealers Association and will host the collections of about 55 dealers. The Fine Art Dealers Association participates in the vetting of the art works.

Organizers expect attendance of about 12,000 during the weekend and at the preview.

As a new feature this year, the show will branch out to include two museum openings as part of its calendar of events. The openings of Renoir to Matisse: The Eye of Duncan Phillips at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and an exhibit of works by Ruffino Tamayo at the Museum of Latin American Art will be held in conjunction with the opening of the Los Angeles Art Show.

The discussion on the role of art in Los Angeles will be furthered at a symposium series taking place during the Los Angeles Art Show where speakers from the art world will discuss a variety of topics relevant to collecting. Symposium presenters currently include representatives from Architectural Digest and the Pacific Design Center.

The Pacific Design Center will also present its series of vignettes created by notable interior designers that debuted at a 2003 fair where works of art were displayed in interior settings.

The on-site presence of a number of museums and cultural and educational institutions will also continue this year with the participation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the Museum of Latin American Art, the San Diego Museum of Art and the Autrey National Center in the show.

Information, (310) 822-9145.

(See page 19 for a list of this year’s exhibitors)