Dialogs LA
1pm – An Insider’s View on Valuing and Pricing Fine Art
For the first time at any art fair, the process of valuing and pricing fine art will be made transparent by art historian, publisher, and appraiser, Peter Hastings Falk. Many prospective buyers hesitate when they perceive that prices may have been plucked from the blue sky. Falk provides a clear logic to all collectors that is easy to understand and finally illuminates what has long been an opaque subject for most people.

Mr. Falk is curator of a project space at the fair called “The Cuatrecasas Discovery,” which serves as a perfect example of the complexities surrounding proper valuation — particularly since that artist’s collection was buried for 40 years and is only now being unveiled here in Los Angeles. Falk’s principles apply to all artists, however, from young emerging artists to mid and late career to deceased.

Mr. Falk is a pioneer in the publishing of art auction indices and was the founding Editor-in-Chief of ArtNet in New York. Since 2000 he has been the U.S. Editor of Artprice.com. He is author and publisher of numerous art reference books, including the national award-winning three-volume biographical dictionary, Who Was Who in American Art. As an expert appraiser he is most noted for having valued the Andy Warhol estate collection. He is the founder of Rediscovered Masters (redM) which is presenting “The Cuatrecasas Discovery.” The mission of redM and its Art Advisory Board is to gain recognition for significant artists who were in danger of slipping through the cracks of art history.
2pm – Art in Interiors: Suzanne Rheinstein, author of ‘Rooms for Living’, Discussion and Book-signing
Suzanne Rheinstein is an internationally recognized interior designer and the owner of Hollyhock, the renowned home furnishing and accessories shop, known for its unique antiques and decorative pieces. Her signature style is often described as elegant civility—“fewer things but better things”- encompassing a mixture of beautiful objects, furniture styles, personal art, painted surfaces, and great attention to comfort, textures, details and light. In Rooms for Living, she shows how you can achieve welcoming and serene environments in both casual and formal settings. With chapters focusing on types of rooms, the book is a master class in how Suzanne achieves harmonious living spaces through thoughtful use of texture, color and proportion.
3pm – The Commercialization of Street Art
Street art has transformed contemporary art – but in the process what has it lost? In collaboration with the exhibit “Virtues & Vices” the following panel will explore the benefits and drawbacks that street artists have encountered as the movement has gained popularity and prominence in pop culture.
12pm – The Life and Work of Ricardo Manelli, one of Europe’s Top Artists and Illustrators
“Riccardo Mannelli is not unknown in the US — but when his compelling work is recognized, it is most often by fellow painters who admire his particular combination of advanced techniques in color and draftsmanship and the innovative, refined deliberations of composition he lavishes on his edgy content. Yet it may prove to be the subversive sensuality of his ultra-modern figures and portraits, demonstrating a kind of feminism that is really a powerful revolutionary humanism, together with the rich tenor of his unbowed social and political commentary that will finally capture the imagination of a whole new generation of audiences” – Shana Nys Dambrot

“From the start, Mannelli’s bravura technique struggles almost sportively with his subject matter. If you pay attention to the prurience, the breathtaking virtuosity of the figural renditions stridently calls attention to itself, and if you study Mannelli’s manner, the ornate depravity it pictures pulls you into its depths. The artist is not trying to implicate you so much as to train you to witness: whatever attracts you has yet another facet to it.” – Peter Frank
1pm–Chinese Ink and Wash Painting: Transition of Inheritance
Noted scholar Zhao Shilin will present a brief history of Chinese painting and the innovation and achievements of the new ink and wash. After a century’s struggle and research, Chinese ink and wash is seeing resurgence. The New Ink and Wash is markedly different from its historic traditions, everything from subject matter and brushwork to composition and image, is being reinvented. New ink and wash not only has inherited Chinese tradition, but also borrowed from Western art. Walking a line between abstraction and representation.

Traditional Chinese painting focused on “ the common origins of calligraphy and painting” and had a very defined and closed aesthetic standard, which has in many ways limited the art form from growing in contemporary art. The new ink and wash merges contemporary context with traditional techniques. This panel discussion will address the ‘technical revolution.”
2pm – Travellers in Time: The Fragility of the Historical Memory and Political Powers
Lluis Barba’s monumental photographs depict contemporary society using the same iconography as historical masterpieces. Each of his works is comprised of an ‘underpainting’ overlaid with contemporary visual references creating a symbolism and frame of reference that invite the viewer to navigate between the historical and ever changing contemporary celebrity driven landscape we live in.
3pm – Mural Renaissance in DTLA: Challenges of Expression and Legacy
Los Angeles, particularly in Downtown, is undergoing a renaissance of culture and public art. The vibrant underground scene of the 1980s, when Local artists gathered for impromptu art installations, theater, music, readings, and blowout parties planted the seeds for the convergence of fringe and traditional culture now in full swing. DTLA is a thriving place where cafes, boutiques, and restaurants open at an incredible pace.

From the Broad Museum, Walt Disney Concert Hall and MOCA on Grand Avenue to revival of Broadway and the Historic Core, DTLA is coming together as the cultural rival to New York as the place to be. The Historic Core is home to incredible murals, dozens of galleries and the Art Walk since 2004. South Park has experienced a tremendous transformation in the last decade.

All of this is happening amid the Open-Air Mural Museums that passersby encounter on nearly every corner of DTLA. Murals serve as a liaison among the different neighborhoods, and they create a narrative point of reference over the years. And as that narrative expands, so does the opportunity and responsibility of understanding and preservation. Los Angeles has learned that historic works of public art can show up wherever the desire for great expression manifests itself. The 2013 Mural Ordinance has opened up avenues for expression – both “legal” and “illegal” — and set the stage for the iconic works of the future. Yet the current renaissance of public art arises at the time social media like Facebook and Instagram both bring awareness to the ephemeral nature of public art and sometimes even glorify it. Is a continuity of public art narrative possible or even desirable any longer? Has gentrification made contemporary street artists “sell outs”?
4pm – The History of Dansaekhawa with Yoon Jin Sup presented by Baik Art
Korean Monochrome painting, known as Dansaekhwa has been growing an international following since it first made resurgence at the Gwangju Biennale in 2000. This style of painting developed simultaneously in Korea and Japan in the late 1960s / early 1970s. The LA Art Show exhibition Dansaekhwa II: The Traces of Four Artists puts an Eastern spin on contemporary minimalism, as seen through the works of Young-il Ahn, Kim Hyung Dae, Lee Seung Jo and Yoo Byeong Hoon. The exhibition’s curator Yoon Jin Sup will discuss the exhibition and history of Dansaekhwa and its impact on Korean contemporary art.