100 Galleries representing 19 countries featured across 200,000 square feet of exhibition space
Los Angeles, CA–With its most diverse and international list of exhibitors and programming to date, LA Art Show 2017 is expanding its reach across all platforms with a focus on modern and post-war contemporary works and a thematic focus, this year on Latin American and Latino art to coincide with The Getty’s upcoming Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles.
Now presenting its 22nd edition, the LA Art Show has, since its inception, been adept at identifying the most compelling
artistic endeavors and contextualizing new movements and voices for an LA audience that now finds itself at the vanguard of
the production and exhibition of contemporary art.
* Carlos Martiel places his body in extreme circumstances, employing his own flesh as a canvas and testing the limits of the
human body to address topics of repression, discrimination and immigration. With Cauce/Riverbed, the Cuban artist who
once allowed the public to beat his burlap-sack clad figure with batons, exposes the nature of undocumented immigration and
shows how it impacts the lives of some eleven million individuals and their families.
* Fragments from Home, a special exhibition by American octogenarian artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz organized by
LACMA, will comprise three performance/installation pieces involving the planned ruin of innocent household items with
Piano Destruction Ritual: Cowboy and Indian, Part Two and Couch Destruction: Angel Release (Pennies from Heaven). Visitors will be
invited to participate in the artists’ interactive performance work, Shred Your Worries.
* Expectations for LA-based artist Melanie Pullen’s staged performance piece are high, following the artist’s bloody, yesthat-
really-happened, High Fashion Crime Scene installation at last year’s Show. In Violent Times, which includes several largescale
artworks from Pullen’s Violent Times series, Pullen explores the ceremonial aspect of violence and how we dress for war
in her new work. For the first time, Pullen will work with stills produced during the performance to create unique, entirely
new limited edition works that will be available at the LA Art Show to the public.
*Another aspect of the LA Art Show that makes it an enjoyable visit for serious collectors and casual art lovers is its large-scale
installations. This year several common socio-political themes have emerged, among them Norton Maza’s Deep Impact, a
world map highlighting the planet’s immigration borders that are currently subject to the toughest surveillance controls and
regulations. The installation will be closely guarded to reflect the impenetrable borders confronting millions of refugees, and
will highlight Maza’s method of placing the viewer in an inconvenient position that forces immersion in his scenes and evokes
inward reflection rather than reaction.
*Born to working-class Mexican immigrants in East LA, artist Ramiro Gomez’s subjects are the nannies, gardeners,
housekeepers: the people behind our images of luxury. The expansive cardboard mural installation and it’s life-sized cardboard
figures in Cutouts bring the predominantly Latino workforce serving the affluent areas of Los Angeles, into focus.
*Louis Hock’s A Wall is a cardboard brick barrier meant to trip up visitors, and the snaking, 8-foot tall installation will be
placed in an area that forces confrontation to incite viewers to think in some small way about what happens when a wall runs
through a community. Since the late 1970s Hock has made videos documenting the daily struggles of the Mexican immigrants
who were his neighbours where he grew top in San Diego.
*Part installation, part performance, Dosshaus creates and inhabits a life-sized fantasy live/work space where everything,
including clothing is made of recycled cardboard in The Artists Room. The sculptural environment enables Dosshaus to engage
with cultural questions with whimsy and insouciance.
*Submerge is a laser installation by Marc Brickman, world-renowned visual light artist and the artist-in residence for Empire
State Building since 2012. He has worked with Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Cirque du Soleil (Viva Elvis), David
Gilmour, Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, and on the films, Running Man, Minority Report, and A-I. The installation,
presented by the gallery Art All Ways will feature a radiating line drawing that becomes weightless architecture for viewers to
Lindsay Scoggins’ large-scale, site-specific video installation Dichotomy Bifuracation will be on view at the front entrance of the
fair. Scoggin’s most political artwork to date is an unbiased take on the Democratic and Republican parties presented just days
before the upcoming U.S. presidential inauguration. The artist, whose work has appeared at the Guggenheim museums in
New York, Bilbao, Berlin and Venice, seeks to illustrate the facade of two opposite parts of a political system and its “endless
iconic cycle, which is self-reflexive of the video loop medium in which they are constructed.”
THE BEST OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S LEADING ARTS INSTITUTIONS
Of note this year is a new and robust slate of on-site programming organized with 8 leading arts institutions: The Getty, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), The Broad, Muzeo Anaheim, The Autry Museum of the American West, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.
The institutions will preview current and future exhibitions and engage their curators with the broader arts community via
Dialogs LA, the Show’s unique annual forum for art and cultural discussion among prominent contemporary art thought
leaders and visionaries.
Dialogs LA Highlights:
*LA Art Show is honored to have artist Kim Tae-Ho as its guest this year. On Thursday, January 12, Kim Tae-Ho, whose
work will be presented in the special exhibition, Dansaekhwa III: Formation and Recurrence organized by SM Fine Art at the show,
will lead Dansaekwha Walking Dialog, a walking tour of the Dansaekwha works on view. The artist’s works are collected by the
National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul in South Korea and The British National Museum of Art in London, UK.
*The Saturday, January 14 Dialogs LA lineup includes MOCA Director Philippe Vergne and LA Art Show Producer Kim
Martindale in discussion about the making of the coveted Jeff Koons’ limited edition Balloon Dog by famed French
porcelain company Bernardaud. Full schedule below and at the LA Art Show website.
INSTITUTIONAL PARTNER TOURS & SHUTTLES
In another institutional collaboration, The Broad and LAAS have partnered to offer visitors of the Show, special guided tours
of Creature at The Broad on Thursday, January 12 and Friday, January 13. The installation, with more than 50 works
presenting approaches to figuration and representations of the self in The Broad collection by over 25 artists including Georg
Baselitz, Joseph Beuys, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Ellen Gallagher, Leon Golub, Jenny Holzer, Damien Hirst, Takashi
Murakami, and Andy Warhol plus Thomas Houseago’s Giant Figure (Cyclops), 2011, is making its U.S. debut.
A special shuttle will leave the LA Convention Center at 1:45PM on Thursday and Friday to transfer Show visitors to The
Broad for the 2:30PM tour. Space is limited. The tour will last approximately one hour and guests will be admitted on a firstcome,
Convention Center neighbors MOCA and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA have also joined forces with LA Art Show
to provide a complimentary shuttle service that will transport visitors to 2 of LA’s downtown cultural landmarks and offer
discounted admission to LA Art Show General Admission ticket holders, who will receive a 50% discount on museum
admission on presentation of their ticket at the museum box office. LA Art Show Red Card, Vanguard and Patron Ticket
holders will be granted complimentary admission to MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on
presentation of their LA Art Show tickets and passes at the museum box office. Visitors who have purchased tickets to
MOCA Grand Avenue or The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA will be granted free admission the LA Art Show on
presentation of their museum entrance ticket for same day.