Eye works like "Lips" from artist Alyssa Monks at the LA Art Show, January 21-25 (Oil on linen, 2008, 34x42)
How thoroughly lucky are we to have such a prestigious art happening right here in Los Angeles? Very. The luck piles on a bit more when you consider that everyday art lovers (that would be us and pretty much everyone we know), not just dealers and collectors, are able to attend the Los Angeles Art Show. Nice.
And what are we all there to see? The some 135 galleries that turn out for this huge festival devoted to the pleasures of the eye. They've brought paintings with them, lots of them, plus prints, photographs, sculpture and tons more.
And while the old masters are represented at the show -- among them, a little known painter named Rembrandt -- we like to see the up-and-coming artists, or those who have newly arrived and are still finding their audience. Expect to see local names aplenty, but the galleries at the show have flown in (okay, not the physical galleries, although we'll never put anything past a truly creative spirit) from around the world: Korea, Tennessee, the UK and Santa Fe all have reps on site. Oh, and museums, too. Lots of major museums. And lectures, and music, and events galore.
If you've visited the show in years past -- it has been around town for nearly a decade and a half -- expect this year's event to be nearly twice the size of past years. The number of pretty/interesting/startling things to look upon? Oh, about 15,000, so clean those glasses. And while buying isn't always in the cards, sighing is. Yes, we said it.