LA Art Fair.. A Pleasant Surprise..from the Wrong Coast!
LA Art.. The biggest positive surprise of the week..
While it was possibly one of the smallest fairs.this week, it was very manageable..
We found several high quality booths..showing both new and vintage works.
A great blend.
Generally the Metropolitan Pavilion manages to make any art fair seem like a Shiners Convention.. But, I'm not totally sure why I liked this fair..
- Maybe it was the smaller crowd..
- Maybe it was the free hot scones and muffins they had at the VIP brunch..
- Maybe it was the dealers willingness to talk to visitors without saying
go away"Its already Sold!!" first..
I'm not sure..but we liked this fair.
- Paul Kopeikin Gallery had new work from Photographer Chris Jordan and Digital Artist/Photographer Lukas Roth. FYI.. We had looked at this new Chris Jordan "Running The numbers - an American Self Portrait" series on line.. We initially HATED it.. but the work looks much better in person. (See Photo #1) It's worth at least checking out.. But what was more shocking was the new price tags, starting at $25k.. this one was almost already sold out, so now the price is up to $45k for this George Seurat photo-mosaic. It depicts 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds. Hmm.. is this
Cheese? or Art?
- Roberts & Tilton had new work by both Barry McGee and Kehinde Wiley. Kehinde was actually at the gallery booth Friday morning just hanging out with us (see photo #2).. He's such a nice and down to earth guy...so
unusual friendly for such a super star artist. It just made us love his work even more! If that was possible. (Photo #3.. new triptych by Kehinde Wiley)
And if you noticed the sign.. downstairs were 2 very enjoyable booths..
- Western Project from Culver City, with work by painter Wayne White, and photographer Joe Schmelzer. (Photo, Painting by Wayne White, "Too Long at The Fair")
Well.. that's 3 fairs down.. and so much more to go!