by Niza Metoyer

The LA Art Show premieres this Wednesday, January 23, from 7-11pm, the cities largest art fair will be returning to the Los Angeles Convention Center. Now in its 24th year, the fair will focus on Latin America and the Pacific Rim.  The event will feature an array of art from contemporary and modern, to classical, and other specialized art scenes that often command their own dedicated shows. 

Kate Beckinsale will be the official host of the 2019 Opening Night Premiere Gala, the art ambassador will be the one and only Gavin Rossdale, lead vocalist and songwriter from Bush. As with previous years, all funds from the event will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  “The work that St. Jude does for children and families dealing with terminal illness goes unmatched by other organizations. I'm honored to shine a spotlight on the cause and representing them at this year's LA Art Show. The way the Opening Night Gala brings together creativity and charity sets the tone beautifully for the year to come, and reminds us all that art can help heal." says Beckinsale on her devoted work with the cause.

Many galleries from the previous year will be returning such as Patrick Painter Gallery, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, and Pigment Gallery in CORE, Rofa Project, K+Y Gallery, Masterworks Fine Art Gallery and Denis Bloch Fine Art, in Modern & Contemporary, MS Rau and Rehs Galleries, Inc. in ROOTS, with Trinity House joining this section for the first time. MS Rau will be exhibiting Julius Kronberg’s famous large-scale “Cleopatra” painting from 1883.

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Some newer galleries will include Mizuma Art Gallery and Kamiya Co., LTD of Japan, Michael Goedhuis of London, Galerie Sabine Knust of Germany, and Richard Beavers Gallery of Brooklyn will be joining the LA Art Show’s roster of exhibiting galleries. Mizuma will be showcasing new large-scale paintings by Yoshitaka Amano, celebrated for his character art for the Final Fantasy series.

Returning to the LA Art Show for the third year, DIVERSEartLA, this is a special programming space within the fair dedicated to exhibiting diverse, and international institutions from around the Pacific Rim and beyond. The focus will be created around civic engagement, 50,000 square feet have been donated to showcase the participating organizations. The work featured will be of the few pieces not for sale. 

Other participating installations includes “Memorable Mud” drawing viewers into a multi-sensorial experience featuring scents, music – exclusively composed for this art work – and a carefully designed system reflecting light through translucent stones. The piece is the end result of an exploratory process that generates two experiences for attendees. As well as Art Share L.A. has partnered with skid-row based, emerging guerrilla artist S.C. Mero to bring a taste of the streets of Downtown Los Angeles to LA Art Show.

The LA Art Show will focus on diversity within art, while featuring modern tools such as Virtual Reality. The art fair will be presenting a mix of unique artists such as Adah Glenn, also known as “AfroPuff,” Beloved LA graffiti artist RISK, Scott Hove, as well as comprehensive array of Pan-Asian ink paintings, and Littletopia a showcase of pop art. The spectacularly curated show is one to watch out for. See schedule below for more details.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | 7pm - 11pm

Thursday, January 24, 2019 | 11am – 7pm

Friday, January 25, 2019 | 11am – 7pm

Saturday, January 26, 2019 | 11am – 7pm

Sunday, January 27, 2019 | 11am – 5pm


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