Roger Brown

The Fine Art Dealers Association (FADA) and KR Martindale Show Management have just announced the move of the Los Angeles Art Show to the Los Angeles Convention Center, which premieres in 2009 with an extravagant opening night gala on January 21st, and runs through the 25th this month.

Now in its 14th year, the move doubles the size of the L.A. Art Show and increase the number of international galleries to a massive 150 plus exhibitors. With 2008 exhibition figures exceeding blowing the roof of its former Santa Monica location with a mind blowing 30,000 visitors, and achieving record-setting multi-million dollar art sales, the 2009 fair promises to be the most innovative and eclectic show to date, with its new location at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The LA Art Show will showcase all forms and medium of artistic expression. The repertoire includes paintings, drawings, editions, and sculptures as well as installations, photography and performances. The breath of artistic content has been carefully cultivated to highlight the evolution and revolution of art.

Hot emerging artist's works will be on display alongside museum-quality masterpieces priced in the millions. With more than 15,000 significant paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings and prints on display and available for purchase, the LA Art Show brings together the North American art community like never before, at this apex event.

The Los Angeles Art Show will feature a compelling series of Art Discussions highlighting prominent artists, museum & arts professionals in topical discussions as well as film screenings and a series of Artist Films 'Films on Art': showcasing an outstanding program of films by and about artists.

The LA Art Show is committed to developing emerging artists as well as supporting a new generation of young collectors and art enthusiasts and will feature programming to highlight and celebrate up and coming artists as well as a evening mixer exclusively for young collectors and art enthusiasts.

The LA Art Show will showcase Supersonic 2009, a collection of art displays and installations. Organized by students, Supersonic 2009 features artwork by M.F.A. candidates from eight of Southern California's graduate fine art programs. Art works of all media will be presented by students from the following institutions: Art Center College of Design, Claremont Graduate University, Otis College of Art and Design, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and University of Southern California.

An evening mixer for young collectors will take place on Friday January 23, 2009 from 8pm-10pm. Sponsored by Angeleno Magazine, the Art of Fashion event merges high fashion with the world of art. This evening honors organizations that foster young patrons of the arts. Participating organizations include GenArt, MOCA Contemporaries, LACMA Muse and Gallery 825.

The Los Angeles Art Show will open with an Opening Night Gala to benefit and raise funds and awareness for three non-profits, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Art Museum Council, and its Prints & Drawings Council, Inner City Arts and the Environmental Media Association.

The Los Angeles Art Show opening night gala benefit is a must-attend event in the Los Angeles social circuit. Thousands of museum patrons, art collectors and supporters of arts education attend each year. The evening features live music and exquisite spreads of food and spirits. The Preview Opening Gala offers exclusive access to the broad offerings of the show, along with the added benefit of personal insight and expertise, from the gallerists, museum curators and art collectors. The evening attracts generous arts supporters who often purchase items from Los Angeles Art Show exhibitors to add to their personal collections or donate to public collections.

The LA Art Show will also be featured as an anchor event for Los Angeles Art Month in January 2009. Sponsored by the City of Los Angeles as well as the Department of Cultural Affairs and scheduled to coincide with the prestigious LA Art Show, Los Angeles Art Month brings together the local art community, as well as international acclaim to Los Angeles as the new center of art for the Pacific Rim.

Show Hours:
Los Angeles Art Show
West Hall A, 1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
General Admission is $20 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased online for $15 per day or a 4-day pass for $40 at www.laartshow.com.

Opening Night Gala:.
V.I.P. Preview- Wednesday January 21, 6 pm
Opening Night Gala- Wednesday January 21, 7-10:30pm
General Admission Gala tickets are $225 in advance.

General Show Hours Thursday January 22, 11am-8pm
Friday January 23, 11am- 8pm
Saturday January 24, 11am-8pm
Sunday January 25, 11am- 5pm

The Los Angeles Art Show takes place on January 21-25, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Secure onsite parking is available for a $12 fee. For additional information please visit www.laartshow.com

LA Art Show Lecture And Panel Discussion Programming Free with show admission. Advance registration required. Go to www.laartshow.com to register and for further details.

Thursday, January 22
1pm: Art + Living Panel Discussion, Sponsored by Art + Living
4pm: Collecting: A Passion of a Lifetime - Why, What, How: Panel Discussion
Sponsored by the International Fine Print Dealers Association

Friday, January 23
1pm: The Latin American Art Scene in the 21st Century: MOLAA Dialogue
4pm: Art As An Alternative Asset: Issues & Solutions: Panel Discussion
Sponsored by Art & Antiques Magazine
6pm: Critiquing the Critic: Is Criticism Still Relevant? Panel Discussion Sponsored by THE Magazine

Art of Fashion @ the LA Art Show
Sponsored by Angeleno Magazine and Don Julio, the Art of Fashion event intends to showcase how the world of art merges together with the world of fashion and in tandem, will also celebrate the various organizations that have and continue to foster young patrons on the LA arts and culture scene.
Taking place Friday January 23, 2009 from 8pm-10pm this event will feature live performances and music by critically acclaimed LA-based DJ Lengua. For more information, please visit www.laartshow.com/fashion.

Saturday, January 24
10am: Photography The Medium of Our Time: Everything You Have Always Wanted To Know About Collecting Fine Art Photography Peter Fetterman of Peter Fetterman Gallery
1pm: East Meets West: The Rise of Contemporary Asian Art: Panel Discussion
Sponsored by art ltd. magazine.
4pm: Art in the New Political Landscape: Art Scene Visual Radio presents AVR Hosts Mat Gleason and Marlena Donohue
Sponsored by ArtScene.
6pm: The Cosmopolitan Chicken Project: Art only has to be confrontation with the other: Koen Vanmechelen in Dialogue, Venice Projects

Sunday, January 25
10am: Jori Finkel: Art Collectors Boot Camp, Limited enrolment. Fee to register.
11am: Screening of 2007's the "Cool School", directed by Morgan Neville
1pm: Art + Living 'Art to Life Awards', Sponsored by Art + Living Magazine
1pm: Inner-City Arts Children's Activity Room
4pm: Screening of Sandow Birk's "Dante's Inferno with opening remarks by the Artist/ Filmaker, Koplin Del Rio Gallery

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