The art-fair-whose-name-nobody-can-remember (a.k.a. “the Barker Hangar fair”; a.k.a. Art Los Angeles Contemporary) is going on this weekend! If you missed the opening, with its lung-searing recreation of a 1968 Judy Chicago dry ice environment, there’s still plenty to see. It’s a manageable fair, size-wise, and for the most part very good. An informal survey of dealers as of Friday afternoon found optimism and some strong sales. The fair is heavy on contemporary LA galleries, which makes it handy for visitors to the city. Here are some highlights:
Ambach & Rice (a gallery that moved last year from Seattle to Los Angeles), featured collages by British artist Abigail Reynolds. Reynolds takes two found images from the same location and splices them together, often resulting in charming or ironic contrasts, and a bulging, sculptural surface.
Quint also wins the prize for best cheap art fair tchotchke: Jean Lowe’s edition of bronze condom packages (a steal at $199)!
Honor Fraser‘s booth featured a solo installation by Alexandra Grant, who sent up overly-analyzed, let’s-bring-the-conversation-back-to-me culture with a large wall of ink drawings and a free standing monument to the self.
By far the most elegant booth in the fair belonged to David Kordansky Gallery, which featured works by Anthony Pearson. This small bronze piece is atypical; most of the pieces in the booth are pedestal sculptures with framed photographs, like this.
Fitzroy also had this fun little crummy bit of humor by Todd Norsten:
Finally, another wonderful non-LA gallery discovery was Elastic, from Malmö, Sweden. Their booth was dedicated to quirky, mostly non-2D works by its stable of Swedish artists (look for them also to participate in the Armory Show’s Nordic focus this March).
Rainey Knudson is the Founder and Director of Glasstire.
also by Rainey Knudson
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