SoCal – a thriving culture center

Southern California art has a lot to offer and we’re a thriving culture center. Just look at our top-notch art schools and art stars. Our museums —  with the Getty Center being the richest museum in the world — our galleries, and our collectors, and … did I just say “our collectors”? I guess I got carried away a bit. Unfortunately, this is where Los Angeles fails to live up to its potential. The Los Angeles art world is known for kvetching about the dearth of collectors. The old saw about LA collectors going to New York to buy art still hums in the background, but rumor is that this annoying sound is fading. And that would be good news for everyone involved.

If it’s true that LA’s wealthy are starting to buy art, right here, in this city, then that would explain why three prominent art fairs are setting up camp in October. Two are from New York (Platform and PULSE), and the third is LA’s foremost, artLA. This is a mark that Los Angeles has become an art-world destination (read more from Gordy Grundy on page 46).

I hear, however, that a lot of Los Angeles dealers pooh-pooh the art fairs coming here. How can that be? I can see some logic for the galleries; for instance, the no-brainer: Why would we rent a booth to show our art when our art is already here? That does seem like a rational way to look at things. But, then why do all the blue-chip New York galleries line up to be in the New York art fairs?

Plain and simple, folks. Los Angeles has a low self-esteem problem. LA doesn’t think it’s good enough. Obviously New York thinks we are. Artists from all over the world flock here to go to school, and then they stay for the sunshine. Over half of our museum directors are from New York. For a town that is so unsure of itself, those facts alone could reassure any naysayer.

TULSA KINNEY
EDITOR
Artillery

READ COMPLETE ARTICLE: VOL 5, ISSUE 6, JULY/AUGUST 2011

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LA INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR – 09/30-10/02

 

 

 

 

Bruce of L.A., "B. Elliott", 1954, Collection of John Sonsini

 

 

artLA, the original Los Angeles International Contemporary Art Fair, is a contemporary fair inclusive of all traditional mediums along with film, video, modernist and contemporary furniture and design, and architectural innovations that were part of the progressive post-war art movement in the Los Angeles region that continues today.

 

 THE LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR

SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 2, 2011

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Patrick Lee – Western Project – June 18 – July 23 – LA

Deadly Friends (Big Top), 2010 Graphite on paper 36 x 24 inches

Patrick Lee: Drawings and Video

June 18 – July 23, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Western Project is proud to present the second solo exhibition by Los Angeles artist Patrick Lee. After a successful show in New York last year, the artist will present seven recent large scale drawings and a new video project. His continuing series, Deadly Friends, mines the transient and elusive definitions of masculinity. The artist has met and photographed hundreds of men on the streets of America over the past decade. Like a scientist, Lee has collects images of thousands of examples of physical attributes: scars, facial hair, tattoos, body muscle, talismans, etc. His primary interest is in the artifice off masculinity; the characteristics men acquire for money, sex, power and essential survival. Using photographs, Lee draws his subjects from numerous images; as composites or masks, using subtle or often times not subtle, physical traits and features.

Lee was a winner in the Tom of Finland Foundation’s 2003 Emerging Erotic Artist Contest.

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