February 5, 2020 I attended opening night of the 25th Annual LA Art Show, an exclusive evening with Hollywood, fashion and artists, while on assignment for Juice Magazine. Actress Sofia Vergara from the hit show “Modern Family”, hosted an evening full of Modern and Contemporary artists, also classical and other specialized art scenes. Featuring more then 100 galleries from 18 countries showcased at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Proceeds from ticket sales were donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The LA Art Show is one of the largest international art fairs in the United States. Spectators are trendsetters, influencers and elite consumers, who seek and demand the newest and the best in all areas of their lives.
Opening night was full of live art including a live Sculpting Demo by Ichitaka Kamiji by Zeal House Gallery. As well as live Painting by Robert Vargas with Barakat Gallery. After his live wall painting he chose patrons from the crowd to draw. Vargas also completed a wall size mural in honor of the late Kobe Bryant displayed at the show. Vargas is to complete the largest mural in the world created by a single artist; at the corner of Fifth and Hill streets on the side of the SB Grand apartment building. It’s the first part of his mural “Angelus.”
Some of the featured exhibitions this year included Oscar nominee Kazu Hiro with his Iconoclasts sculptures. My favorite showcase was his life size heads, recreations of Jimmy Hendrix, Abraham Lincoln, Salvador Dali and Frida Kahol, presented by Copro Gallery.
Sue Wong attended opening night with her astonishing gowns evoking the allure and glamour of various eras. The 2020 LA Art Show took place the same weekend as the Oscars. Ironically to celebrate with 25 years of the iconic style of Sue Wong in a new fashion section of programming, featuring several gowns worn on red carpets by Hollywood stars like Anne Hathaway, Kim Kardashian, Reba McEntire, Tyra Banks and others. The Sue Wong Signature was aw-inspiring to see in person. When asked what inspires her work, Sue replied “God and Goddess’.” It was a great honor to interview and speak with such a charismatic and motivating artist.
DIVERSEartLA drew a crowd with the spectacle of the floor-to-ceiling (120 foot long) MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art) Pride Flag created by artists Leo Chiachio and Daniel Giannone. More then 3000 members of the Lona Beach and LA community collaborated in the creation of the flag. The installation represents MOLAA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion for all through the arts.
Viktor Freso’s “The Birth of the Niemand,” consisting of 16 monumental large sculptures. Presented by Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum. The sculptures represent a whole range of negative emotions that people try to hide in their lives, maliciousness, inferiority complex and unhealthy self confidence.
Lorenzo Marini’s AlphaCube presented by Bruce Lurie Gallery. AlphaCube is a large white cute, that immerses guests in a space decorated with letters, light and sound. Also showcased in images below with Bruce Lurie Gallery, artist Nick Veasey an English artist best known for using x-ray technology to reveal the deepest layers of his subjects.
English artist Anthony James 60″ Portal Lcosahedron made of steel, glass and LEDs. His work gestures minimalism, materiality, process, alchemy, language mechanization and experimentation with light and space.
One of my favorite eccentric galleries of the show, WALLSPACE a vibrant LA art gallery exhibiting abstract, contemporary and street art from emerging and established LA based artists. Included several artists Scott Froschauer an experimental artist showcasing art signs. When asked what his inspiration was he claimed, “you always see signs that tell you what not to do, so I wanted to create signs to tell you what to do.”
Betsy Enzenberger also with WALLSPACE had me intrigued with her sculptures that create a visceral longing and remembering of the most nostalgic delights from childhood. My favorite her drippy pop sickle sculptures made with resin. Other artists showcased in photographs below with WS gallery include Plastic Jesus and Amy Smith.
Robert Peterson an International contemporary artist with the Patrick Painter Inc Gallery, caught my eye with his larger then life portraits of Tupac Shakur, Mohammad Ali and several other historical figures. I was fortunate enough to meet him and speak with him about his humble upbringing and his families experience of homelessness and how it evokes inspiration to his canvas.
Don Joint with Thomas French Fine Art gallery, stood out with his booth featuring his unrefined “Boys in a Bottle” and “Uncle Wiggily and the Pill Popping Pinup” featuring Andy Warhol’s “Marilyn Monroe.”
Honored to have been part of such an iconic event and evening of art and inspiration in Los Angeles, accompanied by artist/skate/surf influencer Jeff Ho with Juice Magazine. Jeff formed the Zephyr Surf Team, made up of local surfers who frequented the Pacific Ocean Park in the run-down area of Dogtown. Jeff later formed the Zephyr Skate Team, which became widely known as Z-Boys. One of the earliest skate team founders to endorse girls skateboarding, by including Peggy Oki on the Zephyr competition team.