LA Art show gears up for its 20th outing


A photo of the LA Art show 2014. Image courtesy of LA Art Show

Highlights of this year’s LA Art Show will include limited edition jewellery by British artist Damien Hirst and a major exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art. The show, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, runs from January 15-18.

The 200,000 square foot art fair welcomed more than 50,000 art enthusiasts to the Los Angeles Convention Center last year.  Founded in 1994, it has grown from a small regional event featuring 14 galleries to become the largest and longest running platform for fine art, bringing in more than 120 galleries representing 22 countries.

The show has consistently been a stomping ground for established artists and a launching pad for emerging artists.

“The art and artists that have been featured at the LA Art Show have been exceptional over the years,” said LA Art Show producer Kim Martindale.

“I feel that the  breadth and quality of the art has sometimes gone under the radar because of the grand scale of our event. We’ve  had more than a dozen Venice  Biennale artists exhibit  their works at our show, as well as artists that have exhibited at major museums such as The Met and LACMA.

“Now that we are entering our twentieth year, it is an opportunity to look back on all of our accomplishments and the success we have amassed. Having a strong understanding of where we have been will help us chart out our next steps and direct how we want to grow in the future.”

A highlight of the show will be Damien Hirst’s The Cathedral Collection, the result of a collaboration between Hirst and Californian jewellers HOORSENBUHS.

The jewellery combines HOORSENBUHS’ signature tri-link design with Hirst’s iconic ‘pharmaceutical religion’, which follows from Hirst’s previous jewellery collections in its use of medical symbology.

The fair will also feature a special exhibit of Contemporary Chinese art. Presented by the National Base for International  Cultural  Trade (Shanghai), Inspirations: Highlights  of 2015  Chinese Contemporary  Art,  one  of  three  themed  exhibitions  of  China  Pavilion,  will  feature select works by prominent Chinese galleries Xi Ling Yin She Culture Art Development  Co, Art 1000 Zone, Shanghai Tian Qing Gallery, and Shanghai Art Fair International   Exhibition Co.