A Day of International Art

Ok, I’ll be honest, this was my first time to attend the LA Art Show. Opinions vary as to the importance of staging and participating in such shows. I attended a panel discussion last year concerning this issue. Plus, there was a major photography show going on at the same time and jewelry + antiques. We’re talking convention-center sized shows.


I decided to focus on contemporary art; yet I could see that there was interesting art to see in the traditional side of things. It felt overwhelming at first. I began with Damien Hurst and was intrigued by a needlepoint piece. He did the design, but it was hand-stitched with hand-dyed threads by others. I was drawn to weaving by Guillermo Bert and ancient Mayan weavings – one of tiny feathers. Textures were also made carving into wood or Chinese ink stones. Tim Youd typed all day creating art in the great booth of Coagula Curatorial. I liked the art at LAUNCH. Yeah, Marion Lane. Also, Ace, Jack Rutberg, etc.


I liked paintings too. There were narrative pieces and abstractions. I like story, but I also made up my own stories in reaction to the pieces. I noticed I was attracted to black, white, yellow ochre, red, and gray. Claudia Meyer was a favorite and liked to use these colors. Her work was lit up from behind parts of the grid. This made me wonder if these colors will show up in my art work in the near future?


Upon leaving, a woman asked if I thought this show expressed the art scene in Los Angeles or even America? In some ways it did, but it was an opportunity to see a lot of art from South Korea, China, and other works from around the globe in one afternoon. I liked that.



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