20th Annual Los Angeles Art Show

I had never heard of the Los Angeles Art Show until its 20th Anniversary Edition this year. I was even more shocked to hear it was being held at the Convention Center. This year more than a third of the galleries came from around the globe;  exhibitions featured China, Cuba, Korea, Japan, Mexico, UAE and more. The exhibitions featured pieces ranging from vintage, contemporary and modern art styles along with sculptures and castings. This year, the LA Art Show became the first major show to recognize the “Pop Surrealist” art movement with the Littletopia gallery.

 

There was plenty of traditional, vintage fine artworks on display.

Berthe Morisot Girl in a Green Coat Oil on Canvas 47.875in high x 32.125in wide 1894 M.S. Rau Antiques

Girl in a Greet Coat , Oil on Canvas by Berthe Morisot – 1894

Norman Rockwell Delivering Two Busts Oil on Canvas 35in high x 28in wide 1931 M.S. Rau Antiques

Delivering Two Busts, Oil on Canvas, by Norman Rockwell 1931

John William Godward A Signal Oil on Canvas 31.75in high x 24in wide 1918 M.S. Rau Antiques

A Signal, Oil on Canvas by JOhn William Godward 1918

 

 

But of course, these digital photos can’t  hold a candle to the detail of the original paintings. These vintage pieces deserve to be seen in person to truly appreciate the amount of work and detail. These three pieces can be seen at the M.S. Rau Antiques gallery.

Being completely honest, I was enamored by all the contemporary pieces – some were inspired by traditional techniques, such as the Chinese ink paintings done by Zhuang Yujun.

 

 

by Zhuang Yujun

Charlie Chaplain by Zhuang Yujun

 

 

 

 

Pham Binh Chuong, Lunch Time, 2010, oil on canvas, 31 x 48 inches, Vietnamese Contemporary Fine Art

Lunch Time by Pham Binh Chuong, oil on canvas, 2010

This striking canvas found at the Primo Oro Gallery was created using 24k gold.

 

King & Queen by I.T. Kim from Primo Oro Gallery

King & Queen by I.T. Kim

 

 

I was lucky enough to get a look at the creative process of Robert Vargas, who painted a portrait live! It was mesmerizing watching him carefully add paint and watch the work come to life.

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Robert Vargas working on a mural-sized portrait

 

 

 

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The finished portrait

The UAE Exhibit also featured a unique sculpture with Arabic script.

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To be completely honest, I was most intrigued by two galleries: the Dark Progressivism gallery and the Littletopia exhibit.

“Dark Progressivism: Metropolis Rising” was curated by Cartwheel Art. The aesthetic relies heavily on Southern California culture – drawing inspiration from graffiti, tattoo and street culture. The pieces are dark and gritty more akin to German expressionism, as opposed to Littletopia’s bright and poppy surrealism.

Dark Progressivism

Dark Progressivism – an LA born aesthetic

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I found Littletopia to be the most refreshing and eye-catching exhibit. For instance, take this painting of Michael Jackson, made up of stencils of smaller bodies.

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The picture below is a riff on Catholic imagery infused with anime-styled characters by Hiroshi Mori.

 

 

Hiroshi Mori

Artwork by Hiroshi Mori

 

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Set of Nine Painted Records by Thomas Breeze Marcus

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Set of Nine Painted Records by Thomas Breeze Marcus

 

Damien Hirst also debuted his Cathedral Collection, a collaboration between the artist and Californian jewelers Hoorsenbuhs. The pieces combine precious stones with medical symbolism to create two pieces, a Pill Ring and a Pill Rosary. “You can pray to your pills. They are like a cure,” says Hirst.

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Pill Ring by Damien Hirst & Hoorsenbuh

 

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Hallucinatory Head by Damien Hirst

 

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A brooch pin by Damien Hirst

Littletopia showed off a plethora of interesting sculptures. Check them out below!

 

 

Freaky Mouse by Fidia Falaschetti

Freaky Mouse by Fidia Falaschetti

 

There were also these startling sculptures of the father of pop art Andy Warhol, and possibly the most famous surrealist artists, Salvador Dali. These sculptures were done by Kazuhiro Tsuji and stand almost 7 feet tall!

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These works by Greg Auerbach combined paint and bullet casings to create unique pieces.

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Behind the Flag by Greg Auerbach

 

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Behind the Flag by Greg Auerbach

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Untitled by Greg Auerbach

 

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Untitled by Greg Auerbach

 

And what’s pop art without making jabs at some celebrities? These following pieces are by David MacDowell

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The Last Supper by Johan Anderson

The Last Supper by Johan Anderson

Retna mural

Mural by Retna

Art by Saint Manent

Art by Saint Manent

 

Finally, who knew that Kim Jong Il would actually make a guest appearance?

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The Los Angeles Art Show runs until January 18th. Tickets are $20 at the door, but $15 if you buy them online here. 

 

 

 

 

One thought on “20th Annual Los Angeles Art Show”

  1. Pinki Chaurasia says:

    Hello,

    This is very nice art.And all picture show are very good.

    Have a nice day!

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