January 9, 2009 - Art Los Angeles Contemporary - The New Los Angeles International Contemporary Art Fair
January 9, 2009

The New Los Angeles International Contemporary Art Fair

Agathe Snow
CHINATOWN: Every Square has its Round, 2008
Film – DVD, running time approx. 1:45 hours
video still, Courtesy Peres Projects, Berlin Los Angeles

The New Los Angeles International Contemporary Art Fair
January 23 – 25, 2009

Location (New Venue)
Barker Hanger
021 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, California 90405-6101


Fair Dates & Times
Friday, January 23, 11 – 7pm
Saturday, January 24, 11 – 7pm
Sunday, January 25, 11 – 6pm

Opening Night Benefit Reception
Thursday, January 23 6:30-10:30pm (Press preview 4:30-6:30)

The ART LA 2009 opening night reception benefits the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA). For additional Opening Night Reception information call 213.633.5361, email mwilson@moca.org, or visit www.moca.org/artla

General Info

ART LA, the New Los Angeles International Contemporary Art Fair, takes place at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, January 23 – 25 2009. The fair presents a select roster of 60 top international and Los Angeles based galleries representing an informed cross-section of today’s contemporary art trends and directions.

The exhibiting galleries at ART LA are an even balance of established blue chip and emerging galleries, all presenting the most progressive, international art work being produced today. Half of the exhibitors hail from the immediate Los Angeles area, and half are from the United States and abroad.

The fair is designed to spotlight the Los Angeles art scene and its prominence within current international artistic trends. The fair brings influential international galleries and their artists work for the interested art patron and collector alike to enjoy. The finest examples of contemporary artwork will be available for view and sale. The weekend of ART LA 2009 has been expanded to include a full auxiliary programming series. Special exhibitions, performances, conversations and premiere film screenings will be staged at the Barker Hangar and throughout the city during the run of the fair.

January 24, Saturday Programming at ART LA

A number of talks will be presented at the Ruskin Theater, which is located across the street from the Barker Hangar.

At 12 noon on Saturday, January 24, acclaimed author and educator Richard Hertz presents his new book The Beat and the Buzz. The book is one-third a history of the Los Angeles art world since 1970, one-third about the psycho-dynamics of how people make it, or don’t, and one-third art world gossip and stories. Over thirty first-person narratives reveal the art world that Artforum is likely to review, the moneyed world of hope and hype where Basel Miami, the Armory Show and Frieze may or may not be the holy grail, depending on whom you ask. Hertz most recently held the position of Chair of Graduate Studies at Art Center College of Design. Prior to that, he taught at Caltech and CalArts.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 24, a slide show, reading and panel discussion exploring the different sides of Municipal de Fútbol: photography, writing, art, and design will take place. Municipal de Fútbol celebrates what is arguably Los Angeles’s largest subculture, the world of those playing in the myriad of soccer leagues across the city, far below the radar of sports media. A project initiated by graphic designer Jonathan Maghen Municipal de Fútbol was inspired by the pick-up and amateur soccer games played in the densest parts of east and south Los Angeles. Centered on Michael Wells’ photographs of weekend and night games played on dusty fields and in urban parks across the city, Municipal de Fútbol explores the possibilities of “Fútbol Angelino” as a site for art-making. Maghen, Wells, and writer Jennifer Doyle will present their contributions to the project, and talk about their collaboration as graphic designer, photographer and critic and this inspired marriage of art and sport.

At 3pm on Saturday, January 24, ART LA will present the U.S. premiere of CHINATOWN: EVERY SQUARE HAS ITS ROUND, a feature film by Agathe Snow, courtesy of Peres Projects. Snow’s feature documents her visits to Chinatowns across the country during her road trip from New York to Los Angeles, where she completed the film. CHINATOWN: EVERY SQUARE HAS ITS ROUND examines the question of national identity, temptations and stereotypes.

Visit THE MOUNTAIN BAR AT ART LA 2009 Jorge Pardo will recreate The Mountain Bar at the Santa Monica Hangar for guests of ART LA 2009. The Mountain Bar is a Los Angeles hotspot and home away from home for many artists based in LA and beyond. The Mountain Bar was once the home of Chinatown’s oldest restaurant, the General Lee. An eclectic team of artists refurbished it with a striking red paint job, cascading ceilings and feng shui design. The Mountain Bar at ART LA will be operational throughout the duration of the fair.

Exhibitors 10 Chancery Lane Gallery (Hong Kong), 1301PE (Los Angeles), Ace Gallery, (Los Angeles), Angles Gallery (Santa Monica), Galerie Catherine Bastide (Brussels), Blanket Contemporary Art (Vancouver), Blum & Poe (Los Angeles), Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi (Berlin), Cerealart (Philadelphia), Cherry and Martin (Los Angeles), Chez Valentin (Paris), China Art Objects Galleries (Los Angeles), Chung King Projects (Los Angeles), COMA Centre for Opinions in Music and Art (Berlin), Crisp London Los Angeles (London/Los Angeles), EDS Galeria, (Mexico City), Honor Fraser Gallery (Los Angeles ), Gaga Arte Contemporáneo (Mexico City), Groeflin Maag (Zürich), Jack Hanley Gallery (San Francisco / New York), The Happy Lion (Los Angeles), Haunch of Venison (London / Zürich / Berlin / New York), I-20 (New York), Galerie Rodolphe Janssen (Brussels), Parker Jones (Los Angeles), Kalfayan Gallery (Athens / Thessaloniki), Galerie Ben Kaufmann (Berlin), Michael Kohn Gallery (Los Angeles), David Kordansky Gallery (Los Angeles), Klosterfelde (Berlin), Rogue Wave Projects at L.A. Louver (Los Angeles), LAXART (Los Angeles), Kim Light / Lightbox (Los Angeles), Karyn Lovegrove Gallery (Los Angeles), Lüttgenmeijer (Berlin), Mesler & Hug (Los Angeles), Meyer Riegger (Karlsruhe / Berlin), Neon Parc, (Melbourne), Nice & Fit (Berlin), Mihai Nicodim (Los Angeles), Ooga Booga (Los Angeles), Patrick Painter (Santa Monica), Peres Projects (Los Angeles / Berlin), Redling Fine Art (Los Angeles), Roberts & Tilton (Los Angeles), Sandroni Rey (Los Angeles), André Schlechtriem Contemporary (New York), Marc Selwyn Fine Art (Los Angeles), Sister (Los Angeles), Small A Projects (New York), Fredric Snitzer Gallery (Miami), Thomas Solomon Gallery (Los Angeles), Starkwhite (Auckland), Tilton Gallery (New York), Steve Turner Contemporary (Los Angeles), Susanne Vielmetter (Los Angeles / Berlin), Western Exhibitions (Chicago)

Book Sellers
D.A.P. (Distributed Art Publishers)
Art Catalogues

Advanced tickets may be purchased on-line by clicking here:

VIP Services
Please contact vip@art-la.com with all VIP program inquiries.

Press Contact
Kelly Kimball
310.701.7773/ kelly@artfairsinc.com

Please note: the fair is being held for this first time at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. Previous editions of the fair were held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

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