LA ART SHOW RETURNS TO THE LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER

The LA Art Show, the largest and most successful platform for contemporary and traditional art in the West, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall J & K, January 15 – 19, 2014.

Produced by the Palm Beach Show Group, the 2013 show was a record-breaking success with show hours extended to accommodate more than 50,000 energetic collectors.  Participating galleries reported strong sales and more than twenty-five million dollars in transactions were made throughout the 4-day show with many more recorded post-event.   

“We have deep roots in Los Angeles and have nurtured them for nearly two decades,” states Show Producer Kim Martindale.  “This is why we are LA’s art show. Our foundation here is strong and our complete art experience format continues to resonate with Angelenos.”

The LA Art Show is unique in the art world, providing collectors with an expansive breadth of galleries that crosses contemporary, historic and print genres.  Acquired by the Palm Beach Show Group in 2012, the LA Art Show celebrated its most successful show to date in its inaugural year under new ownership.   The LA Art Show’s distinctive ‘fair-within-a-fair,’ features four sections in the 180,000 square foot exhibit hall:  A Modern & Contemporary Section, Historic & Traditional Contemporary Section, Vintage Poster Section and the LA IFPDA Print Fair. Each section is carefully honed to meet the needs of serious collectors and allows galleries the opportunity to connect with like-minded collectors.

The 2014 LA Art Show will feature an exclusive and impressive collection of galleries selected by the LA Art Show’s Gallery Selection Committee, and an exciting roster of programming including an engaging lecture series, ground-breaking special exhibits by top curators, artist book signings, guided show tours, mixers, and evening events.

Sister Cities of Los Angeles, which creates and strengthens relationships between Los Angeles and her 25 Sister Cities around the world, will partner with the 2014 Opening Night Premiere Party to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Los Angeles’ partnership with sister city, Bordeaux, France.    The LA Art Show will announce the 2014 celebrity host shortly.

Always a star-studded affaire, the 2013 Celebrity Art Ambassador and Guest of Honor at the Patron Reception was James Franco and Ali Larter and Hayes MacArthur hosted the evening. Additional celebrities included:  Aldis Hodge, Sam Trammell, Leslie Birkland, Lubov Azria, Molly Culver, Natalie Dreyfus, Nikki DeLoach, Riley Smith, Ron Scott, Sammi Rotibi, Shane Keough, Shepard Fairey, Stella Maeve, Steve Rizzo, Tom Hallick, Tracey Heggins, Vik Sahay, Zach Sale, Evan Williams, Alexandra Choi, CCH Pounder, Lilley Collins, Donna Meagle, Billy Morrison, Ann Archer, Michelle Stafford, Katlin Mastandrea, Kevin Nealon, Lance Reddick, Dan Flores, Amanda Fuller, Bria Murphy, Clement von Frackenstein, Edwin Hodge, EJ Bonilla, Eva La Rue, Jay Harrington, Jenn Lilley and Jesse Johnson among others.

The LA Art Show has been the only art event in the region to consistently grow, develop and expand. Throughout its 19-year history, other art shows have come and gone while the LA Art Show continues to meet the needs of Los Angeles’ art community. Centrally located at one of the most technologically advanced Convention Centers in the world, the LA Art Show has helped spearhead the transformation of Los Angeles’ Downtown Area from a business center to a lively entertainment and art district.  The LA Art Show takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, directly across the street from the Ritz Carlton, Staples Center, and the city’s newest entertainment hub, LA LIVE, home of the Grammy Award’s, in close proximity to renowned institutions including, MOCA, The Music Center and Disney Concert Hall.  Easily accessible, at the confluence of three major freeways, the LA Art Show draws a strong local and international audience.

The Los Angeles Art Show takes place from January 15 – 19, 2014 concurrently with the Los Angeles Jewelry & Antique Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall 1201 Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015. For additional information about the Los Angeles Art Show, to register for lecture or purchase online tickets, please visit www.laartshow.com.

For 19 years The LA Art Show has delivered the broadest spectrum of art from across the globe to Los Angeles’ diverse and engaged collector base. The Los Angeles Art Show, created by KR Martindale Show Management and FADA, is the longest running venue for contemporary, modern, historic and traditional art in the country.

The Palm Beach Show Group (PBSG) acquired the LA Art Show in 2012. Under the new ownership, the LA Art Show will be produced and operated by LA Art Show, Inc., under the umbrella of The Palm Beach Show Group, in partnership with Kim Martindale, General Manager.

LOADED WITH GEMS

By Agnes Gomes-Koizumi

The Los Angeles Jewelry & Antique Show will kick off with a stylish Opening Night Premiere Party benefitting the FIDM Museum Fashion Council. Taking place Wednesday, January 15 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall, the evening’s festivities features food, wine, music, and an exclusive fashion program showcasing a curated exhibit of noteworthy pieces from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection and a high-end fashion show with couture and celebrity designers Kevan Hall and Sue Wong.

Proceeds from the Opening Night Premiere Party will benefit the FIDM Museum Fashion Council. A volunteer group dedicated to supporting the museum’s educational goals, as well as the acquisition of important objects, their current focus is fundraising to support the purchase of The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection—1,400 pieces of clothing and accessories dating from the 1600s to the 1930s, assembled by Southern Californian Helen Larson between 1946 and 1996. Highlights include a c. 1610 Italian jerkin, eighteenth-century cloth-of-silver and gold garments, nineteenth-century haute couture, and many ensembles with royal provenance, including over 30 objects worn by Queen Victoria. The collection includes Helen Larson’s personal correspondence with eminent fashion curators and dealers, and purchase records. Select pieces from this world-class collection will be on view in a special exhibit curated by Kevin Jones, Curator of the FIDM Museum. Titled, Collecting Style/Making History: The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, the exhibit will feature pieces universally acknowledged for object rarity and provenance.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Los Angeles Jewelry & Antique Show to raise awareness and support to acquire this important collection,” states Curator, Kevin Jones. “The show’s commitment to high caliber art, design, and decorative works makes it the ideal platform for our organization. The high-energy and sophistication of the Opening Night Premiere Party is an ideal fit for our supporters.”

The Opening Night Premiere Party will also include a high-end fashion showcase featuring Los Angeles-based design houses. This exciting program will feature several couture and celebrity designers including Kevan Hall and Sue Wong creating in a couture experience. Models wearing designer pieces will circulate among guests and selectively pose on pedestals during the course of the evening.

Offering visitors a “first-look” at the one-of-a-kind gems; designer jewelry and watches; vintage couture purses; antique and modern silver; Asian art; textiles; books; porcelain; tribal art; furnishings and accessories, The Opening Night Premiere Party also allows early access to view several special exhibits, interior design showcases, and additional programming.

The Los Angeles Jewelry & Antique Show will take place on January 15-19, 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015. The 2014 Opening Night Premiere Party will take place on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 8pm-11pm, with a Vanguard Preview beginning at 7pm. Vanguard tickets are $200 and Friend tickets are $125.

For additional information about the Los Angeles Jewelry & Antique Show, please visit www.lawintershow.com.