Thursday, Jan 13 2011
More than 100 galleries pack up their best sculpture, video, painting, photography and prints and head this way, as the L.A. Art Show turns sweet 16. Known to have a taste for the classic and timeless rather than the trendy (don't call it "square"), more experimental components and edgier presentations have recently helped attract the hipness-minded. On-site highlights include a book-signing with renowned art historian Bram Dijkstra on Thursday at 4 p.m.; a panel on Feminist Art in L.A. featuring Betty Ann Brown, Rachel Rosenthal and other outspoken creative voices on Friday at 2 p.m.; a conversation on architecture hosted by Dwell on Saturday at 4 p.m.; and a Q&A with low-brow legend Robert Williams on Sunday at 2 p.m. Special crowd-pleasing curated exhibitions include the 53 Art Museum show of new art from China; a rare exhibition of an important private collection of Henri Cartier-Bresson photographs; Vox Humana, a massive street-art installation created on-site throughout the weekend, with its own closing party on Sunday at 2 p.m.; and a solo project by Flora Kao presented by Gallery 825. The opening-night party benefits the Art of Elysium, a Getty-approved arts organization that gives hospitalized kids a path to self-expression and creativity. Thurs.-Sat., Jan. 20-22, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., Jan 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $20 per day. Preview benefit party Wed., Jan. 19, 7 p.m.; $125. laartshow.com.
Jan. 19-23, 2011

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