The 24th annual L.A. Art Show drew more than 70,000 visitors during its four-day run at the convention center, continuing to build on the expansive vision of Los Angeles as a vibrant, emergent center of the art world. The vibe this year was more subdued, which left room to peruse wildly diverse works from more than 120 galleries, spread across 200,000 square feet of the Convention Center.
Somehow, Star Wars was still a thing; so were neon and light sculpture. Overall, political commentary was less overt, but musings on dystopic social media and consumer culture flourished, aptly, amid an abundance of commercially oriented artwork.
The fair continued its brand of high-low harmony, and highlighted some of the breadth of L.A.’s cultural geography, from Beverly Hills to the fantasy world of Littletopia. Sometimes, the simplest gestures — like Daniel Richter's line-drawn map of Israel in the shape of Germany, one of the first things you saw upon entering — were the most powerful.