ROBOT REMIX is an art exhibition bringing together some 30 artists who use robots of all variety as their muses, nemeses and metaphors along the continuum of futuristic nostalgia. It’s also a progressive action figure emporium, as DKE Toys curates a "bootleg" vision shared by toymakers who use robots to critique and interpret pop culture. And beginning June 1, it’s also an immersive XR program.
Sp[a]ce Gallery, 39 E. Walnut St., Pasadena; Saturday & Sunday, noon-6 p.m., through September 8; free.
Opening reception: Saturday, May 4, 7-10 p.m.; free.
For a visual artist born in Romania the same year of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster (1986) the impulse to excavate the magic dystopian realism of the scenario and its aftermath is easy to imagine. In Mi Kafchin’s canvases, compositional tension is built between the push and pull of brutalist architectural splendor and feral, radioactive nature.
Rollicking technicolor fauvism, intricate cut paper interiors, performance-derived photographs, and flirty sculpture mix things up in the current exhibition at Hollywood’s Show Gallery. Les Amoureuses, or The Lovers, takes its title from the female form of the noun, a nod to the casual collective of female artists who have produced the installation. Works by Olivia Fougeirol, Francesca Gabbiani, Marie Peter-Toltz, and Joséphine Wister Faure are on view through May 4.
Battles for respect and equal pay aren’t over — and having to fight for basic human rights can get exhausting. Art Share L.A.’s "Female Gaze" exhibition is a welcome respite from that battle. It features work by femme-identifying, nonbinary and allied artists, exploring the female experience in art. The show responds to, and questions, the concept of the “male gaze,” as conceived by feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey.
From Jan. 23 to Feb. 17, and from downtown to Santa Monica, Hollywood, Venice, Palm Springs and points beyond, no fewer than 10 (UPDATE: 11!) contemporary art fairs make for a complete takeover of the visual culture calendar. Read the full story, "A to Frieze," and enjoy this handy list with the FAQs.
L.A. ART SHOW
Opening night: Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7-11 p.m.; $125-$250
Show hours: Thu., Jan. 24-Sat., Jan. 26, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $30
L.A. Convention Center, West Hall, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown. laartshow.com
Opening night: Thursday, Jan. 31, 6-9 p.m.; $100
Show hours: Fri., Feb., 1-Sat., Feb. 2, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; $20-$30
Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. photola.com
Coachella Valley locations: Feb. 9-April 21; free. desertx.org
All-city events: Various times and locations, daily, Feb. 14-24
Show: Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs. modernismweek.com
ART PALM SPRINGS
Opening night: Thursday, Feb. 14, 5-9 p.m.; $100 (includes weekend pass)
Show hours: Fri., Feb. 15, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., Feb. 16-17, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Mon., Feb. 18, noon-5 p.m.; $25.
Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs. art-palmsprings.com
Show hours: Fri., Feb. 15, preview 2-8 p.m.; $150-$250; Sat., Feb. 16, noon-7 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 17, noon-6 p.m.; $50.
Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Hollywood. frieze.com/fairs/frieze-los-angeles
ALAC (Art Los Angeles Contemporary)
Opening night: Wednesday, February 13, 6-9pm, $75.
Show hours: Thu.-Fri., Feb. 14-15, and Sun., Feb 17, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 16, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; $25.
Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. artlosangelesfair.com
Opening night: Thursday, Feb. 14, 6-10 p.m.; free.
Show hours: Fri., Feb. 15-Sat., Feb. 16, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; free.
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. felixfair.com
Opening night: Thursday, Feb. 14, 7-11 p.m.; $75
Show hours: Fri., Feb. 15-Sun., Feb. 17, noon-10 p.m.; $10
Magic Box L.A., 1933 S. Broadway, downtown. superfine.world
Opening night: Friday, Feb. 15, 7-10 p.m.; $15
Show hours: Fri., Feb. 15, 2-10 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 16, noon-9 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 17, noon-7 p.m.; $15
The Kinney Hotel, 737 W. Washington Blvd., Venice. startupartfair.com/los-angeles/overview
SPRING/BREAK Art Show
First Look: Friday, February 15, 2-5pm; $30
Opening Night: Friday, February 15, 5-9pm; $25
Show Hours: Sat.-Sun., Feb. 16-17, noon-8pm; $20
ROW DTLA, 1925 E. 8th Street, downtown. springbreakartshow.com
From Jan. 23 to Feb. 17, and from downtown to Santa Monica, Hollywood, Venice, Palm Springs and points beyond, no fewer than 10 contemporary art fairs make for a complete takeover of the visual culture calendar. From the classic and massive to the eccentric and intimate, from the international and rarefied to the affordable and society-centric, from the artist-run to the photo-based, L.A. Weekly checked in with the shows' organizers to get a sense of what makes each of them unique — and most important, what they all love most about producing an art fair in Los Angeles.