Art LA

January 29, 2013
A fun Saturday at Art LA, which has become more of a SouthWest US and Asia show.  Not much Latin American or European presence anymore, though Schubbe Projects brought a fine suite of Denmark's Per Adolfsen's riffs off of Edvard Munch's late paintings.  The other thing that was missing was the level of presence of the great printmaking shops that graced the show in years past.  No more Palladino prints for example. Things lke that.  However, the smaller scale of the show and dealers bringing higher quality work, helped concentrate, and in some attendees minds, improve the show.  With large Howerd Hodgkin prints on display, Graham over at Jack Rutberg's, and some lovely William Scott paintings at Denenberg, there was a noticable UK presence this year. The Hodgkin prints  puzzle me: OK, they want to go large, but the multiple sheet, plate thing looks klunky and awkward in this case. It adds nothing to the work conceptually or otherwise. And I'm a Hodgkin fan.

The Daniel Brice drawings at Bruce Lurie's looked great. In fact, the Lurie gallery had one of the best booths in the show. Jack Rutberg augmented his own booth by guest curating the sponsored exhibit of the show covering work with text or words in it. He also  hosted the related panel at noon on Saturday that was well attended. 

After closing we headed up to Hollywood, peaked in at an opening and ended with a quiet dinner at one of Rhonda's favorite old haunts on La Brea, then home.

 

 

 

 

Erik ReeL painting1432

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