Curated Itinerary: Art Fair Breakdown

ForYourArt Curates Focused Itineraries for You Around Particular Themes And Interests. Time to make the Fair Decision…

With the opening of three art fairs this weekend, plus the inauguration of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, you’ve got to plan your time well. Here we’ve pulled and broken-down the art fairs this week, so you’ll know which fair is right for you. What are you interested in? Tell us! Email with ideas.

Affordable Art Fair Los Angeles

January 18-22

At the Event Deck at L.A. Live, (Downtown)

With 70 national and international exhibitors, the Affordable Art Fair Los Angeles offers a wide variety of work from original paintings and sculptures to photographs and prints. Priced between $100 and $10,000 (with ¾ of the work under $5,000), the contemporary art on view is marked at a price point that can fit every budget. But don’t forget to come prepared: pick up or download a fair guide beforehand so that you can more easily navigate the presenting galleries.

Opening: Wednesday, January 18, 6pm-10pm

Thursday, January 19, 12pm-9pm

Friday, January 20, 12pm-8pm

Saturday, January 21, 11am-8pm

Sunday, January 22, 11am-6pm

Tickets: $20-$65

L.A. Art Show: Modern and Contemporary

January 18-22

At the L.A. Convention Center, West Hall A (Downtown)

Created by the Fine Art Dealers Association more than 17 years ago, the Los Angeles Art Show has introduced a new iteration focusing exclusively on modern and contemporary work. With numerous galleries from the US and abroad on the roster, works by top-billing names like Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, David Hockney, Jine Dine, Andy Warhol, among many others, will be available. Additionally, mixed media, video installations and performance pieces will also be part of the spectrum of work on view as will be a series of specially curated exhibitions. David Arquette is hosting the opening party on Wednesday, and the L.A. Fine Art Print Fair will also occur in the Convention Center, concurrent with the L.A. Art Show: Modern and Contemporary.

Opening: Wednesday, January 18, 5:45pm-10pm

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 11am-7pm
Friday, January 20, 2012, 11am-7pm
Saturday, January 21, 2012, 11am-7pm
Sunday, January 22, 2012, 11am-5pm

Tickets: $15-$500

Art Los Angeles Contemporary

January 19-22

At Barker Hanger (Santa Monica)

Now in its third year, Art Los Angeles Contemporary will present work from 70 top international blue chip and emerging galleries with a strong emphasis on L.A. galleries. Expect to see an informed cross section of the contemporary art-making scene as the artists represented on many of the galleries’ rosters are some of today’s most dynamic. For the fair’s extensive programming of artist talks, film screenings, performance series and museum curator-led panel discussions refer to the schedule here []. Additionally, the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival kicks off at the Thursday opening of Art Los Angeles Contemporary with Judy Chicago’s 25-ton dry-ice installation titled Disappearing Environments. Visitors can also view work from the fair’s exhibitors on until February 9. Register here.

Opening: Thursday, January 19, 7-9pm

Friday, January 20, 11am-7pm

Saturday, January 21, 11am-7pm

Sunday, January 22, 11am-6pm

Tickets: $13-$45 (buy them online, they’re cheaper)

Parking is $10

by Alexis M. Johnson


Cecilia Paredes, Meditative Mermaid Performance, 2012