Saturday, January 21, 2017

Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2017 Programming & Art, Jan. 26-29

 By Karen Ostlund
Art Los Angeles Contemporary announced the 2017 programming schedule of spanning performances, sound work, screenings and talks. 
Banc of California will be its official sponsor.
The program is entitled ANYTHING YOU SOW, starting January 26 to 29th at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica. It is curated by Marc LeBlanc, Curator of Events & Programming for Art Los Angeles Contemporary.“This program is premised on the fair’s theater as a site dedicated to the present within the prismatic reverberations of the past," said Marc LeBlanc.
Participants to this year’s fair will include:
William Basinski, Roger Corman, Jasmine Nyende, Rick Prelinger, Puppies Puppies, Huang Rui, Veggie Cloud and Mary Woronov.

Thursday, January 26

 On the fair’s opening night, Huang Rui leads a performance that references the legacy of Chinese- American cultural and diplomatic relations through the trope of ping-pong, emblematic for the thawing of relations between Mao Zedong and Richard Nixon. Rui performs courtesy of 10 Chancery Lane. Throughout the evening and each day of the fair will be performances by Puppies Puppies, employing a number of readymade mascot costumes in marathon works that expose the jarring strangeness of perceiving the everyday from a radically different perspective. Puppies Puppies performances are courtesy of Queer Thoughts.
Friday, January 27

 On Friday, Todd Gray dresses as a West African griot to deliver an account of living with Iggy Pop in the ‘70s, connecting a lineage of rock ‘n' roll to the Mississippi Delta and back to the traditional African drumming that textures his performance. Gray’s performance is courtesy of Meliksetian Briggs. Dan Levenson presents a lecture on the Staatliche Kunstakademie Zürich (SKZ), a fictitious institution referenced in his work to highlight the difficulty of being original within the context of academic, economic, and ideological structures. Levenson’s performance is courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.
Saturday, January 28

 On Saturday, film collective Veggie Cloud presents a screening of Lost Landscapes of L.A. The film’s director Rick Prelinger, founder of the Prelinger Archives, discusses his use and ongoing collection of studio outtakes and home movies to cast the contemporary terrain of Los Angeles in a new light. Jasmine Nyende presents new poetry alongside home movie footage reflecting on her childhood experiences in South Los Angeles' Leimert Park and how the neighborhood has developed since that time. M. Geddes Gengras plays an improvisational set showcasing his mastery of analog and modular synthesizers. Internationally acclaimed composer and experimental musician William Basinski performs new sound work that incorporates his use of analog and obsolete recording technologies. 
Sunday, January 29

The tension between elitism and egalitarianism in the artworld is explored on Sunday, January 29, with FOR ALL, BY ALL, a talk moderated by visual artist Keith Varadi with Jamillah James of ICA L.A., Eric Kim of the non-profit space Human Resources and Cascade Wilhelm of the Wilhelm Family Foundation. Ian Birnie leads a panel discussion with independent filmmaking legend Roger Corman and actress Mary Woronov, known for their work together on numerous low budget and independent films. The three will address their enduring careers and their work’s impact on art, video, and filmmaking over the past four decades.
The 2017 fair will include over 60 local and international exhibitors, and welcomes a number of new galleries to the fair from Asia and Latin America.
International newcomers include Vermelho (São Paolo), 10 Chancery Lane (Hong Kong), 
313 ART PROJECT (Seoul) and Henrique Faria (Buenos Aires / New York). 
The fair will return its Freeways section composed of young galleries, including Club Pro (Los Angeles), Jenny’s (Los Angeles), PPC Philipp Pflug Contemporary (Frankfurt) and Queer Thoughts (New York). 
Many of the fair’s dedicated participants return with strong and unique presentations including 1301PE (Los Angeles), Kayne Griffin Corcoran (Los Angeles), David Kordansky Gallery (Los Angeles), Night Gallery (Los Angeles), Peres Projects (Berlin), STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo, and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (Los Angeles). 

Access to all events is included in fair admission. For more information including the full schedule of public programs visit
Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2017 Exhibitor List: 
10 Chancery Lane (Hong Kong)
1301PE (Los Angeles)
313 Art Project (Seoul)
Adams and Ollman (Portland)
Alden Projects (New York)
Alter Space (San Francisco)*
Michael Benevento (Los Angeles)
Peter Blake Gallery (Laguna Beach) Shane Campbell Gallery (Chicago) Galerie Bernard Ceysson (Paris)
Cherry and Martin (Los Angeles)
China Art Objects Galleries (Los Angeles) Clages (Cologne)

Club Pro (Los Angeles)*
Anat Ebgi (Los Angeles)
Edel Assanti (London)
EIGEN + ART Lab (Berlin)*
Ever Gold Projects (San Francisco) Gallery EXIT (Hong Kong)
Henrique Faria (Buenos Aires / New York) Feuer/Mesler (New York)

fiebach, minninger (Cologne)
Honor Fraser (Los Angeles)
Asya Geisberg Gallery (New York) Ghebaly Gallery (Los Angeles)
Jack Hanley (New York)
The Hole (New York)
Ibid Gallery (London / Los Angeles) Kayne Griffin Corcoran (Los Angeles) David Kordansky Gallery (Los Angeles) Gallery Christian Lethert (Cologne) Jenny’s (Los Angeles)*
Josh Lilley (London)
Luisotti (Santa Monica)
M+B (Los Angeles)
Martos Gallery (Los Angeles)

Meliksetian | Briggs (Los Angeles)
MIER GALLERY (Los Angeles) Mixografia (Los Angeles)
Shulamit Nazarian (Los Angeles)
Nicodim Gallery (Los Angeles / Bucharest) Night Gallery (Los Angeles)

ONE AND J (Seoul)
Parisian Laundry (Montreal)
Park View (Los Angeles)*
Peres Projects (Berlin)
The Pit (Los Angeles)
PPC Philipp Pflug Contemporary (Frankfurt)*
Praz Delavallade (Los Angeles / Paris)
Queer Thoughts (New York)*
Ratio 3 (San Francisco)
Clint Roenisch Gallery (Toronto)
Marc Selwyn Fine Art (Beverly Hills)
TIF SIGFRIDS (Los Angeles)*
Jessica Silverman Gallery (San Francisco) STANDARD (OSLO) (Oslo)
Vermelho (São Paulo)
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (Los Angeles) Tracy Williams Ltd. (New York)
Yautepec (Mexico City)

*Indicates Freeways Exhibitor

 In addition, the fair’s education partner Sotheby’s Institute of Art presents a series of conversations and talks throughout the fair organized by the institute’s director Jonathan T.D. Neil. Discussions focus on art in the age of right-wing populism as well as a critics panel composed of prominent writers from Los Angeles’ art community. 
Participating speakers include Jonathan Griffin, contributing editor of Frieze, Los Angeles-based artist David Horvitz, Kibum Kim, Fred Lonidier, artist and professor at UC San Diego, and David Pagel of the L.A. Times. Sotheby’s Institute of Art is the leader in art business education and object-based learning, with campuses in London, Los Angeles and New York. 
The occasion of ALAC 2017 marks the release of the third issue of the Art Los Angeles Reader. The free newspaper engages with critical and provocative ideas regarding contemporary art, asking acclaimed writers to reflect on the relationships between the aesthetic, political and social dimensions of Los Angeles. Alongside publication of the Reader is the launch of the Art Los Angeles Reader website, where current and past issues may be accessed online, at

The 2017 issue considers the endless subjectivities of Los Angeles’ interior spaces and how they shape and inform domestic life and artistic creation. From Samara Golden’s engrossing installations to Tony Duquette’s boastful theatricality, the Reader traces notions of power, intimacy and ritual in a series of articles and interviews.

As part of its publication, the Reader includes artist commissions made specifically for newsprint. Sean Raspet debuts POOL, a new limited-edition fragrance made purely of synthetic compounds. Within the Reader is A Few Houses in Los Angeles–ink and pen sketches of mid-century homes by William Leavitt inspired from real estate listings in the Los Angeles Times.

In the issue, L.A.’s hidden nodes of power are explored by Courtney Stephens and Micah Silver; the late ‘70s video work of Barbara McCullough and Senga Nengudi is revisited by Aria Dean; the New York Times’ boosterism of L.A.’s art scene is scrutinized by Travis Diehl; the significance and legacy of the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire Blvd. is considered by Catherine Wagley; a long-lost ranch designed by Tony Duquette is remembered by Kate Wolf and artist Samara Golden is interviewed on her architecture of fantasy by Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal.

In conjunction with the release of the 2017 issue, the fair is pleased to announce the launch of the Reader Lounge, a specifically designated area within the main exhibitor section where visitors may find copies of the issue and read them at their leisure.

Art Los Angeles Reader is published by Fair Grounds Associates and is edited by Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal.

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