PART I of II
If the Los Angeles Art Show taught me anything, it’s that when it comes to art, there’s something for everyone. Global art took center stage at the 16th annual Los Angeles Art Show where over 100 Galleries showcased a diverse collection of genres and mediums.
It’s virtually impossible to discuss all my favorites, but I’ll attempt an overview:
This year’s featured program was “China Today” which was a carefully curated representation of works, films, discussions and symposiums designed to give attendees a glimpse into the burgeoning contemporary art scene in China. Twelve galleries showcased artists at the show, many of which are making their U.S. debuts. It was a unique opportunity for collectors to expose themselves to new work. The interesting thing about many of the artists from China is that many expressed strong ties to their cultural past while juxtaposing that history against cultural evolution and change.
The most optimistic of these works were in the charming panels of playful children painted by Wang SangQian represented by the Mingjia Gallery. The series of taupe colored panels featured textured paintings of happy children whose bodies seemed rooted in sheer strength, heft and gravitas while their faces radiated lightness, joy and. Many of the works from China showcased this form of duality albeit in different ways.
The next stop in my artistic travels took me to South Korea where I had the opportunity to meet artist Han Sang-Yoon who was represented by the Art Company Missolsidae. His body of work appears to be heavily influenced by cartoons and manga but in reality his paintings belie a far more sinister/sobering commentary on consumerism.
Next up, Latin America. Stay tuned for part II…