Preview: Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2011

Art Los Angeles Contemporary, which opens tomorrow and runs through January 30, wraps up a month-long, city-wide pageant of international art shows that included photo l.a, artLA projects, and the Los Angeles Art Show, along with a handful of smaller niche projects. Staging its first annual return with a move from the Pacific Design Center to Santa Monica Airport’s Bark Hangar, ALAC features more than 70 galleries representing 11 countries, a jam-packed roster of tours, performances, panels, and special events throughout the weekend.

Within the proliferation of art fairs and biennials, ALAC managed to distinguish itself from its inception just last year by focusing on the diversity and salience of contemporary art in LA and embracing the city’s penchant for new media and performance-based practices. The fair primarily focuses on young galleries with cutting edge programs, including offerings from LA’s Country Club Projects, West of Rome Public Art, and Honor Fraser and NYC’s UNTITLED and The Hole. The related events are more interesting than the average lecture circuit, and include conversations with Raymond Pettibon and Dan Graham, performances and appearances by Marnie Weber, Simone Forti, and Brendan Fowler, as well as off-site event 1 Image, 1Minute, benefiting X-TRA Magazine, and a pop-up restaurant from Forage back at Barker Hangar. ALAC’s Facebook page has further postings on parties and event updates.

Click through below to view a gallery of select images.

Ryan McGinness, Untitled (Black Hole, Pearl White), 2008. Acrylic on wood panel, 48 x 48 inches. Courtesy of Country Club Projects, Los Angeles