Preview the Best of the PULSE LA Art Fair

Los Angeles – long known as a hyper-insular scene where it has been notoriously difficult for art fairs to survive – is about to become the center of attention of the institutionalized art world this month. In addition to PST, the Getty Research Institute’s massively ambitious city-wide exhibit of post-war art in LA, three art fairs will be opening this weekend downtown. It’s such a massive opening weekend, in fact, that artLA, one of the major anchor fairs, recently postponed its opening until January, citing a fear of getting “lost in the cacophony of so much activity.” In addition to blue-chip Art Platform at LA Mart, the self-described “renegade” fringe-y Fountain Fair will set up in the loft district by the LA River, and young but solid fair PULSE finds a new incarnation at the LA Live event deck. … Read More

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Trenton Doyle Hancock’s Battle of Good vs. Evil

Countless battles have been fought between good and evil, but none so vivid as the animated icons in the work of Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock. In Hancock’s ongoing narrative, good is represented by what the artist refers to as “Mounds” — vibrant and colorful symbols, while the evil “Vegans” are confined to a black and white underground world. This power play comes to life in Hancock’s painting, collage, sculpture, and performance, but most recently through traditional paper and print making techniques that the artist experimented with last year during a month-long residency at Singapore Tyler Print Institute. A sampling of this monumental undertaking titled A Day Ahead, A Head A Day was on view over the weekend at the Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, seen for the first time in America. … Read More

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Fair Mania: Armory Arts Week in New York

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg kicked off Armory Arts Week at the Art Dealers Association of America Art Show at the Park Avenue Armory on Tuesday. Declaring New York the arts, fashion, and financial capital of the world, he praised the week of art activities for drawing some 60,000 visitors that will spend an estimated $44 million. A dozen art fairs, which could cost $145 in total to visit, and take more leisure time than most of us have, are running concurrently. In order to help you navigate the shows, we’ve highlighted what they have to offer. … Read More

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Fair City: Art in Miami

Art Basel’s decision to choose Miami Beach for the location of an American outpost for its high-powered Swiss art fair was pure genius. Now in its eighth edition, Art Basel Miami Beach continues to be the most exciting place for viewing modern and contemporary art and for networking and partying with fellow players. Add the numerous satellite fairs, museum and gallery exhibitions, and special events to the mix and it makes for a dynamic week of art, sand, sun, and fun.

More than 250 galleries from 33 countries offer some 2,000 artists in the various sections of the fair this year. The layout has been revamped, and the Art Positions section, which consists of younger galleries showing cutting-edge projects, has been brought into the main hall from the shipping containers at Collins Park. The park site, which leads to the beach, has been renamed Oceanfront, where fair curators and Creative Time are collaborating to present a lively mix of free talks, videos, and performances. LA artist Pae White has turned Oceanfront into a visually dynamic miniature city that winds through the sand. … Read More

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Exclusive: Paul Laster's Armory Week Dispatch [Photo Gallery]


The past two days passed by like two hours. We arrived at Pier 94 for the contemporary wing of the Armory Show at 4 p.m. Wednesday, in advance of the opening. Before we could actually see much art we starting seeing out-of-towners, such as Beyeler Fondation director Sam Keller, who used to direct Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach.

We cruised the first few aisles, where galleries like Deitch Projects and Victoria Miro held court, while taking pictures of New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz, Swiss Institute director Gianni Jetzer, and others. We snagged artist Maurizio Catalan and New Museum curator Massimiliano Gioni for an amusing photo at Lombard-Freid Projects booth and then headed over to the VIP lounge for a coffee break. … Read More

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