CELEBRATE PRINT: MOCA HOSTS LA ART BOOK FAIR

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In the midst of failing bookstores and proclamations that print is dead, The Museum of Contemporary Art is proving just how pertinent books can be. This weekend, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA is hosting the LA Art Book Fair, a three-day event which will feature more than 250 booksellers, artists, antiquarians, and publishers from around the globe.

The Fair, which is a counterpart to the NY Art Book Fair, begins Thursday evening followed by an opening-night after party. And for those who claim they don’t like reading, know that it’s not just books. There will be art exhibits such as Fabulosity, which is described as, “an exhibition of ephemera and photographs by Alexis Dibiasio surrounding ’80s and ’90s New York Club Kid Culture,” and DJs will be providing music the whole weekend.

There’s an entire subsection dedicated to magazines not only made in America, but also produced internationally. And although you can easily fill a full day just browsing through all the available writing, there are events ranging from panels about feminism to screenplay readings to lectures on pop culture.

Make sure to check out what you want to attend before going, because no one person can squeeze in everything.

HOURS:
Thursday, January 30, 6–9 pm
Friday, January 31, 11 am-5 pm
Saturday, February 1, 11 am–6 pm
Sunday, February 2, 12 pm–6 pm

ART FOR ALL: EXHIBITS TO HIT UP ON FREE MUSEUM DAY

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Admit it. We’ve all made the same excuse. We would go out and get cultured, but it can get expensive—it’s $15 dollars to get into LACMA, and that’s before parking costs. So every once in a while, the museums of LA team up and offer a day where even those drowned in student-loan debt can go stretch their minds. It sure beats sitting at home. This Saturday will be a free-for-all at 20 LA museums, so in order to make the most of it, we’ve done the research for you. Without any more buildup, here are three museums we highly recommend.

The Paley Center for Media

If you’ve ever realized that you just spent more than an hour watching a panel of the actors on you favorite TV show, you have some experience with The Paley Center for Media. So instead of lying in your bed switching between tabs and listening to the behind-the-scenes jokes on Mad Men, hit up the Beverly Hills museum. There you’ll find relics from television shows from the past fifty years and consoles to watch your favorite shows or listen to radio shows. And with more than 90,000 programs, the Paley Center has Netflix beat by a long shot.

Pasadena Museum of California

Science hasn’t proven it yet, but Angelenos know we live in the greatest state in the union. The Pasadena Museum of California celebrates our home and the history behind it. Right now they have three exhibits, most notably Flora Kao: Homestead, a recreation of the shacks our predecessors inhabited in the late ’30s. The walls are projected onto hanging canvas, so the dilapidation and rebuilding over time can be shown. The other current exhibits are Serigrafia and Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martinez in California. Serigrafia highlights Latino culture in California with screen-printed images, while Picturing Mexico shows a Mexican’s experiences in California in the 1920s.

Museum of Contemporary Art

MOCA is one of the most well-known museums in the city, and for good reason. Right now it’s hosting two exhibitions in addition to its permanent exhibit, and both—Room to Live and Bob Mizer & Tom of Finland—are worth experiencing. There’s so much to see at MOCA, you could easily get lost for hours, so make sure to give yourself enough time.

For a complete list of Saturday’s free museums, check out MuseumLA’s website.

 

 

 

FRESH FACES: PORTRAITS FROM MIAMI ART BASEL 2013

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Tramaine Harris & Asha McGlashan, Miami natives.

Art Basel Miami – the emotional paint-covered fracas that tormented Twitter and Instagram feeds last week – i.e. the art fair which took place Dec 3rd through 8th in Miami Beach, Florida – is over now. Attendees’ hangovers and farmer’s tans have abated, Kanye and Kim have thankfully gone home, and much of the art is in a shipping container somewhere between here and Thailand. Statistically, the fair was a success: Miami Art Basel grew ~7% this year from last, as 75,000 people trekked through the convention center — (keep in mind, probably .002 percent of that buy art or even dare to look at the price tag.) Many people made a LOT of money — works sold included $1.4 million Sigmar Polke at Michael Werner; a $3.2 million Gerhard Richter at Van de Weghe; a $6 million Joan Mitchell at Cheim+Read, plus a spate of multimillion-dollar Legers, Calders, and Miros at Helly Nahmad, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Meanwhile, the usual naysayers bemoaned Miami’s art week — in a nut shell: “Too many people, too many brands, not much substance.” For art lovers, with over 20+ satellite fairs running from graffiti-covered arts district Wynwood to the sea, the week can be a frustrating fiesta of over-stimulation and Fear Of Missing Out. Conquering ABMB is like consuming one of those 3-foot never-ending-daiquiris on Collins Ave; you get your art fix – but any amount of amusement is lost in the associated brain-freeze.

Thus, rather than try to see it all, our goal was simple: To capture the humanity in the experience. All week, we stopped random people who caught our eye from fair to fair – some while musing at art, others while kissing their wives, or one in the middle of her performance-art project. None are famous that we know of — yet at least — but all represent what we love about Miami’s art week : its diversity, ingenuity, imperfection, and rough-around-the-edges funk. After all, while the art provides the week’s heart, the people provide its soul.

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At Scope, we found Nicky Watts -a performance artist exploring self-induced isolation, in which she requires herself to wear a box on her head for 8 hours a day…She recently just completed traveling through 30 cities.

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Artist Anna Wieder-Blank subtly mimics the piece behind her by Bernardí Roig, Practices to Suck the Light (Hanging Man), 2012 at Scope.

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Matchstick fashion matching the art at Art Basel Miami’s Vernissage

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20-year old visual artist, Mensa Kondo, from DC. (Check out his street art here and here.)

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We didn’t catch these guys names but we dig their style…posing in front of Formlessfinder‘s Tent Pile installation at Design Miami. NYC-based formlessfinder’s Garrett Ricciardi and Julian Rose describe their practice as “formless” because materials, construction, and user and landscape interactions take precedent over the formal shape of a building or structure. In this instance? They chose to work with Miami’s most famed resource: sand.

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Neon-hued Art Director, Thomas Camy, and wife, Laure Camy at NADA.

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Artist Dominic at Pulse Art Fair in front of artist Darren Lago‘s Sugar, featuring  “Candy Colts” made of tinted resin and glass but designed to look like little gummy bear guns. Yum….

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Boston inhabitant, Susan DeAngelo, told us she literally walked off the beach (hence the bikini) and into beach-side Untitled Art Fair, where we caught her enthusiastically appreciating art.

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Pop metalinquist, Kendalle Fiasco, looking statuesque at SCOPE.

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LA-based Fashion photographer Gitte Meldgaard & her dog, who is affectionately called “Little Dog.”

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NYC-based, Irish-born artist film maker Luke NeoCamp Howlin…with his roller blades at NADA

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Creative director, Steven Giles, of Miami’s retail & concept store, Baseworld, at Pulse.

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Performance artists arm wrestle at Pulse Art Fair.

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Taraka Larson of the band/art troupe Prince Rama & John Riepenhoff of The Green Gallery. What’s Prince Rama? “Sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson have lived in ashrams, worked for utopian architects, written manifestos, delivered lectures from pools of fake blood, conducted group exorcisms disguised as VHS workouts…etc…etc..”

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Photographer Jessica Eriksen and Tanya Arguelles, browsing at NADA.

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We caught Iranian artist Priya Assal Gheysari exploring the work of Tracey Emin at MOCA. Priya is “interested in the tension that exists between the physical and metaphysical, the mundane and the spiritual, as I strive to explore the whole spectrum of the human experience.” Ditto, Priya. Us too.

(Photos & commentary by Faith-Ann Young)

INSIDE: A NEW SCULPTURALISM AT MOCA

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An exhibit loaded with ideas and architectural ingenuity, A New Sculpturalism sets to inspire us by highlighting the city’s structural heritage and future.

Los Angeles has been a constant canvas for architects such as Richard Neutra and Frank Gehry now and throughout history to build upon. To follow and celebrate Los Angeles’s architectural legacy and future, MOCA and Pacific Standard Time collaborated on A New Sculpturalism at the Geffen Contemporary, on show now through September 9th.

The exhibit explores 38 emerging architectural practices and firms involved in Los Angeles’s modern architecture for the past 25 years. With seasoned and established architects like Gehry and Eric Owen Moss to newcomers like Tom Wiscombe, A NEW SCULPTURISM strives to showcase the innovation and potential of Los Angeles, posing the city as a true center of architectural creativity and intellect.

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This collaborative showcase involves not only architectural heavy weights like Thom Mayne, but also numerous renowned foundations and institutions such as the Southern California Institute for Architecture (SCI-Arc), the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California Department of Architecture. This exhibit is possibly the architectural highlight of the year.

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Photo Credits: MOCA, Arrested Motion, Ras Mike-Ick