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LIST: What We’re Excited for in 2014!

Everyone says LA is the future so 2014 ought to be an amazing year for art?!  This year kicks off with a full blown cat art show, need I say more?  The next few weeks are full of special events, art fairs and new museum exhibitions to see in Los Angeles.  Check out what I have listed below, add the openings to your google calendar and hang out with me at the LA Art Show Young Collectors Saturday Jan 18th 3-6pm at the LA Convention Center!

1) The LA Cat Art Show!! Opens Saturday, January 25th 7-10pm

sneak peek detail from Gary Baseman's SCRATCH & BITE for the LA Cat Art Show!

sneak peek detail from Gary Baseman’s SCRATCH & BITE for the LA Cat Art Show!

The first ever Los Angeles based, cat-inspired art show will take place. Simply entitled, ‘Cat.’ we have showcase 50 internationally acclaimed artists at a pop up location for approximately 8 days. Artists participating include: Tracey Emin, Ray Caesar, Justin Mortimer, FAILE, CYRCLE, Gary Baseman, Marc Dennis, Tim Biskup, Anita Kunz, Luke Chueh,Sage Vaughn, Christian Furr, Steve Schapiro, Shepard Fairey and Frank Stefanko. Keep checking back here for more details. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Stray Cat Alliance.

CAT ART SHOW LOS ANGELES:
6205 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles CA 90068

Hours:
Saturday, January 25th: 7pm – 10pm
Sunday, January 26th: 12pm – 5pm
Saturday, February 1st: 12pm – 5pm
Sunday, February 2nd: 12pm – 5pm

URL:www.catartshowla.com
FACEBOOK:www.facebook.com/catartshowla
TWITTER: @catartshowla
INSTAGRAM:http://instagram.com/catartshowla

2) Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology at The Hammer Opens Sunday, February 9th!

David Wojnarowicz. History Keeps Me Awake At Night, 1986.

David Wojnarowicz. History Keeps Me Awake At Night, 1986.

Featuring works by Jimmie Durham, Andrea Fraser, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger, Glenn Ligon,
Adrian Piper & more

I love me some institutional critique x appropriation! On view February 9 – May 18, 2014, The first large-scale exhibition to explore intersections between the artistic strategies of appropriation and institutional critique in the work of American artists who emerged from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. Take It or Leave It features the work of 35 artists, and is organized by the Hammer Museum and co-curated by Anne Ellegood, Senior Curator at the Hammer Museum, and Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement at the New Museum.

 3) LA Art Show 2014 Opens Wednesday, January 15th 8-11pm!!

Recently, we’ve shared a few stories about what we are up to at the LA Art Show which opens next week!  Get ready for some great curated spaces including: Hues of China, Korean Connection, Cairo 11, Flare and the one I’m most looking forward to: Littletopia!  Also, my 4pm Young Collectors Tour is pretty much full, but the 5pm tour has lots of spots open!! RSVP (rsvp@art-nerd.com) for my Art Nerd LA Tour of great art deals for anyone interested in starting thier art collecting at this year’s LA Art Show!  Expect me to showcase some investment-worthy blue chip artist multiples/prints and point out some exciting emerging artist works for sale!

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4) LA Art Book Fair, Opens Thursday, January 30, 6–9pm!

Who does’t love art books?!!  I’m excited for this event as its truly art nerdy and sponsored by one of the best art organizations:  Printed Matter presents the second annual LA Art Book Fair, from January 31 through February 2, 2014, at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. An opening will be held on the evening of Thursday, January 30. Free and open to the public, the LA Art Book Fair is a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. Three new editions by artists Laura Owens, Jeremy Deller, and Parra will benefit the LA Art Book Fair.  MOCAtv teams up with Printed Matter to bring a series of curated screenings, panels, and performances by some of our favorite artists and performers to the LA Art Book Fair.

Hours and Location:
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Opening: 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
The LA ART BOOK FAIR is free and open to the public.

5) Art Los Angeles Contemporary, ALSO Opens Thursday, January 30, 7–9pm!

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 24:  A general view of the atmospere at Art Los Angeles Contemporary opening night at Barker Hangar on January 24, 2013 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)

SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 24: A general view of the atmospere at Art Los Angeles Contemporary opening night at Barker Hangar on January 24, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)

I’ve never been to Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) but everything I hear about the event is positive.  I’m really intrigued by this spacey book store apparatus by Mark Hagen.  The exhibitor list is very impressive so its likely you will find me mesmerized by whatever Peres Projects, Honor Fraser, Jack Hanley & Deker Eller  have in store for us! This art nerd can only hope Whiting Tennis will be there and to see an installation by Assume Vivid Astro Focus!

Los Angeles artist Mark Hagen debuts a new space frame sculpture as part of a presentation for bookseller and publisher Artbook | D.A.P.

Los Angeles artist Mark Hagen debuts a new space frame sculpture as part of a presentation for bookseller and publisher Artbook | D.A.P.

Location
The Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Hours
Friday, January 31, 11am–7pm
Saturday, February 1, 11am–7pm
Sunday, February 2, 11am–6pm

6) Photo LA Opens Thursday, January 16th 6-9pm

Jay Mark Johnson, Costantino Sott Acqua 2, Cetona, Italia, 2007

Jay Mark Johnson, Costantino Sott Acqua 2, Cetona, Italia, 2007

photo l.a., the longstanding photographic art exposition, is proud to announce its 23rd edition in a new location: downtown at one of the most distinctive venues in Los Angeles – the historic LA Mart (1933 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007) built in 1958. photo l.a. is joining the massive celebration of the arts throughout the downtown area, where the L.A. Art Show and a large number of popular galleries will all be working in unison to drive a massive collaboration of the arts downtown precisely for the weekend of photo l.a.’s exposition

ART from the ashes “Untitled”

ART from the ashes “Untitled”

Our friends at ART from the ashes will have a booth at photo la featuring the amazing work they do. The organization was founded in 2007 as an answer to communities affected by wildfire, the organization creates art from a disaster’s aftermath to aid community recovery. In the spirit of its founding principles, “Support. Inspire. Create. Renew.”, reclaimed materials are salvaged from site significant locations, and through the vision of artists, are transfigured into one of a kind works of art to support a benefit exhibition for the affected community.

Location:
L.A. Mart
1933 Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Public Hours:
Friday: January 17, 11am – 7pm
Saturday: January 18, 11am – 7pm
Sunday: January 19, 11am – 6pm

7) Mike Kelley at MOCA, Opens March 31st

“MOCA would not be the place it is without Mike Kelley,” says Curator Bennett Simpson. “The Museum grew up with him, and he with it.”

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I’ve been haunted by Mike Kelley’s imagery ever since his 2005 Day is Done show at Gagosian on W24th Street.  His work is immersive, astonishing, creepy, and possibly brilliant. I was somewhat shocked when we lost him 2 years ago and wish he was still with us.  Very happy MOCA is presenting Mike Kelley, the largest exhibition of the artist’s work to-date and the first comprehensive survey since 1993! Regarded as one of the most influential artists of our time, Mike Kelley (1954–2012) produced a body of deeply innovative work mining American popular culture and both modernist and alternative traditions—which he set in relation to relentless, dark, and delirious examinations of self and society. Bringing together over 200 works, from early pieces made during the 1970s through 2012, Mike Kelley occupies the entirety of The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, from March 31 through July 28, 2014.

So that’s what I have thus far for 2014… is there anything else you are excited about art-wise for 2014 in LA?

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