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“Spring Art Week LA” A Trio of Concurrent Art Fairs @ The REEF

Three Exhibitions Bring Global Variety to Los Angeles’ Art Patrons:
Photo Independent Fair
The Los Angeles Festival of Photography
EXPO Contemporary Fair

Works by, L-R: E.F. Kitchen, Clovis Blackwell, Roger Ballen

LOS ANGELES – Spring Art Week Los Angeles is coming April 18-23, 2017, and art enthusiasts will have reason to head to downtown Los Angeles for three major art shows that will intersect at The Reef: Photo Independent Fair, The Los Angeles Festival of Photography, and EXPO Contemporary Fair. There will be an Opening Night event for all three on Friday, April 21, 6-10pm.

“To have these major art shows intersect over the same week in Los Angeles is extremely exciting,” said Chris Davies, Director of Fabrik Media, who are presenting Spring Art Week Los Angeles. “With so many options, there will be a show for every type of art patron.”

Returning with its fourth edition, Photo Independent is becoming one of the most significant annual international photographic events in the United States. The three-day event, April 21-23, is produced by Fabric Media with the mission of establishing a respected platform for high caliber independent, under-represented photographic artists who do not have an opportunity to participate in gallery-based art fairs or present their works to a global audience.

A highlight of this year’s Photo Independent is a solo exhibition by internationally-renowned, South Africa-based photographer Roger Ballen, one of the most important photographers of the 21st century. It will feature works from throughout his four decades long career as well as from his new series, The Theatre of Apparitions. J. Paul Getty Museum Associate Curator Paul Martineau will review all photographers and their booths at Photo Independent, and honor one artist as Best of Show 2017. The winner will be awarded a solo exhibition in the 2018 fair.

The Los Angeles Festival of Photography is a weeklong festival beginning April 18, that aims to encourage and celebrate the photographic image and those who devote their work to creating and advancing the medium. Through lectures, workshops, exhibitions, gallery tours, and networking events, the international festival will gather leading figures in the industry to discuss the current and future state of photography.

Charlotte Cotton, photography curator and author. Photograph by Spencer Weiner, Los Angeles Times

Charlotte Cotton, photography curator and author. Photograph by Spencer Weiner, Los Angeles Times

Featured events this year include Keynotes from curator and writer Charlotte Cotton, and Roger Ballen – who will also lead a three-day workshop on Fine Art Photography. Other workshops include ones with award-winning photographers Susan Burnstine, Karin Apollonia Müller, and Julia Dean. The Festival will also be conducting several Mobile Photography Workshops including David Ingraham: The iPhone Darkroom; Bob Weil: Creating Conceptual Art on Mobile Devices; and Nicki Fitz-Gerald: Life in Layers – Creative iPhone Artistry.

As the sister show to Photo Independent, EXPO Contemporary is an annual exhibition established to expand the art fair experience and expose audiences to a wider range of artists, media, and practices that represent the cultural, esthetic, and, conceptual diversity of contemporary art and design in the 21st century, and to function as a medium of exchange.

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EXPO Contemporary welcomes a broad range of traditional and non-traditional media and materials showcasing transformative projects from painters, printmakers, book and graphic artists, sculptors, assemblage and mixed media artists, muralists, installation artists, and high concept designers. The fair will also explore alternative contexts including public art, experimental architecture, and environmental, social, and collaborative projects.

All events will take place at The Reef (http://www.the-reef.com/) in DTLA, located at 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90007.

About the Fairs:

More information on each fair can and links to purchase weekend and day passes and Opening Night tickets can be found at its respective website:

• Photo Independent: http://www.photoindependent.com
• The Los Angeles Festival of Photography: http://www.laphotofestival.com
• EXPO Contemporary: http://www.fabrikexpo.com

For additional press materials – including a separate news release for each fair – as well as related images: http://bit.ly/fabrikpress

About Fabrik Media

The Fabrik Media platform is a multi-faceted enterprise presenting an insightful perspective on the international contemporary art scene from a Los Angeles point of view. Among our array of publications is Fabrik, the quarterly print magazine, as well as a select catalogue of distinctive limited edition art books. Fabrik also produces an array of high profile curated independent art fairs – cutting edge showcases for the visual arts. http://thisisfabrik.com/

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