13 February 2019

What to see in LA during Frieze week

Frieze’s first fair in Los Angeles opens this week and brings with it 70 of the most significant galleries from across the globe. The fair will be largely focused on contemporary art and celebrate the exceptionally dynamic culture of Los Angeles and its global contributions to the visual arts. Taking place in Paramount Pictures Studios, it is Frieze’s most focused and intimate fair yet. However this doesn’t mean it lacks in quality; it features a lengthy curated program of talks as well as site-specific artists’ projects and films.

As part of Frieze… 

Cecile B Evans screening

A screening of some of her critically acclaimed works including AGNES (the end is near) (2014), Hyperlinks or It Didn’t Happen (2014) and What the Heart Wants (2016). Evans uses the medium of film to explore how human emotion comes into contact with technological and physical structures that seek to restrict them.The screening comes in conjunction with her solo show Something Tactical is Coming at Château Shatto until February 24th.

The films will be showing at the Paramount Theatre on the 16th February at 11:30am.

Los Angeles Review of books presents: We Will Not Publish Any More Boring Art

Travis Diehl (Online Editor of X-Tra), Clare Kelly (Artist and co-founder Hesse Press) and Kandis Williams (Artist & publisher Cassandra Press) will engage in a panel discussing the role the internet plays in art publishing and consequentially the challenges of distribution. How has LA and the opportunities it offers also changed the landscape of art and publication?

The panel will take place at the Sherry Lansing Theatre on the 16th February at 2:30pm.

Cauleen Smith in conversation with Sondra Perry

Cauleen Smith is an interdisciplinary artist who explores the discourse of mid-twentieth century experimental film and offers an unprecedented experience for both spectator and participant. Sondra Perry makes media based work about blackness and black femininity, often using her personal history as reference.Get a backstage view into to the practices of some of today’s leading visual artists as they discuss their practices deeply and openly. In this conversation, artists and filmmakers Cauleen Smith and Sondra Perry will be in conversation.

The conversation will take place at the Sherry Lansing Theatre on Saturday 16th February at 5pm.

Other Fairs…

Art Los Angeles Contemporary

If your interested in something a little less commercial, Art Los Angeles Contemporary offers a special space specifically for galleries that are six years or younger. The exhibition, “The Academy,” will be curated by Berlin-based art historian, curator, and former gallerist of Gillmeier Rech, Claudia Rech. The focus of the gallery is very much towards emerging talent as Rech mentions in an interview; “For me, bringing something new, meaning European galleries to LA, or to work with upcoming LA galleries, just falls in line with my interest for the ‘new.’”

The fair will be held at The Barker Hangar from 14-17 of February

Annie Leibovitz: ‘The early years, 1970-1983’

The first comprehensive exhibition in Los Angeles devoted to the earliest work of this renowned photographer, the exhibition features more than 5,000 photographs taken between 1970-1983. Arranged chronologically and thematically, the works on view trace Leibovitz’s development as a young talent capturing the riveting cultural and political shift of the seventies.The exhibition also includes Leibovitz’s photographs of artists who became personal heroes through their use of the camera – Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon and Henri Cartier-Bresson, among others.

The exhibition will be held at Hauser & Wirth LA from 14 February – 14 April

TIME IS RUNNING OUT OF TIME: Experimental film and video from the L.A. Rebellion and Today

This exhibition presents a collection of early short works from Black filmmakers and video artists in Los Angeles. Central to the exhibition is a group of black diasporic students from UCLA in the 1960s, who collectively became known as the Los Angeles School of Filmmakers or the L.A. Rebellion. They created experimental, documentary and video work that dealt with representation of communities, families and lineages as well as the complexities of identities informed by social and political realities. The exhibition is curated by The Broad’s Jheanelle Brown and is presented in conjunction with Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 at The Broad.

The exhibition is held at Art + Practice Exhibition Space from 2 February to 14 September

The Casspir Project

Ralph Ziman’s debut exhibition in Los Angeles encompasses a variety of media including installation, film, photography and documentary. The Casspir military vehicle is the centerpiece of the exhibit which Ziman has reclaimed into a striking “Africanized” work of art entitled SPOEK 1.“I wanted to take what was the ultimate symbol of apartheid,” artist Ralph Ziman says, “and turn it into something that is African and beautiful.” Opening a dialogue between those who remember and those too young to know, The Casspir Project is a profound attempt to reconcile history. 10% of sales of artworks (excluding the Casspir) will be donated between Brady Center To Prevent Violence, whose mission is to create a safer America by ending America’s gun violence epidemic, and The Ron Finley Project which aims to transform Inter-cities around the World, from food deserts to food forests through urban gardening.

The exhibition is held at The Rendon Gallery from 7 February to 7 March

To find out more about Frieze head to frieze.com

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