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LAArtParty is an arts and entertainment website. Established in 2010, it is an online go-to guide for what's happening in and beyond the LA area - this includes dining, travel and more.

Founded by journalist, and "Blues Mama" Kathy Leonardo (a longtime performer), the campy site has an unusual slant which will keep you entertained. Leonardo has been writing for the past 15 years about various subjects for the Huffington Post, THRIVE GLOBAL, LA Weekly, etc.

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January 25–28, 2018: Art Los Angeles Contemporary

Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC), the International Contemporary Art Fair of the West Coast, returns for its ninth edition at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica from January 25–28, 2018.
Jan25-28-2018-ArtLosAngelesContemporary2017-Photo-GinaClyneArt Los Angeles Contemporary 2017. Photo by Gina Clyne

The art fair is produced by Fair Grounds Associates, which was founded by Tim Fleming who has directed and produced some of the top contemporary art shows in the United States.

The fair offers an unrivaled perspective to the galleries and artists that define Los Angeles' position in the contemporary art world. As part of the 2018 edition of the fair, ALAC is pleased to announce Banc of California as its official sponsor.

Participants for the 2018 fair encompass local and international exhibitors, including numerous new galleries to the fair from Latin America and Europe. Longstanding participants return to the fair this year as well.

The fair presents a selection of over 60 established and emerging galleries from around the world, with a particular focus on galleries based in Los Angeles. Participants for the 2018 edition include newcomers from Europe and Latin America as well as the third edition of the Freeways section featuring young galleries less than four years old. The fair offers collectors, curators and enthusiasts alike a shared forum to participate with the emerging ideas and discourses in contemporary art. See website for the ALAC 2018 exhibitor list.
Jan25-28-2018-ACLA-JonMiller-PeterBlakeGallery-2017-Photo-GinaClyneJon Miller at Peter Blake Gallery, 2017. Photo by Gina Clyne

Tickets can be purchased on the website and run $25 for a one day pass or $30 for full weekend pass. Admission for the opening art party (Thursday Jan 25, 2017) is $65.

What: Art Los Angeles Contemporary
Where: The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, 90405
When: January 25–28, 2018; Thurs, Jan 25, 7-9pm; Fri & Sat, Jan 26, 27, 11-7pm; Sun Jan 28, 11-6pm;
Website: http://artlosangelesfair.com

January 26–28, 2018: stARTupArt Fair

The stARTupArt Fair is back for its third year. Representing multiple mediums, stARTup Art Fair is proud to welcome 55 independent artists from across California and New York, Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Italy, Mexico City and Taipei, Taiwan. The Los Angeles event will take place in a new location - The Kinney - Venice Beach, which will transform into an immersive, contemporary art experience through the exhibition of work by a diverse group of independent artists, local art nonprofits, artist performances, installations and panel discussions over the course of the festival.
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In addition to its committee-selected exhibitors, stARTup Art Fair Los Angeles will have work on view from its local arts nonprofit partners: Lancaster Museum of Art and History, Los Angeles Art Association, Torrance Art Museum, and professional portfolio reviews sponsored by the Clark Hulings Fund for Visual Arts. Additional programming will be announced at the beginning of January. Fifty-one hotel rooms, all the outdoor spaces and hallways will be alive with artwork and performances at The Kinney Hotel.

Admission runs from $10 - $100 (vip). Visit the website for details.

What: The stARTup Art Fair
Where: The Kinney Venice Beach, 
737 W Washington Blvd, Venice 90292
When: Friday, January 26: Noon –2pm; Opening Night Party: 7 – 10pm Saturday, January 27: Noon – 9pm;
 Sunday, January 28: Noon – 7pm
Website: 
www.startupartfair.com/LA

January 27, 2018: huZ galleries

Two solo exhibitions titled "Color of Money," and "Urban Dilemmas" opened at huZ galleries in December 2017.
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Huss Hardan, Insurrection of the Innocent 35mm film, 12 by 18 matted/framed to 20 by 28 silver halide print


"Color of Money" features photography from a three-part trilogy titled "Anguish and Obsession." The first of the series, An American Love Story, was exhibited this past year at huZ Galleries and photo l.a. Color of Money is the second series to be exhibited. The third and final series, Mother Earth has already been shot and is set to be exhibited in 2018.

In this digital age Hardan chooses to shoot with film. The photographer is passionate about the integrity of the old world medium.

The artist taps into the timely topic of sexual harassment in this exhibition. Hardan's photos offer a stark reality of the everyday abuse and harassment of women. The work further delves into the darker side of the spectrum and touches on human trafficking and the exploitation of women.

In addition to solo exhibitions at huZ galleries, Hardan's work has been featured at Gabba Gallery, bG Gallery and Beyond the Lines Gallery (the latter two at Bergamot Station), as well as the LA Art Show. He was also a featured photographer at photo l.a. this past year.

The second exhibition, "Urban Dilemmas" features the art of Randi Matushevitz. This is her first time exhibiting at the gallery. "huZ galleries owners Huss and Xenia provide a professional atmosphere open to engaging opportunities and exhibitions."
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It's A Gas, 2017, charcoal, pastel, spray paint, acrylic on canvas, 54" x 64"

Enjoy an art talk and a closing reception of "Color of Money" and "Urban Dilemmas" on Saturday January 27, 2018.

What: Closing reception
Where: huZ galleries, 341 West 7th St San Pedro, 90731
When: Saturday January 27, 2018, 3:00pm – 6:00pm; Art Talk: 4:00pm
Website: https://www.huzgalleries.com http://husshardan.com
https://www.randimatushevitz.com

January 27, 2018: Uncorked Wine Festival

Uncorked Wine Festivals Returns to Union Station in Los Angeles. Wine lovers unite! The third annual Uncorked: LA Wine Fest will take place on Saturday, January 27th at the iconic Union Station in downtown LA.
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photo by Sean Paul Franget

This is more than just your average wine tasting. This event will feature over 50 wineries with more than 200 wines to sample, a Champagne bar, International Wine Market, gourmet food trucks with both sweet and savory delights to pair with your wine, live music, a custom wine- themed photo booth, blind tasting bar and a fun atmosphere in which to sip and savor with friends.

The event is from 5-9pm. VIP admission is at 5pm, providing an extra hour to taste, shorter lines and it features some special wines to be poured during only that hour. General admission begins at 6pm. Both tickets include all wine tastings with food sold separately. Cocktail or dress attire is requested but not required. The event is 21 and over only.

What: Uncorked Wine Festival
Where: Union Station, 800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, California 90015
When: GA 6-9pm; VIP 5-9pm

Website: www.uncorkedwinefestivals.com

February 2, 2018: 643 Project Space

643 Project Space presents a two-person exhibition titled "Free Or Best Offer" on Friday, February 2, 2018. The collaborative exhibition will spotlight the talents of Marjorie and Bob Moskowitz.
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"Fried Dough" 2018 oil on canvas,  40" x 60"

The two talented artists have been married for the past thirty-seven years. Each create their own distinctive work, completely different than the other. They have become each other's advocates, sharing techniques, bouncing ideas off of each other and critiquing the work. "We drive every year to our studio in Maine," said Marjorie. "The drive gives us the opportunity to experience much of the country as we accumulate photographic images that can be used as references for future paintings." Bob added, "This provides rich and diverse resources to express our view of Americana. Bob went on to explain, that "Natural Gas," one of their collaborations, has a dual intent. "At first glance the viewer usually laughs at the surprising interaction between cows and traffic." Margie added that there is also the deeper meaning dealing with environmental issues. "Our collective view produces a synthesizing commentary on an American experience, continued Margie, while Bob chimed in..."It is contemporary Americana."
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Marjorie and Bob Moskowitz, Natural Gas, 40 x 60, 2016

Run by art professors, Matt and Monica Furmanski, 643 Project Space is an invitational venue which showcases diverse of work by a wide variety of artists from the greater Los Angeles area. The city of Ventura’s cultural center along downtown Main Street and Ventura Avenue is thriving. The streets are active at night with a diversity of restaurants and art. The long stretch of beach and First Fridays have made Ventura a destination city. The opening reception takes place in conjunction with the First Friday event, which is a great time to visit the area. Take advantage of all ths shops being open and the wonderful restaurants.

I highly recommend everyone to visit the exhibition. Marjorie and Bob Moskowitz are two talented artists. See below for all the websites and a phone number for additional info.

What: Opening reception, "Free Or Best Offer"
Where: 643 Project Space, 643 Ventura Avenue, Ventura, California
When: February 2, 2018; 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Phone: 805-289-6273
Websites: mbmosk.com  marjoriemoskowitz.com  bobmoskowitz.com

February 2018...The Broad Presents Jasper Johns: "Something Resembling Truth"

Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth' to feature more than 100 works spanning Johns' 60-year career; The Broad will be the exhibition's only U.S. venue and is the first major survey of the artist's work to be shown in Los Angeles.
TheBroad-logoA collaboration with the Royal Academy, London, Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth'will feature more than 100 of the artist's most iconic and significant paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, many never before exhibited in Los Angeles. With loans from international public and private collections, including significant works from the Broad collection, the exhibition will trace the evolution of the artist's six-decade career through a series of thematic chapters. The exhibition encompasses the full range of Johns' materials, motifs and techniques—including his unique use of encaustic (heated beeswax) and found-material collage in paintings—and the innovations he has achieved in sculpture and the graphic arts by expanding the possibilities of traditional media. Johns' use of accessible images will be thoroughly examined, seen continually transformed through the artist's engagement with a wide range of human experiences. In a departure from a retrospective approach, Johns' artistic achievements will be illuminated through the juxtaposition of early and late works throughout the exhibition.

One of the most influential and important living artists to emerge in the 20th century, and one of America's great living artists, Johns has been seminal to the Broad collection. His work emerged with and has influenced numerous other collection artists represented in depth, including Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari and Sherrie Levine.

"Johns' work is central to understanding contemporary American art. We viewed it as critically important to offer this in-depth and landmark exhibition to the public, particularly in Los Angeles where his work is not seen often enough. The show provides new understanding of the continuity and variety of his incomparable six-decade career, and we look forward to introducing a new generation to the full scope of Johns' achievements," said Joanne Heyler, founding director of The Broad. "Edye and I have admired the work of Jasper Johns for decades," said Eli Broad, co-founder of The Broad. "His work is essential to our collection and to contemporary art as a whole, and we are pleased to be able to share this exhibition with visitors from Los Angeles and around the world."
Flag-1967-encausticandcollageoncanvas-threepanels-Target-1961-Encausticandcollageoncanvas-JasperJohnsImage credits: Jasper Johns, Flag, 1967, encaustic and collage on canvas (three panels), 33 1/2 x 56 1/4 in., Art © Jasper Johns/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY. The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Collection. Jasper Johns, Target, 1961. Encaustic and collage on canvas. 167.6 x 167.6 cm. The Art Institute of Chicago © Jasper Johns / VAGA, New York / DACS, London.  Photo: © 2017. The Art Institute of Chicago / Art Resource, NY / Scala, Florence

Organized by the Royal Academy of Arts, London in collaboration with The Broad, Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth' is curated by Edith Devaney, contemporary curator at the Royal Academy, and independent curator Dr. Roberta Bernstein, author of Jasper Johns'Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings and Sculpture, who has written and lectured extensively on contemporary artists including Johns, Ellsworth Kelly and Robert Rauschenberg. Heyler and Associate Curator Ed Schad are host curators at The Broad. The exhibition title is taken from a 2006 interview, in which Johns said, "Yet, one hopes for something resembling truth, some sense of life, even of grace, to flicker, at least, in the work."

At The Broad, Jasper Johns: 'Something Resembling Truth' will begin with an entire gallery devoted to Johns' complex treatment of the American flag, arguably his best-known image, deployed famously at the outset of his career in the 1950s as testing ground for a new direction for 20th century art, and for decades afterward, as an enduring, compelling and ever-evolving subject evoking a variety of social meanings.

The exhibition will reveal the continuities and changes in Johns' work throughout his career. His use of accessible and familiar motifs established a new vocabulary in painting as early as the 1950s—his treatment of iconography and the appropriation of objects and symbols made the familiar seem unknown through the distinctive, complex textures of his works. Through his groundbreaking paintings and sculptures, Johns charted a radical new course in an art world that had previously been dominated by Abstract Expressionism.

The Broad is located at 221 S. Grand Ave., LA, 90012; For more information on The Broad and to sign up for updates, please visit thebroad.org

Monthly Art Walks and Art Crawls

Thurs 10.4 SanPedro1st ThursdayIf you like Art Walks....the First Thursday of every month offers two fun art walks.

One takes place in San Pedro....

and the other happens in Laguna Beach.

Each have their own charm, so mark your calendars and be sure to check them out.

San Pedro holds a community friendly art walk. Be sure to check their website for a full list of participating galleries at http://1stthursday.com/

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Or head to Laguna Beach...for a hoppin' walk.

For more info about the Laguna Beach 1st Thursday Artwalk, see their website http://www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com/


The DDAWlogoowntown Art Walk happens the 2nd Thursday of every month. It started on a grass roots level, only to evolve into a full blown art/night life extravaganza. If you haven't checked it out yet....be sure to. See their website too.  http://www.downtownartwalk.org/.

For more info about past events see Examiner article

 

VACOr in Venice....On the third Thursday of every third month, the Venice Art Crawl takes place. March, June, September and December

The event was modeled after the Downto
wn Art Walk, See their website at http://www.veniceartcrawl.com/

For more info about past events see Santa Monica Mirror and  Examiner article