Art At The Pacific Design Center? REALLY?

3 02 2010

Contemporary  Art at PDC – Where Ambition Meets  Reality

. . . .  . I was unable to visit this show. Here is what I heard – some of my Artist friends say – definitely better than  the LA Art Fair.  Others, young intellectuals, with hungry for quality minds –  like Donald Frazell, are expecting a lot more, – are down right disappointed.  I guess – we will have to wait an see what the next show will bring. And the official Los Angeles Times review is kind. (In today’s’ financial fog, we must be kind to all new ventures , no? ) Yes, except . . . anyway – we will let you read for yourself. The Art Chronicle.

From the LA TimesArtBlog: ‘ With about 55 participating galleries, Art Los Angeles  Contemporary, the small art fair at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood (it continues through Sunday), is about half the size of the Los Angeles Art Show, which was at downtown’s cavernous Convention Center last week. But it’s twice as engaging. Mostly that’s because it’s a juried event, with a committee of four notable Los Angeles galleries (two with branches in Berlin) having vetted the participants. About half the galleries are from L.A., with the rest based in Athens, Chicago, Guadalajara, London, Miami, New York and elsewhere. (You can find a complete list here.) The level of quality is consistently good.
Christopher Chiappa Werble Gallery 2 The venue takes some getting used to. Interior design showrooms at the

PDC have been hit pretty hard, like everything else that is limping along in the Great Recession. Rather spartan booths wrapped in glass walls and with low ceilings and bright lighting occupy a swath of empty showrooms on the blue building’s second floor. Here and there, a rug dealer or a stylish furniture shop turns up amid the Karin Apollonia Muller photographs (at Karyn Lovegrove), the suspended colored-fabric hybrids of painting and sculpture by Sam Gilliam (at Solway Jones) and Peter Alexander’s transparent yellow cube of solid acrylic, emitting an ambient glow at once beautiful and sickly (at Franklin Parrasch).
The fair’s modest size makes the $16 entry charge a bit steep ($12 parking doesn’t help). On Friday afternoon, attendance was modest, but a mob reportedly filled the fair’s opening party Thursday night. (“We started off doing business,” one dealer said, “but the more crowded it got, the more social it got.”) In addition to gallery booths, there’s a large selection of art publishers, plus a schedule of panel discussions, book signings, tours and other events. Program details are here.By  Christopher Knight.



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