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Frieze LA – and art lovers were in for a big surprise. Big names in the entertainment and art worlds came together to mingle and explore the ever-expanding art scene of Los Angeles. More than 70 invited galleries took part in the first-ever Frieze Los Angeles – including a special selection of emerging galleries from the city – presenting a global cross-section of some of today’s most significant and exciting artists and thus creating an exceptional opportunity for collecting and discovering.
The curated program celebrated the unique creative spirit of Los Angeles. Artist projects, talks, films, restaurants, and experiments in patronage and activism transformed the movie set backlot of Paramount Pictures Studios into a symbolic cityscape where art is at the center of civic life.
Frieze Los Angeles joins Frieze New York, Frieze London and Frieze Masters at the forefront of the international art fair calendar, celebrating Los Angeles’ position as a global arts center and destination. Global lead partner Deutsche Bank supported the inaugural edition of Frieze Los Angeles, continuing a shared commitment to discovery and artistic excellence.
The curated programs and gallery presentations featured figures at the vanguard of contemporary art and cultural conversation with a strong L.A. presence, including artists Doug Aitken, Judy Chicago, Beatriz Cortez, Karon Davis, Tracey Emin, Gajin Fujita, Theaster Gates, Mona Hatoum, Mike Kelley, Barbara Kruger, Tala Madani, Paul McCarthy, Sondra Perry, Allen Ruppersberg, Tino Sehgal, Lee Ufan, and Lawrence Weiner; museum leaders and patrons Kristy Edmunds, Michael Govan, Maja Hoffman, Susan Nimoy and Hans Ulrich Obrist among many others; and non-profit organizations such as Women’s Center for Creative Work and Artists 4 Democracy which were
represented on site, offering insights into activism and civic engagement.
Leading galleries from across the US and around the world also took part in the fair, including 49 galleries which have not exhibited in L.A. within the last five years and many which have participated in Frieze Art Fair since its inception in 2003. The participation of these exhibitors offers Los Angeles a key opportunity to engage with a global art audience, brought together in a unique, shared setting in the one and only Hollywood.
18.02.2019 // show complete article
The 27th edition of PHOTO L.A. opened its doors in Santa Monica Barker Hanger at the end of January. GLAM PRODUCTION visited the internationally renowned photo event for GOSEE and put together a nutshell of words and photos full of impressions.
PHOTO L.A. features an extraordinary roster of more than 60 local and international galleries and dealers, in addition to noteworthy exhibitions by artist collectives, non-profits, museums, art schools, and photo book publishers. PHOTO L.A.’s renowned lectures, roundtable discussions, special installations, and docent tours with distinguished members of the arts community draws an informed audience to the three-day event and sparks critical debates about the state and future trends of photography and the art of collecting.
This year, PHOTO L.A. featured an impressive and exclusive collection of established Chinese galleries. It is interesting to see how many Chinese galleries have booths set up and show imagery we stereotypically do not associate with China. A fresh new look in photography from the eyes of Chinese artists observing their own and western culture. Work was showcased by Pan-View Gallery, Cipa Gallery, View Art Gallery, 9 ART Gallery, Yingshang Photobook. PHOTO L.A. hopes to foster a deeper cross-cultural exchange between the galleries, collectors and broader public of China and Los Angeles, both at the fair and beyond.
Some of our favorites and newsworthy are the work of Sean Mundy represented by Gallery Youn. Sean Mundy (Montréal, QC) creates conceptual imagery by means of photography and digital manipulation. Working with self-doubt and questions of identity, Sean constructs austere, yet neutral and distant scenes of palpable tension and uncertainty. With a subtle, minimal approach, he aims to disrupt, select from, and delete classical narrative formula to form scenarios that are reliant on subjective associations.
At the LEM HQ Photography Salon, Cologne-based artist Christian Block presented a selection of interesting oversized, abstract aviation photography. Christian Block was born in Bonn in 1965. He trained as a pilot in Cologne and has been flying long-distance flights since 1997. He has been pursuing photography since 2003 and creates large scale images based on the photographs of his working environment. He became known to the public after his works were exhibited in the Photo District Gallery in New York and the TAKSU-Gallery in Kuala Lumpur.
Christian Block’s photography shows us how the things from a daily working routine acquire new meaning when they are viewed from a different perspective. And even an environment that has been organized to ensure perfect functionality is not without beauty.
Marian Crostic’s work in the series SALT | AIR is a narrative of images taken in her hometown, Venice CA. Void of people and activity, the images are a reflection of her relationship with the ocean and Venice Beach. Ethereal in feeling, the images demonstrate a sense of ageless and endless horizons.
Some of our other favorites:
Jo Ann Callis, untitled, from an early color portfolio, circa 1976, image courtesy of the artist and RoseGallery.
Max Yavno, courtesy of the Etherton Gallery.
Julie Blackmon, courtesy of G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle.
Tony Vaccaro, courtesy of Monroe Gallery.
Jacob Gils, courtesy of In The Gallery.
Ansel Adams, courtesy of Paul M. Hertzmann, Inc.
We look forward to the next show in, Oh My God, 2020! Go & See: photola.com
06.02.2019 // show complete article
Ellen von Unwerth celebrated the opening of "Heimat", an exhibition of her new photo book. GoSee and GlamPR.com joined the party at the TASCHEN Gallery in Los Angeles (GoSee reported). Fashionistas and models, some dressed in Lederhosen and dirndl – a wild mix of fun people, almost like a mirror of Ellens colorful world. Celebrity guests such as Arnold Schwarzenegger said hello. Roberta Wagner, rock star stylist of the stars, graced the crowd.
“Heimat” is a German word best understood as a deep feeling of connection to one’s culture and social environment, a sense of home if you will. The title is befitting, as the content of her photo book clearly pays homage to Unwerth’s Bavarian roots; of course through the sexy, subversive and playful lens for which she is iconic. The exhibition comes with a 454-page signed and limited TASCHEN Collector’s Edition book of the same name. The exhibition also showcases a curated selection of iconic Ellen von Unwerth photographic prints from throughout her career in collaboration with the Fahey/Klein Gallery.
Ellen von Unwerth worked as a top fashion model before becoming one of the world’s most in-demand fashion photographers and directors. Her editorial work has been featured in publications such as VOGUE, Vanity Fair and in major advertising campaigns for Chanel, Dior, John Galliano, Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret, Agent Provocateur, and Diesel with erotically charged images of supermodels and female musical artists.
The book is available in a limited Collector’s Edition, numbered and signed by Ellen von Unwerth, as well as in four Art Editions, limited to 100 copies each, each with a color photograph. Or you just buy the book. price: 750 euros.
Ellen von Unwerth. Heimat . Edition of 1,500 copies + 200 APs . Ellen von Unwerth, Mark Schulz . Hardcover in clamshell box, 33 x 44 cm, 454 pages . ISBN 978-3-8365-2887 0 . Multilingual issue: German, English, French
TASCHEN GALLERY . 8070 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 . Tue-Sat: 11am to 7pm, Sunday: Noon to 6pm, Monday: Closed . taschen.com///taschen_gallery
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