Preview: Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2011


Art Los Angeles Contemporary, which opens tomorrow and runs through January 30, wraps up a month-long, city-wide pageant of international art shows that included photo l.a, artLA projects, and the Los Angeles Art Show, along with a handful of smaller niche projects. Staging its first annual return with a move from the Pacific Design Center to Santa Monica Airport’s Bark Hangar, ALAC features more than 70 galleries representing 11 countries, a jam-packed roster of tours, performances, panels, and special events throughout the weekend.

Within the proliferation of art fairs and biennials, ALAC managed to distinguish itself from its inception just last year by focusing on the diversity and salience of contemporary art in LA and embracing the city’s penchant for new media and performance-based practices. The fair primarily focuses on young galleries with cutting edge programs, including offerings from LA’s Country Club Projects, West of Rome Public Art, and Honor Fraser and NYC’s UNTITLED and The Hole. The related events are more interesting than the average lecture circuit, and include conversations with Raymond Pettibon and Dan Graham, performances and appearances by Marnie Weber, Simone Forti, and Brendan Fowler, as well as off-site event 1 Image, 1Minute, benefiting X-TRA Magazine, and a pop-up restaurant from Forage back at Barker Hangar. ALAC’s Facebook page has further postings on parties and event updates.

Click through below to view a gallery of select images.

Ryan McGinness, Untitled (Black Hole, Pearl White), 2008. Acrylic on wood panel, 48 x 48 inches. Courtesy of Country Club Projects, Los Angeles

Paul Winstanley, Interior with a Yellow Chair, 2010. Oil on linen, 44.88 x 29.92 inches. Courtesy 1301PE, Los Angeles

Uta Barth, Untitled (10.2), 2010. Mounted color photographs, framed 2 panels, 41 1/4 x 79 3/4 inches. Courtesy 1301PE, Los Angeles

Shepard Fairey, Iggy (Red), 2010. Stencil, collage on canvas. 40 x 30 inches. Courtesy of Country Club Projects, Los Angeles

Rirkrit Tiravanija, Untitled 2010 (BBQ corner). Chromed stainless steel panels, barbeque, and gas bottle. 3 x 3 x 3 ft. Edition 1/4 Courtesy 1301PE, Los Angeles

Brenna Youngblood, Untitled 2010, Mixed media on canvas, 60 x 60 inches. Courtesy of Honor Fraser, Los Angeles

Pae White, Carving 527-R CV-38 Burnt Orange, 2010 painted paper 24 x 18 inches 61 x 45.7 cm; and Carving 286-I R-72 Rose, 2010 painted paper 24 x 18 inches 61 x 45.7 cm. Courtesy 1301PE, Los Angeles

Camilo Ontiveros, Red Norge, 2010. Found washer and automotive paint. 50 x 30 x 25 inches. Courtesy Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles

Evan Gruzis, New Times Roman, ink on paper. Courtesy The Hole, New York

Matt Leines, Untitled, acrylic on panel, 7 x 9 in. Courtesy The Hole, New York

Will Rogan, Silencer (MUM) #11, 2008, altered magazine page, 11 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. (28.5 x 21 cm). Courtesy of Altman Siegel Gallery S/F, San Francisco

Miljohn Ruperto, Still from Mirror Symmetry Composition with Black Circle, 2010, HD video, 4:57 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles

Adam Pendleton, System of Display, T (Not/Godard Made in the U.S.A., 1966). Courtesy of Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles

Alexa Gerrity, Marked by Mercury production still, 2010. Single-channel video. 5 min. Edition of 5, 1AP. Courtesy of The Company, Los Angeles

Erwin Olaf, The Ice-cream Parlour from Rain, 2004. Lambda print/dibond/aluminium/Perspex. 70 × 70 cm. Courtesy of Galería Espacio Mínimo, Madrid

Richard Jackson, Upside Down Man (Blue, Orange), 2008. Fiberglass, acrylic paint. 50″ × 52″ × 28″. Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

Philip Loersch, XIII. Buch § 15 (A.3) / Apfelbaumglas, 2010. Ink, laquer, lead pencil on polystyrene, nylon thread. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of Galerie Jette Rudolph, Berlin

Mike Bayne, Liquor, 2010. Oil on board. 8″ × 12″. Courtesy of Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto

Alex Mirutziu, Unforgotten if unpunished (self portrait with medical sock, teddy bear mask and ball gag), 2010. C-print. 26½”×24½”. Courtesy of Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles

Danny Keith, I Dreamed I Had Nothing At All, Nothing But My Own Skin, 2010. Oil on panel. 24″ × 20″. Courtesy of Ratio 3, San Francisco

Lee Materazzi, Shower Curtain, 2010. C-print, archival mount on plexiglass. 35½” × 26″. Edition of 5. Courtesy of Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla

Sergey Bratkov, Bo from the series Best of Breed, 2009-2010. Collage. 64 × 60 × 9 cm. Courtesy of Regina Gallery, London

Shannon Finley, Undertow, 2010. Acrylic on canvas. 14½” × 16½”. Courtesy of Silverman Gallery, San Francisco

Brendan Fowler, Summer 2010 (Computer on 20″ Slingerland Bass Drum, Accident/The Wood Fell On Me In Studio May 20 2010 #5, “Poster For Dialog With The Band Aids Wolf” Screens in Studio, Flower in Patty’s Gazebo 2), 2010. Archival inkjet, frames, plexi. 36¾” × 43¾” × 5″ (93.3×111.1×12.7cm). Courtesy of UNTITLED, New York

Alek O., Lost, 2010. Unravelled sweater worn by artist. 19″ × 34½” (48 × 88 cm). Photo credit: Alex Howe. Courtesy of Gallery Vela, London