February is a major month for art fairs in Los Angeles, with several shows occurring either concurrently or closely. Numerous CalArtians are among the artists represented at the February fairs, notably at Frieze Los Angeles, LA Art Show, Felix Art Fair, and Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC).
Frieze Los Angeles
Preview Thursday, Feb. 13, runs Friday, Feb. 14-Sunday, Feb. 16
Paramount Pictures Studios
Frieze returns to Los Angeles to present the best of local and international contemporary art at Paramount’s backlot movie set. CalArtians Andrea Bowers (Art MFA 92) and Laddie John Dill (Chouinard 68) are among the panelists at the “Artists as Patrons” discussion on Friday, Feb. 14 at 3 pm, occurring as part of the fair’s Conversations on Patronage summit at Paramount’s Sherry Lansing Theater. Bowers and Dill will discuss how artists can support their peers and expand their roles into the realm of patronage, alongside Executive Director of Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts Mary Clare Stevens and Executive Director of Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles Anne Ellegood.
CalArtians Sayre Gomez (Art MFA 08), Vincent Ramos (Art MFA 07), and Gary Simmons (Art MFA 90) will also present new works as part of the festival’s Frieze Projects programming, curated by Rita Gonzalez and Pilar Tompkins Rivas. REDCAT Award winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery of Splendour (2015) will also screen Sunday, Feb. 16 at 1:30-3:35 pm at Paramount Theatre as part of Frieze Film & Talks, curated by K11 Art Foundation Art Director Venus Lau.
LA Art Show
Wednesday, Feb. 5-Sunday, Feb. 9
LA Convention Center – South Hall
Billed as the most comprehensive international contemporary art show in America, the LA Art Show celebrates its 25th anniversary with innovative programming and works from more than 120 galleries. Among the highlights is a museum show celebrating the centennial anniversary of the Chouinard School of Art, the precursor to the Chouinard Institute of Art and later CalArts. The booth, curated by Mat Gleason of Coagula Curatorial and Dave Tourjé of the Chouinard Foundation, digs deep into Chouinard’s archives of works by midcentury masters, including Frederick Hammersley (Chouinard 68), Ynez Johnston (Chouinard 56), John Altoon (Chouinard 50), Emerson Woelffer (former Chouinard faculty), Llyn Foulkes (Chouinard 59), and Robert Irwin (Chouinard 54, former Chouinard faculty). Also on display are recent works by John Van Hamersveld (Chouinard 65, former CalArts faculty), Judy Stabile (Chouinard 72), Jill Sattler (Chouinard 68), Chaz Bojorquez (Chouinard 69), and Robert Williams (Chouinard 64).
Animator and director Jorge R. Gutierrez (Film/Video MFA 00) was spotted among the panelists in the “Virtual Art in the Real World” discussion on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 1 pm. During the panel, presented by LACMA, Gutierrez will join multidisciplinary artist Nancy Baker Cahill, curator Britt Salvesen, and writer-producer Jesse Damiani in discussing their diverse practices and career trajectories.
Felix Art Fair
Thursday, Feb. 13-Sunday, Feb. 16
The Hollywood Roosevelt
Following 2019’s successful inaugural installment, Felix Art Fair returns to LA for its second edition with programming that seeks to “create an intimate experience that prioritizes connoisseurship, collaboration, and community.” Renowned feminist artist and co-founder of CalArts’ Feminist Art Program Judy Chicago headlines the projects list with selected works on paper and in sculpture, as well as video. The exhibition is curated by television producer Jill Soloway (Transparent) and presented by Jessica Silverman Gallery in San Francisco. Other participating artists at Felix Art Fair include Luis Flores (Art MFA 14), presented by Matthew Brown Gallery in Los Angeles, and Anne Collier (Art BFA 93), presented by Anton Kern Gallery in New York.
Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC)
Thursday, Feb. 13-Sunday, Feb. 16
The Hollywood Athletic Club
In recent years, ALAC has been credited with attracting the interests of the art world at large; Blouin Artinfo praised the fair with “showcas[ing] L.A.’s growing presence as an international hub.” Of the more than 40 established and emerging galleries in the show, several represent CalArtians, including 1301PE, Mixografia, and Praz-Delavallade.