One could say last weekend kicked off the Spring Art Season with the 27th annual Photo LA at the Santa Monica Airport. There were so many strong exhibitors from vintage photos to experimental and contemporary it's difficult to say what my favorites were. Here are a few gallerists, artists and a collector showing off their favorites.
A side note, LA is just now coming into its own as a fine art collector's market. Next weekend three high end and three emerging independent art fairs will be converging on Los Angeles for a total of 6 major art fairs in the Southern California region from the beach to Hollywood and Downtown LA. Count the art fair in Palm Springs the number comes to 7. If that's not enough you will also be able to find a number of gallerists and artists showing out of their rooms around town as well as highly coveted private dinners and curated tours.
The 'convergence of two cultures' to describe who attends photo fairs was a saavy quote from George Lawson standing in front of a Tama Hochbaum, one of two particularly interesting photographers along with Paul Rickert who Lawson showed at PhotoLA.
Mary Komsowoky of KPProjects displayed impressive Vivian Maier works whose story is inspiring for any serious hobbyist.
Polly Borland's work, an LA based Aussie ex-pat represented by the Nino Mier Gallery, collaborates with a fashion model using stockings stuffed with cotton to create strangely beautiful anthropomorphic images.
Canadian Rob MacInnis models are sanctuary farm animals and were selling strongly.
Woman about town and editor at large for Musee Magazine, Christine La Monte, shows us a print she purchased in front of her Best in Show that reminds her of a time when she lived in Japan at Stephen Cohen's salon style booth titled, "The 70's Show."
Dan Miller of Duncan Miller Gallery and his team of 5 curators is an early adopter of social media to advance his business prospects with their wildly successful YourDailyPhotograph on line bidding system. Miller, above, is standing in front of a compilation of photos of Albert Einstein that he pulled together, showing thematic groups of photos together in grid like fashion for the first time.
With vintage photography you can own a piece of history that feels vital and up to the minute, stark sometimes in the worst way. Danziger Gallery carries a rare proof sheet containing the infamous/famous Dorothea Lange's haunting portrait of migrant farm worker mother, Florence Thompson, with three of her seven children at a makeshift tent camp in Nipomo, California.
Gallerists on the international circuit of fairs came far and wide from Copenhagen to China. Jacob Gols , right, represented by Maibritt Rangstrup, left, of In the Gallery was selling nicely. As was Mino Gallery from China, below, with half of their space empty by the end of show.
Lastly, the panels were not to be missed and well attended right up the end on Sunday. Photo LA's compilation of photos from LA's collectors was also informative. Even if you know what you like, it's nice to see what others take seriously.
Photos by Lewis H. Perkins
Tara Fass, LMFT #35078, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles, California. She treats adults and couples dealing with a broad range of issues from navigating the legacy of divorce in one's life, to the quarter life crisis and conscious aging. Together we attempt to make meaning [...]