SOME SHOWS WE THINK YOU SHOULD SEE
A smattering of Los Angeles galleries, with Andrew Berardini
Perhaps the art fair brought you to LA, or maybe you live here but are looking for a little international flavor from the coterie of foreign art dealers caravanning in art from far-flung lands. There is a certain, dynamic allure to any assembly, party, fair.
But in the end, nobody really loves an art fair. There's the art fairs in the Grand Palais in Paris, whose beautiful glass dome certainly takes the sting out, but as a rule a convention hall will only ever be a conventional hall: harsh overhead lighting built more for general purpose display of sundries from motorhomes to porn, the endless snaking aisles and the cubicled walls, the crush of crowds and the cruisey look of dealers ripe for a deal. Didn't we get into art to escape Kafkaesque commercialism and bland corporate conclaves?
Romantic yearnings aside, permanent galleries (both commercial and public) at least tend to show art a touch more considerately, in spaces that accrue memories and arranged with vision over time (or at least that's the hope).
Here's a handful of gems around the city we think are inspired, if you’re looking for a contemplative art space to escape the fair...