The Other Art Fair

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The Other Art Fair
Curated by: Rebecca Wilson

650 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90065
March 15th, 2018 - March 18th, 2018
Opening: March 15th, 2018 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Private View: Thurs. March 15th, 6pm-10pm $30 (Limited advance tix available). General Entry $15 ($13.50 students and seniors): Friday, March 16th, 3pm–10pm; Saturday, March 17th, 1pm–10pm; Sunday, March 18th, 11am–6pm


The Other Art Fair (TOAF) presented by Saatchi Art, the U.K.’s leading art fair for discovering emerging artists, announces its Los Angeles debut and special features for the Fair taking place March 16-18, 2018, with an opening preview on March 15. TOAF will feature 100 independent and emerging artists, including some of Southern California’s most promising talent such as muralist  Kim West, known for her large-scale mural at Hauser & Wirth LA; abstract painter Jason Trotter; and German-born, LA-based photographer Jin-Woo Presana as well as artists from around the world. TOAF will be held at The Majestic Downtown, a historic landmark building located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

What sets The Other Art Fair apart? Unlike traditional art fairs whose exhibitors are galleries, The Other Art Fair’s exhibitors are the artists themselves, giving buyers unparalleled direct access to meet artists and learn about their work firsthand. Breaking the glass ceiling of gender disparity in the art world where statistics show that 50% of art students are women, but only 20% are represented by galleries, nearly 60% of TOAF participating artists are female.

Artists exhibiting at the TOAF are chosen by a panel of influential art experts and tastemakers.The Los Angeles debut selection committee includes: Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator and VP, Art Advisory at Saatchi Art; Claire L. Evans, writer, artist, lead singer of Yacht and co-founder of the local happenings app 5 Every Day; Lauri Firstenberg, artistic director of there-there and founder of LAXART; Kelly Nyland, a pioneer in the field of emerging tech and former Head of Marketing for Spectacles by Snap for Snapchat; and André Saraiva, world-renowned street artist.


The Other Art Fair pairs art with experiential programming, appealing to both seasonedand and first-time art collectors. Below are some of the highlighted fair features:

  • Site-specific mural by abstract painter Charlie Edmiston.
  • The Saatchi Art Talks Program, led by Saatchi Art’s Chief Curator and Selection Committee member Rebecca Wilson, will gather artists such as BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning multidisciplinary artist Gary Baseman, who has created artwork for several recent seasons of Coach’s collections; Icelandic born/London-based Kristjana Williams known for her commissions for the V&A Museum, Penhaligons and Paul Smith; cultural influencers including Variety senior VP and awards editor Tim Gray; Kenneth Schlenker, founder/partner of Stellar Base, formerly CMO of artnet; and artist/activist Chantal Barlow of the Unconventional Apology Project, a portrait and interview series giving voice to survivors of domestic abuse.  
  • Carly Kuhn, aka The Cartorialist, will present an exclusive site-specific installation of line drawings in the Saatchi Art Lounge.
  • Saatchi Art Artist-in-Residence Kelly Brumfield-Woods will invite attendees to step inside the Glitter Chamber for an immersive experience that draws upon her roots in L.A’s finish-fetish movement.
  • Rhythms Of Vision (Kassia Meador and Farmer Dave Scher) will create an hour-long meditative sound bath experience presented by Echo Park's The Deep End Club, a community clubhouse for art and activism. Limited spaces are available with advance registration at an additional purchase price.
  • Independent art and pop-culture bookshop pop-up with Hat and Beard Press.
  • Banish creative self-doubt with an official “Artistic License” by illustrator and writer Hallie Bateman.
  • Artist Davia King will create a live portrait mural with children of all ages and CoachArt, the fair’s official charity partner.
  • Live radio program and DJ sets throughout the weekend, curated and hosted by non-profit radio station Dublab and Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles.
  • Abstract neon sculpture bar and installation by “Neon Queen” Lisa Schulte for Bulleit Frontier Whiskey
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