Looking at art – really looking – is exhausting. An hour was enough to see some stunning landscapes and gorgeous figures and florals, and I spent the second hour wandering through the show, alternately enjoying and being repulsed.
With 50,000 people attending over 4 days, the crowd was as diverse as the art, which ranged from $600 to $600,000. Vendors included 33 “historical and traditional,” and 58 “modern and contemporary,” from the U.S. and Asia (Japan, Korean, 9 from China), South America (Venezuela), and Europe (Italy, France, Russia), and the United Kingdom (including Canada and 6 or more from Britain).
|Edgar Payne in the Sierra Nevada.|
|John Gamble's poppies are prolific in paintings.|
|Word Art (photo from LA Art Show website)|
|This may invoke heartbreak for a |
4-year old, but is it artistic?
Steven Diamant, owner of Arcadia Gallery in New York, was also quoted in the Times, saying “most of the tastemaking critics and curators have a need to find something new, and as far as they're concerned, representational painting is not new, regardless of its skill and impact. . . It seems that representational painting has to be disturbing or ugly to be taken seriously.”
Oh, and Damien Hirst had a hologram of the diamond encrusted skull that he bought from himself, and a few dot paintings, looking flat and shallow and sort of, well, just right for LA.
|These dots remind me of candy. Or Katy Perry.|