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Escape From L.A. (via the Fake Big Apple): Paris Photo Opens at Paramount Studios

The New York back lot.

The march of people into an art fair on opening day is always a little funereal. The collectors are straight-faced—they mean business—and others are bracing themselves for a day spent in the confines of a convention center with its sterile fluorescent lighting.

At Paris Photo, which held its first American edition at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles last week, the mood was nothing short of giddy. Walking through the labyrinthine alleys of Paramount was simultaneously familiar and unrecognizable. The giant screen painted like the sky sitting in the parking lot seemed to lift the veil on a few open-air scenes from cinematic history. And the New York back lot—adorned with fake subway kiosks, fake brownstones and fake walk-ups with fake fire escapes—almost made me feel right at home, except that the kiosks didn’t lead to anywhere but a brick wall and the upper floors of the brownstones didn’t exist beyond the building facades. Dealers had settled inside, creating impromptu businesses that made the fair feel like a stroll through an under-construction gallery district. Read More

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They Love L.A.: Why New York Dealers Do an Art Fair in Tinseltown

Kenneth Tam, Compression, 2011. Courtesy ltd los angeles.

“I go to New York and I see so few shows that are worth a damn,” said former television executive Blake Byrne. He was talking with former Los Angeles art dealer and current New York art dealer Katie Brennan at last night’s opening of Art Los Angeles Contemporary, the three-year-old art fair held in a hangar at the Santa Monica airport. “All I know is, I just redecorated my home and I woke up and realized, ‘Holy shit! 80 percent of the work I reinstalled comes from L.A. artists… and my house has never looked better.’” Read More

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The Best Coast: Will New York Dealers Succeed in Los Angeles?

Tim Nye's new gallery in Los Angeles, Nye+Brown. (Photo: Andrew Russeth)

“Hollywood is so much sexier than the art world,” Berlin-based art dealer Javier Peres was telling The Observer. “There’s much more hype, there’s more cash flowing at it. The art world in Los Angeles has always competed with Hollywood, and it’s always been a tough struggle.”

We were speaking with Mr. Peres in the convention center in downtown L.A. that last week housed the brand new art fair Art Platform Los Angeles, a venture of Merchandise Mart, the same company that owns New York’s Armory Show. It was the opening day of the fair, and Mr. Peres was exhibiting there; visitors were pouring through the doors at a steady clip. Meanwhile, the well-funded Getty Foundation was opening “Pacific Standard Time,” a series of exhibitions on postwar California art that spans scores of museums and commercial galleries and runs for the next six months.

It looked like art might be giving Hollywood a run for its money. Or, at least, that’s what a group of New York dealers setting up shop here are hoping. Read More

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Art Platform, LA’s New Fair, Arrives

A gigantic chair, not by Robert Therrien, sits in L.A. Mart's parking lot. (Photo: Andrew Russeth)

“No one likes to go downtown,” a Los Angeles dealer told us plainly earlier this week. “No one.”

The gallerist, who asked for anonymity to avoid causing offense, was discussing fair company Merchandise Mart’s decision to house its new art fair, Art Platform, on the second floor of L.A. Mart. It’s a nondescript white building, not far from the L.A. Convention Center and the Staples Center, the home of the Los Angeles Lakers. Read More