4 Must-See L.A. Art Shows and Exhibits in January
Look for industry collectors from Leonardo DiCaprio to Cheech Marin to turn out at the city's largest annual fairs and Hollywood-centered gallery shows.
L.A. ART SHOW, JAN. 10-14
Now in its 24th year, the event draws more than 90 galleries from 18 countries and had a record attendance of 70,000 in 2017 that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Collins, James Brolin and Anne Hathaway. This year, the Littletopia section honors artist Margaret Keane, 90, the subject of Tim Burton's 2014 film Big Eyes (Amy Adams won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Keane). And Matthew Modine will mark the 30th anniversary of Full Metal Jacket with an exhibit of photographs. The star, who next appears in June's Sicario 2: Soldado, played a correspondent for Stars and Stripes in Stanley Kubrick's brutal take on the Vietnam War. Modine took photos on the set with an old Rolleiflex — those snapshots and his detailed logs became the book Full Metal Diary in 2005. "The magical thing about some photographs is this: They continue to develop over time," says Modine. "The negatives and images lay quietly in boxes, and the world outside changes." L.A. Convention Center, laartshow.com
ART LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARY, JAN. 25-28
Justine Bateman and music exec Ron Handler are on the host committee for the fair, which in 2017 saw Hollywood joiners from CAA's Joel Lubin to such stars as Eliza Dushku, Rhea Perlman, Brian Austin Green and Eddie Van Halen. VIP events for 2018 include tours of private collections like Cheech Marin's. Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, artlosangelesfair.com
MAN RAY'S L.A., JAN. 11-FEB. 17
ON display at Gagosian (456 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills) is a series of candid photos from 11 years of Ray's career spent in Los Angeles after he fled Paris during WWII. The collection includes images of Ava Gardner, Igor Stravinsky, Tilly Losch and others taken by the late artist, whose work marked an auction record ($3.1 million) in November.
THE MODERNIST, JAN. 12-FEB. 17
Catherine Opie's new film, The Modernist, opens Jan. 12 at Regen Projects (6750 Santa Monica Blvd.). "It's a 22-minute work of more than 800 still images pieced together about an arsonist who targets Los Angeles Case Study houses," says Annapurna TV's Sue Naegle, who screened an early cut of the work. "I'm really excited about it."
This story appears in the Jan. 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.