Colorful Conflict at Frieze, Felix + Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fairs

Six highlights from LA's exemplary week of artistic immersion

As four art fairs—Frieze Los Angeles, Felix Art Fair, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, and SPRING/BREAK Art Show in (DTLA)—vied for attendee attention in LA, works within each outpost grappled with the role of color. Highlights of this nature were plentiful—crowned by James Turrell‘s exquisite releases at Pace Gallery and Ugo Rondinone‘s “Ten Mountains + One Sun,” both at Frieze—but certain works positioned their aesthetic value …

Interview: FUTURA’s Decades of Kinetic Art + Meaningful Collaborations

From the "BREAK" train in the '80s to today's BMW M2, the artist's work continues to move people

In 1980, a subway car sped through the Bronx completely covered in the work of Futura (the pseudonym of graffiti writer Lenny McGurr, formerly Futura 2000). It was another breakthrough for the artist—and the art form, as it was an exploration of unmatched proportions, all the while void of a traditional tag. Futura eschewed the medium’s font-forward styles for abstraction and, in doing so, helped …

Whimsy + Indulgence at Art Los Angeles Contemporary’s 10th Annual Art Fair

Santa Monica's ALAC celebrates the playfulness of art on show

Away from the hubbub of Frieze Los Angeles and the intimacy of the Felix Art Fair, Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) celebrated its 10th anniversary this past weekend. Occupying the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica Airport, the fair felt comfortable in its own Olson Kundig-designed skin. Some 100 exhibitors—drawn from 19 countries—presented thoughtful, diverse and provocative pieces. Highlights were found everywhere. And yet a certain use of whimsical, indulgent blends of color, …