It may have taken until 2019 for Los Angeles to have a truly legitimate Art Week but we say better late than never. Come mid-February three new-to-L.A. art fairs will blow into town to join two of our old favorite art happenings. They won’t be here for long, so use our quick guide to catch them while you can!
DesertX first appeared on the scene in 2017 with 16 site-specific art installations scattered across the Coachella Valley. The second edition materializes February 9th–April 21, features 19 artists, and is free and open to the public. We say it’s definitely road trip worthy. Even more so when you combine it with a visit to Art Palm Springs, Modernism Week, the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells or the Coachella music festival. So check out the DesertX and 4th Wall apps for guides to the art installations, grab the nearest dune buggy, and hightail it to the desert for what promises to be a great adventure.
DesertX; Various sites in the Coachella Valley. See website or download free DesertX and 4th Wall apps for info on artists, special programming and precise locations; February 9–April 21; Free, no tickets needed
Originally established in London, Frieze art fair expanded its reach to New York in 2014 and this year makes its debut in Los Angeles. Frieze LA arrives at Paramount Studios with 70 of the most notable local and international contemporary art galleries around and includes daily programming, film and Frieze’s signature site specific artist’s projects. This highly anticipated fair is a must see.
Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC)
Long one of our favorite fairs, Art Los Angeles Contemporary is small, well-curated and easy to love. It’s been the only serious contemporary art fair in Los Angeles for the last several years, so it remains to be seen how ALAC evolves now that its not the only game in town. With it’s impressive roster of galleries, we’re hoping it will be better than ever.
It’s been way too long since we darkened the doorsteps of Chateau Marmont for the Gramercy International. Following in its footsteps, Felix LA will set up shop at the legendary Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and it too will let its guest rooms and cabanas serve as mini-galleries for the duration of the fair. With roughly 40 galleries and multiple special projects this promises to be a fun experience. And, should the weather heat up, you can grab a drink poolside to admire David Hockney’s iconic painted swimming pool.
Felix LA; The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; February 14-17; Free, no tickets needed
SPRING/BREAK Los Angeles
Always a breath of fresh air, SPRING/BREAK provides a showcase for more than 40 emerging and local artists, non-profits and collectives. Originating in New York, the fair couldn’t have picked a better year to arrive in Los Angeles. And, since its located in downtown L.A.’s red hot Arts District, you can complete your day with a stop at the ICA LA, some gallery visits and then head to one of the many great restaurants in DTLA. SPRING/BREAK could just be the go-to fair for first-time art buyers.