Our Pick of the Week starts ThursALAC-Logoday January 29, with an opening event and runs through Sunday, February 1.

Art Los Angeles Contemporary celebrates its sixth year and will be held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

ALAC will host a roster of over 70 leading and emerging galleries from around the world who will present dynamic new works from their represented artists. The fair will feature a rigorous program of talks, curated video screenings and the release of the first edition of the Art Los Angeles Reader, a printed newspaper featuring art criticism, interviews, and work by esteemed curators, writers, and artists.

Los Angeles gallery,  M+B will present LCDs, a new body of work by Matthew Brandt. These new lightboxes are inspired by our cultural consumption of information through LCD screens—computers, phones, tablets, televisions—and the illusion of interconnectivity they provide by masquerading as public spaces and democratizing platforms for receiving information.

SALAC-MBee image: M+B, Matthew Brandt, LCD 55.2, 2015, plastic resin on plastic with polarization lenses in LED lightbox frame, 27-1/4 x 48-1/4, 2-3/4 inches, unique

Alongside the fair’s returning exhibitors such as David Kordansky Gallery, 1301PE, Altman Siegel, and STANDARD (OSLO), ALAC is pleased to welcome a number of first time exhibitors: Johann König, Berlin, will show a selection of artists including Berlin-­‐based Jeppe Hein, whose works are part of several institutional collections such as Tate Gallery, London, and Centre Pompidou, Paris. Carl Freedman Gallery, London, will be presenting new painted plaster and canvas sculptures of oversized edibles by Jessie Flood-­‐Paddock, continuing her exploration of popular food culture, as well as new figurative paintings by Ivan Seal made in direct response to Flood-­‐Paddock’s work. i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, will bring a presentation of Icelandic and international conceptual contemporary artists including Ragnar Kjartansson, Olafur Eliasson, and Alicja Kwade.

See image: 1301 PE, Diana Thater, Oculus 200ALAC-023-1301pe-dianathater1, (1) projector, (1) DVD player, (1) DVD, bathroom mirror and existing architecture, Dimensions variable

Michael Benevento, Los Angeles, will be showing a selection of artists including Michael E. Smith whose sculptures and paintings are created from grimy urban detritus, discarded everyday materials, and found objects. Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, will be presenting new abstract paintings by New York-­‐based artists Sam Moyer and Joanne Greenbaum. Macaulay & Co. Fine Art, Vancouver, will present pieces by Nicholas Galanin and Canadian First Nations artist Kent Monkman. Galanin’s sculptures, installation, and video work conceptually address issues of representation and commoditization of native culture, and Monkman’s works examine Indigenous American and Canadian history as represented by 19th and 20th century artists.

In addition, the fair hosts a comprehensive programming series, including world class artist talks, museum curator led panel discussions, and film screening and performance series. Special events are staged on site at the art fair as well as throughout the city in satellite locations. Home to internationally renowned museums, leading art schools, hundreds of contemporary galleries, and a prodigious number of practicing artists, Los Angeles serves as the perfect landscape for a progressive, international contemporary art fair.

ALAC-046-greeneexhibitions-peterwuSee image: Peter Wu, Substantia Nigra (Figure 1) 2013, Air-dry clay, India ink, mounted on linen and wood, 21 x 17 x 3½ inches, Unique

2015 Host Committee includes: Pierpaolo & Valeria Barzan, J. Ben Bourgeois & Andrew Rhoda, China Chow, Cliff & Mandy Einstein, Mark Fluent & Justine Bateman, Irwin Gold, Gail & Stanley Hollander, Susan & Michael, Mihail Lari & Scott Murray, Marc J. Lee, Eugenio Lopez, Iris Marden, Juliet McIver, Randall Kaplan, Leslie & Bill McMorrow, Joyce & Michael Ostin, Charlie Pohlad, Esthella Provas, Joshua & Sonya Roth, Eugene Sadovoy, Mark Sandelson, Ronnie Sassoon, Sam & Shanit Schwartz, Joyce Trabulus, Jesse Williams & Aryn Drakelee-Williams, Kulapat Yantrasast, Christopher Yin & John Yoon.

Click here to purchase advance tickets online. Tickets range from $22 per day or $30 for a weekend pass. Be Sure to check the website. Tickets will also be available at the box office through the duration of the fair weekend.

What: Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC)
Where: Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport, 3021 Airport Ave., SM 90405
When: Thurs, Jan 29: 7pm-9pm; Friday/Sat, Jan 30,31: 11am-7pm; Sunday Feb 1: 11am-6pm
Website:  http://artlosangelesfair.com/