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THE LA ART SHOW~January 10~14, 2018

Celebrate the 2018 LA Art Show, the West Coast’s most exclusive Art market experience.

Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
South Hall

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SHOW DATES – January 10-14, 2018
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 7pm – 11pm
Thursday, January 11, 2018, 11am – 7pm
Friday, January 12, 2018, 11am – 7pm
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 11am – 7pm
Sunday, January 14, 2018, 11am – 5pm

The LA Art Show is distinguished as the region’s foremost celebration of the visual arts offering collectors, galleries and the community the opportunity to view, exhibit and purchase art from around the globe. Every year we exceed all expectations and 2017 proved to be record breaking as we deepened our roster of galleries, pursued new exciting art programming and engaged LA’s major art institutions. The demands of the evolving art market in Los Angeles and it’s emergence as a vital player of the global art scene drives our marketing and planning. Creating an art show which influences the highest level of creative innovations through the connection of world-class galleries, renowned artists, top curators and collectors is our goal. The LA Art Show is proud to be one of the world’s largest and longest running events with more than 100 leading galleries from over 18 countries exhibiting in 200,000 square feet of exhibition space to an estimated 70,000 attendees over a four day period.



12-10-16 NELA ART WALK!

Come thru and show your support. Purchase some dope art right before the Holidays! See you all at there!

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Recap of L.A Art Show 2015

The L.A. Art Show celebrated its 20th. Anniversary at the Los Angeles Convention Center this past weekend and as thousands of Art lovers from all over the world enjoyed the Modern, Contemporary and Historic Art works on view; our local artists and friends made sure their presence was felt as many of us can agree that this 2015 L.A. Art Show was strongly influenced by our Graffiti Art Movement. Street, Urban or whatever they want to reference it to; is clearly making its strong impact for many artists from different genres and yours truly never felt so proud of witnessing this movement evolve to all these new and upcoming artists.

First of all I want to thank Petal for allowing Lil Frida and myself to partake on this awesome Art Show; it would not have happened without her help and support. Our entire weekend was so inspirational!

I must say the first reaction while entering the L.A Art Show; it was a bit overwhelming to take in all that Art! Did not know where to start but obviously, I started by going to check out the live painting my friends from the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles which included dear friends Petal, Blosm and with the added addition of Sonji, Los Angeles Based Muralist and artist. As I walked towards the back of the convention I noticed there was a panel discussion going on and to my surprise it was our friend and brother from UTI El Mac! What a great way to start enjoying this event, but by listening to a true Artist in regards to the mural conservancy and other issues our city has dealt with in the past. Aside to him was legendary comedian and art collector Cheech Marin, who seemed very proud to be sitting next to our brother from UTI Crew. Other brothers from the UTI Crew were also present on that January 17, 2015 date. Chee, Picture and Nuke were also there to show their support. This moment set the entire day for me as the public has witnessed Los Angeles at its best by being represented by artists that are true to this movement in the streets, have come a long way to now be viewed as prestigious and legendary Artists today. Most of the event I was accompanied by dear friend and great photographer Wendy Random chavez; always a good time to talk about art and document special moments to this Art Scene.

After the lecture panel, Lil Frida and I decided to finally get started on our journey of discovering and enjoying all of these galleries that were not only local but also worldwide. Imagine, the perspective, the different types of mediums and different processes and cultures emerging less than one roof glorifying the true essence of a diverse art form. We worked our way to the entrance. Just way too much to take in, what to photograph, what catches our eye first. Very interesting that although it felt as I had taken hundreds of photos, there was not as many as I had figured. One of the best parts of walking thru all this art, was Frida s reaction to everything, I love her mind and her appreciation to Art. She walked with so much reassurance of knowing what good art should be. She was wearing her pieced up jacket her dad Pryer had made for her last night specifically for this event. With her afro puffs and high boots; Lil Frida stole the show as she was as well a piece of art that everybody wanted to photograph as she walked by. This was our first day at the L.A Art show, we came back the next day to the grand finale of our friends Petal, Blosm and Sonji’s live production to document for the books. As we were able to hang out with Roten, Anuh and Sleeps at the Cartwheel Art’s Exhibition for Dark Progressivsm’ Metropolis Rising which was curated by Lisa Derrick of Cartwheel Art and Rodrigo Riber d’Ebre, filmmaker of Dark Progressivism. You can say the weekend ended as a success for all my fellow comrades from Los Angeles. I am very proud to be a part of this established Movement of artists and revolutionaries that use art as a form of communicating with the masses of political, social and artistic issues we are all faced with today. I love Los Angeles and love Art. Please enjoy some of the best captured moments of the LA Art Show 2015.

Much Love & Respect to all the Artists and Organizers Representing Los Angeles!

Monica Smiles Tobon





Alphabet Soup Art Show Recap


On May 24, 2013 one of the best Art Exhibit openings in Los Angeles took place at Plaza de la Raza in Lincoln Heights California. I know this is a little bit late, but it is always good to go back on time and relive such an amazing night for many of us Art lovers and friends of this amazing group of artists that are stamping their legacy in the history of Los Angeles Urban Art.

I must say that I was very excited to come to this show and absorb as much as I can the amazing art that was going to be on display. But like always we end up on a little adventure before getting to our final destination.

On this night our dear friend John Zender Estrada, well-known established O.G. muralist and Graff artist had an art show going on the same day so of course we had to go and show our support before heading to the main event for the night. I always enjoy going to his shows because they are family oriented and Frida (my daughter) always has a great time seeing her own circle of friends from the Art scene. The arte at their show was really good, they had some arte from Raul Gonzales as well as many other conscious artists whose subject matter is always our culture and political views.

After being there for a bit, we finally made our way to the big Show. I was very excited and concern at the same time for the location since it’s a very active area. But really, I had no idea that there was a gallery setting space at this park in Plaza de la Raza so I was very excited to be there for the first time as an art lover.

We got the venue around 10:00pm thinking we were going to only get the end of the show; the venue was packed! The parking structure was full still. So we had to park far, Pryer, Lil Frida and myself walked thru the dark park, while ducks and swans were sleeping, struggling with my high heels again we finally get closer to the parking structure, minding our own business, we hear someone yelling out the top of their lungs “Pryer, Smiles, Frida!!!!” But we just wanted to get to the venue so we ignored it, that crazy vato kept on yelling so we finally turned around to look and there he was, the one and only Mr. Crazy Loko Fate SKA, MSK AWR, haven’t seen our brother in so long, we love you vato.

As we entered the venue, it was filled with new faces and amazing art collectors and press media. I was so happy to see what a great turnout our dear friends had, Chaz, Retna, Defer, Big Sleeps, Prime, Cryptik and all the OG’s that were part on this historical moment for Los Angeles Graffiti Writers. It was so difficult to walk thru the venue to check out the art because it remained extremely packed with visitors throughout the entire time. Although we had gotten there late; the party was still going on and the night did not end until almost midnight, only by constant request of the staff there. Ha ha ha!..

As an Art historian, and a former university student, one always studies those amazing masters in the Art world, we envision and try to know as much information as how an opening show was for Andy Warhol, or Picasso and any of those amazing artists we research now in the history or art. Although the research can be endless we cannot ever relive it, know what it smelled like, what the environment was, who was there, the attitude of the artists, the food, the drinks, the laughter and the conversations on those amazing open receptions of the past. But I must say to you, with sincerity that this Alphabet Soup show reminded me of those great open receptions I have been studying about all of these years. The public was very welcoming to all of us that partake in the Graff movement. I never felt a feeling of discomfort or mistrust; we were all in great harmony standing side of side with some of the greatest and cherished art collectors nationwide. I was extremely excited to be present at this show not only because the art was breathtaking but also to witness how the public, educators, community leaders and the top press medias taking in all our culture and share this night with all of us.

As the night went along, with the moon out and bright, the tunes of the DJ’s sets consisted of salsa, reggae and cumbias which for many of you that know me, these are my favorite music tunes as well as Frida’s. My little Frida and myself danced the night away as the crowd was surprised to see such a young girl have such great moves, we love you Frida!. My lovely girls Uzi and Lea also joined the fun, mis morenazas always make any place fun. There were a lot of familiar faces that appeared and vanished during the night. Pryer’s brothers and sisters from the SKA Fam were there supporting as well such as Kalm, who by the way has some really nice and sophisticated lettering as well; my opinion is that he should have been part of this show as well. But hopefully soon, you can all get to enjoy his style of writing as well. I also got to finally meet Oiler’s and Leeyah’s little baby Oil; such a cute big cacheton boy!. Also my girls from “Mi Vida” were there, if you don;t know who they are, they are a dynamic Primas Duo that support the community as well as artists, they are also part of the NELA Art walk that takes place the First Saturday of every month.

Anyways, the night ended for us around midnight, as we stayed back until the public left so we can look at all the art work from every angle and document it as well. I got the chance to talk with one of the curators for this show, and she mentioned that it was her first time working with artists from this Graffiti medium and they were all shocked on the outcome and attendance from the public. She threw in some of the prices of the pieces as well as the pieces that were sold and I was very proud of our homeys…we are all looking forward to more amazing news and events from your now well-established careers.

Congrats to you all and let the Good Times Roll……

-Monica Smiles Tobon