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LA Art Show holds opening party tonight; DTLA fair begins tomorrow

By Hayley Fox
Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at 10:07AM
via L.A. Art Show

The L.A. Art Show begins tonight with an opening party.

Downtown's L.A. Art Show kicks off on Wednesday with an opening night party followed by the official start of the convention tomorrow, where tens-of-thousands of people are expected to view (and some purchase) an array of art.

According to the art show's website, it is the "the longest running venue for contemporary, modern, historic and traditional art in the country," and includes four sections of work: The Modern & Contemporary Section, The Historic & Traditional Section, The Vintage Poster Section and The IFPDA Los Angeles Print Fair.

"The Los Angeles Art Show is uniquely diverse and is certainly one of the most interesting shows in the world," said Scott Diament, CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group (PBSG), in a statement.

The PBSG acquired the L.A. Art Show in 2012 from the Fine Art Dealers Association. Last year's convention attracted more than 50,000 visitors to DTLA's Convention Center.

In addition to the galleries featured at this year's event, the four-day show will include lectures, tours and after-parties. Many of the participating art galleries are from California and the rest of the U.S., but there are also representatives from China, Spain, Russia and the U.K.

“The City of Los Angeles has established itself over the last 20 years as one of the most important centers in the United States and the Los Angeles Art Show has been an important factor in making that happen," said Kim Martindale, general manager of the art show, in a statement last year.

The L.A. Art Show begins Thursday and will run through Sunday; open hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. everyday, except on Sunday when the show closes at 5 p.m.

General admission tickets are $20; if purchased online, that price drops to $15 plus a processing fee. Four-day passes cost $35 to $40, and tickets to the opening night party as well as VIP access to the convention can range from $125 to $500. The most expensive tickets will also get you access to am hour-long reception that has actor (and writer) James Franco as the guest of honor.

If Franco isn't enough to get you to the opening night festivities, 100 percent of ticket sales for the premiere party benefits arts programs for kids, including The Art of Elysium and The J. Paul Getty Museum’s Education Department.

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