Highlights from the Art Shows 2020

with Editor Janice Bremec Blum & Carmen Bordas

INSTALLATION BIRTH OF THE NIEMAND.

Artist, Viktor Freso creates sophisticated concepts and projects presenting them as seemingly simple closed “Pieces of Art.” His is often critical in his works and aggressively expresses his contempt of the art scene itself and its processes buy with a light, humorous and playful undertone.  Courtesy, LA Art Show 2020.

Flying Swan Palace by Du Kun ... Mizuma Art Gallery, New York, Tokyo, Singapore.

 

The Flying Swam Palace is a unique piece from the “Sights of the Mount Sumeru” series, through which Du Kun portrays his imagination of the modern gods of music… Amazing! Note the waterfall. Courtesy of LA Art Show

Eye Wide by Darius Steward.

A figurative watercolor painter, Steward is a native of East Cleveland, OH. Growing up in a rough neighborhood, he learned the power of images and laments that life had little shock value left. He began exploring his voice and addressing social based issues and the impact of popular culture and the media. For more info on Darius, go to https://dariussteward.com.

LA ART SHOW

This year we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the LA Art Show has established a tradition of presenting a vast range of art showing a range of styles, media, discipliLnes and periods from all over the world. Journey with me on this quick tour and before the pandemic began and what to expect in 2021. Janice Bremec Blum, Editor-in-Chief

One week later, FRIEZE came to LA.

Guest editor Carmen Bordas expounds on her FRIEZE LA 2020 journey with our team... "It immersed me in a totally new experience."
I'm Carmen Bordas, here to give you a photographic journey through FREIZE LA 2020
First of all, FRIEZE LA - 2020 was an amazing experience. It is a multidimensional art space where art galleries around the world serve up a variety of thoughts and ideas coexisting together.

FRIEZE LOS ANGELES 2020

First of all, FRIEZE LA takes place at Paramount Pictures Studios, the historic studio lot located right her in Hollywood. It largely focuses on contemporary art and celebrates the exceptionally dynamic culture of LA and its global contributions to the visual arts. 

The full program at Frieze Los Angeles brings together around 70 of the most significant and forward-thinking galleries from across the city and around the world. The fair experience happenings take place across the city.

Carmen Bordas talking art with dealer at FRIEZE LA 2020
ART TODAY 021718 “My hope is to uplift, educate and to bring joy and serenity to my audience through my paintings.” Synthia SAINT JAMES

ART TODAY 021718 “My hope is to uplift, educate and to bring joy and serenity to my audience through my paintings.” Synthia SAINT JAMES

Synthia SAINT JAMES is a world renowned multicultural visual artist, an award winning author and/or illustrator of 17 children’s books, several poetry and affirmation books, a cookbook, a play, a monologue, and the autobiographical book titled Living My Dream: An Artistic Approach to Marketing (which was nominated for a NAACP Image Award in 2012).

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ART TODAY 021618 Artistry Commissions by Synthia SAINT JAMES

ART TODAY 021618 Artistry Commissions by Synthia SAINT JAMES

Synthia SAINT JAMES’ art and celebrity have been utilized in numerous promotional campaigns for such companies as Royal Caribbean International, Johnson & Johnson’s Ambi, Liberty Mutual, Seagram’s, Union Bank of California, Washington Mutual Bank, Maybelline, Kayser-Roth, Coca Cola USA, Essence Communications, Barnes and Noble, and AARP (a painting design for a Metro Rail Train).

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ART TODAY 021418 Martin Luther King – Called to Serve (new art) by Synthia SAINT JAMES

ART TODAY 021418 Martin Luther King – Called to Serve (new art) by Synthia SAINT JAMES

“I was so honored when the City of Rocky Mount, NC, the city where Dr. King first gave his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech nine months before he delivered it at the March on Washington, chose me to be the Keynote Speaker for the 30th anniversary of their MLK Unity Breakfast (which was held on Monday, January 15, 2018). I was truly humbled when I received a standing ovation for my presentation.”

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ART TODAY 021318 “Honors Mindset” – A commemoration to Historical Black Colleges by Synthia SAINT JAMES

ART TODAY 021318 “Honors Mindset” – A commemoration to Historical Black Colleges by Synthia SAINT JAMES

Synthia received her first Honorary Doctorate Degree (Doctor of Humane Letters) from Saint Augustine’s College, Raleigh, NC on May 8, 2010; the Historical Black College, where her foundation, The Synthia SAINT JAMES Fine Arts Institution is being established. Synthia, is also the recipient of the 2008 Woman of the Year Award for the 26th Senate District, and she has garnered numerous other awards, including the a Parent’s Choice Silver Honor, a Coretta Scott King Honor, and an Oppenheim Gold Award all for her books.

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Happy Birthday Synthia SAINT JAMES!!!

Happy Birthday Synthia SAINT JAMES!!!

“I’ve been told that I have a golden and magnetic aura, and love that description which I hope to always live up to. I think of myself as a 68 year old petite woman with the heart and energy of a child. I’m always open and love to embrace new ideas, and creative challenges.”

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Meet Alexandra Dillon!

Meet Alexandra Dillon!

A native of Los Angeles, Alexandra Dillon received her B.A. in film from UCLA, then returned to her lifelong passion for making art. Her love of Old Master painting led her to study classical realism in Florence, Italy, then New Orleans, finally settling in Venice, CA. She has since appeared in group and solo shows in Los Angeles.

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ART TODAY 021018 The burned brushes that enhanced a legend for Alexandra Dillon: FAB Gallery’s PalimpsestVenice (watch the video)

ART TODAY 021018 The burned brushes that enhanced a legend for Alexandra Dillon: FAB Gallery’s PalimpsestVenice (watch the video)

…Alexander Dillon told TribeLA Magazine that she took the burned brushed home, and at first, she didn’t know what to do with them. She played with them turning them back and forth … then she began to paint and stories evolved. With all of her brushes, “They show up and tell me who they are,” she says. Working on each piece over the course of several days, she finds the emotion and personality of her characters. The results are beautiful and engaging faces, often reminiscent of Roman-Egyptian mummy portraits or Baroque painting. “I’m influenced by the art of every era”, she says.

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